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#pounditSaturday, October 1, 2022

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Robert Griffin III offers himself to 1 NFL team as QB

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.

Mac Jones likely to miss ‘multiple games’ with ankle injury

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.

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.

Buccaneers to practice at AFC team’s facility ahead of Hurricane Ian

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.

Incredible Urban Meyer Jaguars stat goes viral

Photo Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA Today Sports

An incredible stat about the Jacksonville Jaguars that involves Urban Meyer went viral on Sunday.

The Jaguars beat up the Chargers 38-10 to improve to 2-1 on the season. Amazingly, the win allowed Pederson to tie Urban Meyer for fifth all time on the Jaguars’ head coaches wins list.

That’s so painful it hurts.

The Jags went 3-14 last season. They were 2-11 under Meyer before firing him. They went 1-3 under interim coach Darrell Bevell.

That stat illustrates a few things.

1) It shows us just how pathetic the Jags were under Meyer last season.

2) It reinforces just how bad the Jags have been over the last 10 years or so.

Mel Tucker also had two wins as the interim head coach in 2011, and Mike Mularkey had two wins when he went 2-14 in 2012 before the atrocious Gus Bradley took over.

With one more win, Pederson will be fifth all-time on the Jags’ list.

Everyone made same joke about awful 49ers-Broncos game

Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos was quite a snoozer, and the style of game felt very familiar to many football fans.

The Broncos beat the 49ers 11-10 in a game that featured just one touchdown and 17 punts. That’s the type of game college football fans are used to watching from a couple of Big Ten teams.

Take a look at all the jokes fans were making comparing the Sunday night game to a Big Ten game, especially one featuring Iowa.

Denver managed to come out ahead in the scrappy game. At 2-1, they’re well on their way to a spot in the Quick Lane Bowl.

That was some superior punting from Corliss Waitman and Mitch Wishnowsky.

Dan Orlovsky has amazing reaction to Jimmy Garoppolo blunder

Jimmy Garoppolo committed a big blunder on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos, and nobody was happier about it than Dan Orlovsky.

Garoppolo stepped out of the back of the end zone while planting to make a throw on second down of his San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Broncos. The embarrassing move resulted in a safety and gave the ball back to the Broncos.

The reaction from NBC announcer Mike Tirico reflected the feelings of most football fans watching the game: Dan Orlovsky!

Tirico referenced the former Detroit Lions quarterback immediately because Orlovsky had committed the same mistake in a 2008 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Almost immediately after the play occurred, Orlovsky tweeted his reaction.

“IVE (sic) NEVER BEEN HAPPIER FFFFREEEEEDDDOOOMMMM” Orlovsky tweeted.

The “Braveheart” reference was too fitting.

Yes, Orlovsky had almost been imprisoned by the notorious play. It’s still what he’s most strongly associated with throughout his career. And at least he has some company.

Still, there are ways in which accidental safeties can be achieved. And the way Orlovsky did it was so much worse than Garoppolo.

Jimmy Garoppolo pulls a Dan Orlovsky against Broncos

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.

Garoppolo has now joined Orlovsky in infamy. His play wasn’t too harmful for San Francisco though, which appeared to be in bad shape backed up against their end zone.

Cris Collinsworth shares what Kyle Shanahan wants to do but can’t

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.

Kyle Larson has drastic suggestion for Texas Motor Speedway

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 Busch in an interview on Sunday agreed with Larson.

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.

Drivers have different opinions on what changes Texas should make in the future. Some think they should make it shorter, while others have talked about making it another superspeedway.

Larson thinks they should start over.

Aaron Rodgers had 1 complaint after Packers’ win over Bucs

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:

Fans of other teams could reasonably say that it’s rich of Rodgers to complain about delay of game when he gets away with it all the time.

Regardless, Rodgers wasn’t wrong in this case.

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.