A resurgence in 2017 has given the Rams high expectations for 2018. Running back Todd Gurley says that he and his teammates aren’t paying attention to that. Gurley said: “We haven’t even really thought about that. Everybody looks good on paper, but it doesn’t really mean anything if you can’t go out there and put your team in good position.” For the Rams, it looks great on paper. Great enough that anything less than a playoff appearance will be a major disappointment. Some expect not just a playoff appearance but a deep playoff run. The full Todd Gurley interview appears below. Which is a subtle and polite way of saying, “How about listening to it?”
The Bills have high long-term hopes for rookie quarterback Josh Allen. In the short term, however, the expectations are minimal. And that could help Allen with his transition to the NFL. Allen said: “There’s really no pressure. There’s nothing that’s been said to me that has made me feel uncomfortable or feel worried about anything at all. I’m here to get better, I’m here to be the best teammate, the best quarterback that I can be. That’s what I’m trying to do.” The Bills have declared the quarterback competition to be open, which could put Allen under center from the outset of the season. And if he wins the job, the main reason will be his ability to throw the football a long way. “Josh has a strong arm,” coach Sean McDermott said, per the team’s website. “I think we all know that. I’ve been around the league long enough to know that it’s one of the stronger arms. I’m not going to compare it to some of the guys I’ve been around. He’s got a talented arm, so within that, there’s other areas that are just as important, though, for arm strength, and that’s where we have a lot of work to do. The great part about Josh is [that] he came in with a great mindset. He’s embraced that growth mindset of getting better every day and that’s what we’re looking forward to in the future.” In the immediate future, no one really knows what to expect from Allen. If he becomes the player they drafted him to be, the Bills won’t be waiting another 18 years to get back to the playoffs. Despite not officially officially retiring, Jay Cutler doesn’t sound like a man planning to play a 13th NFL season.
During Sunday’s premiere of Very Cavallari, starring Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari, the former quarterback was asked point-blank by the mother of his three children if he has any plans moving forward with the next phase of life: “I’m not really looking to do a lot of work right now. I’m looking to do the exact opposite of that”. During the opening episode, Cutler, wearing a backward camo hat and sipping coffee after bringing in a cooler of elk meat, was asked by Cavallari if he was 100 percent done with football. “I mean I can’t say 100,” he replied. “Probably.” Cutler cheekily said he would know in September if he’s really done playing. The 35-year-old started 14 games for the Miami Dolphins in 2017, posting a career-low 6.2 yards per attempt average, with 19 TDs to 14 INTs. It would be a surprise at this point if any team rang up Cutler to offer him the type of monetary value and playing time to entice the veteran to return. Regular viewers of E! Network not familiar with Cutler’s body of work were treated to a vintage performance by the famously aloof quarterback. The Chicago Tribune put together a rundown of his appearance on the show, which was classic Cutler. Before un-retiring to play for the Dolphins last season following Ryan Tannehill’s season-ending injury, Cutler was slated to join FOX in a three-person broadcasting booth. There has been no word on whether Cutler will again pursue a broadcasting career.