Still, Marshall has been persistent in his support for Fitzpatrick. Back in March, he filmed a short video with dolls in an attempt to persuade the team to sign him. Together, he and Eric Decker have practically served as Fitzpatrick’s unofficial spokesmen this offseason.
Smartly, the Jets won’t budge. They appear to agree with our assessment and don’t want to overpay for his services. They even drafted Christian Hackenberg in the second round, a move that surprised Decker.
Marshall weighed in on the team’s new quarterback on Tuesday.
“I haven’t been around Hackenberg much,” Marshall said, “but he seems like a pro.”
Despite Marshall’s confidence in Smith, Petty, and even Hackenberg, it doesn’t seem like he’s ready to give up on the idea of the Jets retaining Fitzpatrick. Marshall might be coming around to the idea of playing without Fitzpatrick, but he’s yet to officially move on.
“It’s just business, and every deal is different,” Marshall said. “Some deals get done in three minutes or five minutes, while some take longer. And this is one of them. So I’m confident they’ll get it done. Ryan is a great teammate and a great leader.”
Judging by his previous relationships with quarterbacks (see: Jay Cutler), once Marshall moves on from Fitzpatrick, he’ll sever all ties immediately.
Perhaps the biggest knock on Jared Goff’s resume is the fact that he comes from a college offense called the Bear Raid, a system more akin to the Air Raid than any pro-style offense. By picking him first overall (and trading up nearly every draft pick of theirs to do so), the Rams clearly didn’t believe Goff would have an issue grasping an NFL offense.
Well, so far, so good for Goff. According to head coach Jeff Fisher, Goff is already staying late in the meeting room to pick up the offense.
“We’ve given him a lot more information than we did at the private workout and in our meeting and he’s handled it without any problem,” Fisher said, via Pro Football Talk. “That’s the type of player that he is. I passed him last night walking to the room and he was leaving the meeting room at 10 o’clock. He’s that kind of guy. He’s spending the time.”
Davis and the Raiders recently promised $500 million to a stadium in Las Vegas and are preparing to “pledge” the team to Oakland if stadium financing is approved.