With his long-term future as a Chicago Bear in serious doubt, Mitchell Trubisky has turned to a quarterback guru to try to get his career back on track.
Trubisky said Friday he has been working with highly-regarded quarterback coach Jeff Christensen in a bid to improve his footwork and mechanics going forward.
.@ChicagoBears QB Mitch Trubisky has been working with QB coach/guru Jeff Christensen of ‘Throw It Deep’ QB academy. He says while he really hasn’t ever adjusted his mechanics, working with Jeff, he feels like he has improved his footwork and mechanics.
Trubisky is competing with newly-acquired veteran Nick Foles for Chicago’s starting job. For now, the former first-overall pick may have an edge over Foles, though it’s not necessarily down to anything he’s done so far.
Both franchises have been consistently linked to Brown before. The Ravens’ MVP quarterback has made no secret of his hope that the team signs Brown, and the two have even worked out together over the offseason.
As noted, this suspension only covers Brown’s offseason legal issues. A separate investigation into sexual assault allegations against the wide receiver is ongoing, and could cause him to miss more time.
It’s been slightly over a year since Brown essentially demanded the NFL take action against him so he would know where he stood. Now he does, and he can at least think about a theoretical return to the league this season.
Bill Belichick surprised some people earlier this month when he was spotted becoming the latest spokesperson for Subway, but the New England Patriots coach had a very good reason for agreeing to the ad spot.
Belichick told reporters on Friday that he shot the Subway commercial to help raise money for his charity, The Bill Belichick Foundation. He said the ad was a good way to raise funds during a time when it has become more difficult, likely referencing the fact that functions and other typical charity gatherings cannot be held at the moment.
Bill Belichick says the Subway ad he shot was to help raise money for his foundation. "Difficult environment to raise funds now…This was an opportunity to spend a day to be able to fund the initiatives we have in the foundation for student athletes." https://t.co/IbbuGk7qr3
Belichick is viewed as a no-nonsense coach who takes part in very few endorsement opportunities, which is we saw so many puzzled reactions when the video of him filming the Subway commercial emerged. It makes more sense that he was doing it to raise money for charity.
The Pac-12 announced recently that it will be playing a conference-only football schedule this year, and reports initially indicated the season will start at some point in the middle of September. That may not be a realistic timeline, however.
Pac-12 officials held a virtual conference on Friday to discuss their revised fall schedule, and Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that they decided the season will begin later than Sept. 19.
SOURCE: The Pac-12 season isn’t expected to start Sept. 19. It is expected to try and begin later than that allowing for more flexibility.
The first weekend of play for the Pac-12 was originally supposed to be Aug. 29, so that means the start of the season could be pushed back a month or more. By eliminating non-conference games, the Pac-12 and other conferences will have shorter schedules. That gives schools more flexibility to start the season later or postpone games if need be.
All ideas appear to be on the table at the moment, and one major conference has reportedly informed schools that there may not be football in the fall. There has been talk about football season beginning for colleges in the spring, and that could still be an option for some conferences.
The San Francisco 49ers have a vital need to keep George Kittle happy, and it sounds like there’s a bit of a problem with that right now.
According to Mike Silver of NFL Network, there is a “significant disconnect” in contract talks between the 49ers and Kittle’s camp. While the Niners are willing to reset the tight end market for Kittle, the player’s camp views him as more than simply a tight end and wants to see him paid accordingly.
Silver even wonders if Kittle would consider opting out of the NFL season if the 49ers do not give him what he wants, though that is more speculative than anything else.
As it stands, Kittle would play the 2020 season on a $2.1 million salary. That’s nowhere near fair market value for a player with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons who can dominate a game like few others can.
Cleveland’s Austin Hooper is currently the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, and is due to make $11.5 million this year. The 49ers are clearly willing to beat that for Kittle, but he has a different position in mind in terms of setting his market value that would get him paid much more.
Several teams have expressed interest in Brown, but the belief has been that no team would sign him until the league announced the severity of his punishment. We will now see if that is truly the case.
Brown, 32, spent very brief periods with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots last season. The seven-time Pro Bowler should still be capable of playing at an elite level, as he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.