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Texas Seismic Transactions, John Schneider on Clowney to Seattle



As I headed to the Texas training camp a few weeks ago, I thought about how fleeting the current circumstances in Houston are.

J.J. Watt is 30 years old and nine years old from his NFL career. Whitney Merzilus is 29 and in his eighth season. DeAndre Hopkins is only 27, but with a lot of mileage in his body, he's entering his seventh year. Others on the list, such as Tashuan Gipson and Jonathan Joseph, are at this point and even further than that.

I asked a few of these players and they agreed – there there should be a sense of urgency among the team. Then I talked to Bill O'Brien, who was six years old as Texas head coach, about the idea that the existing core needed the best of the rest because it didn't say how long it would last.

"I would say that every year there should be a sense of urgency," Brian said during training camp. "In each team you have people at different stages of your career. I would say, and you used [Watt] and [Hopkins] these guys came back in great shape, they look great, I don't see any of them anywhere near the end of my career. But there should always be a sense of urgency in terms of training, meetings and knowledge of the games just around the corner.

"We're trying to prepare this team for the regular season as fast as we can. It's right around the corner. Before you know it, it will be Monday night at Superdom and we will play a great team. There should always be such a sense of urgency. "

Monday night at the Superdome is now a week. And the deals on Saturday ̵

1; trading with Jaden Clowney and trading with Laremie Tunsil and Kenny Steals, among other assets, implicitly confirmed that Texans were feeling this sense of urgency.

One crazy day, Brian saw that. [19659008] This is the first MMQB of the new season! There is football on Thursday, football on Sunday, football on Monday and football for the five months thereafter. So there's a lot to get to us, including …

• Bears coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace detail the lessons they take from the Halil Mack deal a year later.

• The next assistant NFL coach on hot pursuits.

• The next Patriots quarterback?

• Packers confidence in Aaron Rodgers.

• Melvin Gordon's Situation.

But we start with a wild Saturday in the NFL, the last of the offseason and focus on the three teams in the cross country.


I asked Brian on Sunday, via text, for the perspective of Texans' moves – about a month after we talked about the pressure on

"We are constantly striving to improve ourselves in all ways," he explained. "Composition is just one way of doing that. There are many other ways to improve yourself. Every part of our building is constantly trying to improve. ”

Texans, of course, have undergone many changes over the last two years. They split with two general managers. They installed a former chaplain to the team, Jack Easterby, as executive vice president. They reworked their sports science, upgraded their nutrition program for players, and changed their coaches twice. And Cal McNair has taken a bigger role in leadership of the team since his father, the team owner, died last November.

Brian's point is well received, but that doesn't make the move for Laremie Tunsil any less seismic. The Texans gave up two first-round picks and a second-round pick to get one (with Kenny Steals and the fourth and sixth rounds as well, with Johnson Almonds and Julien Davenport departing for Miami), which means getting banned Great deals, Houston will go through three draft cycles in four years (2018, & # 39; 20, & # 39; 21) without peaks in the first two rounds.

The risk there is obvious. The young talent with a cost-controlled team comes from those early rounds, and the loss of high collections reduces both the scouting team's scouting team and the flexibility to move around the board. The increase is the fact that Deschown Watson will not be recruiting for a long time, which means that completing the list of young players from a hat perspective will become more than necessary. That is why the Eagles, with Carson Wentz in their rookie deal, are now stockpiling themselves instead of running for election.

All this begs the question: How did the Texans get here, having to deal with a lot more than the Browns did for Odell Beckham or the Bears made for Halil Mack to land a left projectile?

Here, as best I can tell, was their process.

• It was impossible for anyone to prepare for the loss of the franchise, left dealing with Dwayne Brown, who was accidentally attacked in Seattle in 2017 after an offensive Lyman spoke out against Elder McNair entering the anthem with comment its referring to NFL protests as "prison inmates running the prison." Players like Brown are difficult to replace – Texans' staff explored draft and free agency, proving to be one of the team's brass.

• Trent Brown, Nate Solder and Russell Okung have been the three legal left-wing shells to hit the market for the last three years and every sign ed. a record deal. Everyone is good, but maybe not a great player.

• The best draft problem for next year, Andrew Thomas, of Georgia, will probably pass well before the Texans expect to be drafted. Going to it would be expensive, since it had to be built for Watson two years ago.

• Although the team had discussed Tunxil before, Andrew Luke's retirement crystallized things about Texans – the beating he literally pushed the Colts star out of football. At that point, Watson had taken a similar blow. And that had to stop.

• Tunsil is widely regarded as one of the top five left tackle in the game. He may not be the head coach of Williams or Tyrone Smith, but he's not far off, and the Texans look at him as a better player than Brown, Solder and Okung, and better than Thomas plans to be. He checked the other Texans' boxes, such as a young, rising player, good dressing room and an elite pass defender.

Make up the circumstances and the Texans knew that would have to overpay, but they were OK with it for someone they thought was a true blue chip. It's fair, of course, to question the course when you look at the two liners Houston took in the first two rounds. Titus Howard and Max Sharping are thought to be potential rewards in the fight. The team now sees Howard as the right decision for the future, and Sharpe is stationed on guard where he can start against the Saints in the first week. Bryan wanted to pull every lever – and he certainly did.

There's more than $ 5.5 million in damages spent on former Vikings, former Panthers and now Texans left to fight Matt Kalil, and now there's a flying seat on their pants watching the work of their offensive team line in the last six months.

Still, if Tunsil plays like the top five supplies he was, and Howard and Sharping find a starting job on time and Watson grows as a result, maybe it doesn't matter.

All we know for sure now is the sense of urgency that we mentioned earlier will be there in Houston in 2019. Like all the tension that comes with it.


Of course, this wasn't the only blockbuster move the Texans were part of on the weekend. The first includes the first O & # 39; Brien-era draft pick and the first draft of the 2014 draft, which ships to Seattle. And he wrapped himself quite unceremoniously.

Of course, GM Seahawks GM John Schneider may want to celebrate the Clown landing. But by the time he and Brian departed by phone late Friday night with a principled agreement, just in time to board the 26-year-old on an early Saturday flight to Seattle, there was too much to do

Thirty-six hours later he had more time to pick it up. And he could best explain the step by describing what it feels like for the Seahawks to join the Clowns.

"He can do whatever he wants, when he wants to do it," Schneider says. "This is the most important thing – he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. He is an athletic freak. "

Given Seattle's shaky front over the last few years (Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, etc.), plus the suspension of six games, Jarran Reed is well on his way, finding players with pressure up front was obvious need the Seahawks. But they would not panic to fill it, which turned the Clowney Finals process into a process.

The Texans and Seahawks first discussed trading before the project, but Schneider says the team was logistically stuck, making huge expansions for Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner at the moment, and the cost to trade with Clowney was slightly higher than they would like. So they dropped the draft – and in the meantime did their homework on Clown. Because he was so tall for a year in Seattle he had the last choice in every round, the team didn't do much before this spring – "Probably like everyone else, I knew he had to be a freak, and he had a huge blow against Michigan [in the 2013 Outback Bowl] says Schneider.

The staff summoned about 20 former teammates and his coaches. But the most powerful response comes from the hall – Brown has been a Clown teammate for more than three years in Houston.

"He couldn't talk about him more than he did," Schneider says. "He loved this man."

What prompted GM to become more aggressive saw on the Internet that Clown was opposed to the idea of ​​trading in Miami. Schneider thought all along that the Seahawks culture would be appropriate for the Clowns and that Carol would make the most of it ("Pete likes to work with these guys.") That belief also helped ease the rule, [19659002] So Schneider moves on him, and after all, what goes back to Houston is nowhere near crazy. The Seahawks have sent a third group that is likely to return to compensation if they lose the Clowns in 2020, plus players in the roles of Barkewich Mingo (who Clowney replaces) and Jacob Martin (who impressive rookie Cody Barton will replace).

If Carol can make the most of this great talent that went through the microfracture operation as a pro, the move will go hand in hand with the Seahawks who have built their best teams this decade – focusing on getting to [19659002] "You never feel like you have enough leaks," Schneider says. "And it's not necessarily a reflection of the people you have here. We are just constantly looking at all positions, but most of all how you improve your speed with certainty. ”

And so that you can download this on the threshold of September? Schneider can celebrate this because it's not easy to do.


As for the third team in this Texas triangle, the Dolphins are very clearly at the point where three years ago the Browns were under Sashi Brown – focused on resetting the franchise and stockpiling assets. The team cap is clean and now boasts many drafts.

The problem? Well, it's Brian Flores to orient himself … for his part, he can say that the dolphins don't hide until he's blue in the face.

"This game means a lot to me," he repeated on Sunday to local press. "I wouldn't ignore the game with that. Again, we are not [tanking]. We will try to win every game. I think it's disrespectful to even say it. These guys worked extremely hard. They do it all summer, they do it all spring and they will continue to do so. It is discouraging to hear people talk about it, even say it.

"To a person who respects the game and as much as the game did to me when people say it – you shouldn't say it."

But Flores players are human. They read and hear allegations that their team is up and running. They know, like everyone else, that this can be a lengthy rebuild that many of those now in the locker room will not be part of for a year or two. And Flores has asked many of these guys over the last six months – his program is a patriots program, and many of his methods reflect what Matt Patricia did in Detroit last year.

If Flores could get him to do better than the Browns did while accumulating their resources, the base could create something pretty incredible.

Consider …

• The Dolphins will have two first- and second-round picks in the next two drafts and will likely receive a compensating third round in 2020 as a result of dealing with the signing of Zhu & # 39; Van James in Denver.

• They need to have multiple shots when finding the quarterback of the future, who is the primary target owner of the Ross Ross kit for his new football brass. They are in the midst of one of these shots with Josh Rosen. It is likely that they will be able to choose a quarterback in the draft in 2020 – and possibly in 2021, which will be the year of Trevor Lawrence.

• Their cap will be clean after this year. They carry $ 51 million in dead money on this year's books. Currently, there is only $ 4 million of dead money planned to go to the ceiling by 2020.

• There are some building blocks. Not many, but some. Xavier Howard is incarcerated, the staff loves LB Jerome Baker and Christian Wilkins' first choice is the kind of culture Flores can build around.

Now, that doesn't mean it's some stupid plan. They did not intend to deal with Tunxil, but did so when the return came so far that there was no recent precedent. Yet it was the elite, 25-year-old left-hand outfit that came out the door. And these, again, are not easy to find.

Plus, while it's nice to have all this space and money, it wouldn't mean much if Grier and Flores didn't draft and sign the right guys – and the Cleveland lesson learned painfully over a two-year period.

The hardest part of all is that you have the challenge of doing it in the first year amidst all the noise, by lacking the talent of true restoration and finding a way to get out of it without causing real, tangible damage. Great programs aren't built on paper – they are built on people and that's what Flores has to manage.

If so?


  Halil Mack

Almost exactly a year ago, Halil Mack became a bear.

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WITHOUT ONE YEAR EXACTLY KALILI TRADE

Bears GM Ryan Pace and Mat Nagi had a total of 19 opinions [5] resistance . He hatched in the Hall of Fame game after a phone conversation Pace had with then GM Ragiers Reggie McKenzie in the back of the press box as his Chicago team led the Ravens downstairs. It symbolizes an aspiration that will change the bear season.

Pace then made it clear to Mackenzie that he wanted to enter Halil Mack if and when he became available after Mackenzie made it clear that Macken was not. [19659002] to be interested in that, "Pace says now, a year later. "Matt and I became the phrase we used – persistence over resistance. Keep trying. Keep trying. So we just stayed at it, stuck to it. "

Four weeks later, on the morning of the Bears' preseason finale against Buffalo, Pace's phone rang. Mackenzie asked for Pace's best deal. They talked again that evening, during this game, set it up on Friday (Pace and Nagy spent 12 hours in logistics work that day), brought Mack to Friday night, and moved him to the finish on Saturday.

Pace continued. , His award has been a defensive talent for generations.

On the one-year anniversary of the Bears withdrawing this trade and with a few blockbusters descending on Saturday, Chicago brass is looking back at the kind of deal that could affect a franchise in a decade. And between GM and the coach, one point was common – based on the weeks of research they did from the Canton call to the end of the trade on September 1, 2018

"Halil is Halil and I'm in Kansas City going against him in all those years when we started talking about it, you knew that the player was reasonable, if we can get this guy, it's a sinking, "Nagy says:" We felt very good with our protection in our time and the ability to bring him here to help us, he can just put us over the top. Then we started doing more human exploration, starting to hear more and more people, and after we thought it was real, it was just this time, we went on after it. Бяхме като, това е без съжаление. "

" Това беше млад играч, премиерска позиция и премиерски характер ", потвърждава Пейс. „Така че за нас, ако имаше позиция да го направим, това беше куотърбек или е пропуск. Това са водещите, търсени позиции. И колкото повече проучвания направихме върху него – знаехме какъв играч е, Мат игра в дивизията с него. Но за да знам какъв човек е и за да го докарам тук, има много причини, поради които смятам, че промяната в културата се случи миналата година, треньорът Наги заслужава много заслуги, но мисля, че довеждането на човек като Халил тук, хората виждат този висок играч с този висок клас работна етика, това е мултипликатор, щом той е във вашата сграда. ”

Поради характера на Мак, не е имало много дебати за това как да се занимават с него. Правилната цена обаче беше по-трудна за установяване, в каква сума се провежда мълчалив търг, проведен от Raiders за типа играч, който почти никога не е на търговския пазар.

Цената на подписване на франчайзинг – Маркиран играч (два пика от първия кръг) даде на рамката на Bears да определи колко далеч ще са готови да отидат. Това, което е очевидно, е какъв беше крайният разход, Чикаго изпрати двамата първи в Оукланд, заедно с трети и шести кръг, докато получи втори и пети кръг с Мак. Но това не означава, че първо не е трябвало да преглътнат, особено като се има предвид, че има и договор, който трябва да направят.

„Обръщаш се и си като:„ Човече, това е много “, Пейс казва. „Но това, което беше добро в това, беше, че никога не се чувствах, че го правя сам. Мат и аз бяхме свързани в тазобедрената става, затова взехме тези решения заедно. И тъй като и двамата сме блокирани по този въпрос, мисля, че ви дава повече увереност да дръпнете спусъка. "

" Това е нещо като възбрана върху къща ", казва Наги." Има шестима купувачи, които искат това. Трябва да имате баланса, когато тръгнете нагоре, и трябва да направите офертата си до понеделник вечерта, трябва да влезете all-in. Ако наистина харесвате къщата, това е вашата къща, трябва да влезете, като знаете, че не плащате повече. Но по-добре знайте, че ако не го получите, няма съжаление. ”

Пейс и Наги никога не са трябвали да се сблъскват с това, разбира се. Вместо това те празнуваха с упорито питие късно през нощта на 31 август, като знаеха, че на следващата сутрин светът ще разбере, че Мак е мечка. И е безопасно да се каже, че те също не съжаляват, че са от другата страна.

„Беше забавен ден“, казва Наги за този петък. „Едно, което никога няма да забравим.“


КЕВИН О'КОНЪЛ НА ВЪЗСТАНОВЕНИЕТО

В следващите няколко седмици неизбежно ще бъдат разгледани няколко фен бази кои треньори може да са горещи кандидати за главни треньорски работни места идват през януари. Човек, който да гледате сега: Офанзивният координатор на Редскинс Кевин О'Конъл.

34-годишният младеж е едва на петата си година на треньор, но той бързо се изкачи под Джей Груден, преминавайки от треньор на QBs през 2017 г., преминавайки през игра координатор миналата година, до обиден координатор тази година. Той направи вътрешни сравнения с последния млад треньор, който Груден е овластил по този начин – Шон Маквей, който е повишен в ОК, когато Груден получи работата, а след това получи игра за повикване през 2015 г.

Възходът на О'Конъл е част от по-голяма тенденция в NFL към ускоряване на бивши играчи в треньорските редици. Треньорът на титаните Майк Врабел стана главен треньор след седем години като помощник (трима в щата Охайо, четирима с тексасите); Келен Мур е нападателен координатор на втората си година като треньор в Далас; Байрон Лефтвич е ОК на Тампа през третата си година на треньор; и Йерод Майо призоваваше пиеси за отбраната на патриотите това лято, първата му на страничната линия.

И как става това? Всяко от тези момчета беше определено като потенциален треньор, докато все още играеше. В случая на O’Connell първо бившият треньор на Джетс Рекс Райън се приближи до него. Първоначално, казва О'Конъл, Райън го е видял в това как тогавашният защитник подготвя защитата на Джетс за оскърблението на предишния си отбор Патриоти, нещо, което се виждаше в подробните карти на екипа на разузнавачите, които той беше съставил. [19659002] „Започва като на шега -„ Забравете тези неща за игра, може би е време да вземете свирка и слушалки и наистина започнете да ни помагате “, казва О'Конъл, обяснявайки какво би казал Райън. „И в началото се смееш за това. Но изведнъж започвате да мислите, че това би могло да бъде кариерен път за вас след игра. И когато започнах да тренирам, бях един вид в онзи годишен режим извън футбол, като може би бих могъл да продължа да тренирам и да видя дали мога да вляза някъде в лагер и може би имам късмет.

“Или Бих могъл да взема решението да обърна страницата и да направя всичко възможно, за да направя това професия, която работи за мен. Знаех, че имам страст към него, знаех, че ще му се радвам. ”

О’Конъл стартира със стария защитник на Райън, Майк Петтин, в Кливланд през 2015 г. След това се качи на„ Нинерите ”през 2016 г. под Чип Кели, преди да замине за DC преди две години. Но всъщност това, за което се шегуваше Райън, се случваше дори когато беше играч – и образованието продължи през 15 г. с Браунс, където той получи Джош Маккоун (самият треньор на гимназията) като ценна звукова дъска за всичко – от тренировъчни тренировки до провеждане на срещи.

„Това беше огромно за мен“, казва О'Конъл. „Все още говоря с него, все пак бих разчитал на него, доколкото отскачам от него, разговарям с него в извън сезоните, всички онези неща. И тогава очевидно, идвайки тук с Кирк [Cousins] и Алекс [Smith] и Колт [McCoy] в стаята, ветерани, които можете да натиснете плика и да се опитате да запазите срещите си в по-горния край на скалата на IQ от футбол гледна точка. “

Тази година опитът беше малко по-различен, с новобранецът Дуейн Хаскинс в стаята. И докато Хаскинс нямаше търпение да се учи, това беше ново предизвикателство за O’Connell. Той също е с голям напредък – ако Хаскинс се развие бързо, това ще направи само повече за укрепване на репутацията на О'Конъл, която вече е във възход.

О'Конъл бърза да кредитира Груден, все още играта – обаждащ се и дизайнер на обидата на Redskins, за нарастващото схващане, че ще стигне далеч в треньорските редици. Но времето му идва, точно както Врабел беше преди няколко години.

„Като гледам онези момчета, Майк Врабелс, Келен Мурс, момчета, които са играли и преминали в коучинг, мисля, че е нужен известен начин на мислене“, той казва. „Не всички играчи имат за цел да преминат към коучинг. Трябва да сте наистина готови да запретнете ръкави и да работите, а понякога може и да нямате работните места точно от прилепите, които особено искате. … Наистина трябва да се уверите, че това е нещо, което искате да направите. ”

Не мина много време, докато O’Connell стигна до това осъзнаване. И вероятно няма да отнеме твърде много време, преди да го видим със свой екип.


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ДЕСЕТ ТАКЕВАЙС

1. Сега не е трудно да се заключи, че Chargers RB Мелвин Гордън е преиграл ръката му – и стачката му за нова поръчка не работи. Всъщност бих твърдял, че би било по-умно за него да издържи миналата година с две години, оставени на сделката си, само три години на краката си, и дълбочина на задния терен на екипа много повече въпрос отколкото е сега. Но сега сме тук и Гордън отказа сделка, натрупваща около 10 милиона долара за всеки (всъщност версия на договора от следващото поколение на Девонта Фрийман, подписана с Атланта преди две години). Ако вярвате на това, което г-н Том Телеско каза в неделя, това вече е от масата.

Наистина това се свежда до Гордън и хората около него, честно към себе си. Това, което прави позицията на опашката уникална в тези ситуации е, че горният й слой е много по-малък от този на други позиции (Zeke Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley), а вторият слой е много по-голям, което прави наистина добри играчи заменяеми очи на екипи. Към това добавете и краткия срок на годност на тези момчета и освен ако не сте от типа три-надолу, вършете всичко, което са Елиът и Баркли, а Гърли е бил (и може би все още ще бъде), е трудно да получите заплащане , Така че вземате парите, когато можете да ги получите. Фрийман го направи. Гордън трябва да има.

2. Поздравления за Майлс Джак за четиригодишното му, 57 милиона долара удължаване в Джаксънвил. И той, и Джейлън Смит от Далас, изготвили две петна един от друг в началото на втория кръг от проекта за 2016 г., заслужават всички похвали, които получават за преодоляване на трудни медицински обстоятелства, за да станат много добри играчи на НФЛ и да получат вторите договори на блокбастъра за към което се стремят всички играчи. T

Ето къде са различни – обстоятелствата около техните капки за проектодневие повдигат много отделни въпроси. За Смит, имайки предвид, че е получил сериозно увреждане на нервите, което е довело до случай на спускане на крака, въпросът беше дали той някога ще го върне на терена. Но усещането беше, че ако той беше в състояние да направи това, състоянието му нямаше да е проблем след това. В случая на Джак, състоянието на артрита в коляното му не се състои в това да играе веднага (всички прецениха, че може да го направи), а вместо в това колко дълго ще продължи. Това, разбира се, добавя контекст към сделките, сключени от двата отбора и какво би мотивирало всеки играч да изпълни контрактите сега – Смит се е изправил срещу футболната си смъртност по съвсем реален начин, а Джак не знае колко далеч е от това момент.

3. Чувствам се зле за Джерик Маккинън – продължава да прави IR за втора поредна година – но бих се почувствал по-зле, ако това се беше случило преди да стигне до края на сделката си с новобранец. Той направи това през първите си четири години здравословно и получи четиригодишна, 30 милиона долара сделка в резултат на производството си през това време. Оттогава той изби коляно и се бори да се върне. Но той ще завърши с 15,5 милиона долара между тази и последната година, дори и да не го върне през тази година (той загуби 250 000 долара в списъка с бонуси за мач и може да загуби още толкова през тази година, ако не го направи “ t play, което го сваля за очакваното общо двугодишно поемане от 16 милиона долара). Между другото, две важни неща за всички играчи. Значението на времето. И важността на структурата на договора.

4, Интересно е, че Брауните отрязаха Грег Робинсън седмица преди отварянето им. Но ако искате кодът да се пропука тук, може да искате да разгледате издаването на Лъвовете, след това повторно подписване на Логан Томас, освобождаването на Нинерите, след това подписването на Antone Exum и издаването на сметките, след това повторно подписване на Kurt Coleman. Във всеки случай отборът трябваше да задържи играч, който не беше предоставен (по-малко от четири кредитирани години) в списъка за 24 часа, за да може този играч да се върне извън IR. Мисля, че Брауните биха направили това с Дрю Форбс, като например законопроектите с Джейсън Крум. Разбира се, че няма голямо безпокойство в излагането на Робинсън на пазара, в позиция като лявата справка, при която търсенето е голямо (виж: Tunsil, Laremy), повдига други въпроси за това колко голям проблем за нападателната линия е за Кливланд вдясно сега.

5. Няколко пъти сме били в това пространство, но според мен патриотите наистина смятат, че са намерили нещо в Джарет Щидъм – и освобождаването на Брайън Хойър, който беше ресурс и за двамата Том Бради и защитата на патриотите, е доказателство. Четвъртият кръг отново показа готовност и време с приемниците си за игра на продължителността на четвъртата предсезонна игра на отбора. Много разузнавачи Стилидам бяха смятани за жертва на обстоятелствата в Обърн, неправилно да управлява системата на треньора на Тигрите Гус Малзън. Талантът обаче винаги беше там. В подобна ситуация на ситуация, при която талантливият играч се нуждае от правилното обкръжение, Бил Беликик и Нова Англия често намират възможност. Сигурно изглежда, че те имат това.

6. Друг елемент от „Патриоти“: Имам шанс да екранизирам Направи си работа III документалният филм за мрежата на NFL, който хронизира пътя на патриотите до шестото им заглавие на Super Bowl, което ще излезе в сряда в мрежата на NFL. Този ще бъде малко по-различен от последните няколко, които представиха широк набор от треньори от щабовете на първенството. Вместо това той се фокусира интензивно върху отношенията между Бил Беликик и Патриотите OC Джош Макданиелс. Добре е направено, както повечето неща от NFL Films. Но там имаше нещо, което привлече вниманието ми да мина тук.

На Беликик Макданиелс каза: „Ще бъда развълнуван да бъда там в Кантон, когато той влезе, пет години след като е тренирал, винаги когато това е , което вероятно ще бъде дълго време. ”И тогава, минута или по-късно в документа, ОК добави:“ Каквото има бъдещето ми, знам това – най-доброто нещо за мен е да направя най-доброто, на което съм способна. тук, точно сега с него, с Том, с този екип, с този персонал, с организацията, която имаме, за г-н Крафт. И мисля, че нещата ще се оправят по начина, по който трябва. "

Вярвам, че ако Кливланд или Грийн Бей бяха направили оферта на Макданиел през януари, той щеше да отиде до тези места, за да направи втори кадър. главен треньор. Не мисля, че той чака Беликик да продължи. And if he’s being forthright with what he’s saying here, it sounds like he’s implicitly telling everyone that.

7. I hope everyone appreciates Frank Gore. I can’t tell you how many coaches and scouts that have worked with over the years have told me, “He’s my favorite football player.” Gore beat out LeSean McCoy, a really good player in his own right, for a spot in the Bills backfield, alongside promising rookie Devin Singletary and ex-Jaguar T.J. Yeldon. McCoy, for his part, has proven venerable, making it to what will be his 11th season in the league. Gore, meanwhile, came into the league o n reconstructed knees and with reconstructed shoulders in 2005. And by the time Shady landed in Philly as a 2009 second-round pick, Gore already had four seasons and 939 NFL carries under his belt. I hope people don’t argue against Gore for Canton, whenever that time comes. He belongs there.

8. I like the way Matt Nagy has handled the Bears’ kicker competition. We went through his attempts to create a little healthy tension within competition. “That’s what’s what real,” he said. “It’s about the production.” Eddy Pineiro handled that well and the thought here is he gives the Bears the best chance to have an above average option at the position come December and January, when it really counts. And Thursday night, with America watching and the Bears playing a standalone game, should be a nice test, too.

9. One thing a Packers staffer reminded me on Sunday night, in regards to all the speculation on how Matt LaFleur’s offense will fit Aaron Rodgers, is that Green Bay is an offense built to give the quarterback an answer to whatever he’s faced with. I think it’s fair to have wondered how a scheme built to take responsibility off the quarterback would work for a guy, in Rodgers, used to having so much on his shoulders. But for quarterbacks with pelts on the wall (and Rodgers has lots of those), an ability to get to those answers within the system Mike Shanahan built 25 years ago only enhances what everyone is able to do. It’s why Matt Ryan was really good in the system. It’s why Kirk Cousins was really good in the system. And it’s another reason why I can’t wait to see what happens Thursday against the vaunted Bears defense, with new coordinator Chuck Pagano at the controls.

10. Cool to see Titans coach Mike Vrabel make it to Boston College over the weekend to see his son Tyler start at left tackle for the Eagles. Vrabel flew in Friday, got to go through the whole gameday experience in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, took his kid out to dinner postgame, then flew back at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. “The experience was amazing,” Vrabel texted afterward. “Acted like a dad and not a coach. That felt good.” Dad gave his son high marks – Tyler had the key block on an 11-yard A.J. Dillon run that locked up the win for the Eagles, and didn’t allow a single pressure – in his first start as a collegian. And he admits now he was nervous for his son until his first snap, when it became obvious to his dad he belonged. Mike will remember this one, too, especially since it’ll be tough for him to get to any more of the Eagles’ games, for obvious reasons. He’s hoping to make it to BC at Rutgers two weeks from Saturday, since the Titans play on Thursday that week. But that will, in all likelihood, be it for the season.

11. A bonus… So many thoughts on the roster cutdowns, and so we couldn’t wait for Monday with some of them. Here’s more on Tunsil, McCoy, Kiko Alonso and Jachai Polite. Consider it a part of this week’s MMQB, that was delivered about 12 hours early.


Rob Gronkowski

The newest partner of Abacus Health Products.

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… OF THE WEEK

QUOTE

“I want to be clear to my fans: I needed to recover. I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down. And I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life, like the joy. I’m sorry right now, but … I really was. I was fighting through it.”

— Ex-Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, in an appearance last week promoting the healing powers of CBD and his associated partnership with Abacus Health Products.

Watching Gronkowski in this appearance was like looking at a Rorschach Test—whatever you believed before, you could find a way to believe even more now. He hinted at a comeback. He opened a wound for all of us to see when talking about the physical pain that he endured when playing. He was very much Gronk. What popped in his head, came out of his mouth.

I think the most authentic part of it was the emotion that spilled out as he talked about his physical condition. While talking with him after last season’s Super Bowl, I got the distinct feeling that he felt like he had escaped something, making it out of the season without needing another back surgery or suffering another concussion. Then a deep thigh bruise lingered and lingered and lingered. Does he want to go back to that? I don’t know. But I do think it’d take a lot to motivate him to do that, after all he went through. And I also think there’s a potential motive, business-wise, for keeping the door to returning open.

TWEET

Sounds like the excitement over Preseason Game No. 4 gripped Houston last week and wouldn’t let go.

Patriots TE Benjamin Watson responding to the $10,527 fine Panthers S Eric Reid was assessed for a late head hit in the teams’ third preseason game.

This was pretty good—and wishing all the best to everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

MEME

We haven’t talked enough about how good it is to have Rob Ryan—now the Redskins linebackers coach—back in the NFL.

It has come to this.

Coaching from a hospital bed? Yup, Hugh Freeze is coaching football from a hospital bed.

CLIP

No one else believes the idea that Bill Belichick meant “I didn’t see that [coming]”, right? Because this quote, when asked about Andrew Luck’s retirement, is a billion times better the way it is.


S/O TO …

Cardinals G Justin Pugh. The 29-year-old spoke on behalf of most NFL players this week, those that don’t have the kind of cache that Gronkowski or Andrew Luck do. And I wish what he said would resonate the same way the emotion of Gronkowski and Luck did days earlier, because it really explains why so many of these keep fighting through stuff when it might not be best to.

“If you go out there and you get hit, if you don’t go back out there the next day, you’re going to be replaced,” Pugh said. “That’s the nature of our business and that’s the sad thing. I don't know if you’re going to perceive it as a negative but the guy also has an opportunity to make a lot more money than he probably would otherwise and change the trajectory of his life, his kids’ life, his kids’ kids’ lives, so I see why guys go out there and push through it.

“I mean, you have a chance to make a crazy amount of money and that’s the risk-reward: How much am I willing to risk with my body, my mental health to make as much money as possible and win? And that’s the NFL in a nutshell.”

Pugh then added, “go back and just look into Andrew Luck's eyes and see the pain that guy has. That gets me upset because, like, I know there's guys in this locker room and every locker room that are going through those same things. So it's definitely tough as a teammate knowing that guys go through it."

If you want to know what football players routinely deal with, click on the story and read what Pugh has to say. The way he articulates it is logical, relatable, and impactful. Good for him for speaking out.


SIX FROM SATURDAY

College football is back, so we’re taking a look at everything happening in the NFL’s de facto minor league.

1. Trevor Lawrence’s two-pick debut for Clemson on Thursday night was a good reminder of what’s ahead for the 19-year-old prodigy—deep analysis of his every move until he’s eligible for the NFL draft 16 months or so from now.

2. Some scouts believe Georgia junior RB D’Andre Swift has a shot at playing himself into the Saquon Barkley/Ezekiel Elliott conversation as a draft prospect. Saturday’s 147-yard effort against Vanderbilt was a good start to getting there for th e Philly native .

3. Remember when middle-school quarterbacks committing to colleges was all the rage? I think it’s worth mentioning that the two highest-profile cases were David Sills and Tate Martell. The former was converted to receiver at West Virginia (the undrafted free agent was cut by the Bills this weekend). The latter is in the process of learning to play that position after leaving Ohio State, then losing a QB competition at Miami. Turns out, maybe 13 is too young to evaluate a player?

4. You mean, the Tennessee coaching search of 2017 didn’t work?

5. I was a teenager for part of the time that Auburn freshman QB Bo Nix’s dad was a college player, which is depressing.

6. Jalen Hurts still doesn’t throw it like Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray. But what we saw Sunday night is more evidence of what a wizard Lincoln Riley is. And remember, it’s not like Hurts looks this much better coming from some juco. He was at Alabama.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The window to make a big deal isn’t closed for your team with rosters down to 53. In fact, with more aggressive, creative GMs in the league (and the deadline being moved back), moves closer to the trade deadline have become more common.

Last year, it was Amari Cooper going from Oakland to Dallas, Snacks Harrison from New York to Detroit, Dante Fowler from Jacksonville to LA, Golden Tate from Detroit to Philly, Demaryius Thomas from Denver to Houston, and Eli Apple from New York to New Orleans. The year before, Jimmy Garoppolo, Duane Brown, Marcel Dareus, Jay Ajayi and Kelvin Benjamin were moved.

So it may not be the baseball or basketball deadline. But it’s certainly been more active than it used to be – which is to say if your team still has a hole to patch, with a little patience, help could be on the way.

Question or comment? Email us at talkback@themmqb.com.


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