Tara O’Leary, Staff Writer |
The Los Angeles Rams came up big on Sunday in the aftermath of what has been a very rough week for many in California. Last Wednesday’s mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks took 12 lives, and the spreading wild fires have left many homeless; many Rams players were also evacuated from their homes this week as a result. Head coach Sean McVay understood the intensity of the situation and canceled Friday’s practice. Many commended McVay and the organization for the way they handled it. “Sean was amazing,” said linebackers coach Joe Barry. Rams cornerback, Marcus Peters, also had praise for his team: “The organization took care of us, made sure we had nothing to worry about, and that allowed us to play ball and not stress about that other stuff.” Without the added stress, the Rams were able to pull out a 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. “Being able to do what we did today felt really good, especially under the circumstances,” said quarterback Jared Goff. “We want to be a group that can provide regularity, a safe haven and joy, even if it’s just for a few hours.”
After yet another disappointing loss, Jets fans everywhere are calling for head coach Todd Bowles to be fired. With the team’s upcoming bye week, this would seemingly be a perfect time to let him go. With this being said, the Jets aren’t looking for a mid-season coaching change. As of now, the team is planning on having Bowles finish out the remainder of the 2018 season. Until then, the organization will ignore its angry fan base and wait to decide his fate. Their horrendous 41-10 loss to the Bills, where they were booed at their home stadium, marks the teams fourth straight defeat after a 3-3 start. “It’s not my first rodeo,” said Bowles, “When you win games, people cheer. When you lose games, people boo.”
The New England Patriots suffered a shocking beat down this Sunday at the hands of the Titans. Tennessee upset the Pats, 34-10. Following the game, Titans running back Dion Lewis made some comments about his former team, the Patriots. Lewis even went so far as to call the Patriots “cheap” for not re-signing him. “It’s an emotional thing,” said Brady when asked aboutthe comments from his former teammate. “We’ve had guys come from other teams and they have wanted to beat that team. It’s just part of the sport.” The Patriots still lead the AFC East and are heading into their bye week following the tough loss.
Former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was set to make his return to football when he signed with the Saints last Wednesday. Bryant unfortunately tore his Achilles tendon on the final play of last Friday’s practice, ending his hopes of playing this season. The veteran receiver was understandably frustrated by the injury but calls it “the ultimate test.” The Saints had hoped that Bryant would fill in as a dependable number two receiver alongside Michael Thomas. Shortly after the news of his injury, the Saints signed another veteran wide receiver, Brandon Marshall. “He’s smart, he’s experienced. He’s someone, again, that he’s been in a number of systems and overall had a good workout,” said head coach Sean Payton about their new receiver. “We’ll see how it goes here this week and what our plans are.”
Following their third straight loss, the Bengals have decided to fire defensive coordinator, Teryl Austin. In the past three games they have given up 45, 34, and 51 points to their opponents, respectively. On top of the high scores, Cincinatti has also given up at least 500 yards in each of those games. “I felt it best to make a change at this point in time, and I wish him the best,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs.”