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Interesting billboard fell on Sunday morning in the Los Angeles Times. Sam Farmer, the newspaper's NFL batsman, undoubtedly had his annual draft for sports journalists – he's been doing it for ten years – asking long-time NFL writers he trusts in the franchise cities for the team's choice meet that they cover. Kent Somers, now a sports columnist for the Arizona Republic, but a longtime Card Beat guy, knows the franchise very well.

This was the choice of Somers and his explanation for farmers:

"Arizona: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama. The cardinals like Josh Rosen, and I do not see them taking a quarterback in the first round for two consecutive years. They need help in the line of defense, and Williams would provide that immediately. GM Steve Keim made some mistakes in the first round by taking guys who were not so passionate about football (Jonathan Cooper, Robert Nkemdiche). So I can see how they take Williams. "

Interesting … and although I disagree with Somers in my projection, which is carried away by the tidal wave of Kyler Murray, I believe there is a good idea to come down or win another player. Rosen can be 25 percent better in 2019. Kliff Kingsbury coached him last year as a green rookie, who had received a new coordinator mid-season. The Cardinals have done a good job since she was reported to the combine seven weeks ago that Kingsbury made it slip that Murray had been a "settled deal." I stay with my gut feeling.

Two other easy dramas: I have four quarterbacks, but lower than you think – at 1, 15, 23, and 31. And there's a real rivalry to come up against the only return I hear in round one, Josh Jacobs from Alabama. Continue reading. And enjoy the design aired on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. It's probably better to tell which channels the design is headed for is not switched on.

1. Arizona: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

We live in a society (I sound like Costanza), the "Fake News!" Cries when something seems too obvious. We have to face reality, people. When Cards GM Steve Keim comes to a meeting with club president Michael Bidwill in Tempe today to discuss the fate of the first election, they might do a few things. You could opt for Murray, the choice of head coach Kliff Kinsgbury. You could opt for the best edge rusher (Nick Bosa) – I hear the choice of many in the building – or the best player (Quinnen Williams) in the draft. I'll be surprised, as will America, if the choice is someone other than Murray, especially because the Raiders at four are unlikely to want to swap with what they would cost. I would like to tell you a warning about Kyler Murray, provided he is selected here. In the last seven years of football – three years of university football at college, a short one-year stay at Texans A & M, who sat in Oklahoma one year after switching one year, mainly sat behind Baker Mayfield in 2017 and started last year in Oklahoma-Murray 60 games started. He is 57-3. Who knows if he will start in the NFL right away? But in the NFL, he lost more in one month than in the previous seven years. It will be interesting to see how Murray adapts to the adversities. I'm not sure if he ever had much, at least in football.

2. San Francisco: Nick Bosa, Ohio

Niners have loved him since the Cotton Bowl in 2017, when Bosa sacked 1.5 sacks of Ohio's marauding defense in a 24-7 strike against American Sam Darnold in the final game of the star's college career. I hear the Cardinals consider Bosa a "generation player" who speaks only of their love for Murray when they are ready to pass Bosa on and leave him to the Niners. Edge Rusher is the element that San Francisco did not understand properly. To strengthen the defense front, the 49ers Arik Armstead ranked 17th in 2015, DeForest Buckner seventh in 2016, and Solomon Thomas third in 2017 …. Four picks in the top 20 within five declines along the defensive line – if Bosa does not put the defensive front above the top, this is a bad draft.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Imagine having Josh McDaniels, Chad O'Shea, and Brian Daboll – the insulting brains of AFC East – who designed protective mechanisms to stop Leonard Williams and Oliver from destroying games over the next three or four years. I notice that new coordinator Gregg Williams is not perfect for Oliver in a 3-4 defense, but Williams once bragged that he could play 42 different defenses with his plan, and he would find out that Oliver was working. I've been making Josh Allen a long time here because of the need for the jet's Edge-Rusher, but if you make a mockery, avoid your guts. And someone I trust told me the Jets do not love Allen. So these are the types of scales dumpers who change the board – and most of the time I make out on Thursday night around 08:45 ET like a jerk. We will see. Oh, and the jets would also like to go down when they get a ransom. I do not see it

Quinn Williams. (Getty Images)

4. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

After talking to several teams, I suspect that Williams is at the top of more boards than any other player. One of the smartest guys in our business, Jeff Legwold of ESPN, has Williams on his top 100 list, which fell on Saturday. With the Raiders having a delicate need – their top rated DT was not in the top 50 of the Pro Football Focus DT 2018 standings – Jon Gruden, who has the ultimate say in Oakland, will make that decision and GM Mike Mayock likes to be Williams here take as the first choice of his NFL GM career.

5. Tampa Bay: Devin White, LB, LSU

Many people love White, a fighting machine that attacks at 237 with the power of a 260-pounder. I suspect what GM Jason Licht would do if he stared at White and Josh Allen here … because the Bucs also need a pass rusher. Jason Pierre-Paul is 30, and apart from the precocious Carl Nassib, I do not think an eight-sack guy is in the squad. But White may step in for the late Kwon Alexander and would love the co-ordinator of Todd Bowles' presence. In addition, White could be the best defensive leader in this design.

6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, Randbusch, Kentucky

An experienced hiring manager who knows Dave Gettleman recently said, "Dave wants a pass rusher in the worst possible way. He does not grab one, but he'll get one with one of his first three picks. "Giants choose 6-17-37, and if their heart is on one of the young quarterbacks, Gettleman has it as usual. He was a good poker player here, because even those who know him do not know which quarterback he likes – she should be able to win him at 17. Or, if they play their cards right, return to the low point switch first round with the fifth beat in the second round as bait. (The Rams would love pumping out of the 31st choice.) Another thing Gettleman would love in Allen: No top prospect rusher is more experienced: He played in 51 college games.

7. Jacksonville: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Daniel Jeremiah said the other day, he believes that Hockenson could be the reincarnation of Jason Witten. He is the best blocker that has been persistent in recent years, and he must be good so that the jags will not regret having done a much needed long-term attack like Jawaan Taylor. My feeling is that Tom Coughlin / Dave Caldwell's decision is due to Hockenson or Taylor, and they have the best ending they have released in years to support their new quarterback, Nick Foles, in Zach Ertz Great end had Philadelphia.

8. Detroit: Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida

I'll be surprised if the Lions select Taylor here. The Lions want to trade, and here's the first offensive lineman – Taylor or Jonah Williams or, in a sense, Andre Dillard – selected. Could be Jacksonville, Buffalo could be or it could be the one who chooses at eight. (Man, I really sell Taylor to the Lions!) I just can not figure out which team jumps up here. For a while I thought it was Atlanta, but the Falcons seem to be using all their picks, not swapping a fairly high one to move from 14 to eight.

9. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, T-G, Alabama

Bills love Quinny Williams, but I can not separate the Raiders from him when he's four. Bills could also be traded for Josh Allen or T.J. Hockenson, when he falls to them. But if they stay, Jonah Williams could be an upgrade for Spencer Long at the right guard, or possibly Ty Nsekhe, in the right attack. Many different opinions in the scouting community about Williams. I would ask Bill's Nation to look up in the quixotic dictionary. This is a good player, a better player than Cordy Glenn, but Williams is not Walter Jones. However, it's a wise choice from Bill's GM Brandon Beane, who is trying to make a playoff team a solid player.

10. Denver: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

There is no perfect player to defend Vic Fangio, but so many teams need a sideline (Pittsburgh would love it if he drops to 20, but I do not see it), and many think Bush would be a big compliment to the Randhauer of Miller and Bradley Chubb. Four or five teams between 10 and 20 years old would have a serious interest in Bush if they fall over 10.

11. Cincinnati: Brian Burns, Edge Rusher, Florida State

In the last week, Burns has become very hot because he runs in the low 4.5s and there are not enough speculators for this insatiable market. He has some weaknesses, such as his height (he will probably play for 248), but I think he will be gone with the selection 20. I think he's 19 in Tennessee.

Noah Fant (Getty Images)

12. Green Bay: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Boy Scouts who have been in Iowa City for the last few months told me that the employees of T.J. were enthusiastic. Hockenson and were nice, but not squat son-like Fant. Could be unfair because Hockenson is so ready. In his last two seasons in Iowa, Fant's average fan rating was 14.7 yards and he had 18 touchdowns. Compared to Hockenson's 14.8-yard average over the past two years with nine touchdowns. Very interesting. And Fant is better in the 4.5 second 40 range. This is probably 10 picks too high for Fant, and I would not be surprised if GM attacks Brian Gutekunst instead, long-term offensive Andre Dillard. But I can not see Fant coming out of the first round.

13. Miami: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Hawks crying on deck here. Wilkins, who slips to 13, would be a gift for rookie-dolphins coach Brian Flores, who learned under Bill Belichick that fast-paced 315-pound defense-related people need to be gathered and evaluated. Dolphins have so many needs, and if an offensive attack pleases them, this could be the choice. In terms of QB? No league team has – as far as I've heard – been spending more time with Josh Rosen in recent weeks than in Miami. Suppose my ridicule is correct, and Washington and the Giants use the design for young quarterbacks, and Miami and the Chargers are the only teams that even have any interest in roses. GM Chris Grier tells Arizona GM Steve Keim on Design Night: "We give you our third round – 78 total – for roses. That's it. "A tough call for germ, but knowing that Rosen would be an unlucky camper behind Kyler Murray, and assuming that this is a good draft in the first three laps … Well, there's a lot to think about.

14. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Four players from Clemson and 'Bama in the first 14 picks … with more on the way. Atlanta needs size and power, and Lawrence is extremely rare with 6-4 and 342 at a time of 5.0540 yards. He seems to have convinced the NFL teams that he did not knowingly take a banned substance that has led to a positive PED test, excluding him from the two Clemson playoff games. This is another place to watch the best available offensive lineman.

15. Washington: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Dan Snyder can pick the quarterback of the future from his backyard in Maryland. Haskins' family moved from New Jersey to Maryland at the beginning of his high school years, and Snyder's son and Haskins both attended Bullis School's high school in Potomac, Md. Picking Haskins could make Snyder the indigenous guy's story, who would obviously love the franchise. I found this piece by NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky very helpful and enlightening for Haskins.

16. Carolina: Montez Sweat, Border Press, Mississippi State

"Do not put him in the first round," a clever man told me on Sunday afternoon. "So many teams are afraid of him." Some teams are worried about a heart defect that was discovered after the season at Sweat, and the NFL Network reports that Sweat has been taken off the board boards of some teams. A GM told me on Saturday, "We think it's a problem, but we've been told that if we keep a close eye on it, it can play. This is the kind of thing that different teams will have different opinions about. "Another GM told me that he believes the benefits of Sweat are better than those of Nick Bosa. With the departure of Julius Peppers, Sweat would be a perfect complement to a bristling team – when GM Marty Hurney can overcome the worries over the ticker of Sweat.

17. Houston: Andre Dillard, T, Washington State

PROJECTED TRADE: Houston sends Giants with 23rd and 55th choices for this election.

No team in the NFL needs a radical upgrade, nor does the Texans. Pro football focus, Houston has embarked on this past year. Julie'n Davenport and Kendall Lamm allowed 101 quarterbacks (sacks, punches, rushes) on Deshaun Watson, which is downright disgusting given that Watson is one of the league's most mobile quarterbacks. Remember how much pressure he avoided only by Deshaun Watson. Dillard is, I understand, the top battle on the Houston board, and the teams believe he has a chance to be a good left-back.

18. Minnesota: Garrett Bradbury, C, State of North Carolina

Speaking of PFF, By far the lowest NFL center in the league last year was Pat Elflein of Minnesota. The Vikings come in at 18, 50, and 81 points, and the perception on Path for Scouts is that two of these three picks will be offensive linemen. You should be better. Bradbury is a contentious guy, a Jason Kelce guy who's faster than most centers in the league. He could start on the first day. No, let me change that. Since Elflein was still in the house, Bradbury should start on the first day.

19. Tennessee: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

What's funny about fake designs? Sometimes I hear from a smart GM saying: Drew Lock is too low! Okay, I write back. Whom should I give him? Tennessee. No way, I write. You can not yet design Mariota's successor. So I thought and thought about it and made an extra call, and some said of all the players I still had on the board: "Rashan Gary is some kind of Mike Vrabel player. Give them Gary. "Do you see the science I use here?

20. Pittsburgh: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Imagine the first cornerback from the board would be a guy who played a year after switching from Presbyterian College (S.C.) College Blue Pants to Temple and who has one of the big names in the history of the team designing him. On the scouting road, it is said that Mike Tomlin loves Ya-Sin, and since White and Bush are in a position of high steeler demand (linebacker), Pittsburgh chooses a physical 6-2 corner in his one The season achieved tremendous benefits from (fairly) large football.

21. Oakland: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

PROJECTED TRADE: Oakland is sending the 24th and 106th Elections to Seattle for this election.

The best results of this design are likely to be determined in the 1920's and three teams – Philly at 25, Indy at 26 and Oakland at 24 and 27 – are very interested. The Raiders would only have to move three places forward to make this possible and would probably not have to do their mid-round selection. I could see that Seattle at 21 or Baltimore at 22 makes this deal because Schneider and rookie Ravens GM Eric DeCosta love the deal. Incidentally, I met with Jacobs last week. Gorgeous guy. Hungry to be a great NFL player and he is also a versatile back. Jon Gruden was able to turn him back as a rookie in a total of 1,700 meters.

Clelin Ferrell. (Getty Images)

22. Baltimore: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

New England hopes Ferrell will drop 10 more points, but he will not. The ravens could also act – the rookie GM Eric DeCosta would like to collect more picks. Ferrell, however, is an ideal building block for a defense front that needs a new star. I'm not shocked when Ferrell is gone when the Ravens take a ten-year-old center like Erik McCoy of Texas A & M. The career starts at a very high level, and the Ravens appreciate the offensive as much as any franchise in football.

23. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

PROJECTED TRADE: New York receives this election and no. 55 from Houston for No. 17 in total.

The Giants could just sit around 17 and pick Jones or Drew Lock. In my scenario, the Giants get their QB for 2020 and beyond, after being wound up with Houston … and they get a late second round to team up with Jabrill Peppers for a long-term security or maybe a shot at the right fight Gettleman knows that he needs. With Jones, the player, there is a great deal of disagreement with the man who went as a college starter from 17 to 19. Very smart, but he does not have the deep arm of the other three candidates of the first round. In the year Bob McGinn plunges deeply into top draft prospects, the veteran writer quotes an NFL scout who tells Jones, "He reminds me of Ryan Tannehill. There is something missing in him. "Damn, but the four first-rounders all seem to be suffering this year.

24. Seattle: Johnathan Abram, S., Mississippi State

PROJECTED TRADE: Seattle receives this election and Oakland No. 106 for No. 21 in total.

This is GM John Schneider's tenth draft with Seattle, and he has swapped his first round for seven consecutive years. No question, he wants to be back this year so I have to move him from 21 to 24 and get a three in return. At 24 he has to choose a player who can be a composer right away. Abram is that kind of player. Later, more about Frank Clark, but the pressure is exerted on Schneider if he moves Clark to find another Edge Rusher with the production of Clark. Look for the Seahawks to pick a Rusher either down in the round or in their third and fourth rounds.

25. Philadelphia: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Some love him. Some think he's too shaky at 166, fearing that he would go on a foot injury to the NFL, and he may be prone to injury in the Big Boy League. But he is a big threat. Instinctive and fearless. It may be that DeSean Jackson gives the Eagles one last season and then Brown enters, as the deep menace of Carson Wentz growing up in the Middle Ages can grow. Two Warnings: GM Howie Roseman attacked the free agent he was looking for and ran back Tevin Coleman. He was able to steal his RB1, Josh Jacobs, from the Raiders and Colts. And Roseman is not afraid to draw a guy (Sidney Jones, Round Two, 2017) who has to sit with an injury for almost his entire novice year. So I would also see Jeffery Simmons here.

26. Indianapolis: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

He is 6-2 and runs in the 40-yard run a time of 4.37. What is not to like? Maybe attack. But the Colts desperately need two things: an Edge Rusher and a shut down cornerback. Williams is better in the corner when the remaining boys dismiss the quarterback. Remember Colt GM Chris Ballard: He will not adapt his board to his needs. If there is a player with a much higher rating, Ballard takes him.

27. Oakland: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Touchdowns were allowed in the last two college seasons of coverage: zero. He could make defensive coordinator Paul Günther go crazy with his practice habits, but his play production, at least in college, made up for it. If the Raiders get off this first round with the best defensive duel in the draft, the best back in the draft, and a corner that should immediately push for playtime, this will be a successful first draft for the rookie GM Mayock

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford, T, Oklahoma

Could be a strange change for Ford. He protected for Kyler Murray's fleet in Oklahoma last year, and in that case would protect him for the statuesque donkey Philip Rivers in the United States of America. The Chargers must start planning for the future; Russell Okung enters its tenth season and turns 31 this year. Ford is a good building block for GM Tom Telesco.

Seattle: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

PROJECTED TRADE: Seattle sends DE Frank Clark for this pick and the 63rd election to Kansas City.

The run in corners continues. Murphy is an interesting perspective. Very clever, but he has only played 20 college games, and his speed is in the barely acceptable range (4.55) for corners. The Seahawks continue the search in this design for Legion of Boom II. (More about Clark after the 32nd election.)

D. K. Metcalf. (Getty Images)

30. Green Bay: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

That would be very anti-packer. Last game in the first round: 17 years ago Javon Walker. They have not had a recipient in the Top 50 for eleven years (Jordy Nelson, 2008, 36th place). I also saw Andre Dillard here, but Brian Gutekunst is trying to catch up with Aaron Rodgers for a final multi-year run. He gives him the weapons to become Aaron Rodgers again. I might be Marquise Brown here if I was Green Bay, but I know a 166-pound burner may not have the durability of a Sterling Sharpe player like Metcalf.

31. Denver: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

PROJECTED TRADING: Denver sends the 41st Pick and a 2020 Rounder to the Los Angeles Rams.

Feel bad if you predict this. Sometimes you want to win a fake player in the first round because he thinks he will be a pick of the first round and you force him to adjust the logic afterwards. I do not think the Rams want to pick at 31, and they believe they can use a trade-down deal to get back two or three after being named Kansas City's Cornerback for the fourth and third place in 2018 second round. Denver likes Lock and could possibly catch him as a two-year-old disciple behind Joe Flacco, while this year he has the opportunity to use the 71st pick with a potential starter in a predicament, such as Texas A & M with a close-ended Jace Sternberger. A step like this would not surprise me, but I also think, as Denver told GM John Elway's speeches, he could shake up a young quarterback to the richer QB draft of 2020.

32. New England: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

I do not think this is the likely patriot election, but I do not know who that is, and I wanted to win this great player in the first round. The second-best DT in the draft (behind Quinnen Williams), who wanted to rip his ACL before this year, will not be able to play until 2020, and he has some personal rehabilitation after a physical confrontation with a woman. Simmons could have the effect that Jaylon Smith had after a serious knee injury in his last college game for the Cowboys – and the team that selects him will only have to wait one year on Simmons, not the two seasons, the Smith himself for Smith could physically procure law. Smith was the 34th overall winner in 2016. We'll see if a team meets Simmons at the end of the first or second lap of lap two.

In the end, I had to fight hard with the Frank Clark trade from Seattle to Kansas City. I had the trade in my first draft of the model on Friday, then taken out for 48 hours and put back on Sunday night. The waffle came before I sent Clark to the Chiefs for the incidents of Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill. And I will not be surprised if the Chiefs do not do it. But I go into the game because the need for Kansas City to marginal thrust is so pronounced. Hunt was cut off by the Chiefs last year after a video surfaced when he kicked a woman at a Cleveland hotel last season. The League and local authorities are investigating whether Hill may have been involved in a child abuse case with his three-year-old son. Clark was cited in police reports in 2014 for domestic abuse against his girlfriend at the time. It could be that the Chiefs (or Colts or Jets) have done a lot of due diligence and believe that such allegations are in Clark's past. But it was hard for me to predict that and on Sunday I had a gut feeling.

So I think the Cardinals, should they, I suspect, have chosen Kyler Murray as the number one overall, will be tempted to make the best deal for the quarterback they voted 10th last year, Josh Rosen. It's easy to say that Rosen is a big boy, and he'll have to overcome the biggest snub job in recent NFL history. But he heard how Kliff Kingsbury took over the job and said several times: Josh is our quarterback, or words about it. Now, you're drawing a number one man and have asked Rosen to be a good soldier, to carry the clipboard, and help Kyler Murray win games for the team that has led him astray, the quarterback to be the new coach? Embarrassing.

I do not know how the design will fall, but if Miami or Washington or the Giants draw no quarterback high in draft, it offers to offer a third rounder (a total of 78th of Miami, a total of 95th) from the Giants, 96 from Washington) to Arizona for roses. And I suppose Arizona would think hard about making the best deal it could at that point.

I would be really interested if I were Miami. Imagine swapping the 78th title and having one year to see if Rosen has the chance to play in the long term. If the Dolphins are unconvinced by the end of 2019, they could use a first round (plus any capital, if any) to design the quarterback of the long-term future in a year in which the quarterback harvest is better than this year.

There is also this thing: in the last four and a half years Rosen has been trained by six offensive architects. At UCLA, which began in fall 2015, Roses had Noel Mazzone, Kennedy Polamalu and Jedd Fish, followed by Mike McCoy and Byron Leftwich in Arizona and Kingsbury this year. Imagine if roses had the same system and a trainer for two or three years in a row. It has not happened to him since high school. It seems worth a shot.

This will be a very interesting week in the history of the Arizona Cardinals, but also in the personal history of Josh Rosen.

Some notes on the 2019 schedule:

• Here is something that simply should not happen. The fact that after further review is a deterioration of the schedule 2019:

Oakland raiders in the 48 days between September 16 and November 2: zero.
Raiders games in Oakland in the 15 days between November 3 and November 17: three.

I could say almost the same for the Bucs, except Tampa Bay follows the street nightmare with only two home games. Kudos to NFL Vice President of Broadcasting Michael North for approval of USA Today: "I'd Like to Reissue." For six consecutive weeks, every franchise goes from Road Road to London's Game Bye Road Road. Und wenn man das Feedback der beiden Teams und der Öffentlichkeit beurteilt, kann man sicher sein, dass die NFL keine Mannschaft mehr für sechs volle Wochen außerhalb ihres Heimstadions aufstellen wird, selbst wenn ein Spiel in London hinzukommt . Das fünfköpfige NFL-Planungsteam durchkämmte 64.713 mögliche Zeitpläne. Der Schiefer, den die Liga spielen wird, ist keineswegs ein Greuel. Aber keine Mannschaft sollte 48 Tage zwischen den Spielen auf ihrem Heimfeld gehen.

Ich werde versuchen zu interpretieren, warum die NFL das tat, was sie mit Oakland gemacht hat. Erstens sind die Raiders und die A's die einzigen Fußball- und Baseballmannschaften, die sich ein Stadion teilen. Die Raiders wollen nicht viele Spiele auf dem Feld spielen, wenn sie für Baseball vorbereitet sind, mit dem Skin Infield und dem Pitcher's Hill. In diesem Fall hatte die NFL die Raiders für die ersten zwei Wochen nach Hause, dann geschah dies:

Woche 3: Am letzten Sonntag der regulären Baseball-Saison am 22. September ist A zu Hause. Raiders mussten unterwegs sein, und die NFL brachte sie in Minnesota an.

Woche 4: Die meisten Teams an der Westküste bevorzugen oder akzeptieren das Spielen auf der Straße östlich des Mississippi am Sonntag, bevor sie nach London gehen. Das macht die Reise nach England kürzer. So brachte die NFL die Raiders am 29. September in Indianapolis an.

Woche 5: Alle Teams in temporären Stadionsituationen – die Räuber ziehen im nächsten Jahr nach Las Vegas – können für ein Spiel in London oder Mexiko angesetzt werden. Die NFL plante die Raiders gegen die Bears am 6. Oktober in London.

Woche 6: Die meisten Teams, die im Ausland spielen, wollen sich in der Woche nach dem Europa-Spiel verabschieden. Es gibt einen Abschied hier für Oakland.

Woche 7: Hier hätte die NFL ihren High-Tech-Zeitplan hätte ausrichten sollen, um die Raiders wieder nach Oakland zu bringen. Obwohl die Chance besteht, dass am Sonntag, dem 20. Oktober, das siebente Spiel der American League Championship Series in Oakland gespielt werden kann, ist dies äußerst unwahrscheinlich. Die NFL hätte die Raiders an diesem Datum anstatt in Green Bay einplanen sollen.

Woche 8: World Series Game Five ist für den 27. Oktober geplant. Wie hoch ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass die A in diesem Spiel spielen? Jedenfalls sind es Raiders hier in Houston. Wie North gesagt hat, gelernt. Die NFL wird dies nicht noch einmal tun. Und dies hätte nicht passieren dürfen.

Stellen Sie sich vor, Al Davis hätte diesen Zeitplan gesehen. Die Raiders spielen zwischen dem 22. September und dem 27. Oktober morgens mit ihren Bodyclocks fünf aufeinanderfolgende Spiele. Fünf Spiele in Folge, jeweils um 10 Uhr PT.

• Groundhog Day. „Was für ein Schock!“, Sagte Giants-Präsident John Mara, als er von dem Auftakt der Giants-at-Cowboys erfuhr. Mal sehen, wie sich sechs der letzten acht NFL-Spielzeiten für diese Mannschaften geöffnet haben:

2012: Dallas in New York
2013: New York in Dallas
2015: New York in Dallas
2016: New York in Dallas
2017: New York in Dallas
2019: New York in Dallas

• Rechnungen Mafia wird nach Respekt schreien. Bills-Fans sind ein Insellos. Die Bills Mafia ist eine treue Fan-Gruppe wie in der NFL. Was müssen die Mafiosos gedacht haben, als Buffalo das einzige 32-köpfige Team war, das Null-Primetime-Spiele erzielte? Die Trainer müssen 14 Spiele um 13:00 Uhr lieben. ET beginnt und fünf Autotouren von einer Stunde oder weniger in der Luft. Aber die Fans fühlen sich nur respektlos. Die einzige Anspielung auf die nationale Attraktion ist das erste Thanksgiving-Spiel von Buffalo seit 25 Jahren – die CBS-Neigung am Nachmittag in Dallas.

• Die AFC East wird Homebodies sein.Die Jets spielen 16 Spiele in der östlichen Zeitzone, die Patriots und Dolphins 15 und die Bills 14. Keine AFC East-Mannschaft spielt in diesem Jahr in Mountain oder Pacific Time.

• Ich habe eine CBS-Broadcast-Idee, wenn das Netzwerk, für das ich nicht arbeite, zuhören kann. On the occasion of the 100th season of professional football, the schedule team put a game with historic significance on each week of the schedule. For instance: Week 1, Packers and Bears, the longest-standing rivalry in the game, meet for the 197th time to open the season … Week 2, Cleveland at the Jets on Monday night, a rematch of the first Monday night game ever 49 years ago. And in Week 4, a rematch of the one of the most memorable games in NFL history, from 38 years ago: Chargers 41, Dolphins 38, in the AFC playoffs, in overtime. Re the CBS assignment? I want Dan Fouts, the heroic Chargers quarterback in that heat-stroke of a game and now a CBS color guy, to do analysis for this game. It’s on CBS. It would be fairly perfect.


“As a kid, my whole dream was to win Super Bowls and play QB in the NFL. For me it was always football. But at the same time it wasn’t.”

—Kyler Murray, to Robert Klemko of The MMQB and Sports Illustrated in a magazine story this week.

Enlightening story. Murray’s been beyond quiet leading to the draft. Reminds me a little of Courtney Brown heading into the 2000 draft—he didn’t want to talk to anyone in the media, to the point almost of it being an issue with NFL teams.

His quote here is meaningful, because it says his father, who is his sporting adviser, has always urged him to have a fallback plan. And baseball, according to Klemko, remains that.


“They’ve become not just relevant. They’ve become prominent.”

—NFL scheduling czar Howard Katz, after scheduling the Browns for four prime-time games this season, the most since they were scheduled for five in 2008. Cleveland was 10-6 in 2007.


“Actually the owner is—he’s really a good guy. He’s been a supporter and he’s done a very good job. You have a good team.”

—President Donald Trump, to WMAL in Washington, referring to Washington owner Daniel Snyder.

In the last 13 seasons of Snyder’s ownership, Washington has not won a playoff game, and has won 10 games or more just one time.


“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year. I want to coach for a lot more years.”

—Alabama coach Nick Saban, who said he needs a hip procedure that will put him out of action for six to eight weeks. He should be healthy by the time summer practice begins for his 13th season at Alabama. He is 146-21 at Alabama.


“Gronkowski’s parting gift.”

—Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty.

Bill Belichick turned 67 the other day, which is about the time most normal human beings are seriously pondering retirement. There’s no indication Belichick is. With 56 more coaching victories (regular season and postseason), Belichick would become the NFL’s all-time winningest coach. Top three in wins now: Don Shula 347, George Halas 324, Belichick 292. Shula coached 33 seasons and Halas 40; Belichick has coached 24, and in fairness to the leaders, Shula coached half of his career in 14-game seasons, and the majority of Halas’ years were 12-game regular seasons.

What’s interesting to me is how few of the best coaches ever coached this late in their lives. In fact, 12 of the 15 winningest coaches have not coached, or did not coach, at age 67 or older. Belichick will make that 11 of 15 this fall.

Looking at the top 15, and how many seasons they coached after turning 67:

1. Don Shula: 0. Coached last game at 65.
2. George Halas: 6. Went 47-33-5 and won one NFL title after turning 67.
3. Belichick.
4. Tom Landry: 0. Coached last game at 64.
5. Curly Lambeau: 0. Coached last game at 55.
6. Chuck Noll: 0. Coached last game at 59.
7. Andy Reid: 0. He is 61.
8. Marty Schottenheimer: 0. Coached last game at 63.
9. Dan Reeves: 0. Coached last game at 59.
10. Chuck Knox: 0. Coached last game at 62.
11. Bill Parcells: 0. Coached last game at 65.
12. Tom Coughlin: 3. Went 19-29 after turning 67.
13. Mike Shanahan: 0. Coached last game at 61.
14. Jeff Fisher: 0. Coached last game at 58.
15. Paul Brown: 1. Went 11-4 after turning 67.

Belichick doesn’t talk about how long he’ll coach—surprise!—but those who know him say they think he’s not close to walking away from football. My take: Halas coached his last game at 72. I would not be shocked if Belichick matches that; nor would I be shocked if he coaches two or three more years and ends it. I never sensed the record mattered to him … but if it does, that means he’ll coach six more years. Seems like a stretch, but those who have been around him say he never shows the signs of stress even during big moments of big games that have made some great coaches walk away. Does he look or sound like a 67-year-old man? Not to me.


A perk of being one of the 23 top draft prospects invited to Nashville for the draft is that each player gets 10 round-trip airplane tickets, plus corresponding hotel rooms for three nights for the player and his travel party, gratis.

So, 230 plane tickets plus roughly 180 luxe hotel rooms (some family and/or friends will be couples, and will share a room) … the cost of doing business for putting on the glitzy show in Nashville.


Thanksgiving game one, 2018: Bears-Lions.
Thanksgiving game three, 2018: Saints-Falcons.

Thanksgiving game one, 2019: Bears-Lions.
Thanksgiving game three, 2019: Saints-Falcons.

No traveling in the last few days (that will change this week), but I delight in bringing you highlights from Friday’s 50 States section of USA Today.

Arizona (Phoenix): Dairy farmer Sine Kerr was thought to be the favorite in a state cow-milking contest, but her chances were hurt when a scorpion stung her just below her left thumb. “Her milking thumb,” the paper said.

Colorado (Cherry Hills Village): The city has voted to drop “Swastika Acres” from the name of a subdivision.

Indiana (Seymour): Workers installing sewer lines across a farm have unearthed the fossilized bones of a roughly nine-foot-tall mastodon.

And that’s the news of the day.






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Lots of Steve Keim criticism. From Ravven L.: “I find it interesting that you say the Cards personnel people are at ‘the upper end among personnel people in belief in their ability to pick players’ but then you detail the incredible lack of talent on that team. How are these two statements compatible?”

My statement was about how confident GM Steve Keim and VP of player personnel Terry McDonough are about their personnel acumen—not about their recent performance in the draft and free agency, which has obviously been lacking. I have had issues with some of the Cardinals’ recent personnel decisions, such as giving Sam Bradford so much guaranteed money last year. And GM Steve Keim, obviously, doesn’t have a lot of job security after a three-win season and the hiring of a coach last year that lasted only one season.

But let’s be fair. Arizona won 50 games in Keim’s first five years as GM, got Carson Palmer very cheap in trade with Oakland, and hired Bruce Arians as one of his first decisions as GM (along with club president Michael Bidwill). In his drafts, Keim drafted Tyrann Mathieu with the 69th pick, John Brown with the 91st, and David Johnson with the 86th. He traded the 61st pick plus guard Jonathan Cooper to New England for Chandler Jones; Jones has recorded 41 sacks in his three Cardinals seasons. It’s okay to say Keim is in a personnel slump, but overall, his six years have been better than average.

A cool email about the Ben Roethlisberger pro day. From Frank Corsoe (former sports editor of the Dayton Daily News and Toledo Blade): “As sports editor of the Dayton Daily News, I went to Ben Roethlisberger’s pro day at Miami in 2004. I swear, I thought the Giants were most interested in Ben. They must have had seven people there from Tom Coughlin, [offensive coordinator] John Hufnagel, [GM] Ernie Accorsi, front-office types, etc. There were more than 100 NFL-connected people watching Roethlisberger perform under leaden skies. Following the workout as the NFL Bedouins were off to the next pro day, I see John Dorsey, then director of college scouting for the Packers [and a former top player at UConn] walking up a hill to his car. So I introduced myself to him. Hi, John, I’m Frank Corsoe, I worked at a Connecticut newspaper and enjoyed your career there. I need to ask you a few questions.

What do you see as Roethlisberger’s future in the NFL?

“Are you his PR guy or something?”

No we cover Miami football and he’s an Ohio kid.

“He’s gonna have a good career.”

If you were drafting quarterbacks this year, how do you rate them?

“If I had the first pick, and this is me, it would be taking Eli Manning. He makes all the throws, reads defenses, has a football IQ off the chart and plays in one of the toughest conferences.”

Is that because he’s a Manning?

“Wait a second. If you think of taking a player because his brother is in the league, you won’t be employed for long. I love my job more than anything and wouldn’t risk it for anything that stupid.”

So how do you rate the quarterbacks?

“They will be drafted in this order: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger.”

Good to hear from you, Frank. Moral of the story, I guess, and updated in 2018: Dorsey knows quarterbacks.

1. I think there was a lot of buzz Friday when NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Raiders would send home their scouts for the weekend, and for the days leading up to the draft, preventing them from leaking any of the information on the team’s draft board. “The belief is they [Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock] don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room,” Rapoport reported. A few thoughts:

• Understand that when Mayock was hired by Gruden and Mark Davis, Mayock took a staff of scouts that had preceded him into the job. For these first few months on the job, Mayock, essentially, was told to trust the scouting reports and counsel of scouts who in many cases he didn’t know. These scouts understand the business. Mayock and Gruden are likely to populate the new scouting staff with scouts who will be loyal to them after the draft. Those on the staff now in many cases were brought in by Reggie McKenzie, dismissed in December.

• Although there is generally good camaraderie between GMs and scouts, some teams do not allow scouts to see the draft board. When Al Davis ran the Raiders draft, according to former Raider employee Mike Lombardi, he didn’t keep an ordered draft board; he kept his list of players in order in a notebook, to keep it away from anyone else. The Patriots, another Lombardi employer, do not open the draft room to scouts unless Bill Belichick wants to see one of them to talk about a player. Coaches and scouts are in the building, but not in the room. “If you’re not a decision-maker,” Lombardi said, “you’re not in the room. Scouts are nearby and coaches are in the building, but the only people in the draft room are the ones who have business in the room. It’s like what Bill says, ’Do your job.’ “ Scouts are not picking the players, so they don’t have to be in the room when the players are picked, in other words.

• But I’ve had access to or knowledge of the inner workings of other draft rooms—Dallas and San Francisco most recently—in which the GMs or owners allow a wide swath of team employees and certainly the scouts to be in the room. So it varies.

• Re Mayock: One of his friends in the league told me the other day he felt this was Mayock’s attempt to take control over a process that he’s running for the first time in his life. “Wouldn’t you think it’s fair for Mike, with three picks in the first round, to close the circle and keep it as tight as he can?” this friend said.

• Mayock’s daughter Leigh tweeted over the weekend that she went out to dinner with her dad recently and when he went to the bathroom, he took his draft notebook with him rather than leave it at the table, where only his daughter was. “Don’t take it personal scouties,” she said.

2. I think for all of you, particularly in Packer Nation, who wonder why in the world Green Bay has never played in England or Mexico, you may not have to wonder that much more. I think Green Bay’s time is coming, likely as soon as 2020, to finally go on the road to play a game in London. The reasons why Green Bay has never had to make the trip are predictable—the Packers don’t want to give up one of eight sold-out home games, and no team hosting the Packers wants to give up that gate because the Packers travel so well and fill the stadium and local hotels with fans. But I think the NFL is conscious of not giving a prized franchise special treatment.

3. I think now, after the Russell Wilson deal in Seattle, there’s only one quarterback contract I expect to see soon: Ben Roethlisberger’s in Pittsburgh. He’s entering the last year of his current deal, he’ll likely sign only one more NFL contract, he’s on record as wanting to play three more years, and the Steelers want him for as long as he wants to play. I expect him to retire playing nowhere but Pittsburgh.

Daniel Jones (Getty Images)

4. I think this is the time of year it is: I had an NFL coach whose team needs a quarterback tell me last week he didn’t like Daniel Jones of Duke, because though he was a smart quarterback, he wasn’t as accurate or as advanced with his decision-making as he’d like. Then I heard Gil Brandt, prepping for his 61st draft, say about Jones: “When you watch him and you go back [20] years and watch Peyton Manning, you are watching the same guy.” So who’s right? The coach who wouldn’t draft Jones even in the second round? Or the draft guru of all draft gurus, who has been at this as long as I’ve been alive?

5. I think that’s why the draft is so compelling. So many people. So many opinions.

6. I think, however, I haven’t talked to many people in this pre-draft period who have compared Jones to Peyton Manning. Like, zero.

7. I think the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will not be the same without veteran Steeler beat man Ed Bouchette, who departed for The Athletic last week. I value what Bouchette does so much, and I wish him the best to him in his new job.

8. I think my favorite quote of the spring, and nothing is close for second place, is Giants GM Dave Gettleman responding to a question about the strengths of the 2019 draft by saying, in part, “The wides are thick.” Meaning there are a lot of wide receivers on the Giants board. I just love the way he said it.

9. I think this was an interesting point, from ESPN’s T.J. Quinn on the Robert Kraft case, during an appearance on “Mut and Callahan” on WEEI: “There are people around him who have said to me they can’t believe he doesn’t just take this plea agreement, this diversion agreement that they offered and say, ‘OK, fine, I did this. I am sorry.’ And then move on with it. They are pretty amazed that he’s going to continue to fight it like this.” Man, I could not agree more. This story continues to be in the headlines, and it could have disappeared four weeks ago, when Kraft apologized for the incident. Why apologize if you didn’t do it, and why keep fighting it for four weeks and keeping it in the public eye when you’ve already apologized? It’s baffling.

10. I think these are my other thoughts of the week:

ein. God help our country.

b. Important Columbine Story of the Week: Aaron Ontiveroz of the Denver Post, chronicling the voice of Columbine—the people and families who have been most impacted, with the more powerful messages.

c. The photos by Ontiveroz might more powerful than the words.

d. Profile of the Week: ESPN’s Baxter Holmes on the erudite Gregg Popovich, who might know more about wine than basketball, and that is saying something.

e. Story of the Week: The Rise and Fall of a New York Shock Jock, by Nick Paumgarten of the New Yorker. Great story about the downfall of Craig Carton, who teamed with Boomer Esiason on New York sports station WFAN’s morning show. Man, gambling is a one-way street to hell. Just read this piece. And an excellent job of taking us deep inside the story by Paumgarten.

f. “Are you Craig Carton?”

G. “Yes I am.”

H. “You’re under arrest.”

i. My wife and I watch “Jeopardy” most nights. We’ve been riveted in the last couple of weeks by James Holzhauer, the incredibly intelligent, lighning-fast-with-the-buzzer champion who already has the five most lucrative winning shows of all time. Holzhauer is a professional sports gambler, according to the show.

j. Joe Pinsker of The Atlantic with an interesting story about how Holzhauer, essentially, is so brilliant his games are not fair fights.

k. When the challengers get introduced at the start of the show, they’re lambs led to the slaughter. I’ve never seen anything like it.

l. Coffeenerdness: For some reason that is foreign to me, because it’s never happened in my 61 years on earth, I have been getting allergy attacks. And the only thing I want is orange tea packed with lemon and a dot of honey. Three times a day. Marvelous.

m. Guten Morgen. It’s April 22, and Christian Yelich has 13 home runs on the 26th day of the season.

o. The Red Sox won Saturday night on a walkoff pickoff, catcher Christian Vasquez to first baseman Steve Pearce, nailing Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham. Now there’s something you don’t see every day.

My mock draft stinks. Stinks!
Over/under on direct
hits: Four point five. Hmmmm.


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