Rodgers wants more inclusion when decisions are made

Since Gutekunst took over as general manager in January, the Packers moved on from quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and made a change to the wide receiving corps by releasing Jordy Nelson, one of Rodgers’ favorite targets. Rodgers was reportedly not consulted for either decision.

Then in April, he was asked about the loss of Nelson. Via ESPN:

I think it’s pretty clear that players play and coaches coach and personnel people make their decisions, Rodgers said in an interview with a Milwaukee radio station late last week. That’s the way they want it.

According to Robinson, other established veteran quarterbacks get consulted for decisions along those lines.

The solution would seem pretty simple: keep the star quarterback in the loop. The question is how much damage and rapport was lost by not doing so sooner.

OddsShark gives the Bengals a 90 to 1 longshot to win the 2019 Super Bowl, while the Jets are at 100 to 1. The bottom five shows the Browns at 66 to 1, the Dolphins at 70 to 1 and the Bears at 80 to 1, followed by Cincinnati and the Jets.

The recently-released 2018 schedule reflected that lack of respect, but it may end up working in the Bengals’ favor. Cincinnati shows up in primetime only one time in 2018, and that is for a Thursday Night Football meeting in Week 2 at home against the Baltimore Ravens. That’s it.

Of the remaining 15 games, 14 have a 1 p.m. start time, with the only exception being the December 9 game at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13, which is set for 4:05 p.m. EST. Cincinnati’s bye week comes exactly halfway through its schedule in Week 9, three weeks after hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in Paul Brown Stadium.

Rather than a slap in the face, though, the scheduling gods may have actually done the Bengals a favor. Cincinnati has appeared in 12 Sunday night football games since Marvin Lewis took over in 2003, and has only one win to show for it.

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Lions could be on guard for OL upgrade early in draft

Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions’ roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Offensive line

Two years ago, Quinn drafted three linemen with his first five picks, securing Taylor Decker, a franchise blindside blocker, and a reliable interior starter in Graham Glasgow with the first two of those selections. Quinn later added versatile backup Joe Dahl in the fifth round.

That’s a decent amount of experienced depth, but based on past performance, there’s no clear-cut favorite, making an early-round draft pick a possibility.

Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson is the cream of the interior linemen crop in this class, and likely will be long gone before the Lions are on the clock. But UTEP’s Will Hernandez and Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn are both possibilities for Detroit at No. 20 in the first round.

All you can do is say it and actions speak louder than words, I guess, Gase said. That’s who’s gonna be on the field for us. I don’t see that changing. Ryan’s been a guy that we’ve built a lot of this around. My confidence level in him is very high. What I saw at the end of 2016 gives me great confidence in him. I’m excited to get him back. I know last year was tough on not only him but a lot of us because there’s a lot of time invested in that. I know our players are excited to get him back and get going again. We’ll see what we can do.

Some would say that actions like visits with Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen suggest that the team truly is considering its options with Tannehill. Still, Gase says Tannehill’s the guy — and that he’ll be better after missing all of 2017 with a knee injury.

This might sound strange but he learned a lot last year, Gase said. He got a chance to take a step back and really kind of see you have a different perspective. You almost had to take a coach’s role and just kind of listen and trying to help other guys. I thought he did a good job of figuring out and understanding the why behind everything. He had a chance to really do that instead of just listening, running out on the field, trying to execute it, trying to get better at certain things. I think he was able to really think through a lot of things. We had a long conversation at the end of the season. Just a lot of things that he learned. Some of the things that he was saying was very interesting to me. Kind of the perspective that he took.

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