Fantasy Football News & Views
Redskins | Robert Griffin 'I wasn't healthy and it sucked' (Thu Jan 29, 08:21 PM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Sights set on QB Marcus Mariota? (Thu Jan 29, 08:19 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Nick Foles 'I plan on being in Philly' (Thu Jan 29, 08:17 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald contract should get done (Thu Jan 29, 05:52 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | CFL Star Duron Carter agree to terms (Tue Jan 27, 11:14 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Trent Richardson's guarantee voided (Tue Jan 27, 10:40 AM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Joe Flacco on board with Marc Trestman Thu Jan 22, 12:43 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will have his fourth difference offensive coordinator in as many years in offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident Flacco will get along with Trestman after the quarterback was involved in the decision to hire Trestman in the first place. "I think personality-wise, they're going to hit it off really well. They've both very smart, they're both very detailed and they're both very direct in their communication,' Harbaugh said.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Trestman can recapture the magic he used to have or if dealing with Jay Cutler for two years sucked it all out of him. Flacco has a big arm but can be inconsistent. Before Cutler, Trestman had turned several vets into Pro Bowlers. Can he get Flacco back to his Super Bowl shape? If nothing else, the passing offense should be more deadly.|
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Patriots | Bryan Stork practicing Thu Jan 22, 12:34 PM
New England Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.Link to story
Steelers | Want to keep Jason Worilds Thu Jan 22, 11:49 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Jason Worilds is receiving interest from the team for a possible return, according to team president Art Rooney. "We would like to keep Jason," Rooney said. "He had a good year. Like anything else, if the two sides can come to an agreement on a contract we would like to keep him."Link to story
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Patriots | Tom Brady could come under fire Thu Jan 22, 10:05 AM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is now scheduled to speak to the media Thursday, Jan. 22, and he could come under fire due to the report of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. Head coach Bill Belichick denied any involvement in the issue, and Brady will likely have to answer questions on the situation.
|Footballguys view: Yes, Ballghazi or Deflategate or 'this week's ridiculous nonsense' could very well make Brady look bad but then again, given that Belichick gleefully threw him under the bus, people might feel pity on him. We cannot imagine him suspended or penalized in a major way but this story has already gone off the rails so it's truly anyone's guess.|
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch levied multiple fines Thu Jan 22, 09:48 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was fined $20,000 Thursday, Jan. 22, for an obscene gesture he made after scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship game, according to an NFL official. He's also subject to a fine for not speaking to the media after the game, and the league is considering fining him significantly more than the $50,000 he has been previously fined for not speaking to reporters. An NFL official said there would be increasing fines if Lynch misses sessions during Super Bowl week, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming penalty.
|Footballguys view: Of course he was. He should send a cake to the Patriots because this would be a bigger story this week and the next if it wasn't for a bunch of balls being under-inflated. It's long been thought Lynch might have some sort of anxiety issue and he might need more help from the NFL and his team. The guy is clearly uncomfortable in front of the press and yet he gets tossed out there with little support from either entity. Expect more of the same next week.|
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Lions | Met with four prospects Thu Jan 22, 05:21 AM
The Detroit Lions scheduled interviews with DT Danny Shelton (Washington), CB Doran Grant (Ohio State), CB Quinten Rollins (Miami Ohio) and QB Bryce Petty (Baylor) during Senior Bowl activities.
|Footballguys view: The Lions are always looking for an edge in the secondary and could have to replace Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley this offseason (both are free agents) so all these make sense. Petty could get looked at as a backup right now. According to our very own Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman, Petty has struggled to impress during the week of practice in Mobile.|
Ravens | Met with Justin Hardy Thu Jan 22, 05:18 AM
WR Justin Hardy (East Carolina) met with the Baltimore Ravens this week during Senior Bowl activities.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens could use some more receiver help, even if Steve Smith continues to play like a man half his age. Hardy could be a nice fit in Marc Trestman's offense. Hardy could go off the board as a late first- or early second-round pick. In college at East Carolina, Hardy was known for amazing production, quickness and route-running ability.|
Eagles | Met with four prospects Thu Jan 22, 05:11 AM
The Philadelphia Eagles met with four draft prospects at the Senior Bowl, including LB Mike Hull (Penn State), DE Deion Barnes (Penn State), WR Devin X. Smith (Ohio State) and CB Joshua Shaw (USC).Link to story
Giants | Met with two WRs Thu Jan 22, 05:07 AM
WR's Sammie Coates and Devin X. Smith met with the New York Giants front-office staff at the Senior Bowl.
|Footballguys view: Anyone the Giants bring on will have a shot at depth at the very least. We don't know what Victor Cruz will look like next year but at the end of the day, he and Odell Beckham Jr. have precious little behind them so there is room for new blood. Coates is incredibly fast and has the strength to beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Smith is a vertical threat who can make difficult catches seem routine.|
Dolphins | GM praises Ryan Tannehill Thu Jan 22, 04:35 AM
Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey had praise for QB Ryan Tannehill, saying the team is 'excited' about his progress to date. "We are excited about [Tannehill's] future as a Dolphin. ... We saw a lot of progress [in 2014]," Hickey said.
|Footballguys view: Tannehill was expected to take a leap forward but at the end of the day he stumbled a bit. Is it the coaching, is it his weapons or is it him? The Dolphins feel there is progress, but is there enough to warrant an extension for Tannehill? He is in the final year of his rookie contract and the team has to figure out what they want to do with their young quarterback.|
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Bills | Tom Gibbons fired Thu Jan 22, 04:28 AM
Tom Gibbons was fired as the Buffalo Bills director of pro personnel, a job he had held since 2011. There was no announcement of Gibbons' replacement.Link to story
49ers | Pursuing Tony Sparano Thu Jan 22, 04:20 AM
Tony Sparano, the former Oakland Raiders head coach, is being pursued by the San Francisco 49ers. The team may be looking at Sparano for the tight ends coaching position, which Sparano did early in his career.Link to story
Raiders | Mel Tucker in hunt for Oakland DC job Wed Jan 21, 09:01 PM
Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is on the radar of the Oakland Raiders for their defensive coordinator opening.Link to story
Dolphins | GM non-committal on Mike Wallace Wed Jan 21, 09:00 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace's future with the team is unclear. General manager Dennis Hickey would not say Wednesday, Jan. 21, whether Wallace will be back or if his end of season drama will play into the decision. Wallace said everything is being evaluated.
|Footballguys view: Of course they're non-committal. It's hard to be "all in" on a receiver who has failed to live up to his large contract. Wallace had a $17 million cap number in 2014, but that number falls to $12.1 million in 2015. With only $6.6 million left in dead money, it's not out of the question to think the team would consider cutting ties with the underachieving veteran.|
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Bengals | Cincy plans on healthy Vontaze Burfict Wed Jan 21, 09:00 PM
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has had knee surgery, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 21. While there has been concern Burfict might have to begin the 2015 season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list and miss the first six weeks, Lewis said the plan is he'll be back for the season.Link to story
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Bengals | Marvin Lewis happy with Andy Dalton Wed Jan 21, 08:59 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has the support of his head coach Marvin Lewis. The head coach said Wednesday, Jan. 21, that he is happy with Dalton, and the club has no plans to bring in a backup quarterback to push Dalton. 'Fortunately, somehow I've got the right little thing on my shoulder that says, 'Don't get into a quarterback controversy',' Lewis said. 'That's worked for (QB Jon Kitna) to (QB Carson Palmer) to Andy. It's helped us have the success we've had and those guys have been good players, productive players. Even when they've left out of here they've been productive. It works.'
|Footballguys view: Dalton can get you to the playoffs, but he doesn't win in the postseason. In order to take the next step, Dalton needs to get this problem fixed. Lewis is happy, but he knows Dalton must get better if the Bengals get back to the playoffs in 2015.|
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch in rarified playoff air Wed Jan 21, 07:40 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is one of just seven NFL players in history that have rushed for more than 100 yards in five or more playoff games, joining Terrell Davis, Emmitt Smith, John Riggins, Thurman Thomas, Marcus Allen and Franco Harris. Lynch is averaging 94.3 yards in his last seven playoff games. He also leads the league in 100-yard games over the last four years with 24, one more than Houston Texans RB Arian Foster.Link to story
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson set for big payday Wed Jan 21, 07:38 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a base salary of $662,434 this season, which is 25th among starting NFL quarterbacks. However, he will negotiate a contract extension this offseason that will make him one of the highest paid players in the league. A multi-year deal for Wilson is expected to be above $20 million per year with more than $50 million guaranteed. He is already the first player in NFL history to reach two Super Bowls in his first three seasons.Link to story
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Bears | Adam Gase to be hired as OC Wed Jan 21, 07:31 PM
Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase will be hired by the Chicago Bears as their new offensive coordinator, according to a source. Gase will receive an undisclosed three-year deal.
|Footballguys view: Gase follows John Fox to Chicago here. He should be able to craft an explosive offense for quarterback Jay Cutler. Whether or not Cutler runs that system to the letter remains to be seen, but we have our doubts.|
Bears | Jon Hoke not returning Wed Jan 21, 07:08 PM
Chicago Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke won't be returning for the 2015 season.Link to story
Broncos | Zac Dysert signs Futures contract Wed Jan 21, 04:49 PM
Denver Broncos QB Zac Dysert was signed to a Reserve/Future contract Wednesday, Jan. 21.
|Footballguys view: Dysert has been on the Broncos practice squad this year after making the active roster as a third quarterback when he was a rookie in 2013. He was a seventh-round pick out of Miami (OH), and Dysert has athleticism and a rocket arm. Dysert has raw accuracy, but he's a favorite of GM John Elway. Fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues should be monitoring him.|
Browns | New OC good for Johnny Manziel? Wed Jan 21, 04:38 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr.
|Footballguys view: We'll have to wait and see here, but Manziel has nowhere to go but up. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding that DeFilippo has worked with a running quarterback before in Kansas City Chiefs QB Terrelle Pryor.|
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Seahawks | Richard Sherman to practice in brace Wed Jan 21, 04:10 PM
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) said he will practice in a brace, but should not have any limitations on gameday.
|Footballguys view: Sherman's going to be limited between now and the Super Bowl. Expect him to start in the game against the Patriots.|
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Ravens | Marc Trestman wants to learn, not take over Wed Jan 21, 03:44 PM
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said he wants to learn the specificities of the team's offense instead of changing it.
|Footballguys view: We're excited about what Trestman could do with the Ravens offense. Head coach John Harbaugh said Trestman's familiarity and success with a West Coast offense were prominent factors in the team's decision to hire the former Bears head coach.|
Jaguars | Blake Bortles should benefit from new OC Wed Jan 21, 03:36 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles should be able to develop under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Caldwell said Olson has the ability to develop quarterbacks and that his style of offense is tailored for young players.
|Footballguys view: Bortles had some struggles as a rookie this year, which had to be expected. While he didn't improve much in his first season, Bortles did get plenty of experience. We'll see if the Jaguars can put better talent around him in 2015.|
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Seahawks | Richard Sherman feeling better Wed Jan 21, 03:07 PM
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) said his elbow is still a little sore, but it is feeling better.Link to story
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Jaguars | Blake Bortles developed bad habits Wed Jan 21, 03:05 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles developed bad habits and may need to start over, in the opinion of NFL Films guru Greg Cosell.
|Footballguys view: Those habits were already developed in college at Central Florida. Bortles has always been more of a facilitator than a playmaker at the quarterback position. Last year did nothing to change that standpoint.|
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Cowboys | Morris Claiborne injury update Wed Jan 21, 02:35 PM
It has yet to be determined if Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) will be ready for the start of training camp in 2015, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.Link to story
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Jaguars | Sen'Derrick Marks on track in recovery Wed Jan 21, 02:34 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) is on track in his return from knee surgery, according to general manager David Caldwell.Link to story
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch sits Wed Jan 21, 02:03 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 21.Link to story
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Seahawks | Wednesday practice report for Super Bowl bye week Wed Jan 21, 01:38 PM
Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (not injury related), LS Clint Gresham (neck), OG J.R. Sweezy (ankle) and S Earl Thomas (shoulder) all did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 21. OT Justin Britt (knee) and CB Richard Sherman (elbow) both fully practiced.Link to story
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Patriots | Brandon LaFell limited in practice Wed Jan 21, 01:37 PM
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 21. The team did not practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.Link to story
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Patriots | Tom Brady a full go Wed Jan 21, 01:35 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 21. The team did not practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.Link to story
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Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Super Bowl bye week Wed Jan 21, 01:34 PM
New England Patriots C Brian Stork (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 21. CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow) and DT Sealver Siliga (foot) all were limited in practice. The team did not practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.Link to story
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Raiders | Latavius Murray to be featured in offense Wed Jan 21, 12:40 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is likely to be the team's lead back in 2015, and new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave plans tailor his system to Murray's talents. Musgrave has guided a top-10 rushing attack in four of his six seasons as an offensive coordinator. Murray had just 82 carries last year and also added 17 catches and 567 total yards of offense.
|Footballguys view: We're excited about Murray's upside, provided he can stay healthy. He has a great size/speed combination and looks swift to and through the hole as a runner. Murray can be a featured back for the Raiders, and it wouldn't surprise us to see him put up strong RB2 numbers in 2015.|
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Cardinals | Drew Stanton should be ready for offseason workouts Wed Jan 21, 12:39 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) 'should be ready to go' for the team's offseason workouts after suffering a right knee injury that caused him to miss the final three regular season games, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: Awesome, but the team still isn't going to rush him back. Both he and Carson Palmer were banged up for the playoffs, and the team wasn't the same without them. Expect the team to be cautious with both quarterbacks as they return from injury.|
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Browns | John DeFilippo hired as Browns' OC Wed Jan 21, 12:03 PM
Former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will be hired as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator. The deal has not officially been completed, but it's expected to be done by the end of the week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We'll see what the Browns can do on offense, and more importantly what they can do with second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. DeFilippo hasn't called plays at the NFL level yet but did so at San Jose State.|
Broncos | Peyton Manning plans to return Wed Jan 21, 10:48 AM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning plans to return in 2015, pending the results of his annual physical, according to three sources The Denver Post's Woody Paige trusts.
|Footballguys view: This is what most expected, but it will take some time to see if he can pass his yearly physical. The test results were learned at the beginning of March last season. The team has requested a decision from him by March 9. Manning has a $21.5 million cap number in 2015, but he could be asked to restructure his deal if the Broncos need extra money to sign free agents like Demaryius Thomas.|
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Jaguars | Greg Olson hired Wed Jan 21, 10:45 AM
Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars to be their offensive coordinator Wednesday, Jan. 21.Link to story
Giants | Could Add RB Depth Wed Jan 21, 10:16 AM
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings could have a veteran running back to complement or compete with him next season. The team could possibly add a change-of-pace back and a run-blocking offensive lineman in the offseason.
|Footballguys view: This move wouldn't surprise us. Behind Jennings, the Giants will have second-year pro Andre Williams. He's your classic banger between the tackles, but he's not a receiving threat. This is a good RB class in the draft, and the Giants could look for some help there.|
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Colts | Trent Richardson was suspended Wed Jan 21, 09:04 AM
Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson was suspended and deactivated for the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 18.
|Footballguys view: Richardson told the team he was dealing with a serious family problem. We're doubtful the team would suspend him if that was the case. He has a $3.1 million cap number next year-all guaranteed-but we think the Colts could cut him loose later this offseason.|
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Raiders | Oakland looking at Mike Smith for DC Tue Jan 20, 11:15 PM
Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is expected to interview with the Oakland Raiders for their defensive coordinator opening, a source said Tuesday, Jan. 20.
|Footballguys view: Smith would be a good hire for the Raiders at that position. Things fell apart for him as head coach of the Falcons, but Smith is a solid defensive coordinator. We feel he would work well with new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.|
Lions | Joique Bell undergoes surgery Tue Jan 20, 11:14 PM
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon.
|Footballguys view: Bell is going to heal, rest and then get back on the road to recovery. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts. When he does return, we expect the Lions to ease him back into action.|
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Browns | Cleveland interviews Frank Cignetti Tue Jan 20, 11:14 PM
St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Jan. 20, for their vacant offensive coordinator job, a source said.Link to story
Bengals | Cincinnati not parting with Vance Joseph Tue Jan 20, 11:13 PM
Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph will not be let out of his contract to pursue defensive coordinator positions. He was linked to the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator opening.
|Footballguys view: Joseph was getting some interest from around the NFL, but it looks like the Bengals won't let him out of his deal.|
Bears | Adam Gase to interview for Chicago OC Tue Jan 20, 11:12 PM
Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is expected to interview for the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator opening Wednesday, Jan. 21, a source said Tuesday, Jan. 20.
|Footballguys view: After missing out on the Ravens OC job that Marc Trestman snared, Gase needs to do something. He could team back up with head coach John Fox, and Gase could help craft an offense to get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler.|
Jets | Chan Gailey is new offensive coordinator Tue Jan 20, 06:56 PM
Former Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey has been named the new offensive coordinator of the New York Jets.
|Footballguys view: Gailey has always been a creative coordinator. We're expecting more of the same now that he's with the Jets. His hiring is a good sign for a young, athletic quarterback like Geno Smith.|
Cardinals | Carson Palmer could be back for OTAs Tue Jan 20, 06:18 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is ahead of schedule and could return for organized team activities this offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: This is good news for the Cardinals, as they weren't the same without Palmer on the field. However, we're not expecting them to rush Palmer back. He could do some light work when team activities resume later in the spring.|
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Packers | Nine players re-signed Tue Jan 20, 05:33 PM
The Green Bay Packers re-signed CB Tay Glover-Wright, CB Jean Fanor, LB Adrian Hubbard, C Joe Madsen, RB Rajion Neal, LB Joe X. Thomas,OT Jeremy Vujnovich, OG Josh Walker and WR Myles White Tuesday, Jan. 20.Link to story
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Jaguars | Jags committed to zone-blocking scheme Tue Jan 20, 05:30 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team is committed to remaining a zone-blocking team. However, new assistant coach and offensive line coach Doug Marrone didn't use a zone-blocking scheme while with the Buffalo Bills, and he has preferred bigger offensive linemen. Buffalo had the league's heaviest offensive line in his two seasons as head coach. Regardless, Bradley wants his offense committed to the run to take the pressure off QB Blake Bortles.
|Footballguys view: The situation with Marrone is a curious one. We'll see what kind of ground game they build in Jacksonville, but we agree that it's wise to have a strong one to help out their young quarterback.|