Before his rookie season, Bears running back Tarik Cohen said that he compared himself to Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill due to his ability to make plays as a runner, receiver and returner.
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Cohen spent much of that rookie season making those plays and he repeated the comparison in a recent interview while noting that Matt Nagy is now Chicago’s head coach after a stint as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. Cohen said that gives him a chance to live up to that comparison.
Nagy said that he didn’t think it was fair to make a comparison between the two players, but that he understands why Cohen and others have connected those dots.
Owner Jim Irsay prefers one of those approaches.
You put [Luck] on that field, healed up, and you put an Edgerrin James maybe that’s bigger, faster and stronger and let this man continue to do the job that he’s already begun to do, this is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play, Irsay said in January, per the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer.
Only one running back, Saquon Barkley, fits that description among the incoming class.
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And he admitted to coach Ron Rivera that gave him pause, but in a good way.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he spoke briefly to his quarterback after Shula was fired and replaced by Turner, and that Newton recognized the historical implications.
I had an opportunity to talk to him after we had hired Norv, Rivera said. I knew he Brandon Shell Jersey was going to go in and meet with Norv and say hello, and I asked him, ‘How you doing ‘ ‘Well Coach, I’m excited and nervous.’ I said, ‘What are you nervous about ‘ He said, ‘Coach, think about what he’s done for Troy Aikman and those types of guys.’ So it was kind of cool to listen to the anticipation in his voice.
They can say hello at this point, but it will be weeks before Turner’s allowed to get his hands on Newton and work on the new expectations, but Rivera said he’s hopeful for what it might mean for their offense.