Pete Carroll wants to add to the running back position.
That was my big takeaway from his two media appearances today — firstly with Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN and then with reporters in his usual press conference.
“We have a real formula (for) how we win” stated Carroll. “We’ve been unable the last two years to incorporate a major aspect of that… (it) is to run the football the way we want to run.”
In the story, Carroll mentioned the above four names and "whoever else can be part of that thing." So it's unclear if they feel they have to guys to run the ball or need to add someone significant. Carson did look good in the limited time we saw him this year, but can he be the long-term answer? Carroll also said the O-line could have been better. This will be a situation to watch in the offseason.
Now the most important task of the offseason is locking up Garoppolo with a long-term deal.
"We're going to work hard to try to keep him as a 49er for a long, long time," general manager John Lynch said Tuesday. "We're really happy with the way he played. We think he's got some abilities that are unique and we want him here."
Garoppolo's arrival totally transformed a team that began the season with nine straight losses under first-year coach Kyle Shanahan and ended it with five straight wins after Garoppolo took over as starter. He threw for 1,542 yards during those starts and looked the part of a franchise quarterback the Niners (6-10) hoped they had acquired when they dealt a second-round pick to New England at the trade deadline, the story said.
McClain went on to say Fuller should be full go in a few weeks. He was injured three times this season and finished with 26 catches for 406 yards and 7 TDs. Fuller's connection with Deshaun Watson for a brief time this year will likely be remembered by the time Watson is healthy again and fantasy drafts take place in August.
Marvin Lewis's long run in Cincinnati isn't over.
Lewis will remain head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals after signing a two-year contract with the team that runs through the 2019 season, the team announced.
"Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement," Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. "Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018."
One day after his head coach stepped away from football, Carson Palmer followed suit.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback announced his retirement on Tuesday after 15 seasons in the National Football League.
Palmer said "I just know" in reference as to why he was hanging it up at this point. The Cards are now left without a head coach and a QB. Blaine Gabbert showed some signs during a brief stint but was later benched for Drew Stanton and didn't play. The team does return David Johnson at RB.
Bill O'Brien said he thinks there's a chance Deshaun Watson could be back in some capacity for OTAs because he's ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Great news for Watson, who tore his ACL in a practice in November. The Texans likely won't push him as it seems like he'll be good to go for camp and for the start of the season.
Obviously not having McCoy would really hurt the chances of the Bills advancing in this game. If he can't go, Tolbert, Murphy and Jones would likely share the workload. It sounds like even if McCoy plays he won't be at full strength.
Mike Tomlin said he saw Antonio Brown today and said his progress is "going well" (recovering from a calf injury).
The tweet added if Steelers were playing this week Brown would be questionable. With a bye this week, an extra week off will at least help his chances of suiting up the following weekend.
Running back Chris Thompson said his recovery from surgery on his leg will be four-to-six months.
He underwent surgery to repair his broken leg in early December. Thompson said he would be ready in time for training camp at the very least.
Sam Bradford will return to practice today.
This opens up a 21-day window for the team to decide what they want to do with Bradford. Keenum is going to remain the starter regardless but the Vikes may opt to adjust the backup to Keenum at some point should they make a deep playoff run.
“I can’t say it,” Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said, via the Seattle Times. “My job is to protect the team right now, and I’m doing a poor job of that. How can I say this? It’s not playcalling. It’s not playcalling. We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively, that’s what we’ve seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame (OC Darrell Bevell) all you want to, but the truth of the matter us, Bev is not the problem. Probably already said too much.”
The story said Baldwin hinted big changes are coming. As the story also said, lack of a running game was a problem this year. We had a report today that said TE Jimmy Graham is unlikely to return, at least in the opinion of a Seattle Times writer who follows the team.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear he wasn’t interested in a new head coach.
But he’s going to get rid of some assistants to shuffle the deck a bit.
Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Tribune, Jones said during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan that there would be changes on the coaching staff, with some assistants leaving.
He reiterated his previous stance that firing head coach Jason Garrett was “not even a thought for me.”
According to the story, Jones went on to say he wanted to keep OC Scott Linehan and DC Rod Marinelli so this may not be all that big of a shakeup.
TE Jimmy Graham had 10 touchdown receptions this season in what was his third year in Seattle. And he is maybe Russell Wilson’s best friend on the team — Wilson entertainingly referred to Graham on Monday as being “like a unicorn. There are only so many of them in the world.’’ Generally considered really unlikely to be back in Seattle.
The author noted that Graham has been an uneven fit in Seattle and at age 31 is undoubtedly excited to enter free agency for the first time in his NFL career.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has played three games on a sprained right ankle. He’s finally about to get some extra rest.
Rudolph was in a walking boot after playing just 28 snaps in Minnesota’s 23-10 victory over Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings earned a first-round playoff bye as the NFC’s No. 2 seed, and he expects to feel a lot better when they next play Jan. 14 on their home field.
“I finally get some time off, so I’m going to try to get this thing back to 100 percent,” Rudolph said. “I played three games on it, so now I get some time off.”
Rudolph injured his ankle Dec. 10 at Carolina and was listed as doubtful two days before a Dec. 17 game against Cincinnati. He ended up playing against the Bengals, at Green Bay on Dec. 23 and on Sunday against the Bears.
Playing reduced snaps because of the injury, Rudolph caught just one pass for three yards against Chicago to finish the season with 57 catches for 532 yards.
Jim Irsay: "Andrew Luck is going to be back, and back with a fierce fire in his eyes, I promise you."
It also looks like the Colts could use their number-three pick on a running back, perhaps Penn State's Saquon Barkley, to pair with Luck, Keefer also tweeted today.