The Vikings defense allowed the fewest points and yards of any unit in the league last season and that was a major reason why they found themselves in the NFC title game against the Eagles in January.
That would be a stark contrast to what they had built on the outside, where for years the prototype of 6-foot-2, 210 pound wideouts was all they ever brought into camp.
Austin, paired up with Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer would make three receivers under 5-foot-10 for Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan to play with.
That vision didn’t last long, as less than two hours after acquiring Austin, the Cowboys shipped off 2017 fourth-round pick Ryan Switzer to Oakland to reunite with special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
Last year Gumbel and Green were considered the No. 2 CBS team, behind Jim Nantz-Tony Romo and Ian Eagle-Dan Fouts.
Warner may be miffed that the tiebreaker wasn’t skill or experience but the fact that Witten played for the Dallas Cowboys. Never mind that Witten never played in a conference championship game or a Super Bowl. The Cowboys are still America’s Team, and they now have three former players who are perched in some of the most prominent spots in broadcasting, with Troy Aikman as the lead analyst at FOX (for Sunday and Thursday), Tony Romo as the lead analyst at CBS, and Witten as the lead analyst for Monday Night Football.
Sara Blackwell, who represents Davis and Ware, sent the NFL a settlement proposal: If commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s lawyers agree to a four-hour meeting with her clients to prepare a set of regulations for all NFL cheer teams, they will settle all claims for $1 each.
Earlier this week, the NFL (though not Goodell himself) agreed to meet with the group, and Blackwell plans to suspend the complaints for now.
Many have argued that the NFL just shouldn’t employ cheerleaders anymore.
In case anyone missed it, Chris Mara, the Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation, was on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sport Radio channel Friday.
Yanagi was replaced by Erik Kunttu from Syracuse, where he had worked alongside new Lions head coach Matt Patricia, and Richardson by William Brown.
Yanagi was the Lions’ director of video operations since 2004, and Richardson was assistant video director since 1991. They filmed practices and games and processed the footage for the coaching staff’s immediate use following practices and games, as well as for in-game adjustments, through tablets used on the sidelines.
Yanagi joined the Lions from the San Francisco 49ers and was the first Japanese-American video-operations director in the NFL.
Richardson’s promotion in 1991 marked the first time a black man was hired as an assistant video director in the NFL. Richardson began working with the Lions as a janitor in 1989, and was promoted to office manage in 1990, before joining the video department.
The surprising news came after ESPN earlier Tuesday ranked the Saints as the NFL’s fourth-best team in its post-draft power ratings, behind only the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints’ potent running game will be short on some firepower to start the season. Will Ingram’s suspension throw a wrench into the Saints’ lofty ambitions? It certainly won’t help.
The NFLPA doesn’t name the owner, but its release meshes with what Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported last month. According to PFT, Bengals owner Mike Brown asked Reid questions about his protesting plans. Brown reportedly told Reid, who was visiting the team in free agency, that he plans to restrict players from protesting during the national anthem and then asked Reid for a response.
One year after Always Dreaming cruised to victory over a muddy Churchill Downs track, could rain dampen the 144th renewal of the Kentucky Derby ?
The answer, according Accuweather.com, is maybe.
The Ravens are hoping Flacco can rebound in 2018 from three straight mediocre seasons by surrounding him with better offensive talent. Three wide receivers were signed in free agency (Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead), and South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst was drafted earlier in the first round at No. 25.
Still, it’s fair to wonder whether the additions are enough to make Flacco the difference-maker he was when he led Baltimore to victory in Super Bowl 47. At age 33 and with a mounting injury history, the odds are against it. Plus, the Ravens now have a viable way to get out of the $63 million in base salary remaining on the final three years of Flacco’s contract, which is set to expire after the 2021 campaign.
The wideout depth chart boasts Josh Gordon, Landry and Corey Coleman. The team also took a huge risk on fourth-round rookie Antonio Callaway. In addition, the offensive line could struggle after Joe Thomas retired in March.
Sometimes those types of things escalate, but more often they’re just cyclical. Especially when the two depend on each other for continued success.
Could it be that this is the year all of this does matter, and I’m wrong when I say none of it does? Sure, it’s always possible. But I doubt it.
There’s also the stark difference between how the two men approach life. Brady may seem like a robot, but he’s passionate. It’s why you often see him screaming and fiery.
Brady still sees himself as that player who was snubbed by the NFL and drafted in the sixth round. It’s still his motivation, his warp core. In many ways, Brady, who has played 18 seasons and in eight Super Bowls, is a man who is all heart and emo wrapped in an indestructible shell.