If Bruce Arians was still the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, you can bet he’d be banging on the table — hard, we might add — for general manager Steve Keim to draft Lamar Jackson to be the quarterback of the future.
Nowadays, Arians is working on becoming an NFL analyst. He recently spoke with Bob McManaman of AZCentral Sports and made it clear that Arizona, which has the No. 15 overall pick, shouldn’t hesitate to spend that pick on Jackson.
The Golden Knights, especially the Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith line, dictated the pace of play against the Kings. This could be the weak point if they match up against a team like San Jose or Winnipeg. The Sharks and Jets have been feasting on high-leverage chances, with 29 and 35 respectively. Still, Vegas opened the season at long odds, and now they’ll be one of the final eight teams left. The Golden Knights have the skill to win it all. At this point, I expect to see the Stanley Cup at Cirque du Soleil this June.
His play drew crowds where there had been none and caught the attention of the NFL’s greatest coach. While some compared Agganis to Sid Luckman and Sammy Baugh, Brown merely said Agganis would succeed Graham.
Brown offered Agganis $50,000 to join the Browns, according to a bio on The Agganis Foundation website, but Agganis turned it down.
He decided instead to join the Boston Red Sox for less money, saying he had proven himself in football and he wanted to prove himself in baseball.
The tale took place in a different era in the NFL. The draft was not the colossal show it is now, and research on players was minuscule compared to today. But Agganis is a cautionary tale both about first-round picks and about quarterbacks. Even with the smartest minds at work, it sometimes does not work out, and the Browns have proven that in their 67 years in the NFL.
Nicky Delmonico (L), 2 percent, Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics (RHP Daniel Mengden): It’ll be interesting to see if the timing of the White Sox is affected by the team’s long layoff. Delmonico has settled into the five-hole against right-handers, sporting a nice .862 OPS early.