Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and retired NFL player Herschel Walker will soon join President Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
Axios reports that Belichick and Walker are among six people Trump is appointing to the Council, which has existed (under a variety of names) since 1956. The Council is dedicated to encouraging Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.
They are already plus-196 with the Mirotic-Davis duo in 300 fewer minutes combined over the regular season and playoffs — equivalent to about plus-14 points per 100 possessions, 5.5 points fatter than Houston’s league-best overall mark. After about two weeks in the injury-mourning doldrums, the Pelicans scrapped their twin towers offense in favor of playing ultra-fast and unleashing Davis. Cousins cannot play as fast as New Orleans is playing now. He could not smother Damian Lillard pick-and-rolls the way Davis and Mirotic just Luc Mbah a Moute Youth jersey did.
Mirotic is even occasionally guarding centers, including Jusuf Nurkic for the last three games of New Orleans’ humiliation of Portland, so that Davis can keep calling himself a power forward if he likes. (Kevin Garnett isn’t 7 feet tall, either.)
[I’m not] inhibiting him, Bowles said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. We’re giving him everything. He’s going to learn as he goes, and he might get the reps as he goes. We’ll make that determination in the preseason and see where we are at the end of it, but we’re not holding him back. We’re not rushing him, but we’re not holding him back at all.
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It is McCown’s job to lose entering training camp, but Darnold is expected to get the majority of reps in the preseason. The Jets also will give Teddy Bridgewater a chance.
Bowles said time will tell on whether Darnold will develop into a franchise quarterback. Darnold, who went 20-4 as a starter at USC, better. That’s why the Jets traded up to select him third overall.
Sporting News sports media columnist Michael McCarthy asked Markman about which ESPN personalities will get more airtime, ex-coach Rex Ryan’s rocky first year as an analyst and whether there will be any cast changes on Samantha Ponder’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Excerpts:
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