The Cowboys ended up releasing their longtime quarterback, who seemed destined to sign with a team in desperate need of veteran help under center, like the Broncos or the Texans. Romo later revealed that Houston was the team that interested him the most. Instead, he chose to set a new standard of what retired NFL players could be as on-air football analysts (no pressure, Jason Witten).
But what if … dramatic pause … he hadn’t?
He comes downhill, man, and that’s something you can appreciate as a nose tackle and a defensive tackle. That means those centers and those guards have got to make decisions really fast. If not, he’ll be in the backfield and he’s a smart guy. I’m just excited to get in an actual game with him because I know those guys on the line, they have to respect what he brings to the field, so that should open up a lot for me.
Well, obviously, Halapio was a guy who was on the practice squad last year, who worked his butt off. And you can tell the coaching staff likes him a whole lot, just because of his aggression, he’s a strong guy.
Having Manning on board allows the Titans to focus on building their defense in the offseason, although the team is also able to add Wes Welker in free agency. The improvements and Manning’s stellar play, now two years removed from neck surgery, are enough to overtake the Indianapolis Colts for the division crown.
But the New England Patriots’ roster is just much better, and the Titans are dispatched from the playoffs with ease.
In Denver, John Elway is sick of building a roster that has stars on defense but a quarterback with a completion percentage hovering around 50 percent. After landing Geno Smith near the end of the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft, Elway trades Tebow to the New York Jets, where his career fizzles and eventually ends.
The addition of Smith doesn’t fix things for the Broncos. His inconsistent play keeps Denver from winning the AFC West, which now belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs after the team traded for Alex Smith. Elway is harshly criticized by fans who can’t stomach the replacement of Tebow with Geno Smith.
The leagues all have their own data feeds. In the past, they’ve sold access to daily fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel, which is how your DFS games are always populated with up-to-the-minute stats you can see on your iPhone. The battle ahead is whether state legislatures and courts will grant the leagues exclusive rights to that data. In the past, American courts have been stingy about granting the leagues total control.