Manning’s advice was for Mahomes to “learn not to be so competitive” on every play, and he shared some advice from Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was Manning’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee.
According to OddsShark, Mahomes is now listed at -150 to win the honor ($150 bet wins $100) after leading his team to an 8-1 record. While he has been the favorite since the end of September, this is the first time he is better than even odds to win.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is in second place with 3-1 odds to win.
Rosen has some familiarity with Mahomes, as they were roommates while counseling together at the Manning Academy in 2016. As a naturally competitive person, Rosen said he would like to play well against Reid and Mahomes, but his top priority is focused inward.
By age 23 Marino was the league MVP after throwing for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns, both shattering NFL records. His passer rating was 108.9.
At age 23 Mahomes is the consensus midseason favorite to win MVP. His projected totals are 5,157 yards, 51 TDs and a 116.7 rating.
There are times that Dolphins coach Adam Gase hears about a cool play that happened somewhere else in the NFL, or something unique that a rival might be doing, and he makes a note to himself to check it out once his day-to-day work is complete.
Then there are times he flips on the TV for pure entertainment.
’’Sometimes,’’ Gase said, ‘’when you watch Kansas City, you sit back and watch because it just seems like they’re out there playing 7-on-7. It’s impressive to watch.’’
The schedule hasn’t been particularly easy. Four of their games have been played against teams in playoff contention. Grade: Near-perfection.
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“I would say mostly I just don’t think a lot of players, in particular me, just don’t really like the franchise, the organization, what is stands for -- what it’s always stood for,” Kelce said of the Cowboys during an appearance on 94.1 WIP-FM. “This goes back to the lockout when they were getting replacement players, how outspoken the Dallas Cowboys franchise was in ending that.
Rosen has a chance to turn the second half around, especially under interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. During a game-winning drive in Week 8, Rosen showed signs of progressing with big-time throws. He’s 2-3 in five starts, giving Arizona both of their wins.
“If he can come in and help this team and give our offense another dimension, I’m throwing up the X right along with him,” defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins told NFL.com. “Listen, Dez Bryant has been a hell of a player in this league for a long time. I know he can still contribute to a team and I’m glad it’s going to be us.”
Bruce Irvin was a pretty useful pass rusher in Seattle, and he remained one when he signed a big free agent deal with the Raiders, piling up 18 sacks in 2.5 years. Then he became a free agent, the latest purge from Jon Gruden’s carnival of butcher knives and ineptitude in California, and Dan Quinn didn’t wait long to snap him up.
Last week, the Browns finally relieved Jackson of his head coaching duties. It only took 36 losses in 40 games for the Browns to reach that point. Jackson might feel lonely right now, but he’ll soon be joined by his counterparts around the league who are only just barely clinging to their jobs. As the calendar turns from fall to winter, the disparity between the good and bad teams will only continue to grow as playoff teams gain separation.
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Those are some long odds. If this were to happen for another team — say, the New England Patriots — there would probably be an investigation into whether the coins being used are magnetized, and being controlled by some exotic technology being operated on the Patriots sideline by a 17-year-old kid who performs the service in exchange for Tom Brady jerseys.
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