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Friday, October 18, 2019

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Pete Carroll has no hard feelings toward Earl Thomas

Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would not let an awkward end to Earl Thomas’ career with the team ruin future interactions.

Thomas, now with the Baltimore Ravens, faces the Seahawks this weekend for the first time in his career. The last part of Thomas’ Seattle career was marked by a training camp holdout, Thomas attempting to preserve his free agent value, and ultimately flipping off the Seattle sideline after breaking his leg in a 2018 game.

Will things be awkward? Carroll hopes not, and he’s going to enjoy the conversation he has with Thomas if he gets to have one.

Thomas has said some conciliatory things about the Seahawks, so this may end up being less awkward than it could have been. He’ll still want his revenge, though.

Rumors of Trent Williams trade reportedly denied by Redskins

Trent Williams

Members of the Washington Redskins are denying rumors of an impending Trent Williams trade — as far as they know.

According to John Keim of ESPN, multiple sources within the Redskins said there is no Williams trade on the table “to their knowledge.” Rumors spread on social media Tuesday suggesting that the offensive lineman was close to being traded to the Cleveland Browns.

There is a caveat, however: team president Bruce Allen makes the deals, and it’s possible that he’s up to something that other employees may not know about.

Williams won’t play for Washington, allegedly over disagreements with the team’s medical staff. He has no plans to come back, and last we heard, Washington has no plans to trade him, even if it would probably be best for everyone involved at this point. If he’s dealt to the Browns or anywhere else, it would mean Allen had a change of heart somewhere.

Lions OC Darrell Bevell: Referees are not calling pass interference

Officiating has become a talking point in NFL circles again over the past 24, but Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had an interesting take on the state of things.

Bevell was asked about how pass interference has been called in 2019, and he had a simple answer: it isn’t.

One has to wonder if referees are a little spooked about throwing these flags. Pass interference is reviewable now, and perhaps the referees are putting the onus on coaches to correct mistakes. That said, pass interference challenges aren’t leading to many overturned calls.

Maybe it’s all in Bevell’s head. That said, he has some reason to be aggrieved after his team was the victim of a bad pass interference non-call Monday night.

Jason Garrett not eager to use Doug Pederson comments as motivational tactic

Jason Garrett

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s comments on Monday looked like bulletin board material for the Dallas Cowboys, but Jason Garrett doesn’t seem like he’s rushing to post them there.

Pederson all but guaranteed that the Eagles would win in Dallas in Week 7, projecting confidence ahead of a matchup with the reeling Cowboys. Garrett wouldn’t go into much detail regarding what he’d say to his team when asked about Pederson’s comments, but he didn’t seem urgent to notify them of what Pederson said.

Cowboys players will hear about those remarks whether or not Garrett points them out, so it’s not really necessary. If they want to derive motivation from it, so be it. Garrett, who seems to be under increasing pressure despite what the front office says, is more focused on getting the 3-3 Cowboys right in football terms.

St. Louis Archdiocese asks Saints to help Cardinals win after Pope’s tweet

St Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are badly in need of a win to try to turn things around in the NLCS, and they’re reaching out to a seemingly blessed team in hopes of a bit of divine intervention.

On Sunday, Pope Francis inadvertently had a New Orleans Saints logo inserted into one of his tweets due to using a hashtag, which prompted a lot of jokes. It only got funnier when the Saints won, with some jokingly suggesting that the Pope’s intervention had something to do with that.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis noticed. On Monday, they asked for a little help from the Saints — the football team, that is — ahead of a pivotal NLCS Game 3 against the Washington Nationals.

The Archdiocese might be better off going directly to Pope Francis — Cardinals are within his purview, after all. After the way the first two games of the series went for St. Louis, they can use all they help they can get.

Titans’ Delanie Walker calls out team Twitter for fueling QB controversy

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans have a decision to make on their Week 7 starting quarterback, and their Twitter account is embracing it more than it perhaps should.

On Monday, echoing coach Mike Vrabel, the team’s official account posted a link to a news story on how the Titans would decide between Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota within the next 24 hours. This did not sit well with Walker, who didn’t think much of the tweet at all.

The Titans’ original tweet came off almost like it was advertising for a reality show, and it’s probably not a very exciting talking point for fans, either. There’s Tannehill, a veteran game manager who isn’t a long-term solution, and Mariota, a former top draft pick who hasn’t produced and got benched Sunday. It’s not exactly going to get anyone off their seat. Moreover, it doesn’t even tell us anything new until a decision has been made.

Josh Rosen not guaranteed starting job for remainder of season

Josh Rosen Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins aren’t doing much to clear up their quarterback situation, but there will be no changes — for now.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced Monday that, despite Ryan Fitzpatrick coming off the bench to rally the team against Washington, Josh Rosen will remain the starter for Week 7 against Buffalo. He added, however, that the situation would remain fluid as the season goes on.

It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of Rosen when the best Flores can say of him is “continuity.” He was dreadful on Sunday and Fitzpatrick outperformed him, but with the Dolphins not terribly interested in winning football games right now, continuing their “evaluation” of Rosen may be best for the franchise to achieve its long-term goals.

Rosen admitted that he feels like he’s undertaking a season-long tryout in Miami. It does not sound like he’s nailing it, having thrown five interceptions to one touchdown while reaching the 200-yard mark just once.

ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez set to interview for Mets manager job

The New York Mets are adding to their list of interviewees for the team’s open managerial position.

The latest name linked to an interview is longtime player and current ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Perez played 13 seasons in MLB, primarily as a reserve. Though he is known to many for his work on ESPN, he does have coaching experience, having managed in the Puerto Rican league and served on MLB staffs with the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros. He’s also the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

Perez does not appear to be a frontrunner for the job, at least not right now. Joe Girardi has been mentioned as a candidate, and there’s another former player who clearly covets the job. The Mets are taking their time and being thorough, and there’s no real indication of who the preferred candidate is at this time.