The drop off perhaps wasn’t too surprising, considering the Raiders were 8-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer in 2016. But there’s one match here that matters more than others — and that’s between Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr.
Gruden has earned a reputation as a quarterback guru, between winning a Super Bowl in 2002 with Brad Johnson and his work with ESPN and his quarterback camp segments. Carr received a $125 million extension last offseason, and he was in the MVP conversation for a good chunk of the 2016 season before an injury ended his year. Carr struggled to regain his form in 2017, however.
The Philadelphia native hurt in this way is not disappointed with the outcome either way, because the Eagles won and that time I cracked my skull on the pavement makes for an excellent story.
In this stage, individuals embrace their mortality and revert into a primal state, desirous of fiber wherever it comes from. Typically unacceptable social behavior becomes normal, and the poop eater is often praised by their ilk.
Forte had some decent production when healthy last season, but he was further hampered by knee injuries and turned 32 in December. He’s too expensive for the Jets to retain with limited return on investment.
Quinn is still relatively young, turning 28 in May. After an incredibly slow first half of the 2017 season, he reeled off six sacks in the Rams’ final six regular-season games. The only way Quinn stays in LA is if he agrees to a pay cut.
San Francisco’s quarterbacks were sacked on only 6.6 percent of their dropbacks, a relatively middling rate. A closer look shows those passers dealt with much more pressure than the numbers suggest. 49ers quarterbacks were hit 116 times last season — more than all but four teams in the league. That’s a stark reminder of the pocket-collapsing pressure Garoppolo had to face as his season wore on.