John Fox: Bears have confidence in Langford, Carey

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INDIANAPOLIS — The nfl custom jerseys Chicago Bears Jerseys’ recent decision to cut ties with Matt Forte Jerseys wasn’t due simply to likelihood that the veteran running back is entering the twilight years of a successful football career.

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Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, coach John Fox insisted that Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey Jerseys have “earned” the nfl custom jerseys opportunity for bigger roles this season.

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“Obviously we felt good,” Fox explained. “… We made decisions last week that we were able to make because we have great confidence in our young backs. What that workload is or what that definition of their role is will be up to them and how they perform and how they prepare and what they put on the field when we start work.”

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A wide receiver when he first arrived at Michigan State, Jeremy Langford flashed dual-threat talent as the featured back when Forte went down with an MCL sprain in November.

Although it’s natural to assume Langford will pick up the bulk of Forte’s workload, Fox appreciates Carey’s physicality.

“The way he carries his pads,” Fox said of Carey. “We’re here and sometimes a lot gets put into height, weight, speed, 40, and a lot of times it’s hard to measure what’s behind that left nipple and between your ears. I think he’s a guy that after contact is pretty special. … I enjoy watching him run.”

Accounting for 32.0 percent of the Bears’ offense, Forte was enjoying an excellent season prior to his knee injury. It will be interesting to see if Langford and Carey can mimic that success by combining for one-third of Chicago’s offensive output in 2016.

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill not elite quarterback

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The Miami Dolphins Jerseys hired Adam Gase to nfl wholesale jerseys help bring Ryan Tannehill Jerseys to the next level of quarterbacking, where previous coaching staffs have failed.

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Last week, receiver Greg Jennings Jerseys told the team’s official website that previous coaches held Tannehill’s hand, hindering the quarterback’s growth.
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On Tuesday, the receiver doubled down on those comments, saying that Tannehill desires to have more freedom within the offense.

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This is no knock on Ryan. This is not Ryan’s choice. He wants to be free,” Jennings told ESPN. “He wants to have that freedom, that liberty at the line of scrimmage, as most quarterbacks do. When you show your quarterback that you trust him, you give him freedom…

“We don’t know who Ryan Tannehill Jerseys is, but we want him to be this great guy, this great quarterback, this franchise quarterback, but no one has given him the freedom, the luxury, to call plays, make checks, to do the things that a great quarterback will have the opportunity to do.”

Despite wanting Tannehill to get more control in the offense, Jennings did acknowledge that the quarterback has a long way to go before he climb into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

“I guess what I’m saying is he’s far (from elite),” Jennings said. “I’m being honest. None of us know. … It’s like he’s been handcuffed. I’ve played with Brett (Favre), I’ve played with Aaron (Rodgers). I’ve played with great quarterbacks. So you can sense, you can quickly tell if one has it or not.”

Gase received praise for his work with Jay Cutler Jerseys in 2015. As the Bears’ offensive coordinator, Gase devised game plans that accentuated Cutler’s positives and helped negate some of the terrible decisions that haunted the quarterback under previous play callers. Cutler still had the freedom to check plays, many of which were packaged run-pass option calls that required the quarterback to read the defense before selecting the proper play.

During the 2015 season, Tannehill was caught in some controversy after yapping with defensive practice-squad players. Some from the outside viewed this as confirmation of the quarterback’s insecurity and perhaps how his teammates viewed him as a leader.

Jennings dismissed the incident as a product of a losing season.

“We all respect Ryan as a leader, as a quarterback,” Jennings said. “I think this stems from losing. When you are losing, everything is a big deal. Obviously there were comments made, there were things that took place throughout the entire seasons that guys didn’t like, guys liked, guys loved, guys hated, but this was just made a big deal because it’s Ryan. It’s the quarterback. We don’t expect this from guys, but he’s going to say things to guys that are going to be positive and he’s going to say things to guys that aren’t gong to be as positive, they’re going to be negative, but it’s constructive. And guys need to hear that …”

Whether getting after a practice-squad player for making a play in practice is constructive or not is debatable. What isn’t debatable is that Tannehill needs to display growth in his first season under Gase or that escape hatch the team built into his contract could loom large.