Last week, former UCLA coach Jim Mora suggested that former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, not former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, would be a better choice for the Browns “because of fit.” The comment made waves, even though Mora also said that the Giants and the Jets should each want Rosen at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
So Mora scraped up some toothpaste and jammed into the funnel in comments to Peter King of SI.com.
Remember the Week 16 Sunday Splash! report that Rosen would hesitate leaving UCLA if he knew the Browns would take him at No. 1? The report emerged before Rosen declared for the draft or hired an agent, so the universe of potential sources was small: Rosen, a close family member, a close friend, or Mora, the two-time former NFL coach whose number surely resides in the phone of the ESPN reporter who published the impractical claim that nevertheless may have had the same practical impact that Mora’s on-the-record comments were intended to have: To scare the Browns away from taking Rosen.
Swanson also missed time at the end of 2016 with a head injury.
In four seasons, Swanson played 53 games with 42 starts.
“That’s my hometown, eh? So I grew up in Humboldt,” Bednar said. “… The bulk of my childhood was in that city. I grew up as a young guy dreaming to play for the Broncos and then had the opportunity as a teenager [but] moved on to the Western League.
“I know what that team means to that town. I have a couple friends — one of their sons is a goaltender for the Broncos — and he survived. He went to surgery last night in Saskatoon, and hopefully he’s doing better. But it’s a tough time for that town. It’s a tight-knit community; it’s only 6,000 people. Yeah, we send our thoughts and prayers to them for sure.”
In the end, a $750 million public contribution for a shiny, new stadium was more than enough of a reward for NFL owners to accept any perceived risk from Las Vegas. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move.
“Gambling, that is a major concern for us,” Goodell said at a media conference shortly after last year’s vote. “I think we have to make sure that we continue to stay focused on making sure that everyone has the full confidence that what you see on the field is not influenced by any outside factors. That’s our No. 1 concern. That goes to what I consider the integrity of the game, and we will not relent on that.”
Currently, the Supreme Court is reviewing the federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, and the NFL and other leagues are positioning themselves for the future.