Second-round pick DeShone Kizer has already lost his hold on the starting job. Passing on Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson and others the past two years will put pressure on the Browns to use their inevitably high pick to draft one of the marquee college prospects. If they do, they’ll add to the 28 starters used since the Browns were reborn in 1999.
New York Jets: Josh McCown has the Jets in far better shape than anyone could have dreamed. But if former Jet Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the definition of a stopgap QB, then McCown is. He’s been effective, maybe too effective — it seemed certain the Jets would have a shot at one of the top college quarterbacks, but after an anti-tanking start, they may have to trade up. The Jets remain in search of a legitimate long-term answer.
Seattle’s defense entered Super Bowl 49 ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed (267.1 per game), points (15.9 per game) and pass defense (185.6 per game). The greatest strength of Seattle’s dominant squad, the “Legion of Boom,” featured three Pro Bowl-caliber players in Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. How did Brady fare against that?
He set a Super Bowl record with 37 completions and tossed four touchdown passes to four different receivers (accounting for all of New England’s touchdowns). He also came through in the clutch: After the Seahawks got a 10-point lead in the third quarter, he completed 15 of 19 passes for 138 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 28-24 win.
Maybe so. But Pearl understands that the rest is all but impossible to ignore. Like that limp of his, there are subtle reminders of the quandary in which the program finds itself, such as Wiley’s presence on the scout team rather than in the starting five.
Last week, the NCAA ruled that Wiley wouldn’t be eligible to play this season. Pearl says he’s still holding on to hope of an appeal, and he hasn’t given up on Purifoy, either, whose eligibility remains in limbo.