Not only is Bruce Arians on track for his second
While much of the talk has been about the quarterback-juggling the 9-1 Cardinals have done, with
Bowles, in his second season, just got a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 season, but chances are he'll be a head coach before then. The deal allows him to entertain those offers.
"It's like a clock counting down, 'When is Todd Bowles going to leave?'" cornerback
In his first season with the Cardinals, Bowles took over a defense that was 28th against the run and finished No. 1 in 2013. The challenge this season was bringing a host of backups up to speed after the starting unit was hit hard by attrition.
This season's defense is without standout linebackers
At one point this season, defensive tackle
Somehow, the Cardinals have continued to thrive. They have yielded 17.6 points per game, third-fewest in the league, and have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher, and that includes back-to-back games against Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy and Dallas'
So Gordon, who led the league in receiving yardage last season, will be available for Sunday's game against Atlanta. But Browns quarterback
"We all know what Josh is capable of, but let's not put all this pressure on him to be the savior," Hoyer told reporters. "We all have to be better on offense. We all have to be more consistent."
The pain game
Although the original reports were that the medical staffs of three visiting teams were subjected to surprise inspections by Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Sunday — San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa Bay — the Associated Press reported Monday that Detroit and Cincinnati had similar inspections.
Attorney Mel Owens, a former standout linebacker for the Los Angeles
"I thought to myself, 'Finally somebody's looking into it,'" Owens said. "Because it's been going on for decades. Even when I played it was happening the way it was described."
Owens, a first-round pick who played for the Rams from 1981-89, said in his experience painkillers and prescription drugs were constantly distributed, and not just by team doctors but by trainers and others who were not permitted by law to do so. He said his clients who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the same.
"It happens wherever it's necessary," he said. "There's guys getting injected on the sideline, I've seen it. It's not a secret. You ask any NFL player, 'Have you seen guys getting injected on the sideline?' Of course. On the plane? Of course. In the hotel, on the buses, on the plane? Of course. By the trainers? Of course.
"I've been saying forever that you can't have the NFL as it is without overmedicating the players. It's so haphazard and lackadaisical in the NFL and there's no oversight."
Hail to the Thinskins
First-year Washington Coach
In his postgame comments, quarterback
Gruden bristled at that, and on Monday told reporters that Griffin "needs to worry about himself. I'll worry about everybody else… He elaborated too much."
Of course, Griffin couldn't leave that alone. He fired back on Twitter with a thinly veiled rebuke of his critics, possibly including his head coach.
"It's unfortunate that anyone would take a piece of my press conference & say I threw my teammates under the bus," Griffin wrote. "These men are my family."