Newton said all the right things, and they appeared heart-felt.
One: Why’d it take him 30 hours to apologize—and, to a lesser degree, why didn’t he include the reporter in his apology? The fact that he took 30 hours to say he was sorry is concerning. Did it take him longer than a day to realize he was wrong? Or did he know he was wrong and simply took time to do something well thought-out? Two: It makes no sense right now to say, Great apology. We’re all good. This is now a wait-and-see thing, But it’s his actions now that will speak for him.
We can’t take steps backwards as we prepare collectively and obviously with him in terms of his physical health, he said.
Brown has been out since Week 15 when he suffered a partially torn calf muscle against the Patriots.
As for the Bortles, Jaguars brass ultimately faces a tougher decision on what is an even costlier enigma under center.
There is no question Bortles made marked improvement in his fourth NFL campaign, especially when it comes to avoiding turnovers. Is that enough on its own to collect the $19.1 million salary he’s set to earn next season? Not when Bortles followed his erratic December by gaining more yards rushing (88) than passing (87) in his first career playoff game.
Brady, Belichick and Kraft have raised expectations and possibilities so high that virtually no other team in the Super Bowl era could truly comprehend what it’s like to be them. Brady and Belichick weren’t only pushing the boundaries of what a team could accomplish. They also were challenging basic understandings of how a group of high achievers escape the usual pulls of ego and pride. For 17 years, the Patriots have withstood everything the NFL and opponents could throw their way, knowing that if they were united, nobody could touch them. Now they’re threatening to come undone the only way possible: from within.
NFL Media reported earlier this week Gruden already has plans to hire Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for the same role in Oakland, and Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.
Gruden was traded to the Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Gruden spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was fired following the 2008 season after a 9-7 season. He compiled a 57-55 record in Tampa and has worked for ESPN since 2009.