NFL failure to NFL factory: How Nick Saban created football’s best assembly line More Nick Saban’s biggest football failing has proven a聽blessing for the NFL. Proof comes every time a game is played. Saban’s own time in the league is remembered primarily for his unsuccessful stint as Dolphins head coach in 2005 and ’06. It’s actually in the aftermath where聽Saban has made a聽greater impact on both the pro and college games. The NFL is now flooded with players聽Saban has produced since he left聽the AFC East and became聽the Crimson Tide’s version of Bill Belichick. All but five NFL teams (Dallas, Minnesota, Carolina, Pittsburgh and Cleveland) have at least one Alabama gridiron alumnus on their rosters.
Andrew Luck attended opening day for Indianapolis Colts’ voluntary minicamp but the quarterback won’t throw this week as he continues to rehab his right shoulder. Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters last week that Luck has yet to throw regulation footballs. However, he noted the team remains confident its franchise quarterback will make a full recovery. Luck, 28, hasn’t played in a game since New Year’s Day of 2017. After his initial surgery in January 2017, Luck suffered a setback two weeks after returning to practice in October and has since taken more gradual steps in preparing to return. –The Tennessee Titans officially picked up the fifth-year option of quarterback Marcus Mariota’s contract, according to published reports. General manager Jon Robinson indicated last Wednesday that the club would be exercising the option. The transaction gives Mariota just over $20.9 million in salary in 2019.
The first round of the 2018 NFL draft is in the books. Which teams filled big needs with great value picks? Which teams could end up regretting their selections? Watch above to see Chris Simms and Matt Miller break down the first round.
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You have guys that are dominating the NFL right now in Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, that have just been working on interior guys, and you need guys to stop them, Nelson said. You talk to quarterbacks, and they say if a D-end gets on the edge, that’s fine, they can step up in the pocket and they can throw. That’s what I give: a pocket to step up in. And I think I also help the offense establish the run through my nastiness, and establishing the run also opens up the passing game.
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