Teammates stand up for Haloti Ngata, Marc Trestman backs Jay Cutler
Ravens players are defending Ngata in the wake of his suspension while the Bears head coach publicly backed Cutler following another disastrous loss.
News broke on Thursday that star Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is suspended for the remainder of the regular season for testing positive for what he claims was Adderall. That’s something that teammate Asa Jackson, who was suspended a total of 12 games over the previous two seasons for the same substance, can relate to, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“It’s tough,” said Jackson, who obtained the proper permission to take Adderall for his ADHD this season. “You feel for that guy and for his family because, as someone who has a little experience with that, I know I’m not a bad person and I know Haloti is not a bad person. But people on the outside are going to say probably some hurtful things to him and his family. I’m hoping and praying that he and his family are going to deal with that.”
Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who dropped in the draft because of a diluted drug specimen at the NFL Combine, was also apathetic.
“At the end of the day, I don’t know the exact situation that happened,” said Jernigan, who stands to see significantly more time on the field with Ngata out. “I didn’t get into detail. All I can do is pray for Haloti in his situation. I had a similar situation coming out of college so I know what it’s like.”
Marc Trestman: “Jay’s our quarterback”
The people of the Windy City may be ready to run Jay Cutler out of town after another shaky performance on Thursday Night Football, but Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has no plans to bench his starting quarterback.
After a rough start left the Bears buried in a 28-point hole, Cutler rallied to lead his team to three consecutive touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to cut the Cowboys’ lead to 10. Looking at the box score, Cutler’s 341-yard, two-touchdown, one-pick night looks pretty good. But it was that lone pick — which came in the end zone as the Bears were threatening to cut it to a one-score game with under two minutes remaining — that’s being remembered by fans in Chicago.
Cutler has now thrown 15 interceptions on the year, putting him on pace to throw more this season than in any season since his first with the Bears in 2009.
Demaryius Thomas says he’ll take hometown discount
At some point this year, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will likely become just the third player in NFL history with three straight seasons with 1,450 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. But the price he’ll charge after his contract runs out this offseason might not be as exorbitant as it could be.
“Of course, why not?” Thomas told NFL Network when asked if he would take a hometown discount to stay in Denver. “Peyton is one of the best in the game, and I’ve been blessed to have him as my quarterback. I learned so much from him. Denver, of course I gotta take my hats off to them, because they took a chance of drafting me in the first round.”
Thomas knows that his success has been tied directly to Manning, so wanting to stay linked up with the future Hall of Famer — even if it means a little less cash — makes sense. One thing he’ll surely have to consider though is that the 38-year-old Manning probably won’t be around for the life of a long-term contract.
OC Jeff Tedford not returning to Bucs
Since September, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has been on an indefinite leave of absence while recovering from a coronary angioplasty. On Friday, the team announced that they have released him from his contractual obligation after the two sides reached a mutual agreement to part ways.
“The Buccaneers have been very accommodating to me and my family during this time and, while they left the door open for a possible return,” Tedford, the former head coach at Cal said in a team statement, “I feel that coming back at this point would disrupt the trust and continuity that builds throughout the season in offensive meeting rooms and on the sidelines.”
The offense has struggled without Tedford at the helm. Under interim coordinator Marcus Arroyo, the Bucs rank in the league’s bottom seven in yards per game, rushing yards per game and points per game.