The two key elements for any Super Bowl contender are quarterback and pass rush. The Raiders have both with Derek Carr taking the snaps and Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin pressuring the quarterback off the edge.
Just as Tom Brady makes the Patriots the annual favorites in the AFC, Aaron Rodgers makes the Packers the annual favorite in the NFC. The NFL is all about the quarterback position and these are the two best.
The eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft, Ryan Tannehill was steering the Dolphins to their first playoff berth in eight seasons when he went down in the 14th game with a knee injury. The Dolphins were 9-5 at the time and finished 10-6 to claim an AFC wild card.
Legend has it that Jackson’s football field at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans abutted a fireman’s graveyard. Thus, the nickname “Tombstone” for a defender who laid out opposing ball carriers with his tackles, be they quarterbacks or running backs.
Ryan Tannehill passed for 2,995 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Dolphins in 2016 but he won’t be passing for any this season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice the first week of training camp.
Once upon a time those exhibition games were competitive. And meaningful. No, not in the standings. But they were considered a part of the team-building process that sent a team into a season with momentum.
Former general manager Bobby Beathard is the contributor nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and, as a tribute to him, we reprint a State Your Case — first published in 2015 — arguing for his inclusion.