“My rookie year, [Allen] switched up the schedule and kind of like manipulated the mind,” All-Pro defensive end/outside linebacker Khalil Mack said. “You wake up later and all that stuff.
In fact, it was Reece who hailed Del Rio in training camp as being the catalyst for culture change, just as Madden did a few weeks ago.
“The team just needed a man; they needed an adult running them,” Madden told the San Jose Mercury-News. “They [tried] the young guys, the new guys, the inexperienced guys, and that didn’t work. When Jack Del Rio walks into a room, a man just walked in the room.”
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A man with a hearty NFL resume, one that includes 11 seasons, a Pro Bowl nod and one gnarly story to tell about the time he got into a knockdown, drag-out fight with Chiefs legend Otis Taylor during the 1987 strike. Del Rio, in his first season playing for the Chiefs, scrapped with Taylor, an older team employee who was leading replacement players outside the facility, and pictures of the brawl — Del Rio’s fashionable mullet and all — were immortalized in the pages of Sports Illustrated.
The status of safety Tyrann Mathieu for Sunday’s game at Miami is in the air after he missed Wednesday’s practice because of a lingering shoulder injury. Coach Bruce Arians didn’t seem optimistic that Mathieu will be returning anytime soon, saying he was surprised Mathieu is still dealing with the issue. The Cardinals appear to have found a routine that works for WR John Brown, who has been dealing with symptoms related to carrying the sickle-cell trait.
Which school will be this year’s Ohio State and dominate the early rounds?
Who’s the underclassman who could use another year of development?
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McShay: All of the underclassman quarterbacks (see above). Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, too.