Bill Simmons, rabid fan of all teams based in New England, former ESPNer and founder of The Ringer, watched the AFC championship game Sunday and was furious about the hit that knocked Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski out of the game and into concussion protocol.
I just tried to dislodge the ball, Church said. He’s a big dude and I was just trying to dislodge the ball, but I guess they felt it was too high of a hit. I hope he’s healthy. I know he didn’t come back so I hope he’s all right. It was a tough call, but you have to go with what they call. It’s the toughest play in football, if you go low for the knees, you are considered a dirty player and if you go high, they throw the flag at you. It’s a bang-bang play and I was just trying to play football. I tried to lead with my shoulder.
Gronkowski is humongous, Church added. If you wait for him to catch it and bring him down, he might run you over. You Viktor Arvidsson Jersey have to go with it and try to hit him in the target zone, but going 100 miles an hour like that is nearly impossible.
That also means, of course, that expectations will be high. The Steelers recently fired their offensive coordinator after a season in which their offense ranked eighth in points scored, third in yards, and third in DVOA. Haley lost his job even though his offense scored 42 points against a great Jaguars defense.
The point being, if Fichtner struggles even remotely, it won’t take long for fans to call for his head.
Authentic Tom Johnson Jersey Bad news for the Vikings: Case Keenum was among the most heavily-pressured quarterbacks in the NFL this season. Among 29 qualified passers, Keenum had the third-highest rate of pressure at 39.3 percent. Like almost every quarterback in the league, Keenum also performed considerably worse when under pressure than when throwing from a clean pocket.
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