The officiating in the Titans-Chiefs game was a big point of discussion, which is never good if you’re a referee. Andy Reid was upset about some of the calls after the game, but refused to get himself in trouble.
“I don’t really have anything good to say there so I’m just going to stay away from any comments about those guys. I don’t want to get fined. It’s not worth it. Whatever,” Reid said via ProFootballTalk.
“They’re dumb—that’s Cleveland,” says Mitchell. “You can’t find a top-10 corner in September; that just doesn’t happen. He was the final piece.” But Haden did more than just top off the Steelers’ defensive transformation. He changed the way coordinator Keith Butler could scheme against opposing offenses, including the one they most needed to stop. Specifically, Haden’s arrival allowed Davis to move full-time to strong safety, where he’s become a starter; it freed Coty Sensabaugh, a rare free-agent signee (from the Giants) to shift into the nickel corner role; and it meant that 33-year-old William Gay (a remnant of Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl team) could play exclusively in dime packages.
The Jaguars went from the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft to a final four pick in the 2018 draft by reaching the AFC championship game.
Problem is, the Raiders actually have a little more to sell than a glowing image of the past. There’s still reason to believe that their 12-win season in 2016 was the real thing, not the mirage, and that the fall-off this season was the exception. Reggie McKenzie didn’t lose the touch that put that team together, and obviously Gruden and the Raiders know it, or else he wouldn’t be around for the start of the new regime.
Recreating the early 2000s may not be necessary to get the Raiders winning again. That Davis and Gruden are so convinced that it is necessary puts them on a dangerous path.
It’s so seductive, though.
Kroenke said the team’s temporary home, the Los Angeles Coliseum, is not a good facility. Including Saturday’s playoff loss, the Rams were just 3-5 at the Coliseum this season.