Tyrone Wheatley, who had played nine seasons for the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders and had recently coached the running backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be the Bears’ fifth head coach in the last seven years.
Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
After a 22-10 win Saturday over the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, the Ravens (9-6) could win the AFC North and earn the No. 4 seed even without a win in Week 17 over the Cleveland Browns.
Four of the Ravens' next five games are on the road. If they can win three of those games and enter the midseason at 5-3, they would be in pretty good shape to make the playoffs for the first time in four years.
These are unsettled times for the NFL as the Ravens prepare to host the Buffalo Bills in their season opener. The climate around the league is politically charged, with fans from the right and the left saying they're no longer comfortable loving professional football.
When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
Although the Ravens have given up an NFL-worst 11 sacks in the preseason, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the offensive line performed better in Thursday’s win against the Los Angeles Rams.