Cleveland’s offense is a mess — it ranks second to last per Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent — but its defense has been solid. Overall, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has his unit ranked 16th in DVOA, with the league’s top run defense. His defensive line is stopping 29 percent of opposing rushers at or behind the line of scrimmage; only the Philadelphia Eagles have been better (33 percent).
“That didn’t come up at all,” Jed York, the chief executive officer of the 49ers, said at the October owners’ meeting. “There was nobody that disagreed with — obviously people have different opinions on what kneeling means.
New York also fired its offensive coordinator, John Morton, to get out of its Air Coryell scheme that didn’t quite mesh with Todd Bowles’ defense-first mentality. Todd Haley, recently fired from the Steelers, is the strongest candidate to replace him and install Erhardt-Perkins.
The Jets, like the Bills, might be tipping their hand by tailoring their offense to the ’18 draft class, which is full of big, strong-armed quarterbacks. The Jets just went through the retread route again with Josh McCown replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick and had limited results. They need to finally dive into a first-round QB and use their $74 million-plus cap space to upgrade at several other positions.
“We’ve just got to continue to play with pace, with pop, and play together,” McIntosh said, “and I think we can be a really good team.”
Nate Mason had 25 points and nine assists for the Gophers (14-9, 3-7), who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. Amir Coffey scored 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting, but he had five fouls and five turnovers in another collapse down the stretch by the team’s half-court offense and collective belief.
Korver, a 15-year veteran, is not overreacting to the Cavs’ current circumstances. When he was traded to Cleveland last January, for instance, the Cavs went 3-6 in his first nine games with the franchise.
“This is kind of just my experience with this team, to be honest,” Korver said. “The year that I’ve been here, we’ve been really good and we’ve been really bad. It seems to come in waves, so hopefully there’s a good wave coming soon.”