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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Football

Ryan Tannehill threw without pain, could return after bye

Ryan Tannehill

The Miami Dolphins are still very much alive in the AFC East after the New England Patriots lost over the weekend, but they need to get better play from the quarterback position if they want to have a shot at making the playoffs. Fortunately, Ryan Tannehill may be getting close to returning from a shoulder injury.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase told reporters this week that Tannehill did not experience any pain while making throws on Sunday after taking a week off from throwing. Gase cautioned, however, that Tannehill still has a ways to go.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Miami has a bye this weekend before traveling to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 12. They have been targeting that game for Tannehill’s return, but Gase recently said everything with the quarterback’s recovery has been inconsistent. Tannehill will need more than just one day of throwing without pain to be ready to start again.

Brock Osweiler has started the last five games for the Dolphins, and the team is 2-3 during that span. The veteran has thrown no touchdowns and two interceptions over the past three games.

Report: ‘Foregone conclusion’ that Todd Bowles will be fired by Jets

Todd Bowles

The New York Jets are not expected to make a head coaching change before the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean Todd Bowles has a chance of sticking around with the team next year.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that it is “a foregone conclusion” that Bowles and the Jets will part ways following the season. The team’s current ownership group, the Johnson family, has not fired a coach in the middle of a season since buying the Jets in 2000, and they believe dismissing Bowles now could potentially do more harm than good.

Despite their 3-7 record, there have not been indications that Bowles has lost the locker room. Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills was as embarrassing as it gets, but Mehta notes that there are still Jets players — particularly the young ones — that still believe in Bowles. The Johnsons also don’t want to make a major change like firing Bowles or offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates in the middle of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s first year in the NFL.

Former Jets coach Rex Ryan unloaded on Bowles and the team on Monday, and one of his biggest complaints was how the coaching staff has handled Darnold. Bowles signed an extension last year that runs through 2020, but it is a virtually certainty that he will not be around to see it through.

Marquette King: Broncos had me change my punting technique before season

Marquette King dance

Marquette King may not be looking back too fondly on his time in Denver.

In an interview this week with Fresh Focus Sports, the veteran punter said that the Broncos asked him to change his kicking technique before the season.

“We have our first couple practices of OTAs, and it’s like, ‘Alright what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna change some things in your technique. We are going to punt regular to the right, and when you want to punt left, you gotta drop the ball like this and swing the ball across your body,'” said King. “My whole career I’ve always walked the same direction I was going to kick the ball to. And now they are telling me to walk this direction and kick the ball over here if I want to kick it that way. And the more I kept doing it, the more my leg started to hurt.

“This whole offseason I put all this work in to do things the way I normally do it, but then all of a sudden, you’re asked to change it right before the season starts, and it just throws everything off,” he went on. “You start getting scared, like I really started getting scared. I wasn’t comfortable. I even told the head coach, ‘I don’t feel comfortable doing this. I’m going into this season with no confidence because y’all are basically asking me to make every punt a special situation.'”

King, who signed a three-year deal with the Broncos in the offseason, wound up playing in just four games for them before he went down with an adductor injury. Denver released him shortly thereafter, and in the rest of the video, King discusses how he has since been rehabbing and working his way back from the injury.

The former All-Pro also saw an unpleasant end with his last team, but that was more about on-field behavior than anything.

H/T Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter

Buffalo Bills finally cut QB Nathan Peterman

Nathan Peterman

The Nathan Peterman era in Buffalo has finally ended.

The Bills announced on Monday night that they have cut Peterman.

Peterman was a 5th-round pick by the team in last year’s draft. He was 24/49 for 252 yards, 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in limited action last season, which included a five-interception start against the Chargers.

He was no better this season, going 44/81 for 296 yards, 1 touchdown and 7 interceptions in four appearances.

Few quarterbacks in NFL history gave their teams less of a chance to win a game than Peterman, yet the Bills kept sticking with him and giving him opportunities despite how clearly ineffective he was. It was mind-boggling.

Seeing Matt Barkley join the team as a free agent and lead the Bills to victory with 232 yards and 2 touchdowns less than two weeks after signing must have convinced the team to finally get rid of Peterman. Barkley will probably be the backup to Josh Allen, with Derek Anderson as the third-stringer.

Report: Hue Jackson will join Bengals’ coaching staff

Hue Jackson

Hue Jackson will not be out of coaching for long.

Jackson is set to join Marvin Lewis’ coaching staff in Cincinnati, according to a report. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport shares the news but says it’s unclear what Jackson’s title will be.

Lewis just assumed defensive coordinator duties after the team fired Teryl Austin Monday. Jackson is an offensive coach, so it wouldn’t make much sense for him to take over as the defensive coordinator. However, having an assistant who has coached under Lewis for two separate stints, will probably help the team. Jackson coached under Lewis in Cincinnati from 2004-2006 and 2012-2015. He has served as a wide receivers coach, running backs coach, offensive coordinator, secondary coach, and special teams coach under Lewis.

Jackson was fired by the Browns after going 2-5-1 this season. He was 3-36-1 in his two-plus seasons as Cleveland’s head coach.

Marvin Lewis hints that Hue Jackson could return to Bengals

Marvin Lewis

Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis go back a long way, so when Teryl Austin was fired as Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator with Lewis taking up the role, some eyebrows were raised.

Lewis did nothing to dispel the chatter about Jackson potentially returning to Cincinnati during his Monday press conference, when he refused to rule out bringing in the former Cleveland Browns coach to help run the team.

The Bengals have an offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor, but there isn’t really anything stopping Lewis from bringing someone on as a general assistant to help run things. Given the added responsibility, he may do just that.

Remember, there were rumors that the Bengals would want to bring Jackson back as head coach last year, so he has fans in the organization beyond Lewis. It would be a very unusual setup, and for now remains speculation, but it’s speculation Lewis is doing nothing to quiet.

Julian Edelman’s ankle injury reportedly not considered serious

Julian Edelman beard

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, but it does not sound like it will force him to miss any time.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the ankle injury is not considered serious.

The timing of Edelman getting dinged up was probably ideal for the Patriots, as they are entering their bye week. They have already been without Rob Gronkowski for the past two games and looked lost on offense in Tennessee, so any absence for Edelman would be difficult to overcome.

Edelman issued a challenge to his Patriots teammates after Sunday’s poor performance, and that was a good indicator that he expects to be good to go when New England comes out of the bye.