“All the teams asked me that question, and I told them you know the coldest is probably 50 degrees and I’m willing to adapt. That’s all it takes is just adapting to the cold and just going out there and getting it done. You know, with all the conditions that I’ve been in and all the adversities that have come to me on the field in my life I think I’ve adapted well. You either adapt or you don’t so I think it’ll be a good, fun challenge and I’m ready for those stadiums and that weather.”
Plus, just because you have experience kicking in harsh weather doesn’t mean you’re immune to ill-timed, heart-breaking shanks.
It’s May and Bill Belichick’s burns are already in midseason form.
By now, the Patriots head coach’s reputation is that of a grump, a reputation he’s earned thanks to every uncomfortable, awkward press conference. But Belichick is also pretty funny when he tries, which makes sense given he’s easily the smartest coach in the league.
Belichick proved it again this week. When Belichick appeared on Lacrosse Magazine’s “Overtime with Paul Carcaterra” for a video feature, he was asked what position he’d put Tom Brady at if Belichick coached a lacrosse team.
Think about it: That’s not a “yes” or “no” answer. That’s Schneider giving us his opinion because he doesn’t actually know whether or not Lynch is retired. If the Seahawks general manager isn’t sure about Lynch’s retirement, that basically tells you that no one has any idea what Lynch is going to do.
Although the Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve-retired list on May 5, that doesn’t make him retired. As PFT noted, Lynch still hasn’t filed his retirement papers, which means all he has to do to play in 2016 is let the NFL know that he wants to play. At that point, Lynch would be taken off the reserve-retired list and the Seahawks would have an $11.5 million decision to make.
The team could either keep him at his $11.5 million cap hit or cut him and take a smaller hit.
“The Norman says of Gettleman. “He has no ties to me. He didn’t bring me in. I had been there five years, busting my tail, giving it everything I had. I was blue-collar to the core. And they talk so much about this being a family deal — well, dang, you could have at least let me know. You want to be a family, but honestly, is this a family way of doing things?”
First of all, this is absurd. Football — despite the NFL’s silly branding — isn’t family. Football is a business and it’s about creating the best team and trying to win a title at just about any cost.
Maybe you think it’s a different era, so Bortles will be different. Bortles threw 35 TDs last season with a 5.8 percent TD rate. Over the past five years, 13 quarterbacks have matched or bettered those numbers. Three got hurt the next year, two improved their TD total the following year and eight regressed. Those eight lost an average of 17 percent of their touchdowns. As Chris Towers wrote last year, it’s rarely a good idea to pay for last year’s touchdown production.
I want to make sure I don’t gloss over the other fact. Outside of touchdowns, Blake Bortles was really bad last year. According to pro-football-reference.com, Bortles had an ANY/A (think yards per attempt with factors for touchdowns, interceptions and sacks) of 6.09 in 2015. That’s the lowest mark for any quarterback to ever throw 35 touchdown passes.
There is certainly a chance that Bortles improves in 2016. After all, he’s just 24 years old. I ran a search, looking for second-year quarterbacks who completed between 55 percent and 60 percent of their passes with 7.0-7.5 Y/A.