As for handling Shanahan’s offense, Garoppolo is a great candidate — and given he’ll turn 26 in three days, he’s three years younger than the indoctrinated Cousins. The intensity and diverse play-calling of Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will help him make a comfortable transition. Garoppolo will get a jump on learning his new offense with a half-season of action.
As for the Patriots, they get an extra high pick for someone they had no intention of re-signing. Could New England have gotten more? Possibly, but based on the Bears’ aggressive move to get Trubisky and the Browns trading out of the pick that became Deshaun Watson to settle on DeShone Kizer in the second round, it didn’t seem as though there were enough true buyers to drive up the market.
In a series with wild swings of emotion on both sides, showing no fear has been key. And that no-fear attitude was represented in many ways. Humbled by the first in-season demotion of his career, Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson turned things around quickly with three home runs in the World Series. He wasn’t even on the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet, but, yeah, I think you dream about (Game 7) as a kid,” Pederson said. “I think it’s going to be big for me, and I think all of us (must) just remember it’s still a baseball game. You’ve got to slow it down. Still play the same way that we’ve been playing all year that got us to here and try to limit the distractions.”
The Dodgers will have Game 3 starter Yu Darvish on the mound as the right-hander will try to rebound from a sub-par effort at Houston. He gave up four runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings.