Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo may have specifically avoided referring to Dee Ford as a defensive end or a pass rusher in order not influence a potential fight over the franchise tag and what position Ford should qualify as.
The franchise tag for linebackers is projected to be $15,591,000 while defensive ends will make $17,291,000, which is close to a $2 million difference.
Terrell Suggs previously argued that he should be considered a hybrid and won his case, which could work as a precedent for Ford this offseason.
- Adam Schefter reports that the Rams have hired Zac Robinson as their new assistant quarterbacks coach.
- Shefter adds that former NFL QB Bruce Gradkowski was the other finalist for the job.
- Robinson is a former quarterback for the Patriots, Seahawks, Lions, and Bengals, and is earning his first coaching position in the NFL.
- Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic confirmed that Robinson will work alongside Rams QBs coach Shane Waldron as an assistant.
- Ian Rapoport reports that the Rams are hiring former Chargers assistant DL coach Eric Henderson as their new DL coach.
Regarding his lack of playing time in Super Bowl 53, Rams RB Todd Gurley said “everyone can’t touch the ball” and still believes it was a “great season by us.”
“It’s a team sport. There’s 11 people on the field,” Gurley said, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “Everyone can’t touch the ball. Still a great season by us. I’m blessed either way it goes.”
As for Rams’ backup C.J. Anderson‘s future with the team, the running back said he would like to re-sign with Los Angeles but is unsure of where he will end up.
“Who knows how this business will go,” Anderson said. “If the cards allow it, I’ll be here. If not, I’ll go have fun somewhere else.”