Dimitroff prefers a deal with Matt Ryan sooner than later
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a contract that pays an average of more than $20 million per year. However, as more and more quarterbacks receive lucrative contracts, Ryan’s average annual salary slides farther and farther down the list.
About those turnovers: Darnold had an issue there in 2017 — his 22 turnovers were tied for most in the FBS — but I actually think a lot of that was footwork. Several of his 13 interceptions were because of poor footwork, and some of his sacks were the result of his not properly setting his feet and climbing the pocket. Scouts will take a close look at Darnold’s footwork and mechanics on Wednesday to see if he’s moving in the right direction.
Deep outs to the opposite hash. Fades. Corners. Get under center. Show three-, five- and seven-step drops. (If it’s raining, even better). Scouts are watching every throw and the footwork that goes into those throws. In a perfect world, no balls would hit the ground against air. Now, Darnold can’t help his receivers dropping the ball, but ball placement matters. Is he giving his receivers a chance to make a play on every throw?
Is he gonna buy into it? I believe he will, said Rolle, who speaks regularly with Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC’s a team player, he’s been a team player for the last couple of years. In my honest opinion, he never should have been out of the starting lineup as a corner because he had one of his best years at corner, then all of a sudden he’s no longer the starter, I never understood that move.
He can be very valuable at safety. Given, he’s going to have to make the open field tackle and he has to understand it’s not about a solo tackle or a knockout hit, it’s about getting the guy down, at all costs. That’s the biggest thing a safety has to understand, you’re the last guy on the defense, if they get by you it’s seven points.
Pitaro, 48, has long been atop Disney chairman Bob Iger’s list as possible successor to John Skipper. In fact, according to sources, Skipper for years had held off Iger’s suggestion to have Pitaro serve as his right-hand man. It would have resulted in a clear succession plan.