Philip Rivers seems to be reluctantly embracing the team’s move from San Diego to Los Angeles, but it’ll be interesting to see how he feels after a full season there. At 35 years old and with his fortune made, he has to be thinking about when it’s time to wrap it up and go home to all those kids.
Carson Palmer is back, but he thought long and hard about retiring. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said last August, “That’s all I think about,” when asked whether he ponders life after Palmer. That pondering should ramp up this offseason.
Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense had issues in 2016, averaging only 19.4 points per game (26th in the league).
“The players are going to be pushed by him daily, and he’s going to push us to another level to be great,” Allen said. “I think he’s a good person for the job because he’ll put the work in.”
Manuel will have to deal with scrutiny, of course, but expect him to be unfazed. Folks will bring up the story of him asking then-draft prospect Eli Apple, now with New York Giants, if he liked men during an interview at the NFL combine. Manuel was publicly reprimanded by the organization and required to go through sensitivity training; he apologized for the embarrassment he caused.
If Manuel’s defense falters in matchups against Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton next season, he’ll certainly hear criticism. But again, it’s not his personality to be rattled, no matter the situation.
“All of these things I don’t have an answer to — we just have to work through it.”
Jared Goff threw five touchdown passes and seven interceptions as a rookie.