Fri Feb 1 2:21pm ET
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws a pass during practice for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE- In this Feb. 3, 2002, file photo, St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner looks to pass to Marshall Faulk, right, in the first quarter of NFL football's Super Bowl XXXVI against the New England Patriots at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, had seven head coaches and used 20 starting quarterbacks since losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl 17 years ago. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
In this Feb. 3, 2002, file photo, St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz yells at the referees in the first quarter of NFL football's Super Bowl XXXVI against the New England Patriots in New Orleans. The Rams had to settle for a field goal on the drive. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, had seven head coaches and used 20 starting quarterbacks since losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl 17 years ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay directs his team through practice for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA (AP) The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, had seven head coaches and used 20 starting quarterbacks since losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl 17 years ago.
Meanwhile, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are still here and they're going for their sixth NFL title in the rematch Sunday.
Steven Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl running back during his 12 seasons in the NFL, experienced the turnover with the Rams and briefly enjoyed the Patriots way.
Selected by the Rams in the first round of the 2004 draft, Jackson had eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons for St. Louis. But he didn't appear in a playoff game after his rookie year until he signed with the Patriots late in the 2015 season.
Jackson scored his only career playoff touchdown in the AFC championship game against Denver. New England hasn't lost a title game since that one.
''I played for six of those coaches. The turnover, I had to endure that and then to end my career in New England and see the longevity and how well they know each other, you could see why they're successful,'' Jackson said.
''You could see why they know what plays to call, what Tom runs well, what the other defensive unit runs well because they have the continuity there, they haven't had a lot of change and they run the same offense and defense still.''
Between Kurt Warner to Jared Goff, the Rams went from Marc Bulger to Case Keenum. Sam Bradford was supposed to be the answer when he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2010. But Bradford never had a winning season and was traded to Philadelphia for Nick Foles in 2015 after tearing his ACL two straight seasons.
Guys such as Gus Frerotte, Chris Chandler, A.J. Feeley and Sean Mannion have started for the Rams over the past 17 seasons. Even Trent Green came back and lined up under center one more time for the Rams in 2008 after his injury in 1999 opened the door for Warner to begin his Hall of Fame career.
Coaches included Mike Martz, Jim Haslett, Steve Spagnuolo and Jeff Fisher.
The Rams had a revolving door until Sean McVay took over as coach in 2017 and led them to consecutive NFC West titles with Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.
McVay marvels at New England's accomplishments over the past two decades.
''When you look at these guys and what they've done in terms of consistency, where that's really the truest measurement of performance, and nobody's done it better than they have over the last handful of years, that's why you have so much respect and appreciation for them,'' McVay said.
Brady has certainly evolved since leading the Patriots to an upset over the ''Greatest Show on Turf'' version of the Rams for his first Super Bowl championship. At 41, he relies more on his wisdom and knowledge.
''I think the preparation is different but in some ways it's easier for me because I'm very efficient in what my routine is because when I was a young player you're studying, you're watching tape but you don't really know what you are looking for,'' Brady said.
''Now I have a plan every time I want to sit down and study, how to understand an opponent, how to understand coverages, how they work and how to put together a plan with (offensive coordinator) Josh (McDaniels) that we can have confidence in. I was so young and naive and as a young player. I'm probably a little less naive now but I still love the competition. I still love trying to win football games. It's the first love of my life and I'm still enjoying it now.''
Brady has always credited his longevity to his rigorous training with Alex Guerrero. He insists he's playing beyond this season and wants to keep going until he's 45.
''A lot of work that has been done with Alex over the past 15 years has given me that opportunity and I feel like that's something I owe myself to see how I can keep pushing the envelope because it is unchartered territory and when you're in uncharted territory, you are trying to prove things to yourself, too,'' Brady said.
''I'm very confident in my routine. I feel great this time of year. There's nothing I'm dealing with and part of it is being in a good place mentally and physically.
''The reality is I don't think many people thought I would be playing like this, even though I had a great belief that I would.''
The New York Jets agreed to terms with free-agent quarterback Trevor Siemian on a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Siemian can make up to $3 million in incentives. The 27-year-old former Bronco didn't play at all with the Vikings last year while backing up Kirk Cousins. He was the starter in Denver in 2016 and 2017, completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. New York's addition of Siemian likely means that veteran Josh McCown, a 40-year-old journeyman quarterback, will leave in free agency or retire. Siemian won't have any fantasy appeal in his new digs while backing up Sam Darnold.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins met with the New York Giants on Tuesday night and has meetings scheduled with the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins and Redskins, who all have a pick in the top 15 of the first round of this year's draft. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that Haskins checks off many of the boxes that NFL front offices look for when considering a franchise quarterback. Haskins showed his athleticism and strong arm at his pro day after producing a school-record 50 touchdowns and 4,831 passing yards in his lone season as a starter. Along with Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, Haskins is one of the top two QB prospects in this draft and he'll surely come off the board to a QB-needy team in the first round. Where he lands will help determine his future fantasy outlook.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle that "more surgeries (are) on the way, most likely." NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Baldwin will visit with Dr. William Meyers soon to see about possibly undergoing sports hernia surgery, according to a source informed of the plan. Head coach Pete Carroll revealed during the scouting combine that Baldwin had knee and shoulder surgeries after the 2018 season ended. The 31-year-old showed his age last year while dealing with multiple injuries, catching only 50 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns. Baldwin's fantasy stock is trending down after a poor 2018 season, and his latest injury and possible surgery won't help matters.
Arizona Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones, who was tied for seventh in the NFL with 13 sacks in 2018, is "very excited" to move from defensive end back to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Vance Joseph's 3-4 defensive scheme. Jones led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2017 the last time he played outside linebacker. The two-time Pro Bowler will certainly be in play in IDP leagues once again in 2019. Jones was also up to 280 pounds heading into training camp last summer, but he is now down to around 255 pounds. With veteran Terrell Suggs in the mix, the Cardinals could be sneaky tough against opposing quarterbacks.
The New York Giants brass met with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Tuesday night, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara, director of college scouting Chris Pettit and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams were in attendance. The Giants have the sixth overall pick in the draft and will need an eventual replacement for Eli Manning. Haskins is a big-armed pocket quarterback, but he could probably use a year of grooming before taking over the starting job in the NFL.
Free-agent S George Iloka (Vikings) is visiting the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, March 20.
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Rams QB Blake Bortles received a one-year, $1 million deal from the Rams, which will be subtracted from the $6.5 million the Jacksonville Jaguars owe him.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has and will continue to work out with new University of Wyoming director of sports performance Ben Iannacchione, who spent six of the past seven seasons working in the strength and conditioning program at LSU - Fournette's alma mater. Fournette also spoke with executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, who still has 'full confidence' in the player he selected No. 4 overall in 2017. 'With Leonard, a prepared Leonard coming into camp with a mindset that he discussed and we talked about ... I have full confidence in him. He does have some things he's got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he's a young, young player, he loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year, and I think he wants to - we want him to be a great player and I think he's in the same mindset,' Coughlin said.
Fantasy Spin: Fournette was among the bigger disappointments in fantasy in 2018, twice missing an extended period of time with hamstring injuries and earning a suspension for coming off the sidelines to throw a punch in Week 12. Owners have every right to avoid him for his lack of durability, but he is also shaping up to be a value pick if he slides into the late third round area of fantasy drafts. Until further notice, he will still be the focal point of the offense. He'll also have plenty of motivation on what should be an improved offense.
The Houston Texans signed free-agent quarterback AJ McCarron to a one-year, $3 million deal on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He'll serve as the backup to Deshaun Watson in 2019. The former Alabama quarterback has played in just 12 NFL games, including seven for the Bengals in 2015 when he took over for the injured Andy Dalton. McCarron has completed 64 percent of his passes for 928 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. He won't be on the fantasy radar.
Free-agent LB Aaron Lynch (Bears) is scheduled to visit the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, March 20. Lynch has already visited with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks this week.
The Dallas Cowboys signed free-agent wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year, $5 million deal on Tuesday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's likely to replace Cole Beasley as the team's slot receiver alongside Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Cobb was a second-round pick of the Packers in 2011 and spent his first eight years in Green Bay. He had a career-high 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, but the 28-year-old missed seven games in 2018 with hamstring and concussion issues. Cobb's fantasy stock will be way down, especially going from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Dallas signal-caller Dak Prescott.
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a one-year deal worth roughly $5 million (including incentives) on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. Burfict roamed the middle of Cincy's defense for seven years, including a 2013 Pro Bowl season after he led the league with 177 tackles. The aggressive and controversial linebacker sat out due to suspension for three straight seasons and also has been hurt by injuries. It could be a perfect fit, but Burfict's days of being IDP-relevant are likely over.
The Los Angeles Rams signed free-agent linebacker Clay Matthews to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $16.75 million, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former first-rounder will return to his hometown. Matthews had double-digit sacks in four of his first six seasons with the Packers and was an All-Pro in 2010. The 32-year-old's play has declined in recent seasons, but he'll bring veteran leadership to an already stacked Rams unit.
Updating a previous report, free-agent QB AJ McCarron (Raiders) agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $3 million with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, March 19.
Free-agent WR Geremy Davis re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday, March 19. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Free-agent QB Trevor Siemian (Vikings) will meet with the New York Jets Wednesday, March 20.
Free-agent QB Sean Mannion (Rams) has drawn interest from the Minnesota Vikings, according to sources.
Free-agent SS Eric Berry (Chiefs) left his visit with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, March 19, without putting pen to paper. He is expected to visit more teams in the near future.
Free-agent Sean Smith (Raiders) was reinstated from his suspension Tuesday, March 19.
Free-agent S Clayton Geathers (Colts) met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, March 19, according to a source.