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The NFC's Pivot Players

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The NFC's Pivot Players

And the collapse of the running back market

New Pod! I’m joined by Laurie Fitzpatrick, a new contributor to The Read Optional, to talk about players whose success or failure will dictate the NFC’s playoff standings. We discuss:

  • The collapse of the running back market: the reasons why; its implications; and what comes next

  • The role of Saquon Barkley on the Giants’ offense, and his impact on Daniel Jones

  • The Niners quarterback situation: how will the offense differ (if it all) whether Brock Purdy, Sam Darnold, or Trey Lance is under center

  • Why the spine of the Eagles’ defense could dictate the NFC’s playoff race

  • Whether Nakobe Dean is ready to be an every-down linebacker — and the knock-on effects of that question

  • Will Baker Mayfield have a resurgence in Tampa?

  • What is the ideal Mayfield offense? Why has he fallen off? What can we arn from his short stint with the Rams? And are the Bucs underrated?

  • The impact of Dave Canales on the Bucs’ offense

  • What went wrong for Derek Carr and Josh McDaniels — and is New Orleans the right place for Ca…

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