Not disputing your take at all, but Tashawn Gipson was injured, and Fournette is certainly banged up. Its going to be tough to beat NE and their head cheerleader Al Riveron.
Brees, Ryan and Ben all out with Bortles, Keenum and Foles in. NFL is crazy at times.
True, but Omar is also excellent at restructuring contracts to kick the can down the road.
Steelers have had back to back very good drafts for early contributors, so they will need another. I think they have something in Cam Sutton. Now they need a safety and they need to find RDS's replacement which they couldn't do mid-season.
Players that started as rookies can get better. Its possible. JuJu, Burns, Davis, Hargrave, Watt are all still not at their prime. Offensive talent is second to none. Losing Shazier was a death knell. That's what needs addressed. They have a 2 year window to continue to get that ring and have plenty of talent to do it.
Plus addition through subtraction when it comes to Mike Mitchell.
Sorry I'm not overreacting and saying blow up a team that is very talented. I'll leave that to you.
Much like Gruden, the legend grows every year that he is in the booth and not on the sidelines. I loved Cowher, but it was an annual rite of passage to lose the AFC Championship game at home.
That being said, he didn't have a franchise QB at the helm for the majority of his career like Tomlin.
Releasing Mitchell and Gay will clear around $10M in space. Willcox was inactive for most of the season and is due $3M.
Shazier counts $8.7M against the cap as well, so that's something to watch.
Omar will likely re-work some contracts like Cam Heyward or Stephon Tuitt, both of whom have over a $12M cap hit.
They won't be big players in free agency, but they will have room to do something if they make the necessary cuts.
Butler and Haley's contracts are actually up. Just don't renew them.
I agree with you on your points. Bryant is likely a trade piece but I doubt his return will be much. Release Mitchell (due $8.5 against the cap) and Gay ($3M). Upgrade ILB and SS, get more depth on the dline (McCullers takes up space and nothing else), draft another WR to fill the gap left by trading MB.
No, don't waste a pick. They already wasted a 4th last year on Dobbs. Draft for depth/replacements on defense, and of course a WR, since that is what they do every year.
No it didn't. It got a bunch of gloom and doom and awesome #hottakes!
I was at that game yesterday...stunned isn't a word to adequately describe their performance. They got punched in the mouth, and to their credit, didn't quit. But overcoming 21 point deficits in the NFL, especially twice, is tough to do. I hope it brings the necessary changes at the coordinator positions.
They are 23-5 in their last 28 games. 4 of those 5 losses are to two teams. They need to improve, but blowing it up is stupid. Losing 50 was a death knell to the defense...he was the one guy they couldn't lose on that side of the ball.
The offensive line is coming back - all 5 starters are signed. That's not an issue. Defensively, they need to upgrade ILB (both spots now with the loss of 50), and SS. Haley and Butler's contracts expire - do not renew and improve those situational coaching areas and they will improve.
Picking 28th. How should they be happy? It was a colossal failure as they failed to have adequate depth at ILB heading into the season. And losing 50 on the field turned out to be a major catalyst to a failed playoff run.
Ben already said he is coming back. He is due to make about $45M over the next 2 years. He isn't retiring.
The family is keeping everything silent during his rehab. He has feeling in his legs, that is all that is known. Anything else is pure speculation.
Good discussion. Time will tell and I wasn't necessarily saying he was a bad college QB. I just don't think he will be in the Heisman discussion.
Well, I think its night and day to compare the arm strength of McSorley and Jones, but assuming arguendo your point is correct, how did Cardale Jones do without Devin Smith? McSorely has already lost Godwin, now he loses his top 4 targets (I neglected Blacknall) and a change at OC. Good luck with improving on 28TD and 10ints (that should have been at least 11 int but B1G Refs gonna B1G Ref).
Time will tell, but he isn't some gunslinger with top shelf NFL talent that I would put my money on.
I think one of the causes was moving Worley to a position he wasn't really built for. When Borland was in the middle and Worley was outside replacing Booker, the LB core was a bit better and definitely improved in the last 3 games. Baker taking the season off until the B1G title game and Sugar Bowl didn't help either.
No one should put 55 on them...but realize that 17 of those points were directly related to INTs that shouldn't be laid on the defense. But the defense was not good on that day, much like the QB.
I said wow when he caught it. Just because you obviously expect every WR to be Terry Glenn doesn't mean it wasn't an athletic feat. He caught the ball in the air under tight coverage knowing he was going to take a hit from a safety. It wasn't some basic curl route.
He loses a lot more than just SB, he loses Gisecki and Hamilton. Miles Sanders is a nice weapon, but I still wouldn't bet a nickel on him. His best play is throwing an arm punt and letting his WR out battle the DB. At some point, that stops working, especially when you lose your top 3 weapons.
I do not think there is any way to know this, besides the 'twitter doctors', which I never read as they are only offering opinions for what they perceive to be the damage/injury. He had spine stabilization surgery for a spine contusion, but there has been no other real information as to the extent of that repair nor prediction/prognosis for his recovery. All we know is he has feelings in his legs and is going through rehab.
Not sure where you heard that. His dad finally broke the silence last week in an interview and said Ryan has feeling in his legs, but would not comment on where he is at with rehab. The Shazier family and steelers are keeping his progress private, besides what Ryan himself or his dad post.
There were a few times an OSU WR made one of those catches. Here are the two biggest:
Austin Mack made the catch of the game against UM.
Johnny Dixon with incredible body control against Penn State to make it 38-35
It really is the sport that benefitted the most from HDTV/widescreens becoming the norm. The sport that it hurt the most is football, because of their 'need' to do super-slow-frame-by-frame instant replays, which doesn't even work in the end. What is a catch in the NFL?