In Pittsburgh, one of the biggest stories heading into the season will be how Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the offense adjusts to the system being installed by new coordinator Todd Haley, formerly Chiefs head coach.
Haley wont try to fit square pegs into round holes, one NFL observer said.
Todd Haley represents the best of both worlds, NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes said. With Kurt Warner, he threw it 45 times a game and didnt blink. In Kansas City, he ran it 45 times a game. Hes got those three young wide receivers there in Pittsburgh, and Ben knows how to put the ball in the air. Todd will make the adjustments, and rather quickly.
But how will the quarterback adjust when it gets down to actually running the offense during a game?
Torry Holt, a NFL Network analyst and former Rams receiver, was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as saying: Coach Haley has a strong personality. Ben has a strong personality. Im sure Todd wants him to hone in on this or hone in on that, and Ben will try. But out there on the football field, your instincts kick in and your competitive nature kicks in, and you kind of resort back to what youve always done.
Does that mean sideline spats between Haley and his offensive charges something weve seen before with the coach are ahead this season? Keep an eye out.
Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.
1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.
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Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt.
But that's not how RG3 views it.
"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be."
And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.
"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great."
It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.
Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.