“One of the things that is important to point out about this that may not be evident and does not necessarily show up on our protocol sheet, is once a player gets a sideline evaluation, that is not the end of their contact with the medical staff,” Sills said. “Let’s say that a player comes off, gets the sideline evaluation and clears that, they pass that evaluation and are cleared to go back in and play.
Instead of there being hope for a deep playoff run, the lopsided defeat to the Rams produced speculation that a teardown of the roster could be in store. Would Coach Pete Carroll stay around for a rebuilding project around QB Russell Wilson and LB Bobby Wagner? The narrative certainly can change quickly in the NFL, can’t it?
The Titans no longer are deserving of a spot in the postseason. They have played their way out.
The future is bright with Jimmy Garoppolo at QB. The three straight wins with Garoppolo as the starter have raised expectations for next season. It always seemed like a near certainty that the Niners would franchise-tag Garoppolo this offseason if they couldn’t re-sign him first. But if anyone had any doubts about that, they should be erased. Garoppolo cannot be allowed to leave.
It promises to be quarterback-rich draft class, but the Browns’ possession of the No. 1 pick gives some players a decision to make: Would spending another year in college be more attractive than possibly landing in Cleveland? UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen already has said he would rather be drafted lower and end up with the right team than be drafted higher by the wrong team. Rosen must decide whether to enter the draft or spend another season at UCLA playing for the Bruins’ new coach, Chip Kelly.
Award watch … Here’s how one set of picks for this season’s major awards would look:
MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots … With Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz’s season cut short by his knee injury, it comes down to Brady or Rams running back Todd Gurley II. Gurley has been terrific. But no player in the league has been more indispensable than Brady, whose game shows no signs of deterioration in the year in which he turned 40.