New England tore through the regular season with a 14-2 record, earning Brady MVP honors for the second time in his career.
That led the Patriots to a Divisional Round showdown with the Jets, the archrival they’d beaten six weeks earlier by a 45-3 count.
With Luck gone to the Browns with the first pick, there’s reason to second-guess the idea that moving on from Peyton Manning is the best move.
Given the results of the last four seasons, that seems like a disaster for the Colts, but the fortunes of Griffin may have been much different in a new setting. Maybe he wouldn’t have been injured so much. Maybe he would have developed as a quarterback. Mike Shanahan and Dan Snyder made several mistakes in how they handled Griffin in Washington. However, he would have been under the tutelage of Bruce Arians in Indianapolis, at least for one season.
Maybe things would’ve ended the same for Griffin, but there’s no way they could’ve gone worse than they did in Washington.
Nothing changes for the Vikings, except, instead of dropping back one pick to No. 4 after a trade with the Browns, Minnesota stays at No. 3 to take offensive tackle Matt Kalil. A small difference, but the Vikings don’t get the pair of fourth-round picks they used to select Jarius Wright and Robert Blanton.
Could the Bengals have screwed up that windfall of picks? Sure. But the opportunity to build a dynasty with players like Drew Brees and LaVar Arrington falling right into their lap was right there in front of them.
Alas, the Bengals had to have Smith. On the other hand, it led them to Carson Palmer.
But, oh, what could have been.
That same day, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center released a statement saying that Shazier was discharged from inpatient rehab and will transition into an outpatient program to continue his recovery.
This was the first photo that confirmed Shazier was in a wheelchair. His family and the team have kept details about Shazier’s condition close to the vest to protect his privacy as he recovers.