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A highlight from Part 1: USAs World Cup Collapse, Basebrawls, Jets Optimism, Life in The G-League and The OC 20 Years Later | with Gabe York and Zoe Simmons
"Coming up, an unexpected two -part podcast cameo from me. It's next. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network, where we turned over Sean Fennesey and Amanda Dobbins' big picture feed to Brian Raftery. It's a narrative podcast called, Do We Get to Win This Time? How Hollywood Made the Vietnam War. You can find it on the big picture starting on Tuesday. And it is an idea I'm really excited about because it came from a class that I did as a senior in college in 1992. Me and my friend Horgs talked a movies professor into doing a special Vietnam War movies class where we watched basically every Vietnam War movie that had been made up to 1992 and then tried to write a big picture term paper about it. And the thing that was really fascinating about that class and something that stuck with me was just that whole concept of Hollywood reinventing the entire Vietnam experience under the premise of, Did We Get to Win This Time? So we got Brian involved and he turned the idea into an awesome, awesome podcast. I even went and dug up the term paper that I wrote 31 years ago. I thought it was gonna be horrendous. It wasn't bad. I was kind of proud of myself, retroactively 31 years later. Anyway, Do We Get to Win This Time? How Hollywood Made the Vietnam War. It is gonna be in the big picture podcast starting on Tuesday. So that's one piece of business. Second, new rewatchables on Monday night. It is the 300th movie that we've done. It's a special one. We're doing National Lampoon's Vacation. It was time. Meet Chris Ryan, Van Lathan. Yeah, and Van was pushing for it because we wanted to do Christmas Vacation during the holidays and you can't do Christmas Vacation. If we do National Lampoon's Vacation, super fun. Can't wait for you to listen to it. And we'll be running the video at some point on the YouTube channel, youtube .com slash Bill Simmons, where we put up a whole bunch of rewatchables podcasts in case you missed it. Boogie Nights is up there now. Goodfellas, Independence Day, just a slew of them. So if you're bored and you wanna throw on some rewatchables and watch us make fun of each other, there you go. Last but not least, I don't wanna say this is the most important, but it's certainly the thing I spent the most time on. Our documentary that we did about the G League with Religion of Sports and Ringer Films, we combined, and it is premiering on Tuesday, August 8th. It is called Destination NBA, A G League Odyssey. It's really good. We immersed ourselves into the G League season. We followed Scoot Henderson, Gabe York, Ryan Terrell, Mason Jones, and Denzel Valentine. And the big question was, what is this world like? What's it like to be in the G League? And I am really proud of where we landed with it. And we even have, much later in this podcast, Gabe York is gonna come on. He's one of the five that we followed, and he's gonna tell us what it's like as you're holding on to your dream in your late 20s. We try not to spoil the doc too much with Gabe, but I really liked him. He's probably the guy that jumps out of the doc in the most sympathetic way. So look forward for you to watch it. It is prime video, Tuesday, August 8th, Destination NBA. A G League Odyssey. You love basketball, just watch it, it's good. So there you go. This is gonna be part one of a two -part podcast. Gabe is coming up later. My daughter Zoe Simmons is coming up later because we did a whole bunch of OC stuff on the Prestige TV podcast. I was even on two of the episodes. But I ended up watching season one of the OC. And my daughter was watching with us and loved the show. And she was born a year and a half after it premiered. So me and her broke down season one from the perspective of what is it like when somebody 18 watches the OC, a show that is now two decades old. The anniversary was actually August 6th. And what she liked, what she didn't like, what people aren't doing anymore for her kind of audience. And we just dove into it. So that is much later. First, coming out of the gate, I'm gonna open a six -pack because we have a lot to discuss over the past three weeks, all the stuff I missed. So that's gonna be part one. And then part two, which is gonna go up later on Sunday night, me and Rossello doing this evergreen idea that we've always wanted to do. And this seemed like the perfect time because nothing's happening in basketball. So that's gonna be part two later tonight. Part one coming up. First, our friends from ProJax. What's up? All right, I'm taping this. It is Sunday afternoon Pacific time. And I'm gonna open a six -pack. There's a bunch of stories in sports and culture that happened over the last three weeks. I was just writing stuff down, things that would have been fun for podcast segments. I was just like, man, I wish I could have given my thoughts on that. Just gonna rip through them. So I have six and then maybe a couple bonus ones at the end. The first one, the biggest one, was the US women's soccer team, which lost today in penalty kicks to Sweden, scored zero goals in the last two games, scored one goal in the last three games, and that was off a corner kick. You could feel from the beginning that something was off with this team. It was all the ways. You knew in a checklist of what are the red flags? There were just red flags galore. And the only person who was really calling it out in time over and over again was Carli Lloyd, who was doing the Fox studio show. And she was the one person in the horror movie who knows the house is haunted. And everyone's like, shut up. You're not being patriotic. You just wish you were still on the team. She was right. She was right from the get -go. This team, you could see it before the Vietnam game when it was like, look at the new Nike suits. Look at these new suits. And they're all like styling as they head into the locker room. And they're running commercials. And every player has a commercial. There's players who've never done anything of that commercials. And the vibe was just off. They only beat Vietnam three -nothing in a bracket where goal differential was gonna be super -duper important. And that was a huge red flag. And we did the usual thing that we've been doing since 2019, 2015 of, oh, well, they almost scored a bunch of times. Oh, well, if that had gone in or some bad luck. There was just an arrogance to this team. Like they were carrying themselves like the defending champs, the same way like the Denver Nuggets would go into next NBA season. Like we're the champs. I was like, yeah, you are the champs because the season just happened. The World Cup happened four years ago. Everyone's four years older or wasn't on the team. And you could see they wanted to build the team instead of around the identity of, here are these new up and coming awesome stars that are gonna be in your life. They were really latching on to Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan's 34, Megan Rapinoe's 37. I think one of the differences between the discourse with women's sports and men's sports is that in men's sports, we grasp for angles. And if somebody is disappointing in some way, we really go nuts. Like think of how James Harden's been treated over the last 12 years. So he's one of the 35 best players ever and has taken just an incredible amount of shit. Oh my God, the playoffs, look at his game log. Oh, he choked again. Alex Morgan, who scored twice in her first two games in the World Cup in 2011, she scored once in 2015 in seven games. She scored six times in 2019, five against Thailand in a game that was 13 to nothing, one in the other six, and then scored nothing in the four games this time around. If you take away that Thailand game, she has scored two goals in the last 17 World Cup games. This is the striker. This is the one who's supposed to be the most dangerous player in the field, who's supposed to produce goals. And she hasn't produced goals since the mid 2010s on the national level. And yet it's Alex Morgan. She was supposed to be the next one. We got to keep propping her up and pretending she's a superstar. She's not a superstar. She's really honestly never been a superstar. She certainly hasn't been as impactful as somebody like Abby Wambach was. So you have the team built around her. She's got to play. They play her the entire game, game two, the entire game, game three. She plays like 95 minutes in this game today, and they don't score goals. And the announcers just won't talk about it. It's like being on an AYSO team that your kid's on, and the coach is playing somebody at striker, and everyone's like, why don't they play Sally at striker instead of the coach's daughter? It's like, oh, you know, the coach's daughter. She's got to play there. So you have that, and then you have Rapinoe, who's 37 years old, who's just, unfortunately, great career, legendary, true legend, huge big time player. And when you hit your late 30s in soccer, it's a wrap. She looked like Yudana Rapinoe, not big Rapinoe, and comes out for the last 25 minutes of this game and can't do anything, and then misses the penalty kick. That's the thing. If you're beholden to past performance, you can't expect to succeed in the moment. And I did feel like, what were this team's strengths? Speed. They had Sophia Smith, who really was bad the last three games on the left wing. Like, she just, she couldn't even connect passes. Trinity Rodman, who's a beast. Lynn Williams, who's super fast and athletic and had some really nice moments the last two games. And then Alyssa Thompson, who's the prodigy, who's the, you know, potential tiger or LeBron of this team. 18 years old, best high school player I've ever had. They won't even throw her out there. But this was not a team that could connect passes. They weren't, like, especially creative. The coaching was just bizarre, and we'll never see that guy again. But it was like, the one thing they did have was speed, especially the forwards, and they just threw that away. And Alex, you know, couldn't do anything. So now they're out. It's the most disappointing finish of the last 25 years for the women's team. And it reminds me in a lot of ways that 2004 Olympic basketball team that we had, the USA team. And I tweeted this, I think after the second game, because that was a team that was between eras, like this one was, where all the best players on that 2014, the ones in their primes, weren't that good, except for Duncan. And Duncan was completely banged up. He'd played so many NBA games the last couple of years. I think his knee was hurt. But, you know, it was Iverson and Marbury. The talent, it just was a between eras. And you had guys on the bench, like LeBron and Carmelo and Wade, who were four years away. Kobe wasn't on the team. And it just felt generationally, like we caught that team in the wrong time. The style was wrong. And we learned all these lessons and we moved on. 2008, we win. There's a documentary about it. But this team felt like it was between eras. The Alex Morgan, Rapinoe era, which was basically done. And then you have this era coming up with Rodman and Sophia Smith and Alyssa. And, you know, it's just four years from now, we'll probably be fine. But they need to re -imagine this. And I think if you're gonna learn any lesson from this, it doesn't matter what happened four years ago. It's the World Cup. It matters what's happening now. So that's one thing. Second thing. So Jaylen Brown gets this huge contract, $304 million. Some people seem surprised that it was that much money. Chris Ryan even took a shot at it when we did our library watchables. Hurt my feelings a tiny bit. Mainly because I didn't really have a comeback. Rosella did something on his podcast about how this actually makes sense. This amount of money, when you think of how the salary cap has climbed just since 2015, and it's gonna keep climbing. And there's this world you can go into where you think about just how much everything is gonna cost in the NBA four or five years from now, that Jaylen Brown at $70 million isn't actually gonna be that intimidating. The same way we feel about Tobias Harris for $40 million now, or Klay Thompson, $40 million now. Yeah, you don't really wanna pay $40 million for Klay Thompson, but you can survive it. And I think that's gonna be where the Celtics land with Jaylen. Here's why they had to do it. They're the favorites on FanDuel right now. They're plus 470. The thing that made them the most special and has made them the most special for the last five, six years is the Jaylen Brown -Jason Tatum combo. They've been incredibly successful. The team itself has made five conference finals in the last seven years. They came super close to making the finals last year. I have now gone into the what if zone with that Celtics team where what if Tatum doesn't hurt his ankle on the first play? Do we beat Miami? They were close is the point. And when you're that close, you can't fuck around. This is not Bradley Beal resigning with Washington for 50 million a year when everybody knows you can't get past the eight seed with Bradley Beal. This is different. You're trying to win a title. You're trying to keep all your optionality open. The thing that's a little scary about it, nobody seems to totally know if he wants to be in Boston. This is something we've discussed on this pod. It's been floating out there. The fact that he wasn't happy about landing in the Kevin Durant trade rumors a couple years ago. And just in general, where the league is now, where as Woj called it, the transfer portal, where people get their contract first and then they decide what they want to do. And I think for the Celtics, they know they bought themselves a year with Jalen and they are still one of the favorites to win the title. And a lot of it's going to depend on health and Porzingis. You could also, I don't want to make the case, but you might be able to make the case that Brown had a fucked up hand last year. Cause he did. Cause he sliced his hand open. It was bleeding even during the Philly series. And maybe that was why his ball handling went sideways. Listen, you got to do the contract. It just breaks your brain. I remember a million years ago, Sports Illustrated and Inside Sports say every year they would have like a salary issue. And they would talk about these guys are making $1 million a year. And it seemed like so much money. And now where we're heading with the money, plus the NBA is the meteorites deal. The moment any of these guys becomes unhappy, what do you do? Because you're paying Jalen, let's say you're paying him 55 million a year. Plus he is the trade kicker, which the team has to pay. Right? So if he decides after a year, you know what? I'm tired of being the scapegoat. Everybody loves Jason. I'm like the middle brother of this team. I want my own team. I want to go to Houston or Atlanta. You got to trade me. What are the Celtics going to do? On top of who would want out, you don't have a lot of options and you turn into what the situation Portland's in with Deem. And then on top of it, it's so much money. It's impossible to get any sort of a fair trade for the guy. So they had to do it. And optionality the that comes out of it is frightening. I remember in the early 2000s, when the first time the contracts kind of went nuts and you would see that people get signing like six -year, $100 million deals, seven -year, $110 million deals. And the Celtics really, really stupidly traded for Vin Baker. One of the worst trades of the last 30 years for Boston Sports. A trade so bad, you knew it instantaneously. And I wrote a piece that you can probably find somewhere in the ESPN archives about it, where I compared it to the end of Thelma Louise when Harvey Keitel is running toward the cliff trying to stop the car from going off the cliff. That's how I thought about the Vin Baker trade when it happened. Then it happens and you just had this salary albatross. It's a salary cap league. And you're like, wow, we just threw away 20 % of our salary cap on this trade. There's going to be a couple of those that are just franchise killers. And whether that leads to them bringing back the amnesty clause, who knows? I wish, I've made this, I've had this idea before. I wish that they had a rule in there that if you drafted a guy, every year that he stays in the team, you get rewarded in some way from a salary cap luxury tax type thing, right? So Jaylen was 2016 draft, this would be his eighth year. Maybe like after the seventh year, because that's usually like the third contract. The guy stays in the team, maybe each year after that, he doesn't count for 2 % of the luxury tax, up to like 30%, something like that. The point is the Warriors should be rewarded for keeping Draymond and Klay and Curry from a tax standpoint, that they were that smart to draft those guys, keep those guys together. They should be incentivized, the players, to want to stay with them because there's some luxury tax stuff that the team gets. And the team should want to be incentivized to take care of those guys because it's also beneficial to them. I just wish they figured out some version of that rule. Anyway, Jaylen was always signing for $304 million. Talk to me in a year, I'll keep my fingers crossed. Next thing, I missed the running back pity party. This was crazy. The running backs all got together and they were really upset about how much money they made. And I don't know what to tell you. There's too many running backs and not enough running back spots. And I don't know if you're trying to build a responsible salary cap team in a collectively bargained era, why would you spend $30 million over two years on a running back unless the running back was awesome? Nobody even wants to spend more than $11 million on running back. So I knew that this was crazy when Damien Harris, who was on the Patriots, who I thought was really good. He's maybe not an elite running back, but a good running back, right? Somebody that if he had been on the Chiefs, he easily could have started for the Chiefs. And he signed with the Bills for like one year, 2 million. And when that happened, combined with Pacheco on the Chiefs' seventh round pick, they won the Super Bowl with him. It's just, this position's devalued. I work on this player, I've been actually working on it the last couple of weeks where I try to rank the players for blue chippers, red chippers, pink chippers, honorable mention, and have this whole point system. And so quarterbacks, Mahomes, who's the alpha of that position, he's worth 10 points. And you could even see this in the point spread. If Mahomes gets hurt, the Chiefs are 10 points, nine points, whatever, less than what they would be as a favorite. They'd switch to an underdog. And you go on down the line. Jalen Hurts, I had him as an eight. I had Joe Burrow as a nine. And you go on, you keep going down, and it's like, Geno Smith's probably a two. But then you look at some of the other positions and you have to value them the same way the salary cap values them and teams value them. Guards, they aren't worth that much. Running backs, sorry, they're not worth that much. My top running back was three points because ultimately running backs don't really matter that much. In the last like five, six years, I would say Derrick Henry was the only running back that you could definitively say, this guy almost won the Super Bowl. Like he was that good. Other than that, you know, it's plug and play, quarterbacks, it's receivers. It's much harder to find the number one receiver. Every team needs one. It's much more tangible if you don't have the number one receiver. And it's much easier to just kind of scrap together the running back position. And yet people went nuts about this. We ironically had this in the NBA with centers. You know, Vucevic, who's a really good offensive player, he signed for 60 million for three years, 20 million a year. And Jaylen Brown's going to make $52 million a year. Is Jaylen Brown two and a half times better than Vucevic? No, it's just, he plays a way more important position. You can only play one center at a time. You can patch together the center position. You could have like Isaiah Hartenstein for $8 million. You could, you know, get Robert Williams for 16. You don't need to spend what Phoenix did on Eaton where they're paying $8 and $30 million a year at center. And you don't really need to do that. You kind of feel obligated if you don't want to lose the asset. But I think the NBA is going to go this way eventually where unless it is Jokic or Embiid, the center or Bam Adebayo, it's a bonus. You could argue that was already an overpay. They gave him a huge extension. The Lakers just gave Anthony Davis $60 million a year as an extension. I would argue that's a little frightening. I feel like you could patch together the center position. What really matters in basketball is having the creator. And this was the argument five years ago with Luka versus Eaton for the number one pick. And I made this argument. It was like, go look at who wins the NBA title every year. It's always the people who have the creator. There's somebody who's on the perimeter of the ball in their hands. Even Jokic, who wins the title this year, he was a creator. He's not a typical center, right? He's basically their point guard on offense who could post up. So this happened in the NBA. Nobody went nuts. And this is happening in football. And is this where football is. If you want to make the most amount of money playing in the NFL, I don't know why you would be a running back. I would be a cornerback. I would be a wide receiver. I'd be an edge rusher. But if you're a running back, you know your shelf life's probably like five, six years. You know the money is not totally gonna be there. Now they're in this, like you have people like JK Dobbins, like, I might hold out. It's like, really? You didn't barely even play in the field. Barkley said he was gonna hold out. And then, you know, probably looked at it. And the money for Barkley is like 10, 11 million. That's unfortunately the market. So you can't fix this. They collectively bargained it. And until we get to the next CBA, I don't know how you fix it. I thought it was really weird. It felt like people had nothing to talk about. And it was like, ah, let's feel bad for running backs. All right, let's take a break. And then I'm gonna finish the rest of the six pack. All right, picking up on the six pack. We're gonna talk a little more football. I talked about the running back pity party. This is a different kind of party. The Jets optimism, which has just been stunning to me over the course of July. I have Jets fans in my life. These are people that usually have no hope and are very reminiscent of the pre -2004 Red Sox fans, just assuming the worst at all times. Why does God hate us? All that stuff. And now they have this crazy optimism based on the fact that they brought in Aaron Rodgers, who I did not think was very good last year, just throwing that out there. I wouldn't say he was bad, but for Rodgers, he was bad. I mean, we thought Rodgers was, he was the reigning MVP and we thought he was still one of the five or six most impactful players in the league. And I don't wanna read stats to you for the next six minutes, but deep balls, he was bad. Turnovers, he was bad. Leadership, he was bad. And the case for Rodgers coming back would be, well, he's gonna be rejuvenated. The Jets, New York City. This is his team. He got away from Green Bay. He's got Hackett back. I get it, but he's also at an age where we've really only seen Tom Brady succeed at a high, high level at the age that Rodgers is at. I was trying to figure it out. I have my QB ratings and I had, you know, the top tier is Mahomes and Burrow and Allen and Herbert and Hertz. Those have to be the top five. Then it drops off and it's Lamar Jackson and Lawrence. And then Rodgers, probably a hair underneath him with a chance to play himself up with those guys. But from what we saw last year, I'm not ready to put him there. So he's the 10th best quarterback in the league, probably. 10th or ninth best quarterback in the league, probably. Well, they have no offensive line. And I don't understand why people keep glossing over this where it's like, hey, Rodgers and Garrett Wilson, he's one of the best receivers in the league and Breece Hall's going to come back and the defense is really good. And it's like, yeah, the offensive line is terrible. Beckton and Dwayne Brown, sure tackles again. And then you have Robert Salah as the coach, who I cannot say I thought that Jets were crisply coached last year. Whatever he was doing with Zach Wilson was insane. No idea if that guy's even a decent coach. So I'm already worried about your offensive line, the age of your quarterback, and the competency of your coach. And that's before we get into the hard knocks curse, because for some reason they're doing hard knocks, the incredible Super Bowl hype already. And then we have the schedule, which is the AFC East has just got screwed by the schedules this year. The Jets, just for quarterbacks in 17 games, they got to play Josh Allen twice, they got to play Mahomes, Herbert, Hertz, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson. And then they also have to play Miami twice. We'll see what we get out of two this year. And then a really good Pats defense. And then Denver, who knows, they might be rejuvenated. So Danny Dimes, they have to play him. It is a brutal schedule, so you have that. And then on top of everything else, you're the Jets. I was there with the Red Sox before 2004, and this is probably just as bad, where you just think the worst possible things can happen is all the time. You're not allowed to have optimism when you're Jets fans. You can be cautiously optimistic. There was an entire Curb Your Enthusiasm episode once, season 10, episode seven, about being a Jets fan. And it was called, I think, the ugly section. Nick Kroll was the maitre d'. And part of the episode was about, he would put these people in different sections of the restaurant, depending on how attractive they were. But there was this other plot, Larry's buddy who loved the Jets, kills himself. And Larry becomes convinced it was because of the Jets, that the Jets killed his friend. This was only a couple of years ago. So now they get Aaron Rodgers, and everything's good. And they're gonna win the Super Bowl. I don't see it, guys. I don't wanna step on my football stuff too much, but I'd be shocked. And Lombardi points out the defense that everybody's ready to compare to the 85 Bears. Lombardi said they had two turnovers over the last eight games last season. So that means something too. I am dubious, to say the least. If you're gonna tell me a tortured franchise actually turns it around this year, I want a tortured franchise that doesn't have expectations. Because the Lions are another one. Everybody's ready to put them in the Super Bowl or close. And the only case for them is just pretty explosive offense. They couldn't stop anybody last year. And the NFC is terrible. But that's another one where is that a fan base that should be super excited and have a ton of hype? The one that's kind of lurking that fits in this group is the Browns. Because the Browns are actually super talented. They're in a winnable division. Burroughs already hurt. And I think they're four to one to win the AFC North on FanDuel, something like that. Their over -under is, I think it climbed up.
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Yeah, I think that's a decision that could wait a very long time. And it might have to because the Patriots might need a desperate team that either through injury or just watching their own team and training camp practice as like, we're not good at left tackle or right tackle. By moving Isaiah win over to the right, at least now you're going to give and I assume he's going to be there in the preseason. You're giving film where they've seen him on both sides and that that might help the trade process because as of right now, 10.4 million for one season for Isaiah win for most teams is going to be pretty steep. So it's going to take some desperation, I think. And even some patriots eating some of the money to move him. But I think you're right. That it's something that could go to final cut downs. Really, or even after that because there's usually like ten, 11 days before the first game, something could get done in that area. I don't think they need to rush it. I don't think they will. And quite frankly, the Patriots need somebody to emerge to make them feel comfortable that when they can move on from wind, so that's Justin Haran. Or Andrew steuber, the draft pick who has yet to be cleared physically. Speaking of emerging, we've talked about the third running back, the past catching running back. As one of the needs for this team, right? One of the positions that need to pop. James White, Mike Reiss wrote that, you know, he's been walking with some kind of uncomfortable looking gait. I personally, as much as I love James White, I'm at the point, Greg, that I'm just not going to believe it until I see it. I don't know if he's going to play another down of regular season football. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I just don't trust that. So one of the guys we've been looking at as a possibility is Pierre strong drafted obviously by the Pats in April. Pierre was limited. How do you think that that past catching running back position is going to work here over the next few weeks? That's a good question. And if the first day is any judge and it probably isn't, but very heavy on the veterans Damien Harris Stevenson were pretty much the receiving backs out of the backfield when they were and people need to understand today was entirely red zone work. And this is similar to what we saw last year and we weren't sure what to make of it.
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Yep, absolutely. Yeah. I mean, you could coach his nitpick. That's their job. I nitpick when I watch because I learned a long time ago. You know, we're evaluating quarterbacks to win super bowls, not to go 9 and 8. You know, and I know coach Belichick's doing the same thing. They're not interested in going 9 and 8. So Matt Jones had an up and down year, more ups and downs. But I'm sure in their mind three years from now, they probably feel he'll be he can do more than he's doing now. But right now, they're running football team. That's where it starts. So I think the point you just made is a very valid one. Damien Harris could be gone. They might see Kevin Harris as a guy who can fill that role because when all said and done, Damian Harris didn't get 20 carries a game. There might have been a few games he did, but that wasn't the way they ran their offense on a weekly basis. For their second fourth round pick, the Patriots took quarterback Bailey's zappy. Yeah, I watched her Kentucky. Yeah, what's interesting is that I have a guy who does the draft stuff for me because I don't want to do the draft stuff in. And I asked him, I said, give me, give me a guy at quarterback that would develop for the Patriots, gave him the trace that the Patriots sort of look for. He said Bailey's happy. So what do you see out of Bailey's appy? You know, in an odd way, I kind of like belly's happy. I mean, I think you have to know what he is. I mean, he's 6 feet. You know, both at western Kentucky and where he was before that, which I think was Houston baptist. He ran a high volume passing game, a ton of scheme to manufactured one read or no read throws. But I thought he also showed the ability to work through progressions and make throws that demanded higher level timing. He certainly had unbelievable command of that offense. It's the same offensive ran in Houston baptist because the coach came from Houston baptist to western Kentucky. He was detailed. He was nuanced, the other issue though, which, you know, again, how do you want to deal with this when you evaluate a guy is because of the nature of the offense, Greg, there were a ton of just pitch and catch throws. Throwing it to open receivers who had free access off the ball. I mean, it was just pitching catch. So there's a lot of those kinds of throws. I kind of felt like you fell into the kind of colt McCoy chase Keenum, Tyler heinicke category, but if the Patriots seem as more than that, I could probably.
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Contracts, especially in their rooms. Like, you know, all right, so Nelson Aguilar gets a big contract. Who's going to complain on offense? Well, Damien Harris. What did you say? To feel Harry. Yeah, Nikhil, what's Nikhil Harry get a complaint? Oh, yeah, he had his trade request last year. Oh, okay. Sorry, Nikhil. Sorry we hurt your feelings. He wanted to get paid off of your 35 receptions or whatever. Like, you know, and that's sort of the point. I mean, the Patriots, I think Belichick was comfortable doing that last year because he realized, well, there's nobody really tick off in my locker room. It's not like I have like, well, except, you know, JC Jackson, but I think we kind of knew what was going to happen with JC Jackson for a while. The Patriots offer him a contract extension. I'm sure it was at least on par with what Nelson Aguilar got like $12 million a year, probably more, probably more in the $15 million range. So JC Jackson couldn't really complain. And you knew that he was basically getting to his final year betting on himself and said, I'm going to try to go get top of the market. And he got near top of the market. The soft season. So good for him. So the big thing is, is that, you know, it actually helped the Patriots, well, no, I don't want to say that because you want the good young players. And the reason that the Patriots are in this spot with their rosters because they didn't draft well for four years as Robert Kraft said. But the Patriots basically had to import talent to make up for those drafts. They did it. There's no one there to piss off, I'm trying to think if Damien Harris, Damien Harris could get mad if something happens now because he's in a contract here, but up until now, no chance for disharmony, but I do think if you're a guy like Jordan poyer and you look at what the bills are doing, be like, you just hand it von Miller all this money and he's never played here before and here I am..
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"I'm a little bit shy of all around sort of do it all backs from Georgia after a little gun shy after the Sony Michelle thing because something Michelle still to this day has not shown that he was he's the same player that he was at Georgia in the pros in terms of being an all around weapon and really good out of the backfield. We all thought that Sony Michelle was going to do that at the base when he came out that he was like, okay, he'll be able to catch the ball out of the backfield. But that's just never happened for whatever reason. But that could just be a Sony Michelle thing. You know, good player, we know Belichick loves Georgia players. Kirby smart is the head coach there decipher of Nick Saban. He was on the dolphins coaching staff that I covered in Miami with Sabin and then he went with Sabin to Alabama and then Georgia eventually. Good football player, Belichick loves those guys. They're talented. They've had a good history with them recently. And you know, you're looking, we talked about it earlier in terms of the quote unquote interest in Leonard fournette. Well, Damien Harris is going into a contract here. So what are you going to do? Are you going to give a running back and extension? Is he going to like the money the Patriots offer? Probably not. So what do you do? You got to keep yourself open. Your options open. And I think drafting a running back at some point this year is not out of the realm of possibility. A couple of things. I am not going to comment much on a Georgia running back after I had my ass singed by one Sony Michelle when I went on 98 5 and I was like, look, I don't love first round running backs, but you know, with Brady and blah blah blah, you're in a win now mode and I think he can be explosive and he can do this and he can do that. And he just never was that guy for the Patriots. So I'm going to try to stay away. I will say though, big picture at running back, recycle recycle recycle recycle. I'm never a big fan, unless you get it on a super cheap contract, not a big fan of paying big money or.
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Damien Harris left this game late, Greg with a hamstring issue, but said he was okay after the game. He's been tinged up at times throughout the season. If is he like the cog that makes the Patriots offense really go here or if he were to go down is ramani Stevenson enough. Yeah, no, I think they're fine. You know, if one of them goes down, as long as they have one in Brandon Bolden, I think they're fine at the running back position. It would have been nice to have JJ Taylor active and maybe get him a couple touches in this game, but I guess that's a lost cause at this point because this would have been the type of game where he could have done that, but they decided not to do it. They must not think he's ready, but I think they're fine at running back and you know that hamstring is something you need to watch. He had a heavy workload last week. It was good to get Stevenson back. He didn't look like he missed much of anything. He looked really good out there, but I think they're good at back. Miles Bryant bounced back after last week had an interception, just I guess we got to keep hit on last week. I know we've kind of talked about it a lot, but was that just giving it to Josh Allen and hey, he doesn't take it, and he finally took it and it's just miles Bryan got exposed. He went right back out there, made a big play this week and I think that's at least a confidence booster form going forward. Yeah, but I didn't think after watching the film, I did not think that miles Bryant was exposed..
"damien harris" Discussed on Almost Shameless
"I don't think anybody is arguing that the offense can really sustain itself through a deep playoff run without the run game playing their best. No one thought that all season when people were saying that they were Super Bowl favorites, it was under the terms of Damian Harris and the run game really being able to carry the offense. That's still in play. If Damien Harris is healthy, that is still in play. If he's not, they need someone to be the Damian Harris. If there is not someone who can do that, who can step up and be that, then, yeah, they're going to struggle. They're going to struggle to score points. But the more balanced that offense is, the more likely it is the Mac Jones is going to be able to make the three, four, 5, 6 plays a game that really stand out that are the difference between winning and losing for the offense. Nothing has changed. We didn't learn anything new about the Patriots. All we learned was what we thought their weaknesses were, are still their weaknesses. And so going into the game against the bills, I still think the same thing I thought after the win. The only difference is, it's a reminder that there's a ton of parody in the AFC and that well prepared coaches are going to know how to exploit the Patriots weaknesses. Frank Reich got a Damien Harris list team and he got a defensive interior that he knew he could exploit with his running back and he did that. Round two against Belichick, would I bet on the colts? No. Especially not in Gillette in the elements. I know Carson Wentz is a Dakota boy and fancies himself someone who can play outside, but I can tell you right now, I would love to see Carson Wentz in some weather with his inability to make it through a whole game without making a bad play. The most dangerous thing about the cults right now is that outside of the intermittent Carson Wentz blips, they have a great turnover ratio. I think they have the best turnover differential in the league right now. And that always poor tens potential deep playoff run. Listen, the Patriots are set up pretty well here. They're going to make the playoffs. Boom, they're already exceeding expectations. They're making a playoff run with their rookie quarterback. They have one of the best defenses in the league. Great. Again, already setting themselves up for success. They have a reliable kicker. Already setting themselves up for success. So can they patch the holes and make it work? Well, look at the rest of the AFC. The bills are fallible, the chiefs are fallible. The colts are fallible. The Steelers are fallible. The Titans are fallible, the holy AFC.
"damien harris" Discussed on Patriots Beat
"You'll get one of these one day. You're right. I think that's a good point though about the refs in general. It just speaking to this cold Z because I just went on this whole ten minute thing about how playing his own coverage against the Patriots is probably not a great idea how they can't guard any tight ends and zone, the bats have two tight ends that they could get the ball to. So if Frank Reich is a true game plan coach, right? Then you would expect them to play a little bit more man coverage in this game than what they're typically accustomed to doing. But if you're gonna do that again, say a group of refs that throw the most DPI flags in the league and you're not a team that typically lends itself to playing a ton of man coverage. That seems to be something that could be problematic for Indianapolis defense as well. So I look at that, I agree with you a 100% that the flags could come, but it might actually prohibit them in a way from playing as much man coverage as they probably would want to play against the Patriots. I think that that's really 20% man coverage type of team and they probably would have liked to bend a little bit more 50 50 in this game just based off the matchups. Probably not going to happen if you're going to be creating a holdings and DPIs all game long thrown by the refs and you're not a team that technique wise drills a ton of man coverage. That's how you get penalties. Is having poor and sloppy technique. Last thing here on the Patriots offense against the colts defense, Damien Harris, questionable for this game officially with that hamstring injury. We've been out at practice all week long outs. Obviously, a limited portion that we're able to watch didn't look like he was moving too well on Tuesday. We saw a little bit of extended positional drills on Tuesday. I looked a little bit game B looked like the hamstring was bugging him just a tad. Are you expecting? I kind of, I'm not saying I have any inside information on this, but I do kind of expect them to suit up. I don't know if he's actually going to end up being a huge factor or is this going to be a reminder gaming? Yeah, I don't have any inside information on it, either hamstrings are always tricky, right? So you never really know. Granted, that was a practice, you know, early in practice, you know, when he gets the game, it's 5 days later, can they give him a little something? I haven't fear said it this week. If there's a way he can play he's going to play. I don't think Damien Harris is going to be nonexistent in this game plan. I don't know if I tell people to start him in fantasy. But I do think this could be a big reminder game, but what flips that is, you know, where madre has been better with the ball security. He's been better, but he is still a rookie. Damian Harris is probably if you're talking about ball security solely, Damien Harris is probably the better option. So for Monday, Stevenson puts the ball on the ground early. Now you're talking about Harris versus bringing Bolden and things getting interesting..
"damien harris" Discussed on New England Patriots Press Pass
"At bet online dot AG. The Patriots return to the practice field coming off their biweek, their first organized team activity since last Monday night's victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots did not practice during the bi so Tuesday was the first time that we saw them back out on the practice field and three notable patriots were in attendance for practice on Tuesday afternoon starting with safety Kyle duggar. He appears to be activated off the COVID-19 reserve list. He was out there and participating with his teammates on Tuesday afternoon. We also saw running back Damien Harris and safety Adrian Phillips out on the practice field for Harris. He was officially limited in Tuesday's session with a hamstring injury that popped up in that win over buffalo and limited him in the second half. We saw him go through some positional drills early on in practice. He did look a little bit gimpy, didn't look a 100%. That's for sure, but he was out there. He was officially limited and he did participate a little bit in practice in what we saw on Tuesday afternoon, but once again, a noticeable limp for Harris in Tuesday's practice. As for Phillips, also limited with a knee injury, we also spoke to Phillips before practice in a media session where he said everything checked out pretty okay in terms of his knee and no major injuries for the patriot safety. He was moving around much better than Harris was. It looks like Phillips just had a little bit of an injury scare at the end of that game against buffalo, but nothing serious for the pat's safety, which is great news for the Patriots defense. Now the Patriots will return to the practice field on Wednesday. They also will take on the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night and we will have you completely covered right here on CNS media dot com and on patriots press pass from Indianapolis on Saturday and all week long down here at Gillette stadium..
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Want to join a 6 one 7 7 7 9 zero 98 5 is the phone number. We're going to get more of your thoughts on the play of Mac Jones and specifically to Greg coming up. I want to get your answer on whether or not he's having difficulty diagnosing some blitzes that are coming from either safeties or corners that I think for two straight games now. It looks like that might be a little bit of an issue or maybe that's just him looking like a rookie. So we'll get your answer to that. And if you want to talk to Greg as well against 6 one 7, 7 7 9 zero 98 5 is the phone number. The final from Gillette stadium today patriots 36 Titans 13 more coming up on the safety insurance. 98 5 of sports of patriots, radio network. Zola can Bertrand middays on the sports hub. Toss to the riot for Damien Harris runs behind blockers off again at the 5 and into the end zone. Undeterred touchdown patriots. Boy, you really wore him down. More in town here at the end of the game. Good job on defense. Set me up for the nail in the coffin. And Harrison a running game. From Andre Stevenson really turned some yards here in this fourth quarter. This team for real now. You got to contender, man. You got a contender. Indeed, you do. Damian Harris with the 14 yard touchdown in garbage time to make a 36 13. That is your final patriots over the Titans today and Verizon has teamed up with Damien Harris of the New England Patriots for rushing to help first responders this season to honor New England's first responders. Nominee your first responder now on the contest page a 98 5 the sports hub, dot com. Harris is finishing with 11 carries 40 yards in that touchdown. It was reminder Stevenson mentioned thereby Godzilla, who was rushing leader today, 9 carries 46 yards. Patriots as a team, 24 carries for a 105 yards. We are joined by Greg Minnaar to Boston sports journal here in the Shaw's patriots postgame show with Jim Mary and Joe Murray and I'll go back to that question I asked you before the break, Greg, it feels to me like for two straight games like maybe teams are starting to figure something out defensively and how to attack Mac Jones. And that's safety blitz's corner blitzes because there was another one from Kevin Bayer today that they start from center field and you think here comes that guy and it feels like Mac Jones has either a difficult time identifying it, it doesn't see the guy. Is this something you think dec coordinators are starting to figure out on this kid? A little bit. I mean, you have to look at the last two basic coordinators that they've gone against team peas and Mike vrabel. Those guys know exactly how the Patriots protect the quarterback. So when you see pressure, the defense is attacking the blocking scheme. They're not attacking the quarterback so to speak. So to me, number one, it's a flaw in the blocking scheme. But that being said, I do think some of the smarter defensive minds are watching Mac Jones on film. And they're saying book this kid keeps his eyes down the field, which is normally in 99% of the time. It's a great trait for a quarterback to have. That he's keeping his eyes down the field is not looking at the rush things like that..
"damien harris" Discussed on New England Patriots Press Pass
"Against the Cleveland Browns with concussions. This signals a positive step in the right direction, obviously, for both Harris and chef ski to play in Thursday night's game against the falcons, although this is just one step towards clearing concussion protocol, both players return to practice is a good sign for Harris and all chef ski that they are on the mend and will return to the Patriots lineup on the field soon and maybe as soon as Thursday night. Now, along with oh chef ski and Harris, the Patriots also saw linebacker Josh uche returned to practice on Tuesday. He was dealing with an ankle injury that the patriot said would have held him out of Monday's practice session if they had held a practice on Monday, but uj back in the fold on Tuesday as well. Also in a limited capacity. The only patriot missing from Tuesday's walk through session was defensive end Dietrich wise, wise, miss practice due to an illness and should be good to go on Thursday night against the falcons. On the other side for Atlanta, kick returner, wide receiver, running back, do it all offensive weapon Cordero Patterson was limited again for the falcons on Tuesday. He is dealing with a high ankle sprain NFL network reported earlier in the week that it was unlikely that Patterson would play on Thursday night against the Patriots, but the falcons for the second straight day listed Patterson as limited. So not a DNP, and there is a chance potentially that Patterson could play on Thursday night after all. Tight end Hayden Hurst one of their big playmakers without Calvin Ridley in the lineup, the falcons have used a lot of 12 personnel with standout rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, being their primary receiver, Hearst has served as more of an inline option, a blocking tight end, if you will, and somebody that gives the falcons a little bit of a different look than the more versatile athletic version receiving tight end, basically, and what they have with Kyle Pitts, so did not participate in practice on Tuesday with an ankle injury. So it's not looking good for his status on Thursday night either for the falcons. Who will be once again very short handed if the reports are true about Patterson and Calvin Ridley being out of the lineup for Matt Ryan and the falcons. So once again, the Patriots get a little bit healthier on Tuesday. We saw Damian Harris gunner chef ski and Joshua returned to practice on Tuesday for the Patriots and the falcons still dealing with some injuries to their offensive skill players. We will have.
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Yesterday. Maybe they're starting to see something from Williams, but I'm just scared with Jalen mills out there. Let's get to things we feel good about on Sunday's game. Against the Chargers, Greg, tell me about Damien Harris. Yeah, I just thought that Damien Harris was spectacular in this game. And it's not even like, you know, he had a couple runs called back, thanks to holding calls on the God awful tackles on this team. But I just kept play after play, even when he's gaining like two or three yards. You know, I think I had him for 12 plus plays in this game, zero minus plays. Wow. Yeah, he's just every week. He's right. He's right in his sweet spot right now. Nick, he just his vision is spectacular. He makes cuts any other running back like say Sony Michelle was in the backfield for some of these runs. They would have been losses or no gain, but Harris not only does he have the vision, but his lateral movement, his burst, like he looks so quick on film. He is just really coming into his own and I just hope that Josh mcdaniel sees that and says, you know, we need to start feature in this guy a little bit more because right now he is one of the very best players on our team regardless of position. And that goes hand in hand with something else. We've talked about over the past couple of weeks. And it goes hand in hand with what we said about the second half of this game. Feels like the Patriots are figuring out their offensive identity Greg. Yeah, no question. I think that I think that they realize that, you know, the short game, play action, stuff like that. That's their bread and butter. I think they need to get out of, you know, shotgun 5 wide, spread the tight ends out, you know, you could do that against some teams like Mac did and week one other teams. It's a little bit tougher in terms of disguise and also coverage and look, I don't think some of the timing is still there and the passing game is not good enough for them to do it yet. For example, you know, the past to hunter Henry where Mac Jones hit him in the leg you know, that's a play where hunter Henry comes in motion and I'll give credit. It was a really nice disguised by the Chargers where they showed man to man, but all of a sudden the guy who went in motion with hunter Henry blitzed and Derwin James.
"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
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"damien harris" Discussed on Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast with Nick Cattles
"Have to. And because I love it. But if you're watching the NFL across the league, coaches are going forward on fourth down. I mean, Brandon staley. It backfired this week, but he went for a fourth and one on his own 19 on Sunday. Coaches are being more aggressive, fourth and short. That's where the game is trending. Belichick isn't trending with the game. He's he's way back and it's and when you go against a team that's more aggressive and more explosive, you're going to give up points. And if you're not aggressive, you're going to lose games. This is not, you know, 2001. It's not even 2014 with Revis and browner in that defense. You're not going to hold really good teams to less than 21 points, 24 points, maybe even 27 points. You've got to change your approach. It's driving me nuts. And hopefully, I mean, we'll see a change moving forward. Because if not, I'm just I'm speechless. All right, three up. Who you got? I didn't change much from the game. You know, from. So I thought Juan Bentley before his injury, I thought it was one of his best games I've ever seen in play. I mean, he had I think 12 tackles and 11 were so low. You know, the force fumble, which, you know, dash got to hang onto that ball. And I still don't know if that was a legit fumble. I said, yes, the ball was moving, but I still think he had possession, but whatever. I didn't have a big beef with the call either way. Justin bethel, getting in there. The past breakup for the intersection forced to fumble on the punt. And Damien Harris, let's just put Harrison Stevenson together. I thought they both looked really good. They both look really fast on the coach's film, explosive. I think that's an indication, you know, the offense is starting to come together. Slow, but surely, but it's coming together. I just wish they attacked the linebackers more with their running backs. I thought, you know, they're getting there. It was going to be a game, especially after that played a Stevenson down the seam and then the Henry touchdown. I said last week, I think tight ends and running backs could do some damage against these linebackers and safeties. And they went big a lot. They ran the football lot again, you know, they did move the football, but I would have liked to see a little bit more activity to the tight ends and the running backs in the passing game. You're three down. I'm going to go Bill Belichick for that fourth down call and over time. I just think you simply you simply can't make that call. You have to go and win the game. And he didn't do that. And my second down would be Steve Belichick for those two calls that I said earlier. The fourth, the third and 25, which is just ridiculous, was a ridiculous call..
"damien harris" Discussed on Patriots Beat
"If they put Brandon Bolden in this game against Devin white Lebanon, David, then they're screwed. I'm not going to swear because we have sponsors. But I want to swear and say they're aft. If they put Brandon Bolton in the game and try to have him beat Levante David and Devin white and coverage. I would say, you know, you know, you think, you think JJ Taylor because he's been better as a pass catcher, but I don't, you know against those linebackers, he's not going to be able to block those guys. He's not a good enough pass blocker yet. He's just not. So on one hand, Damien Harris should play 70% of the snaps because he was actually a pretty good ass protector at Alabama. They haven't used him a ton in that role here, but I feel most comfortable in terms of pass blocking from the and that's what you lose the most with James White. Like you lose a ton with James White, but the thing that nobody realized is how good of a pass blocker James White is. So I feel the best with Damien Harris is they really misrepresent this game. They've really, really miss Rex burkhead..
"damien harris" Discussed on WGR 550 Sports Radio
"Doesn't need surgery. But the word is he's going to be out for a significant period of time. He is going on injured reserve, so it looks like the bills will be seeing Taylor Hi, Nicky at quarterback for Washington in week three. Um So Our best to fits that you know he'll sooner rather than later but suffered the injury against the Chargers yesterday and was replaced by high Nikki. He got whacked from behind and he landed on his knee with his hip got jammed backwards. Yeah. So his femur kind of jams up into his head. Exactly and it and it dislocates, and then I guess from this popped right back in, um and you know, and it's It's pretty pretty vicious hit. But not Not like the Alex Smith injury or anything like that. So, um And that's similar to how to, uh, injured his hip. He fell in much the same way with his knee down. Bearing all the weight and then jabs back up into your pelvis, right? And there's nowhere for the femur to go nowhere Health energy to go. Yeah, it goes into the joint and something's got to give, so it'll be interesting to see what amount of damage has happened. Whether it's Soft tissue or whether it's the it's the bone. Well, I don't even know what do I know what What's better, And what's worse, you know dolphins, who the bills play next week, coming off a squeaker of win over the Patriots yesterday in Foxboro, 17. 16 And, uh, the beneficiaries of a late fumble by Damien Harris, the Patriots running back Patriots were driving down down a point and with about two minutes left, Damien Harris has a costly fumble in the red Zone. And the Dolphins get it back, and they were able to kind of salt the game away and win. 17 16. So a big win on the road for the dolphins. And as we've said, Steve, the Dolphins have a gauntlet of a schedule the first five weeks. Yeah, they do so That is a huge win that they picked up there that maybe not everybody had chalked up for them, even with a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones, starting for the Patriots, Mac and Mac Jones. His number is is static line was not all that yet because 70% completions or something like that. I mean, I'll look here it is. I've got it. Mac Jones. Um Was 2029 of 39 for 281 yards a TD and interception with 12.6 rating. It's not bad at all. There's a lot of veteran quarterbacks who would love to have a game like that. So Mac Jones off to a nice start, Um and obviously The fumble, not being his fault, giving him a chance down the red Zone laid in that game. You gotta really tip your hat to that, and we we've talked about it. We were kind of hoping to Cam Newton would be the quarterback and not Mac Jones because he does play that position with his mind rather than with his body, and that's that's dangerous. Yeah. And then there was this. Steve O. The Jets Darnel Game. Carolina versus New York. And Sam Donald exacts his revenge. 1914 win in the opener over the Jets. That had to feel good for him. Right? Gosh got game ball for sure. Awesome. Yeah, he had the long planned he throws this long pass. Um, long touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, who comes loose in the two of them were on the Jets last year. He lets that go and Robby Anderson behind the defense walks it in. That's gotta feel particularly good for, uh, Panther for Robby Anderson and Sam Donald. Donald ends the day 24 of 35 for 2 79 and a touchdown with 12 rating. Um, uh, he ran for a touchdown any. Yeah, there it is. He runs for a touchdown throws for a touchdown while Yeah, that was I like that. That makes me feel good. Yeah. Does that make me a bad person? Cheering against the Jets. Well, I don't think so. It's uh I was hoping for a For a big old New York Post back page tabloid headline. But unfortunately between the Yankees playing the Mets and the Giants debacle yesterday, uh they're getting more of the headlines than the Jets losing to Sam Donald in the Panthers. I was expecting something like goddamn Sam or something like that, you know? They disappointed me. I was really hoping for more. But unfortunately, that was not to be the case. And speaking of the Jets, they lose left tackle McCabe acting for 4 to 6, weeks after he dislocated his kneecap. And it's going to need knee surgery to get his M C l cleaned up. So that's 4 to 6 weeks for him, maybe longer with a guy that big £370 like Yeah, That's a lot on the joints. Man. Am CL is not not complicated. It's it's the For those of you don't know It's the ligament on the inside of your knee that keeps your Patella off your tibia, right? It's keeps your foot from swinging sideways out of way. It's Right media, right? Yeah, it's the inside the argument. So it's not complicated. And you can, um, you can go Particularly an offensive lineman. If you can keep that leg in alignment right in right in line with your foot and knee and hip all into going 4 to 6 weeks out for him and then safety LaMarcus Joyner. Out for the season for the Jets, so the injuries for them which started at that joint practice with Green Bay in the summer. Has stretched into week one of the season now tough break for them. Um it's gonna be a tough row to hoe for the Jets all season, though, so we'll see where it goes. And former bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Steve 37 21 win over the jacks. Tyrod Taylor 21 to 33 to 91 2 touchdowns and Brandon cooks had a connection yesterday. You know, making that making this throat here. Over the top, and, you know, it looks just like the Tyrod we knew here in Buffalo. Very nifty in the pocket made some throws a little bit off script. And you know the thing that does it for you for me, Brownie. His receivers made plays for him. They were they were busting a gut for Tyrod and we've seen guys do it. They the guys against a big team mate. He's a fantastic team made a great leader. And he's a tremendous athlete. And You know, he's been playing long enough now where this is all just Yeah, I got this little bit of backyard football. But it worked for Houston yesterday did so good on them, 37 21. And of course, the trolls were out on Twitter as soon as the game was over, because a lot of people see these two teams as among the worst in football, we know that the Jaguars just had the first pick in the draft last year, Everybody was expecting the Texans to be In line to be first on the draft board this coming spring. So after the Texans beat the Jags on Twitter people are going Gee, I wonder who the Jags are gonna pick first in the draft in 2022. After one night, right? It was. Yeah, that's that's how social media works. Yeah, well You're right. The game was supposed to be hot garbage. Yeah. And for the Jags. It was, but Tyrod showed out very well. He was. He showed himself to be a very, very capable veteran player. And like we know he is here in Buffalo break time for us when we come back more your thoughts on the tweet sheet. And we'll get to some of your takeaways from the game. A 23 16 loss at the hands of the Steelers back in a second here on one Bills live. Presented by Kaleida Health, Buffalo.
"damien harris" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Damien Harris has been carrying a football around with him wherever he goes, even the media sessions, But the Patriots running back second career fumble came at a terrible time late in the fourth quarter with his pants inside the 10 yard line and on their way to a comeback win over the Dolphins, Harris said. Mistakes are part of the game and that one I won't define him teammates Mac Jones and Nelson Agler. Damien's obviously very disappointed, but it doesn't go on Damien. There's a lot of things I could have done to do better. To not even be in that situation. Take some bigger chunk plays and he played his heart out is what it is. He's going to be better from it, and I mean, he's a great dude and he's going to work hard and that's what he does, and that's what we're all going to do. I don't really have to tell them anything because he works so hard, he said. Next play mentality, you know, I think he's a great football player, and if it was a friend, we wouldn't even be in that situation. We ran the ball so well and let the coaches coach him on those type of responsibility. But I just continue to tell them I love the way he runs and how hard he plays. Harris did total 117 yards pats at the Jets Sunday. Okay? Adam Kaufman WBZ Boston's NewsRadio, 12 43. And we checked the snacks on the road for you every 10 minutes. And right now, Kevin Brennan updating the Subaru Retailers of New England all wheel drive traffic on the threes. All right, Laurie watches slowdowns up to the north 1 28 north beyond You get to break place getting by this disabled vehicle to the left here just after Washington Street in Woburn. Once you clear that you're okay, getting up in the reading at Linfield Route one. No real big troubles here getting through Revere or Saugus? Downtown Boston. Much of the same pretty quiet in the lower decks. Take umbrage lever down ramp hung up Just a bit here around the garden Curb leaving the city on the expressway South Bochum reduced speech coming down through South bay. You're back up to speed after Columbia Road north of us A nice ride all the way up to the tunnel. 93 north. Um, you're on the brakes 1 38 Here in Canton getting over the work crews. Admiral 24 in Randolph roots 3 24 9. 85 all looking pretty good right now over and Wrentham Route one South Beach. We're going to crash before 4 95, causing delays in both directions. This report sponsored by Duck Duck, Go Protect your privacy for free with duck. Duck. Go! What is it? That makes you uniquely you? Well, duck duck Go doesn't think that's any of their business. And frankly, it shouldn't be the business of any tech company. Protect your privacy online for free with duck duck, Go. Kevin Brennan. WBC traffic on the threes who knew today would be so gorgeous after those thunderstorms early if you are early riser right now, we're looking at lower humidity. We're in the mid seventies tonight. Starlets 62 in Boston 55 Nice in outlying suburbs Full forecast with Dean DeVore that's coming up in 10 minutes. You're.
Tua's TD Pass, Turnover by Howard Lift Dolphins Over Pats
"To a ton of I. lo I. in the dolphin spoiled back Jones NFL debut with the season opening seventeen sixteen win over New England talk of a loaf in a sixteen of twenty seven with two hundred two yards and the go ahead three yard TD pass to debuting number six overall pick Jaylen waddle to put Miami ahead for good early in the third quarter it's all about making adjustments and that's what we tried to do the second half you know obviously we gotta execute a lot better Jones the number fifteen overall pick out of Alabama three for two hundred eighty one yards and a touchdown in his pro debut for the patriots I can do a better job than everyone else I thought they played hard we can play even harder Damien Harris had a hundred rushing yards for New England guessing cooled off Foxboro Massachusetts
"damien harris" Discussed on Patriots Beat
"I think Myers will get a good chunk of it but I think Born get some of it and I also think jonnu Smith and James White get some of those responsibilities as well. Thematically that Julian Edelman used to handle. I mean, he was a massive, massive part of their offense and I just don't see them giving all of that immediately to Jacobi Myers right away. I think again, I think he gets a good chunk of it, but I think edelman's going to be replaced by committee and that's kind of why I had my mind up. How I did. Yeah, you know, last year, Jacoby Myers, was that guy? You know, he did you have any other stuff they had? Nobody else. That's a fair point. And I think what we both struggled with on both of our list because we each only had, I think two wide receivers, right? We didn't have that third wide receiver in there and what we both, we both probably have Kendrick born at 6 though, right? I mean, I oh yeah, yeah yeah I think we both struggled with is you're going to be in twelve perhaps Alice so often because right now we're going to take either of those two tight ends. This, you know, this is the starting offense right here. So we're looking at, regardless of the order, these are this is the, the the, for lack of a better term this month. Base offense, right? And maybe you can swap out, Damien Harris on the first and second round games wife. But this is there, 12. This is there money. Gotta Have It end of the game. Need to put a drink together. Twelve Personnel. Right, right here, we think, unless born-again beats out, Jacoby Myers..
McDaniels' RPO Gameplan Starts To Bear Fruit
"I think what we're seeing and I wrote about this just now is just we need to embrace this offense in what it is is that it's a run Centric offense and I think what we were seeing at a Josh McDaniels in particular he deserves a lot of credit for scheming it up in the running game. We've talked a lot about the last couple of weeks defense is playing eight guys in the box with low safeties and kind of King on that run game. So what did McDaniels do this week? You realize that they needed to come up with ways to even the numbers back up. And so he used option runs to use the Wildcat formation a couple of times. He was able to get situations where the page we're seeing an eight-man box. But because of cams legs they were able to even up the numbers with him it being a focal point of the running game. So they also what I thought was really smart as they watched the tape of that Buffalo game and off Joey Bosa just absolutely dominate the game three sacks, right quarterback pressures and get three tackles-for-loss in the Run game on top of all that forced a fumble. So they made him the read defender on all those awful plays. So he's just sitting there trying to read out Cam Newton and instead of getting up the field and blowing them off the ball. He was kind of left in no man's land trying to defend the option place. So really smart kind of wrinkles nearby McDaniels to put both in Conflict throughout the entire game. And then the last one that I kind of went over in that post was the RPO package with the two running backs, which was just really awesome job. Sony Michelle and Damien Harris on the field at the same time and the Patriots are running rpos RPO bubble screens mostly where they have a trap run on the inside and then a bubble screen on the outside and I was just reading that overhang Defender to the weak side of the formation and he's able to kind of decipher. Should I hand it off or throw it out there? They haven't thrown it out there that the screen yet. I'm waiting for them to get that looked to be able to do that. But I just think it's really cool to see how McDaniels is saying. Okay. This is what we are right. We're not going to be this prolific downfield passing attack, especially with the way the cams throwing the ball right now. So I need to scheme it up. I need to figure out ways to make sure that this running game can still go and that's exactly what they were able to do.