"I felt like I had a pretty good idea we'd take a quarterback."
-Tom Brady, New England Patriots
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't too worried that the team drafted quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady is obviously one of the safest quarterbacks in the league when it comes to job security, but Garoppolo fits the mold of the kind of quarterback a team would draft, build up with a couple seasons on the bench, and then transition to when the time is right.
Regardless, Brady knew this was going to happen, and he's not planning on calling it quits just yet. "I felt like I had a pretty good idea we'd take a quarterback," Brady said. "Coach Belichick doesn't care who the quarterback is here. He's always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win." Right now, and for the foreseeable future, that quarterback is Brady, who also says that he feels "better today than when I was 25." So he's not going to retire anytime soon.
"I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate."
-Dan Snyder, Washington Redskins owner
When Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen replied to a letter sent by 50 members of the U.S. Senate, he signed it as team president. At that point, nobody had announced that Allen had received a promotion, but the team made an official announcement on Monday. Allen is now team president and general manager, according to the Washington Post.
"I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate," team owner Dan Snyder said in a release on Monday. Allen was caught in the middle of a bizarre power struggle between head coach Mike Shanahan and Snyder for four years, but now Shanahan is out the door and Allen has received a promotion. It's unclear what's actually going to change in regard to how much power Allen has, but it's pretty clear now that he is much better off than he was as a buffer between Shanahan and Snyder.
"I was in terrible shape. I ran a sprint and almost passed out."
-Daniel McCullers, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Daniel McCullers weighed over 400 pounds prior to enrolling in his first college, Georgia Military College. But after joining that school, he managed to shed so much weight that he went from 414 to 352 pounds -- right about the perfect weight to play nose tackle in the NFL. McCullers was noted as someone who was lazy, didn't seem to care much and generally had to be told to do everything, but after dropping weight, he ended up with Tennessee and is now in the NFL.
Mark Kaboly of TribLive.com had some great quotes from McCullers and his former high school coach, Daniel Finn. McCullers said that he was so out of shape, he almost passed out after running a sprint in college. But the military academy worked wonders for him. "Waking up 5 o'clock every morning, running, working out with the military officers, having formation every morning, marching every day, wearing uniforms. I did it all," McCullers said. As to whether or not he'll work out in the NFL, that's anybody's guess, but the Steelers drafted him for a reason, and Mike Tomlin runs a pretty tight ship so keeping him motivated shouldn't be an issue.
"The Titans will need to be convinced Oher's a better option than the rookie with big skills."
-Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean
The Tennessee Titans brought offensive tackle Michael Oher in to be a starter when they signed him in free agency. But nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, and when Tennessee spent a first-round pick on Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan, Oher's job security went out the window. As noted by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Oher and Lewan will likely be competing for one of the tackle spots.
There's not room for both because Michael Roos is expected to win one of the jobs. Which side these players all end up on has yet to be decided, but Wyatt believes Roos will get one of the jobs, and Lewan will have to battle Oher for the other. Oher struggled with the Baltimore Ravens, but is still young and has a lot of upside. Lewan was one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL Draft, however. It will be one of the more interesting camp battles to watch this offseason.