But moving forward with Hogan in the starting role for now is the right call for Cleveland. Kizer is raw and needs to develop, and the pressure of starting for a team that’s won a single game during his head coach’s tenure isn’t the best environment for it.
But with Bill Lazor breathing life into this offense while the defense continues to play great, the Bengals now looks like the best team in the division, at least if we’re going off the last three weeks, during which the Bengals have shown their dominance.
Mariota was slow and stiff, clearly favoring his bad leg for most of the night. When he was sailing passes and taking hits early on, it looked like we were in for a repeat of last week’s Sam Bradford debacle. When he threw a pick-six in the third quarter that extended the Colts’ lead to 19-9, it would’ve been reasonable to write off the Titans at that point.
Minnesota’s coach, Mike Zimmer, canceled practice. NFL teams never cancel practice. The game never stops. In a way, it’s a repudiation of Next Man Up to send everyone home — an acknowledgment that some injuries transcend the transactional. Sometimes, even in such a brutal world, circumstances dictate that the next man can’t reasonably be expected to step up, at least not right away.
It happened at the beginning of practice, and obviously Coach made the right call to cancel, Vikings quarterbacks coach Scott Turner says. We weren’t going to get anything done that day.
He has been general manager for 11 seasons and will have made the playoffs in only four of them — two of which were in his first two seasons. This is a large sample size.
However, that might be the only positive from the future Hall of Famer’s move west.
They’re not alone. Reserve linemen Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy and Jason Spriggs, who would be 3-4-5 to fill in at tackle, are all on injured reserve. Lane Taylor moved from guard to tackle to fill in earlier this season, but Taylor was carted off with a knee injury against the Vikings.
I think Seattle is better one through 53, but there’s no argument Rams have some solid pieces. However, they also have two of the oldest 10 or 12 starting offensive linemen in the league, have had phenomenal injury luck thus far and have yet to beat a team that currently has a winning record. They’re better than they have been, but haven’t arrived just yet in my opinion.
Turf Show Times thinks that, despite the Rams losing to the Seahawks in Week 5, the true best team is to be determined:
The best team of tomorrow’s NFC West looks like it could be in LA.
But today? I’m not sure if we’re closer to yesterday or tomorrow. And given what happened Sunday, I’m not sure that either of those two teams know either.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen says, Across this league, everyone has respect for Teddy, and he cites Sam Bradford as proof. Bradford texted get-well wishes to Bridgewater the day after the injury — about the same time the Vikings’ front office started asking tight ends coach Pat Shurmur, once Bradford’s offensive coordinator in St. Louis and Philadelphia, for a detailed scouting report on his former quarterback. Three days after that, Minnesota traded a first-round and a conditional fourth-round pick to the Eagles to turn Bradford into its Next Man Up.
Nobody knows when Bridgewater will play again. The team says he’ll be back next year, but there’s no guarantee. His knee dislocated, and the impact tore multiple ligaments connecting the patella to the tibia and fibula. When the Vikings traded for Bradford, back when nobody expected Minnesota to start the season 5-1, it was noted that Bridgewater is under team control through 2017.