ESPN’s months-long hunt for a Monday Night Football game analyst to replace Jon Gruden might be nearing its end.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Friday that longtime Cheap Euro Jerseys Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire from the game and join the MNF booth, but that he will consult Dallas owner Jerry Jones before making a final decision.
Bradley once helped Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor Cheap Google Jerseys excel with his Cover 3 scheme. Now the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers, Bradley must have been thrilled to scoop up another versatile defensive back in Florida State’s Derwin James, who was a steal at No. 17. He joins an already stacked defense that could develop into one of the league’s best units.
It’s tough to fault New Orleans for making win-now moves, and Texas-San Antonio edge rusher Marcus Davenport is a nice addition to pair with all-pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. But the price for moving up from No. 27 to No. 14 was steep. Had they stayed put, they could have still found value with someone like Florida’s Taven Bryan, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars took at No. 29, or Boston College’s Harold Landry, who remains available.
Matt and I are going to be tied at the hip when it comes to player acquisition, Quinn said at the coach’s introductory press conference in February. Those decisions are never going to be one-sided.
And while there’s no obvious correlation between an impactful first draft class and a coach’s long-term success with a franchise, the Lions’ ability to find on-field contributors who exemplify the characteristics Patricia wants in his players would be a good way to start a tenure.
In general, for us out of the draft, we’re trying to find guys that we think can help us build the program, Patricia said this week. And obviously, if it’s earlier in the draft, we probably are hoping those guys can contribute a lot quicker.
Unlike many first-year head coaches, Patricia joins an organization with many building blocks already in place, including a franchise quarterback, standout left tackle and shutdown cornerback. There’s little reason the team shouldn’t be able to compete for a playoff spot in 2018.
But the same was true of predecessor Jim Caldwell, who did lead the Lions to the postseason in his first year as the coach. But what Caldwell lacked was quality contributions from his early-round picks his first season.