“I get a feel for him, how he reacts throughout a game, what he’s comfortable with [and] he gets an idea for how I call plays, how we communicate on the sidelines about things, how we adjust to things once we see them,’’ ’’ Shanahan told reporters.
The Jags, who are tied for the AFC South lead with the Titans, haven’t even had a winning season since 2007, when they finished 11-5.
Think about how Aaron Rodgers has always masked the Green Bay Packers’ issues with his magical play. Better yet, think about the immediate impact that Jimmy Garoppolo had on the San Francisco 49ers when he took over as the team’s starter toward the end of the year. With Jimmy GQ at the helm, a Niners squad that had been a 1-10 afterthought won five straight games to close out the season as one of the hottest entities in the NFL.
With that in mind, I can see why the Redskins aren’t in a rush to apply the tag to Cousins a third consecutive time, which would cost them $34.5 million in 2018. Doing so would limit Washington’s ability to upgrade the supporting cast around him, meaning the team would be counting on Cousins to push the team to the next level on the strength of his right arm.
McDermott’s Bills are 5-4 and in position for the playoffs. Lynn’s Chargers are a deceiving 3-6, considering they’ve lost four games by three or fewer points and have been outscored by just five points (172-167).
While it is important to focus on the physical traits desired in each prospect, the Saints’ emphasis on the core values or intangibles certainly played a role in not only identifying good players for the team, but guys who could change the culture of the locker room.
With the scouting combine just two weeks away, here’s a look at the 10 biggest offseason story lines:
Last season, a similarly gifted defense crumbled after a 5-0 start and finished 8-8. This team will have to run through a decisive five-game gantlet after playing the Browns in London on Sunday: at Washington, Rams, at Detroit, at Atlanta and at Carolina. It’s realistic they go 1-4, which may be a tipping point to another collapse.
Lewis’ career was threatened when he was charged with murder in the death of two men who were attacked after a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in 2000. The charges were dropped in exchange for testimony, and Lewis would eventually go on to help Baltimore win two Super Bowls as a team leader until he retired in 2012. Lewis’ critics, however, still exist to this day.
Brady could be on a list of most loved players, too, but there are more haters given the controversy surrounding the five-time Super Bowl winner. The “Tuck Rule,” SpyGate and Deflategate have all been part of his career, and he served a four-game suspension in 2016. A lot of the Brady hate comes as a result of all those wins, too, but even more comes from the controversies.