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How Deshaun Watson’s Suspension Appeal Could Affect the Browns’ QB Room

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DENVER – i jI just got to my 10th training camp city and of course I’m starting to forget where I am. But I didn’t forget to get to your questions (even if it’s a day later than usual)…

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From bryg20 (@gnieskib): Will the Browns stay with Brisset for six games or will they run to Garoppolo? Will this thought process change the league’s ability to appeal?

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Brug – I’ll start with what I think, and I think the Browns think that Jacoby Brisset plays better than he is credited with. But he was brought in for a very specific reason, and it was to hold the fort whenever Deshaun Watson was due to serve his suspension. So I think the Browns signed him thinking he could be the guy for six, eight or ten games and maybe the team would even benefit from it (since more players would have to take on bigger roles in the game). interim period). , with the idea that Watson would return.

I think if we’re talking about a scenario where Watson doesn’t return this year, then we’re talking about something completely different. I would say that this is unlikely, because the case will go to court first. But if that happens, then I feel (and this is just my feeling) that the Browns will reconsider their position and consider bringing in another guy.

That guy could very well be Jimmy Garoppolo. Remember, coach Kevin Stefansky learned about the offense he’s running in Cleveland from Gary Kubiak, who was also Kyle Shanahan’s mentor. So it looks like Garoppolo’s move to the Clevelands will be fairly easy, and it will allow the Browns to compete against a lineup that Cleveland officials believe they are more than willing to fight. As part of this, Garoppolo will get a great chance to prove who he can be as a quarterback before looking for a new home in 2023.

And again, I don’t think all of that will happen. But this is not excluded.

From Justin Mason (@Masonjt24): Matt Rule to step down as Panthers head coach if Panthers don’t make the playoffs? #KeepPounding

Justin, it’s obvious that Matt Rule, like any NFL coach, will have a hard time if he goes three straight seasons without a playoff. But there are two reasons to believe that David Tepper can remain patient. The first is what’s left of Rhule’s seven-year, $63 million deal at the end of the year. Secondly, it was a very big leap for Tepper, and it is quite clear that he does not like to make mistakes.

So yes, most likely the playoffs will be the barometer. But if a team rises and falls early and fires up late but just misses the playoffs based on how much the franchise has been invested in Rule, I can see he has a path to survival.

From Derek Robbins (@coachdeek10): Pittsburgh won’t actually carry 3 QBs? So this prim Rudolf is an extra person?

First of all, Derek, this is a very mean comment about Mason Rudolph. He tries his best (and joking aside, he’s been fine this summer).

Once that’s established, I think Mike Tomlin’s decision on how many quarterbacks to get out of camp is almost entirely up to Kenny Pickett. He no doubt has room for improvement and it was obvious at some points early on, but the fact that he already stole a few second team reps from Mitch Trubisky likely indicates that the coaches were mulling over the idea of ​​going with two quarterbacks. . The expanded practice squad rules also allow for some extra flexibility to keep a player like Rudolf.

However, the Steelers really want to give Rudolph a good shake, and they’ve spent four full seasons developing him. So I’d say that even though Rudolph isn’t on the roster, the chance to maybe hide him on the practice team, and the insurance he gives the team in case Pickett’s development falters, gives him a solid chance of staying.

From Tom Marshall (@aredzonauk): Were the cardinals so naive that they thought the “homework clause” would not be a hugely controversial mistake?

To be honest, Tom, it shouldn’t have been that hard, but I think I have an idea of ​​how things like this happen. It really starts with questions about Kyler Murray’s leadership that lingered for the first three years of his career. Murray then sees what his former teammate and friend Baker Mayfield got for waiting in Cleveland. Then comes Chris Mortensen’s report from ESPN on Sunday’s Super Bowl and we didn’t race.

From there, understandably, the Murray camp felt the need to bang the cages, and so when the NFL arrived in Indianapolis for a training camp in late February, agent Eric Burkhardt sent out an explosive statement saying the quarterback wanted to be a Cardinal, wanted to bring Arizona a championship. and, to chart a path there, wanted to confirm that he was the team’s quarterback for a long time.

So, if you are cardinals, at this point you might be thinking: Okay, we’ll do it, but first we need some guarantees.. These assurances are in writing. And even before you notice how useless such an item is – it has so many cons for everyone involved, as we have seen, and a minimum of pros – you can almost forget how you even got there.

No doubt it was cute Mickey Mouse. And even after this item is gone, everyone will still have to wear these ears for a while.

From Razorback District (@DC_Razorback): Best QB in New Location (Matt Ryan, Wentz, Baker), excluding Wilson

District, I think it’s probably Watson, from a purely football point of view. He was really good in his first four years in Houston and showed what few quarterbacks his age are capable of—the ability to almost single-handedly lift an exhausted team. Obviously, it is difficult to separate field from field. But if there wasn’t an off-field part, I think it would be Watson.

Then there is Russell Wilson and, I understand, Matt Ryan. And after that, Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield as reclamation projects, and I would even say that I’m not sure it’s fair to put Wilson far ahead of Ryan. Ryan is older but at their peak I think they are comparable and that’s why I think people don’t take the Colts seriously enough.

By Gambling Avenge (@GamblingAvenge1): At what point would you change your “pinned tweet” to something that isn’t about your podcast and 2021 midseason MVP?

Avenger, you are right. I have to take care of it.

From Sean (@GreatWhite85): Why is Ohio terrible?

For you? Probably because Michigan hasn’t won there in 22 years.

From Matt Davis (@MrMattD2): How are you?


From Brian King (@KingBGK): Is the $350 Duxbury Beach Sticker the Biggest Racket?

No questions. Silly swimmers.

From Kenny Tos (@Toceleonard5): Do you separate whites when you wash on the go?

I’m trying to find the wash and the fold, so it’s usually out of my control.

From Moose block (@moose_block): Does Brian Flores have any remedy at the moment?

As for the league punishing Dolphins owner Steven Ross for tanking, the answer is no – the NFL investigation is closed. But Flores’ class action lawsuit, filed jointly with Steve Wilkes and Ray Horton, is still pending. So I think his way out will be to win the lawsuit, which is still in court.

From BigMikeC68 (@BigMikeC68): Does Kraft regret choosing Bill over Brady? He must. Letting go of the greatest because you didn’t pay him is unforgivable. Bill thought he was done. Not even close.

Mike, I think time will tell, and let me tell you what if you forced to choose between the two at the start of 2020, I don’t think it will be easy. In fact, just because of where that lineup was at the time, and the lack of history of quarterbacks his age continuing to play at the same level as him, I don’t think at the time the transition from Bill Belichick instead of Tom Brady was a wild decision for Robert Kraft.

Now, obviously, the call looks very different than it did back then. And I admit it made me look at the quarterback/coach dynamic a little differently. I still believe that these two positions are the most important for any team in the sport and perhaps the obvious choice. But I think over the past two years Brady has shown the power that a great quarterback has and the impact he can have on a team.

Everyone points to the guns around Brady and his defense with the Bucks, which is great. But what exactly was this group doing without him? Tampa Bay hasn’t made the playoffs for 13 years – it was the longest drought in the NFC – and the franchise has replaced Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith, and then Bruce Arians in the years since John Gruden’s ouster. It was kind of like a clown show, and Brady shows up, and the first year… they win the whole damn thing.

So if Belichick goes there and coaches the same team, say Philip Rivers, who signed a quarterback contract in the offseason, would they all win? And wouldn’t the Patriots, in all likelihood, have won a playoff game or two in the last couple of years with Brady at quarterback?

All of this is not to say that I don’t consider Belichick the greatest coach of all time (I believe he is). It just means that I’m not adding up the quarterback/coach equation the way I used to.

From Marki (@mayurachek): As a Washington fan, I’m going to be a little selfish: does the severity of Ross’ punishment have anything to do with what Daniel Snyder might face when Mary Jo White takes her own life, or will it count as apples and oranges? (I know what the legal answer is, I’m wondering: NFL.

Mark, at any rate, I think it just goes to show how easy the league has taken Snyder. He was removed from the team’s day-to-day operations, but on game day, with the NFL taking center stage and cameras everywhere, Snyder was in his suite at FedEx Stadium week after week. And if anyone would guess what it really is…


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