It also lessened the need for players to keep the ball off the ground in the first place. Even under the current rule, a player can avoid the going to the ground mess if he simply keeps it in his hands.
What gets lost in this is that the sheer number of pass plays every year is 17,000 or 18,000, Blandino said. And we’re only talking about, what, five or six of them? That’s what it seems to be every year. Obviously they’re controversial, but I think [previously] the committee ultimately felt they didn’t want to make a change for five or six plays that could impact more plays in other ways. That’s part of the challenge they have now.
The Giants finally made official last week’s trade for LB Alec Ogletree. They sent their fourth-round compensatory pick (135th overall) and their sixth-round pick (176th overall) in this year’s draft to the Rams for Ogletree and the Rams’ 2019 seventh-round pick.
He gives us our defensive quarterback, Gettleman said. As for giving up two picks in this year’s draft, Gettleman said, When you get a player of this quality, you can do it. Alec is 26. He’s young, he’s under contract for the next four years. We really thought he was a great guy to add.
Wanted to make sure to challenge the opportunity to get better, Carroll said. Wanted to find ways to make… and there was some tough decisions here to get that done, but I wanted to work at changing just kind of the approach to it so that maybe we can find our ways and maybe some newness to uncover. It was difficult to make those choices, because the guys that left we have done so much together and worked together in great fashion. But I just felt it was time. It really just comes back to competing and just trying to find a way to get a little better. That’s why we made those choices.
The team hired Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator and Mike Solari as the offensive line coach. Ken Norton Jr. returns to the team to take over as defensive coordinator after three years with the Oakland Raiders. The team also hired Jethro Franklin as assistant defensive line coach, Larry Izzo as assistant special teams coach and Steve Shimko as an offensive assistant.
Seattle also moved Carl Smith from quarterbacks coach to associate head coach, moved Dave Canales from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, and promoted Nate Carroll to wide receivers coach from the assistant position.