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Dec 22, 2019; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) looks up to the scoreboard during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Griffin III still has an itch to play.
RG3 last played in the NFL in 2020 and is currently an analyst for ESPN. But the 32-year-old is still hoping to hear from one team.
The ESPN “Monday Night Countdown” crew featuring Griffin, Steve Young, Booger McFarland, Suzy Kolber and Adam Schefter were talking about the 49ers during the pregame show ahead of the Cowboys-Giants game. Schefter mentioned that the Niners could use a mobile quarterback since Trey Lance is out for the season.
That’s when Griffin suggested himself for the job.
“Hey Kyle, hit my line. We did it once, we can do it again,” Griffin said, directing his comments at 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Both McFarland and Young quickly talked Griffin out of it and reminded him there’s a reason he’s now an analyst.
Griffin was coached by Shanahan in 2012 and 2013. Kyle was an offensive coordinator for Washington during that time, which also happened to be Griffin’s first two seasons in the NFL. Griffin was a star in 2012 and won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year that season.
RG3 never replicated the success of his rookie season the rest of his career. He failed to do much of anything during his last game action, which came in 2020 for the Ravens. As his colleagues said, there’s a reason he’s now working as an analyst. He should stick to that role.
Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The injury news about Mac Jones is not great.
Jones suffered a high ankle sprain during his New England Patriots’ 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that a sprain of such severity causes many people to undergo surgery.
At a minimum, Jones is expected to miss multiple games.
Patriots’ QB Mac Jones has what doctors diagnosed as a severe high ankle sprain that would cause many to have surgery, per sources. He is likely to miss multiple games. Jones and the Patriots still are discussing his options and the best way to proceed.
Schefter says Jones and the Pats are still discussing options. That seems to indicate that surgery could be a possibility.
The Patriots are 1-2 and have Brian Hoyer as their backup and Bailey Zappe as their third-string quarterback. Given their depth chart and the severity of Jones’ injury, the Patriots could be shaping up for a long season and likely top-10 draft pick.
Jones has passed for 786 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions this season.
Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles looks on before a game against the Dallas Cowboysn at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday revealed their evacuation plan ahead of Hurricane Ian.
The Bucs are planning to leave Tampa on Tuesday and relocate to Miami for the week in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Ian. The Bucs are planning to use the Miami Dolphins’ practice facility beginning on Wednesday.
The Dolphins are playing Thursday night at Cincinnati in Week 4 and should not need their home facilities after Wednesday morning, which would allow the Bucs to practice there. Tampa Bay is set to host the Chiefs on Sunday night, but the status of the game is in question due to the imminent hurricane.
Hurricane Ian is approaching the western tip of Cuba and currently deemed a Category 2 hurricane. It is projected to arrive in the Tampa area this week.
Tampa Bay lost 14-12 on Sunday to the Green Bay Packers and are now 2-1. Their Week 4 opponent, Kansas City, is coming off a loss to the Colts on Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo committed a totally embarrassing move during Sunday night’s game between his San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.
The Niners were leading the Broncos 7-3 and had a 1st-and-10 from their 2 early in the third quarter after Denver pinned them near the end zone. On first down, Jeff Wilson Jr. ran for no gain. On the following play, Garoppolo was under pressure and completely lost track of where he was.
Garoppolo inadvertently stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety as he was planting his feet to throw.
Immediately, NBC announcer Mike Tirico pointed out that Garoppolo had pulled a Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky is notorious for running out the back of the end zone in a 2008 loss against the Vikings. The funny part about Orlovsky’s blunder was just how completely unaware he was, and how far back he was.
Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Shanahan apparently has been somewhat limited with what he would like to do with the 49ers’ offense this season.
The 49ers opened up their game on Sunday night at Denver with a few runs by Jeff Wilson Jr., including one that went for 37 yards. Late in the first quarter, San Francisco followed up an 18-yard catch by Deebo Samuel with a couple of short runs by Wilson.
The sequence led NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth to talk about how Shanahan has been limited by injuries in what he would like to do.
“He has almost no depth whatsoever at the running back position,” Collinsworth said of Shanahan. “He would love to get into some of these 2-back sets. But he doesn’t want to put Deebo Samuel back there all the time. And he doesn’t want to run Jeff Wilson all the time because he just doesn’t think physically he’s going to be able to hold up to that kind of carry load.”
Both Elijah Mitchell and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price are out with injuries. That has left Wilson to carry the load. Jordan Mason is handling backup duties, while the team signed Marlon Mack off the street to chip in.
Wilson is in his fifth season with the team and has the most experience in their backfield. Samuel is great to give some carries to, but the Niners don’t want to necessarily overwork him. That has resulted in the Niners’ current offensive situation.
Sep 1, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) talks with the media during the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Media Day at Charlotte Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Larson has a drastic suggestion for Texas Motor Speedway.
Larson is not a fan of the racetrack at Texas Motor Speedway, which has faced complaints from numerous drivers. TMS held two Cup Series events this season — the All-Star Race and Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500. The All-Star Race is headed to North Wilkesboro next year, which gives Speedway Motorsports (owners of Texas Motor Speedway) about a year to make changes to their track.
Larson thinks they should blow it all up.
“I would like them to demolish this place first and then start over from scratch,” Larson said Saturday.
Kyle Larson's suggestion on what should be done to fix Texas Motor Speedway: "I would like them to demolish this place first and then start over from scratch."
Changes were made at Texas Motor Speedway in 2017. They reduced the banking in turns 1 and 2 and expanded the racing surface width for those turns as well. The result is most drivers don’t find the track conducive to good racing.
Many NASCAR fans have long disliked Texas Motor Speedway due to its origins. North Wilkesboro Speedway lost its races in order to create room on the schedule for Texas Motor Speedway. There also were big drainage issues at the track.
Aaron Rodgers was pleased to get a big road victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but there is one thing he was not happy about.
Rodgers spoke with FOX’s Tom Rinaldi after his Green Bay Packers escaped with a 14-12 win over the Bucs. Rinaldi asked Rodgers what the quarterback said to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur at the end of the game.
Rodgers said that he complained to LaFleur that the Bucs had committed delay of game twice in a row. The Bucs were called for delay of game on their 2-point conversion attempt. Rodgers thinks the Bucs should have also been called for delay of game on the touchdown they scored on 3rd-and-goal with 14 seconds left.
“Well, they should have [been called for delay of game] on the previous play too. It was a delay on both plays,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes you see things in the game. Sometimes the jumbotron shows things they shouldn’t show, even at home. I saw something and just passed on the information.”
Rodgers is correct. Take a look at the 3rd-and-goal play:
Even though delay of game wasn’t called on the 3rd-and-goal play, it was called on the 2-point conversion. That call pushed the Bucs back and led Tampa Bay to try a pass play that was broken up. The Bucs appeared ready to try a running play prior to being penalized.