Just a few days ago, the #MeToo movement hit baseball when Betsy Bissen, a freelance photographer, accused Minnesota Twins’ All-Star third basemen Miguel Sano of assaulting her two years prior at a mall in suburban Minneapolis. That story came a few days after a Wall Street Journal report that said Bob Bowman, the former 17-year head of MLB Advanced Media, was forced out following allegations related to workplace misconduct.
Or, as Roethlisberger can attest, as bad as it sounded afterward. The sound bite was just that, a bite, one that in a way played a role in his resurgence. One that ended with his sixth Pro Bowl selection and a very real shot to become the fourth quarterback in NFL history with three Super Bowl titles.
He’s confident in his ability and he’s confident in his receivers, Heyward-Bey said. He knows that we’re going to go out there and try and make plays for him. That’s what a quarterback needs. He has to have confidence in his guys.
CB Artis Burns (hyperextended right knee) did not practice Thursday but is hoping to play Sunday. DE Stephon Tuitt (elbow) also did not practice but plans to play. … LB Ryan Shazier, recovering from spine stabilization surgery, attended practice again in a wheelchair and hung out in the locker room after practice.
If the Titans end up sitting at home for the playoffs, they will curse their loss to the 49ers most, no matter how much of a prodigy Jimmy Garoppolo seems to be. The regret will be greater with the Rams on deck, because the Rams seem in no mood to let anyone deter them from an NFC West title and their best possible playoff seeding as they proved with that beatdown they laid on the Seahawks. Marcus Mariota can’t feel much ease about this after seeing what the Rams did to Russell Wilson.
Logic dictates that the Chargers’ pass rush (Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram have a combined 21.5 sacks) will feast on an inexperienced quarterback like Bryce Petty (second start of the season, sixth of his career). The Jets didn’t seem to miss Muhammad Wilkerson against the Saints, and they might be preparing to not miss him anymore this season. Philip Rivers slipped off track last week against the Chiefs for the first time in a month, but with their postseason lives on the line, he has reason to get back on.
That’s a good team. Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player, he continued.
He complained that Walton didn’t know how to coach Lonzo Ball earlier in the season.