The Browns moved on from Cody Kessler after the 2016 season, so the quarterback admits he was ready to move on from Cleveland after last season.
The Browns traded him to the Jaguars on March 28, giving Kessler a fresh start.
“My agent was talking to them, and obviously they got Tyrod [Taylor] and what happened last year, I think I didn’t really have a future there,” Kessler told Mike Kaye of First Coast News. “I told my agent I wanted [another] opportunity…. It was kind of a long process through it all and obviously, I’ve only been in the league for two years, so I didn’t really know how it worked, but [my agent] just told me, ‘If that’s what you want to do, we’ll work on it and see what we can do.’”
Daily fantasy sports. Three full seasons have passed since daily fantasy crashed headlong into every sport, none more visibly than the NFL, which again defined it as legal and acceptable just like in conventional fantasy. The states that challenged their legality changed their tunes long ago.
“John has led two different franchises to the Super Bowl and he has a great football acumen, just the kind of experience and perspective we were looking to add to our NFL studio coverage,” senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said in the statement. “In addition to his football smarts, John is also a great storyteller and he has a fun personality, so we expect fans to see a different side of the former coach in his new analyst role.”
Fox was fired at the end of last season after the Bears finished the regular season 5-11, bringing his overall record in Chicago to 14-34 during his tenure. He is 133-123 in 16 years as head coach.
Even when they won their only Super Bowl with Drew Brees and Sean Payton, the Saints were a one-dimensional team. Gregg Williams ran an — ahem — aggressive defense, but it wasn’t necessarily a good defense, just an opportunistic one. Last year things magically changed in New Orleans, thanks in large part to a historically good draft class that featured Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams, first- and second-round picks respectively, step up in a big way and improve the defensive side of the ball.
Among the biggest changes: The covering team can’t get a running start before the kick; all but three players on the return team must line up within a 15-yard “setup zone” beginning 10 yards from the spot of the kick; and all those players at midfield can’t hit each other until the ball hits the ground or is caught by the receiving team.