“They knew going in this wasn’t a one-game or one-year solution where they could turn a light on and get the support they expect to get moving toward the opening of the new [stadium],” Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said during a conference call with reporters this week. “We remain confident the city of Los Angeles can support two franchises and committed toward making that happen.”
The early stages of this NFL season have been plagued by poor offensive play resulting in dull, low-scoring games. And the Thursday night games never have been exactly known for their crispness and can’t-turn-away watch-ability.
With Kelly following him out the door, the NFL’s coaching vacancies now stands at six, with the Chargers firing Coach Mike McCoy on Sunday night and Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak officially stepping down due to health reasons. Kubiak helped lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl just last season. The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams have already parted ways with their head coaches.
In one other bit of key NFL offseason news, by losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime — despite several good chances to win the game late and in OT, and despite the fact the Steelers rested all of their key offensive starters — the Cleveland Browns have locked up the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft thanks to their inglorious one-win season.
Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch named Romo SI’s 2017 “Media Person of the Year.” Wrote Deitsch: “Having currency (Romo was on the Cowboys’ roster until April) does not always translate into astute analysis but Romo’s knowledge of the league — specifically the formations and fronts of teams and how an offense attacks a defense — made him an invaluable resource for NFL viewers.”