After which Thomas did this in the direction of the Seahawks bench. pic.twitter.com/tfu4Dt6yxl
— Sporting Information (@sportingnews) September 30, 2018
The grievous damage suffered by Earl Thomas Sunday in Arizona reaffirmed each participant’s worst fears of enjoying whereas ready for a contract, whether or not an extension or by way of a franchise-tag 12 months. Khalil Mack held out in the course of the preseason due to it, and Le’Veon Bell is holding out now due to it. This has been repeated always all through all three gamers’ cash fights.
It caught Thomas. The “simply get on the market and play, you’re already making tens of millions” crowd is shrugging by way of this. The oldsters who don’t object to gamers utilizing what little leverage they’ve flinched arduous as they noticed one of many NFL’s finest gamers at any place over the past decade get carted off for the second time in three years.
They did not begrudge him for the one-finger salute to the Seahawks’ aspect of the sphere, both. That was not the time to demand any participant, a lot much less that one, to immediately flip off the emotion that received him onto the sphere and drove him to that elite stage of play, regardless of the intense threat to his future and to his completely cheap need to get what he is value.
Thomas received vocal assist from a valued and revered teammate afterward: “If he does not come (to report and play), he isn’t a crew participant, if he does come, and he will get damage, then he should not have got here,” linebacker Bobby Wagner stated. “It is a place we get put in typically. I believe that is why you could have to have the ability to play soccer and be capable to deal with the enterprise aspect of the sport.”
As for his teammate’s response to having his season finish the identical manner twice, and below these circumstances, and reacting as he did, Wagner stated, “If I used to be him, I’d be pissed off.”
Thomas additionally received love from a departed member of the Legion of Increase.
Praying for my brother @Earl_Thomas. Most won’t ever know the arduous work and sacrifice every day that goes into enjoying this recreation. He’ll bounce again higher than ever that’s who he i.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 1, 2018
Richard Sherman’s tweet reminded all that just about the entire constitution members left the Seahawks damaged. Sherman is in San Francisco after his torn Achilles final season, and Kam Chancellor retired due to a neck damage. Solely Brandon Browner left in full well being … as a free agent.
The NFL is worse off right this moment as a result of Thomas is out of uniform, no matter what uniform he would have worn the remainder of this season. It’s additionally worse when the sacrifices of gamers like him not solely go unrewarded, however mocked and belittled.
This time, the glove was on the opposite finger.
— Trubisky joins the Bears’ occasion
Simply three weeks in the past, on the opening Sunday night time of the season, the Bears’ finest offense was their protection, and their most harmful scoring menace was Khalil Mack. Ever since, the questions rose as to when Matt Nagy’s offensive schemes and Mitchell Trubisky’s execution and decision-making would catch up.
In Week 4, they caught up. After Trubisky’s six landing passes, after the 48-10 bludgeoning of the Buccaneers and after the 3-1 Bears stayed in first place going into their bye week, the quarterback hinted that the lengthy look ahead to the offense was over.
“Coach Nagy referred to as an amazing recreation, and it was simply nice execution all the way in which round,” he stated after throwing for extra touchdowns than any Bears quarterback in a single recreation apart from Sid Luckman throughout World Struggle II. “When all 11 guys are on the identical web page like that, you see issues begin to clicking. That was form of the breakthrough that we had been hoping for and we had been anticipating to do on offense.”
For the primary time, the commitments to Trubisky, then Nagy, then the offensive upgrades this offseason really paid off. Not a second too quickly, both: “It’s superior to take some stress off them and put some factors off the board,” Trubisky stated of the protection.
Sunday was his 16th profession begin; he took over for Mike Glennon 4 video games into his rookie season. Within the first 15, he totaled 9 touchdowns, with only one recreation with a couple of, and 4 with extra touchdowns than interceptions (every of them a 1-Zero ratio).
The ratio in begin No. 16 was 6-0.
— Matt Ryan vs. his personal protection
Matt Ryan is the reverse Trubisky. Right here’s what he’s confronted the final two weeks, in response to ESPN:
Matt Ryan is the primary participant in NFL historical past to lose back-to-back video games with 350 Go yards, Three Go TD and Zero Int. pic.twitter.com/VjUnou4D1a
— ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 30, 2018
That’s not surprising, for a few causes. Throwing for greater than 350 yards and three touchdowns and nonetheless dropping is not that uncommon, regardless of it by no means taking place to at least one participant in consecutive video games earlier than. Kirk Cousins did that in opposition to the Rams simply Thursday night time, with 400-plus yards. Tom Brady did it final season with 500-plus yards … within the Tremendous Bowl. It’s the character of the sport.
The opposite cause is that the Falcons’ protection is the anti-Bears protection. With the losses of Keanu Neal, Deion Jones and Ricardo Allen for the season, one can solely bark “subsequent man up” so many instances. Final week, Drew Brees simply went Drew Brees on them to get the Saints a win in additional time. This week, Andy Dalton … went Andy Dalton.
For all his accomplishments, Ryan is all the time going to catch grief over Tremendous Bowl 51, and even over his penchant for premature errors earlier in his profession. But when he had been ever to turn out to be a really sympathetic determine for the general public to root for, that is it. He’s going to be on the improper finish of shootouts extra typically than anybody would need.
— In Indy, it might be worse
Don’t be too arduous on Frank Reich. As gaffes by Colts head coaches go, the person he changed, Chuck Pagano, nonetheless has the higher hand.
— For Invoice O’Brien, it might be worse
Is the Invoice O’Brien Watch canceled? It’s, for now. The Texans’ first win of the season, 37-34 on the gun in additional time over the Colts, was welcome, and nobody will throw it again as a result of it was largely handed to them. However they did not precisely cowl themselves in glory, coughing up a 28-10 third-quarter lead. They’ve been everywhere in the map of their under-performing to this point: unable to cease the Patriots’ offense within the opener, bungling the ultimate drive in opposition to the Titans, then letting a clumsy Giants crew dominate them for 3 quarters.
Squeezing this one out is the primary signal of sunshine for a crew that’s too proficient to have stared down the barrel of an 0-Four begin. Their subsequent two video games, at residence in opposition to the Cowboys and Payments, match the outline of “winnable.” However they’d higher jell quick earlier than that gap will get deeper.
— Getting late early in Minnesota
Whose followers ought to have felt their hearts sink extra from the Payments’ 22-Zero demolition in Inexperienced Bay? Not essentially Payments followers, even after the tease of final week in Minnesota. And never Packers followers, in fact.
How about Vikings followers? They’ve received to be baffled by what’s happening with their crew. There have been troubling parts of the tie in opposition to the Packers, and worrisome ones in regards to the loss to the Rams on Thursday night time. The Payments recreation sandwiched in between, although … that solely appeared worse every week later, and it appeared dangerous sufficient on the time. That’s three straight winless video games, with an NFC title recreation rematch in Philadelphia coming subsequent.
They need to be operating the ball higher, however they’re not. They need to be defending Kirk Cousins higher, however they are not. Cousins ought to be taking good care of the ball higher, however he’s not. The protection ought to be nearer to dominant than it’s, even with Eversen Griffen lacking for the foreseeable future, nevertheless it’s not. And all of it appears worse in comparison with the success of final season and the expectations for this one.
One month into the season, the 1-2-1 Vikings are forward of the Lions of their division … and that’s it.