In a perfect world, admitted Newmark, Roush will get him back under their roof sooner rather than later. “There’s a combination of factors that will go into that,” he said. “Ideally, we’ll have him in one of our cars in the next few years, but I think the focus right now is we got to get him running better in the 34.” Under NASCAR’s new ownership rules of only being able to run four full-time cars, plus the addition of the Charter System this year, Roush has been in a box.
Neither move has borne much fruit. Hoyer posted his worst passer rating in five years before being benched after six games, and Beathard has subsequently been worse. Only the Bears and Browns have fielded passers with a cumulative Total QBR worse than San Francisco’s 28.4 mark this season.
Another week, another impressive display for the Grizzlies, who are showing few signs of coming back to Earth. They’re doing it in classic Grizzlies fashion — elite defense coupled with a passable offense predicated on the Conley-Gasol combo.
Stephen Hauschka, kicker, Buffalo. He’s tried seven field goals in the past two games—from 49, 55, 53, 27, 24, 56 and 55 yards—and made them all. The last three came in the upset of the Falcons on Sunday.
Greg Zuerlein, kicker, Los Angeles Rams. He kicked seven field goals (from 49, 44, 44, 30, 28, 43 and 33 yards) and finished with 23 of the Rams’ 35 points in a dramatic win at Dallas. “Mr Automatic!” coach Sean McVay called him.
I can’t remember a time when there were so many teams trotting out such bad groups of receivers. Since, as friend of the show Rainbow Cave points out, it’s a week short on big-time games, and because I’m the kind of guy who lays on the horn at the Taco Bell drive-through if my order takes longer than 40 seconds, let’s all be impatient jerks and peek ahead to what should be a fascinating market for passing-game weapons this offseason.