Rejoice! The Patriots' sixth Super Bowl victory now officially belongs to ancient history. You do not have to think about it anymore. Now is the time to move on: the 2019 NFL combine is already here, and a group of Alarm the staff will provide you with a collection of five thoughts of each day in Indianapolis.
1. The measures taken by Kyler Murray on Thursday were favorable for the winner of the Heisman Trophy.
Murray's height and weight were among the most troubling issues for this year's combine, and the diminutive QB of Oklahoma arrived at 5 feet 10 inches and inches on Thursday, dispelling some of the fears that his height of 5 feet 10 inches with the Sooners had been exaggerated. Murray also weighed in at 207 pounds, 12 pounds more than his weight at OU and about 20 pounds more than his expected play weight last fall. In addition to being a win for men under six feet everywhere, Murray's measurements have several other consequences.
Murray's official height could allay lingering doubts about his viability as an NFL candidate. He is still the second shortest QB to have passed the combine in the last 20 years, but he is at least within the reach of the guys who proved they could play in the league (including his runner-up Heisman and his predecessor the Baker Baker OU Mayfield). Murray's potential should ultimately be judged on his abilities as a player, which he has already proven. However, there is no doubt that a few more traditional NFL decision makers made themselves clear when they learned that Murray's framework – both in length and volume – is quite comparable to that of Russell Wilson. Every year, people say that combine testing is more about clarifying a baseline than it is about taking giant steps in the draft table. Murray accomplished that on Thursday.
The only long-term concern that remains here is whether the approximately 20 kilos of bulk that Murray has tackled over the past two months will become a lasting burden. If Murray chooses not to run the 40-yard scoreline on Saturday, this could be a sign that he is not comfortable enough to move to 207 pounds and is considering losing some of that mass before the start of his rookie season. Again, this is a relatively minor concern for a team that is already attracted by Murray's talent, but some evaluators will have it in mind during the preliminary process.
2. According to the information we have at Indianapolis, the Cowboys have very aggressive by spending money on their own players this spring.
Dallas is still in its infancy in the off-season rumor, and thanks to the many urgent decisions that Jerry Jones and Co. have to make this spring, this situation will only intensify in 2019. We're expecting to what Jones and the reception desk are doing everything in their power. They can keep Demarcus Lawrence, the free defensive agent, either through a consecutive franchise tag or a long-term extension that would make Lawrence one of the highest paying defensive players in football. Amari Cooper is entering the final year of her rookie contract and will likely consider a long-term extension, a result that is almost certain since the Cowboys traded a first-round pick against the receiver in October. Combine these contracts with unavoidable extensions for attacking midfielder Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott (and a possible multi-year contract with cornerback Byron Jones), and Dallas is considering an expensive offseason.
The natural question now is: how on earth is this plan possible? Dallas has already signed huge contracts with its three offensive All-Pro linemen (Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick). If Lawrence, Prescott, Elliott, and Cooper receives all extensions with a minimum cap of $ 10 million, which would give Cowboys nine players with at least eight-digit hits this season. Despite this frightening prospect, however, all of these extensions could be achievable with proper cap gymnastics. Sean Lee's $ 10.1 million will have to be renegotiated and some further cuts will be needed, but Dallas could theoretically keep the five players at the crossroads if the contracts have lower base salaries in the first year. and rising numbers that are taking advantage of the NFL's ever-increasing salary cap. In the case of Cooper, an extension could even reduce its 2019 cap number to its current level ($ 13.9 million). For some teams, the idea of pouring so much real money in such a short time may seem daunting, but that's the benefit of being the Cowboys.
If Dallas decides to follow this path, there will be little room for further changes to the list, such as the addition of security, Earl Thomas, in free status. Thomas and the Cowboys have been linked for years and it is no secret that both parties would like to reach an agreement. At this point, the Cowboys should probably choose between an extension for Jones and a long-term contract with Thomas, but stranger things have happened with this team …
3. How to cuddle Jason Witten on the Monday night football cabin and back to the NFL!
I would not blame anyone who saw this new Thursday and thought it was a hoax. It's hard to know where to start with this one. Witten is going would have get a base salary of $ 3.5 million with up to $ 5 million after incentives. Giving this money to a 37-year-old who has spent a season outside seems to be a strange resource for a team that is about to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new contracts. Cowboys that. The Dallas roster is a glaring need. But instead of finding new talent in vacant or independent positions, the team fills this need with a guy in his thirties who had trouble moving two years ago. More than its impact on the ground, this gesture seems to be a way to put Witten back on the Cowboys' orbit. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Some members of the Dallas organization believe that Witten is a prime candidate to become an NFL head coach, which could serve as a "bridge" to bring Witten back into the world of professional football.
While returning to the Cowboys, Witten also gets a seamless divorce from ESPN after a hectic first season as an announcer and the network gets another shot to fill his most important niche of color analyzers after a very public faux-pas . The typical names will probably be replaced by potential Witten replacements – such as Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner – but it's hard to imagine a person like Manning accepting the job just a year away. No matter who ends up in the job, it seems to be the best outcome for both parties. It pays to be one of Jerry Jones's guys.
4. D.K. Metcalf and Marquise Brown are arguably the two best receivers in this draft, and their body types could not be any different.
The large receiver group still allows projects to be evaluated in a fascinating way because, more than any other position, the best players can come in any form: Antonio Brown (5 feet 10 inches, 186 pounds) and Julio Jones (6 years). foot-3, 220 pounds) are the two most dominant receivers of their time. Metcalf and "Hollywood" Brown represent this disparity in a preliminary class and I would be curious to see which potential teams of first-round picks prefer the draft day.
Murray may have had the most publicized concerns about the size of any player in the repechage, but compared to the rest of his stance, Brown's stature may actually be more disturbing. He was 5 feet 9 inches 166 and 166 pounds on Thursday. Since 2000, only four receivers weighing less than 170 pounds have finished with more than 300 passing yards in one season: J.J. Nelson, Taylor Gabriel, Dexter McCluster and Roscoe Parrish. And although speedsters Nelson and Gabriel were useful players, none of them was considered an elite player like Brown. Brown's stature problems may also be aggravated by a lingering injury to Lisfranc that will prevent him from working in Indianapolis. Sprains in the middle of the foot are awkward for any player who puts on speed and which, given its setting, seems to be the only way to improve Brown's productivity.
Metcalf, meanwhile, is as physically imposing as a receiver. The Ole Miss product measured 6 feet 3 inches and 228 pounds, confirming that the photos of superheroes who circulated on social media are not a joke. In Metcalf, the teams would receive a rare mix of height, weight and speed, but they also risk losing a receiver that was not as sophisticated in its course, technique and technique. Brown and Metcalf both have their faults; it turns out that, for players at the same position, their faults are very different.
5. The Vikings will help Kirk Cousins.
Mike Zimmer spoke at length about the influence of new offensive coaches Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison on the Viking attack – and these changes will benefit the Cousins. Kubiak arrived in Minneapolis as an offensive advisor earlier this year. Since his arrival, Zimmer has been fascinated by stories of how Bill Walsh's offensive has evolved to become the system that Mike Shana (and Kubiak) eventually set up in Denver. Neither Kubiak nor Dennison have ever coached the Cousins directly, but their familiarity with Shanahan's system that Cousins used under Kyle Shanahan and Jay Gruden in Washington could help the Vikings implement the concepts that have contributed to the success quarterback with the Redskins.
As a coach of the Vikings offensive line, Dennison is likely to install an outdoor zone racing game that blends well with a game of passes relying heavily on action. Cousins has been one of the most successful players in the league during his career, and with the reintroduction of programs that have served him well in the past, it also seems that the terminology that Minnesota will use this season looks like verb that cousins used in Washington. The Vikings are doing everything in their power to make the most of their $ 84 million investment. This includes the hiring of experienced coaches who are well versed in one of the most effective offensive systems in the sport.