- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports Bears TE Martellus Bennett expressed frustration about his role in the red-zone offense in practice last week.
- Meanwhile, Dan Wiederer reports the Bears are concerned Bennett “has been brooding” and is “in an odd mental funk.“
Despite a report from Thursday that the Broncos were prepared to start Brock Osweiler for the remainder of the season, HC Gary Kubiak they’re “totally committed” to getting Peyton Manning back and healthy.
“I didn’t know anything about that,” Kubiak said, via Pro Football Talk. “Listen, like I told you guys before, we’re totally committed to getting our quarterback — getting Peyton healthy and getting him back. Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed with where we’re headed this week. Brock is our starter this week, and we’re all-in getting ready for San Diego. We are week-to-week and doing everything we can to win the next football game. Absolutely nothing has changed.”
According to Kubiak, the team is all on the same page in regards to their quarterback situation.
“Absolutely,” Kubiak said. “I mean I can’t speak for the players. You can ask them the question, but I can tell you right now, we talk every day. They know exactly what we’re doing. Peyton knows exactly that we’re trying to get him as healthy as we possibly can and myself and [trainer Steve Antonopulos] and everybody. We’ve got other players, too, that we’ve got in the same position. Brock knows that he’s the starting quarterback for this team this week.”
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch indicated that HC Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese could be on the hot seat if they don’t make the playoffs.
“The next five games are important for everybody,” Tisch said, via the New York Post. “[The fate of] Jerry and Tom is not a discussion to have today, but I certainly don’t want to disappoint our fans as we get into the last month of Giants football.”
“I would not be happy with our season ending on Jan. 3,” Tisch added.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said that the Jimmy Graham (knee, injured reserve) trade is a “great long-term decision” for the franchise.
“I love the guy on our team,” Carroll said, via Seahawks.com. “He’s a terrific teammate, he brings character and personality to our team. He’s a dynamic player. I can only see for really cool things to happen in the future. I think it’s going to be a great long-term decision that we made. We’re really happy to have him, we miss the heck out of him.”