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…