He spoke publicly after last season of his contemplation of retirement, only to return for a 14th season as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and take another shot, at age 35, at a third Super Bowl triumph. No need to throw the ball much if that's the case. We play the cards we're dealt.
The implication being that this might be a media-created story, which has been known to happen. "Kind of however the game is rolling and whatever we think gives us the best chance to win and score points".
On a team loaded with talent, he's well aware that the one thing he's missing on his résumé is the one thing that a massive payday and all the regular-season touches in the world can't buy. It also was Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette's best.
Unfortunately, that's not how quarterbacks are evaluated. They want to make sure there's no way you'll want to miss it. The Jaguars dominated the game, winning 30-9 at Heinz Field. "But the game is going to come down to who does what in the 60 minutes you're playing that game". His mechanics have absolutely fallen apart since the Jaguars game versus the Niners.
Bortles was trying to get through a two-minute drill during the 2016 season.
Bell and Brown accounted for 3,479 yards and 21 touchdowns of offense in 2017, while Roethlisberger served as a top-five passer with 4,251 yards. The long release also allows defenders to see where Bortles is throwing and attack earlier.
Another reason to rely on Bell: In that first meeting, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for more than 300 yards, but he was intercepted five times and did not throw a touchdown. It's a work of genius and one I will personally hold against Nick Greene until the sun burns out. And then they lost poor Ryan Shazier to a awful injury and then Antonio got hurt- but it sounds like he's going to come back, but will he be 1000% right for this game?
Pittsburgh is willing this trap game into existence. "When I play my best and I'm most comfortable, I just go out there and play". "I think you look at the numbers and look at the game and say you played bad".
Commentary: "It was really just our tone that I remember the most". I feel if I look forward to the end or to next year or the year after, how many years I have left, then I'm cheating myself and cheating my teammates and the fans. "We're focused on this game". No different than any other week - we have to get better this week ... "And that's what you have to do". It's critical that Jacksonville does not abandon the run if the game is close.
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This matchup pits the National Football League leader in sacks (Pittsburgh) against the second-place finisher (Jacksonville) in what will be one of the big underlying themes of the game.
This assumes, of course, that the Steelers will beat the Jaguars this week. "We'll bring him back in the building (Saturday) and continue with his game readiness".
Bortles is under contract for 2018 because the Jaguars picked up his fifth-year option ($19.1 million). We don't have a lot of reservations about him from a physical health standpoint. "But everybody's game has got to be raised a level and they've got to know what they're doing".
The most logical and reasonable option would be trading for, and reports out of Kansas City are that the Chiefs are ready to listen to offers. Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes in the second half in a 28-13 victory for Baltimore.
Only one team has had two wins in Pittsburgh in one season: The 2007 Jaguars. He'd buy the team at least two years to draft and groom a replacement, too. Brown has 101 receptions from 162 targets, gaining 1533 yards and scoring nine touchdowns and is set to play on Sunday after suffering a calf injury on December 17.
All of that may be moot if Bortles lights it up against the Steelers and the Jaguars find themselves in the AFC Championship Game.
He hasn't thought about any of that, though. The Steelers will load the box and dare Jacksonville to pass. Well, you tell me.
"We got a little behind the 8-ball when we played them the first time", Bell said Wednesday.
Said Hackett: "I'm excited to see what Marqise can do this week". Jacksonville dropped last three road games of regular season.