There is strong and increasing sentiment among NFL owners that league leaders should take disciplinary action against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, although that would not include attempting to strip Jones of his franchise, according to multiple people familiar with the deliberations.
Potential disciplinary measures against Jones, if he’s deemed guilty of conduct detrimental to the league, could include a fine, a suspension or the Cowboys’ loss of a draft pick or picks.
Plus, any help keeping Luck upright will only benefit the team — his passer rating dipped from 112 to 72 under pressure in 2016 with his completion rate dropping from 71 to 51 percent in those instances.
Colts’ starting running back Frank Gore will be 34 years old when the season starts, prompting the organization to use its third-round pick on a replacement, perhaps looking at University of South Florida’s Marlon Mack as a future replacement.
Mack ran for 1,187 yards with 15 touchdowns and added 28 catches out of the backfield as a junior last season. More than half of that rushing yardage (621 yards) came on runs of 15 yards or more.
Their overall record after the Super Bowl was 45-51. Gruden’s history, then, is one that elevates the team already in place, but has not put together winning seasons year after year.
It might be instructive to look at the success rate of coaches who have had long layoffs before returning to the game.
There have been five coaches who have experienced a break of at least nine years between NFL head-coaching jobs. Pete Carroll was out for 11 years — although he was a highly successful college coach in the interim — and his post-break record is 79-48-1 (with a Super Bowl title and another NFC championship), by far the most successful of the group. Chan Gailey was out 11 years and he was 16-32 after his return. Art Shell was 2-14. Joe Gibbs, a legendary Super Bowl winner, did no better than 30-34. Dick Vermeil went 66-62 (with a Super Bowl title).
Three years ago, the Trail Blazers were under enormous pressure to prove to LaMarcus Aldridge that they were all-in on acquiring proven talent to help make a championship run. The power forward was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season and ended up signing with the San Antonio Spurs.