Reports from the hospital are the mother and baby are fine. The doctor who did the delivery however is said to have sustained some mild bruising. Apparently, the baby knocked him down on the way out of his mother
I don't think anyone ever had a problem with Rivera the man. It was Rivera the coach we didn't like. It was the decisions to punt and kick field goals late in 4th quaters and his time management skills people had a problem with.
I for one have always been a fan of Rivera the person. He comes across as genuine, down to earth coach. Obviously this is from watching interviews and camp highlights and crap like that. I thought it was pretty cool when he brought that little kid into training camp this off season.
To add to all that's been said, when I met Mitchell at Panther Talk this past Monday I was shocked by his size - he was smaller than I expected given how physical he plays. In my mind, that makes his feats all the more impressive, guy hits like he weighs 250 lbs.
The other thing I'll say is that Mitchell seemed VERY comfortable interacting with the fans and seems like a very good communicator, so it doesn't surprise me that he's taken a leadership role on the defense.
In fairness CM, most of us look smaller from your vantage point
It all revolves around hitting on your early picks, and finding potential wherever you can. The better you draft, the better your team. Not a new idea, but it seems almost mythical to achieve.
Best case, you do draft well enough to build, and keep, a solid core going, as well as keeping the shelves stocked for the future.
Right around 1/2 your roster is made up of 4th round or lower guys. The bottom of your roster says a lot about your team. Those 4th and lower guys with enough talent to push the starters for minutes. Those guys that fill out the depth chart. Those guys that do the grunt work, and make the team as a whole, better.
I would put our roster up there with anyone's, THAT is a new concept.
Lastly, I absolutely love how Gman has filled in the roster, as it comes to the draft. He can do BPA and not sweat a bit. All he has to do, is do his job. Evaluate and secure.
So far? He gots this.
tl/dr version. Gman so far has proven he knows talent, and he knows value. Next is proving he can continue to upgrade and already proven team? This off-season gonna ball out I tell ya what.
I'm looking forward to the offseason, but not for the same reason as in past years
"Built like a tackle but could be groomed as a swing player between guard and right tackle. Known to play a little too high with slower hands. He'll need a lot of work with line coach Jeff Davidson to give the team any quality at backup guard or tackle. "
I had no clue that Jeff Davidson was Minn O-line coach.
Yep. Has been for a while.
On topic, has anyone mentioned this dude is huge?
Best hope he and Michael Jasper don't sit on the same bench