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How might Jerry Jones’ flirting with different head coach choices have an effect on the Cowboys’ locker room?
This week, throughout a pre-training camp press convention, Cowboys proprietor/GM Jerry Jones tried to present head coach Mike McCarthy a public vote of confidence with an attention-grabbing quote that largely backfired. Jones tried to instill confidence in McCarthy by saying he had “other choices” for the job however caught with the previous Green Bay Packers head coach.
Jones basically acted like your buddy on the bar when he tells you that he was open to purchasing top-shelf scotch however caught with his home beer as a result of he’s comfy with it. McCarthy is 18-15 throughout his two years in Dallas (really Arlington), and he has largely been an underwhelming rent — all issues thought-about.
Jones has been tied to former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for years. There’s additionally been loads of discuss of McCarthy’s defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, the previous Atlanta Falcons head coach, ultimately changing him. That’s why Jones has needed to continually tackle this example, as McCarthy mainly simply shrugs and quietly mutters, “fake news.”
The Cowboys gig is coveted, even with Jones operating the store, so it’s comprehensible why it’d be a fixed speaking level, however the proprietor is playing a dangerous game right here.
Publicly, whereas Jones has tried for example his confidence in McCarthy via oddly worded decrees, the sense from everybody exterior of the group has been just like Ron Burgundy saying, “I don’t believe you.”
Jones is biding his time, and it’d chunk him. He’s kind of doomed if he does and doomed if he doesn’t let go of McCarthy as a result of the skin skepticism will ultimately attain the locker room. Honestly, it wouldn’t be stunning if it hasn’t already.
How is anybody supposed to purchase into McCarthy with rumors of higher choices swirling across the NFL world? So, mainly, McCarthy has to beat his shortcomings and rumors to even have a shot at a fourth yr in Big D. That’s a fairly unenviable state of affairs for a head coach, regardless of having a number of proficient gamers of their prime. Those top-tier gamers is likely to be more durable to regulate because the rumors get louder throughout a potential dropping streak.
How will the Detroit Lions’ WR depth chart shake out?
The Lions are low-key attention-grabbing at wideout. The crew predictably put first-round decide Jameson Williams on the non-football harm listing this week resulting from his faculty ACL tear. If Williams stays on the listing getting into Week 1, he’ll miss roughly a month of the season, at minimal.
So, for this train, let’s get rid of Williams from the dialog. With Williams now not a issue within the Week 1 depth chart, DJ Chark, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Josh Reynolds are the highest three wideouts. Chark and Reynolds would most likely deal with the skin duties, whereas St. Brown owns the slot. From there, the Lions are prone to preserve two or three extra receivers.
Trinity Benson, Quintez Cephus, Kalil Pimpleton, Tom Kennedy, Josh Johnson, Corey Sutton, and Kalif Raymond will battle for the deep-depth jobs.
Raymond feels just like the most secure guess to stay after he began 14 video games for the crew final yr. Sure, the Lions are higher on the place, however Raymond has the expertise, is aware of the offense, and made the occasional play final yr.
Cephus is the opposite title to look at. He’s had a comparatively stable two years with the Lions as a 2020 fifth-round decide. While the present regime inherited him, they utilized him properly as a depth possibility final season. If the Lions go with 5 broad receivers, Chark, St. Brown, Reynolds, Raymond, and Cephus can be the very best assortment on paper.
Who would be the Carolina Panthers’ beginning QB in Week 1?
If Baker Mayfield isn’t the beginning QB for the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, the group has a legit drawback.
The Panthers traded just about nothing for Mayfield. But he’s nonetheless simply the most suitable choice of the bunch, which incorporates Sam Darnold, PJ Walker, and third-round rookie Matt Corral.
While the group has stated it received’t transfer on from Darnold, it’s arduous to be satisfied that he’s a viable possibility with how every little thing has performed out in his NFL profession. Mayfield had a tough finish in Cleveland, however he’s nonetheless a top-25 QB, at worst, and the identical can’t be stated about Darnold, who’s an inarguable bust.
The group seemingly likes Corral, however he’s getting into the league as a mission. In a QB class the place everybody will most likely want time to regulate to the NFL, Corral may not see the sphere for a season or two. So, Mayfield must be the man.
Obviously, Matt Rhule loves his former Temple QB in Walker, however Carolina followers have seen sufficient to just accept that he isn’t a viable possibility. Again, Mayfield NEEDS to be the man.