Tom Coughlin tiptoes around commitment to Blake Bortles
February 25, 2017
Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars calls a play during the first quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Elite Mens Mika Zibanejad Jersey For the most part, the Friday Tom Coughlin process was quintessential Tom Coughlin. Direct. Candid but guarded, and candid about being guarded. On one of the first questions, however, Coughlin was asked a direct question and evaded it.
Asked whether he is committed to Blake Bortles as the team¡¯s starting quarterback, Coughlin opted not to say ¡°yes¡± or ¡°no.¡± The end result was a convoluted way of saying, ¡°Maybe.¡±
Until Friday, it was unknown where exactly in the fourth round the Patriots would have to forfeit their pick. Although they lost their pick, the Patriots will still have at least one fourth-round pick on April 29 because the team had a total of two picks before the forfeiture was announced.
The Patriots weren¡¯t the only team that learned of a draft punishment on Friday. The Giants also got hit with a small penalty relating to their walkie-talkie scandal from December.
Just before Christmas, the league announced that the team would be fined $150,000, plus coach Ben McAdoo would be fined another $50,000 for using an illegal walkie-talkie during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cowboys.
At the time, the NFL also announced that the Giants fourth-round pick would drop several slots. When the season ended, the Giants were supposed to have the 130th overall pick in the draft. However, due to the penalty, the Giants will now pick 140th overall.
The good news is that we now never have to talk about Deflategate again, except on draft day, when everyone will mention it after the Patriots¡¯ forfeited pick officially passes by.