“Blake Bortles is the Tom Brady of Garbage Time,’’ blared the headline on the fivethirtyeight.com website.
The site is noted for crunching the numbers on political issues, but also covers sports. And Michael Salvino studied the numbers on Blake Bortles, the fourth-year Jaguars quarterback, for the past two seasons.
It turns out he was the best quarterback in the league in garbage time the past two years. Garbage time is defined on being down by nine or more points with four minutes or fewer left.
There has been a perception that Bortles tends to put up meaningless numbers in garbage time and Salvino’s research shows it is true.
Bortles completed 78 of 118 passes for 964 yards and 12 touchdowns and just four picks with a passer rating of 111 in garbage time. Tom Brady, who barely even knows what garbage time in a loss feels like, had a 112 passer rating for the season last year.
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The Miami Dolphins’ desperation move to bring Jay Cutler out of retirement once Ryan Tannehill was injured is another example of how a team can be haunted for years by mistakes of past regimes.
That’s because neither Tannehill nor Cutler should be their quarterback.
Their quarterback should be Drew Brees, but the Dolphins bypassed him twice early in his career.
In the 2001 draft, they took cornerback James Fletcher with the 26th pick in the first round. Brees went to San Diego with the first pick of the second round even though Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman said before the draft that three members of his staff had looked at every college pass by Brees.
According to a story written in 2009 by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, who still covers the team, Spielman told him after the draft they didn’t feel Brees was that much better than incumbent Jay Fiedler. Later, the story changed that then coach Dave Wannstedt pushed Fletcher instead of Brees.
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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is facing an unusual dynamic this season that no NFL coach has ever faced.
He’s got Tom Coughlin as his boss.
Coughlin, who built the most successful NFL expansion team ever in his first tenure with the Jaguars, is back this year in a new role.
He’s the executive vice president of football operations, but he’s not the coach.
In his first stint with the Jaguars, Coughlin also ran the show, but he was the coach. So Coughlin couldn’t second-guess himself.
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When Gisele Bündchen married Tom Brady eight years ago, she said he told her he planned to play 10 more years.
The problem, she said, was that as the years passed, the number never went down. As recently as 2015, he was still saying he planned to play 10 more years.
Now Brady finally seems ready to concede 10 more years may be a bit unrealistic. He seems to be talking about five more years.
Brady turned 40 Thursday, and in his first press conference of training camp Friday, he was asked about Patriots owner Bob Kraft saying he could play until his 50s.
“I don’t think I’ve ever said the 50s,’’ Brady said. “Maybe once. You know, I just love doing it. Again, I’ve never thought about not playing, at least until my mid-40s, so that’s a pretty good goal in and of itself, and then we’ll see when I get there.’’
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Patriots owner Bob Kraft apparently recently gave President Trump some tax-policy advice.
The two men have long been friends, and Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Kraft gave him the advice after a recent dinner.
“Donald, don’t worry about the rich people,’’ President Trump said Kraft told him. “Tax the rich people. You’ve got to take care of the people in the country. It was a very interesting statement. I feel the same way.’’
It remains to be seen if Trump really feels the same way.
But Kraft could have given Trump some advice on being wary when dealing with Vladimir Putin.
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The macho culture of the NFL hasn’t been noted for being welcoming to gay players in the past.
But that may be changing.
When retired offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan told Outsports that he is gay this week, he was only the 11th NFL player to publicly come out according to the website. Only Michael Sam did it as an active player.
O’Callaghan hid the fact he is gay so well that nobody knew it, not anybody in the NFL or even his family. Not even his mother.
In fact, playing in the NFL was one of the ways he hid it. And he planned to commit suicide once his playing days were over because he was so conflicted that he didn’t feel he could live openly as a gay man.
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