Mullens went an impressive 25/36 for the Niners in their Week 3 win, throwing for 343 yards and a touchdown. However, he was playing a bad team in the New York Giants, and does not have a tremendous track record as a starter.
Garoppolo has not given the 49ers any reason to move away from him. In the game and a half before his ankle injury, he had completed 67.3 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no turnovers. There may be some questions lingering about whether he’s elite, but he did lead the Niners to the NFC title last season.
John Harbaugh thinks some of the expectations regarding coaches wearing masks need to be taken into context.
The Baltimore Ravens coach was seen with his mask not covering his mouth at times on Monday night, including during an argument with an official over a penalty. Harbaugh acknowledged that, but said it was unrealistic to suggest that there would be no moments where a mask might fall down briefly.
John Harbaugh addressed not having his mask covering during his heated exchange with an official over Nick Boyle’s tripping penalty: “I don’t think there is anybody better than us, me or our staff, from the beginning of the game to the end of the game.”
More Harbaugh: “To think in a three-hour heated competitive environment — especially when you’re yelling, that your mask isn’t going to fall down for 5 to 10 seconds — I don’t think anybody could be held to that standard.”
The NFL has taken strict measures to try to ensure coaches wear masks all the time. The league has threatened even stricter ones if compliance continues to be an issue.
Harbaugh certainly suggests that the NFL should take context into account when making these calls. A lot depends on what the TV cameras catch. There’s a big difference between a mask falling down and being intentionally removed, though. Harbaugh has to make sure he’s not doing the latter.
Patrick Mahomes just outplayed one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC in Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, and he is hoping to do the same against the New England Patriots on Sunday. While Cam Newton may not be Lamar Jackson, Mahomes has plenty of respect for his upcoming opponent.
Mahomes was asked about Newton’s game on Wednesday, and he had very high praise for his fellow former NFL MVP.
Newton is nowhere near as good of a player as Mahomes at this point in their respective careers, but he’s a different type of player. Mahomes keeps plays alive with his feet, but he’s arguably the best passer in the NFL. Newton still makes numerous plays with his legs and is far more physical than Mahomes. He’s also proven this season that he can still throw accurately downfield, though no one compares to Mahomes in that category.
We’d say the Chiefs have their work cut out for them against Newton and the Patriots, but we all saw what Mahomes just did to the Ravens. Jackson made a tough admission about his AFC foe after that game, and it will be interesting to see how Newton feels following his showdown with Mahomes and company.
The NFL has fined multiple head coaches through the first three weeks of the season for not wearing face coverings at all times on the sideline during games, and the league says the penalties could become much more harsh going forward.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL sent another strongly-worded memo to teams this week urging them to comply with all coronavirus-related protocols on game day. Failure to do so may result in suspensions or the loss of draft picks.
NFL sent another strongly-worded memo to team executives, GMs and HCs today, urging all to be in compliance with game-day protocols (wearing masks). “We will address lack of compliance with accountability measures that may include…suspensions and/or forfeiture of draft picks.”
Five NFL head coaches and their respective teams have already been fined a combined total of nearly $2 million. The fines could continue to increase if the same coaches violate the protocols, but teams will almost certainly take the policy more seriously if suspensions are possible and draft picks are at stake.
Jon Gruden is one coach who has repeatedly violated the mask rules by taking his mask off during games. After he was fined last week, he responded by wearing this thing on his face.
Obviously, the situation is fluid. The NFL expected positive COVID-19 tests during the season, and protocols are in place to deal with that. Should more positive tests turn up during the week, the plan could change again.
The NFL has planned for the possibility of positive coronavirus tests during the season, and as of now there are no plans to cancel the Titans’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville on Sunday. The Vikings will travel to Houston to take on the Texans this weekend, and that game is still scheduled to take place as well.
If all of Sunday’s games are held as scheduled, the biggest impact could be that the Titans and Vikings had to dramatically shift their weekly preparations this week due to the positive tests. That is something teams have planned for and could have to deal with again as the season progresses.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been well-traveled throughout his career. The veteran quarterback has played for eight different NFL teams in 16 seasons.
So which NFL city does he like the most? He was asked that during a podcast visit with ESPN’s Adam Schefter and gave his answer, though he was reluctant to share it.
“I’m going to get in trouble if I answer that one,” Fitzpatrick said.
“My favorite NFL city is Buffalo,” Fitzpatrick said.
Schefter asked him why.
“Why? Because it’s Buffalo. It’s Buffalo.”
Fitzpatrick’s longest stretch as a starter during his career came in Buffalo, so it’s no surprise he enjoyed it. But beyond that, Bills fans have long had a reputation for being among the most passionate and rowdiest group in sports. Sometimes their actions can get out of hand, but there is little doubt that they love their team and its players. That’s probably why Fitzpatrick finds it to be so great.
Dolphins’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has played for a quarter of the teams in the NFL, was asked to name his favorite city.
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“You don’t like seeing this. I don’t know that it’s actually been built into our memories that you have to wear a mask,” Davis said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore.
The NFL and NFLPA agreed to restrict players from attending any event that violates state or local restrictions. The agreement also included players avoiding indoor concerts, music or entertainment events. They have further agreed to restrict players from visiting bars or night clubs with 10-or-more people and without wearing a mask. Players are also not supposed to attend house gatherings with more than 15 people and without wearing a mask.
The players attending the event appeared to violate many of these rules.
The NFL is taking restrictions seriously as they play the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. They have fined coaches for not wearing masks during games, including Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who came up with an alternative. The Titans had to suspend in-person activities after players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The league wants to get through the season and needs the cooperation of everyone involved in order to make it happen.
The photo appears to be an early-pregnancy sonogram.
“Just taking a small detour to the wedding,” Matthews wrote on Twitter.
“Mom & Dad, taking a small detour to the wedding,” she wrote on Instagram.
The announcement from Mahomes and Matthews comes less than a month after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback proposed to his longtime girlfriend. The two got engaged on Sept. 1, which was the same night the Chiefs got their Super Bowl rings.