There will be early challenges, of course. Detroit ranked dead last in the NFL with 1,221 rushing yards as a team last season, meaning running back and interior offensive line likely will be offseason focal points. Key defensive contributors Ziggy Ansah, Tahir Whitehead and Haloti Ngata are set to become unrestricted free agents, with Ansah being a strong franchise tag candidate.
When the NFL considers sites for future Super Bowl locations, many requirements must be met by potential cities, their venues and their accommodations. Stadium quality is among the priorities, which is why all of the next four Super Bowls will be played in new or recently renovated stadiums.
With weather also being a factor when the NFL considers future Super Bowl locations, brand-new and climate-controlled U.S. Bank Stadium was the reason “Bold North” was possible. The league wanted to show off the impressive stadium during America’s most-watch sporting event.
Super Bowl 53 will take place at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a one-of-a-kind venue and home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
When he came to his senses a few years later, Kraft went hard after Belichick while he was with the Jets. Calling Kraft under the alias of “Darth Vader,” Parcells drove a hard bargain, demanding compensation Kraft was willing to give. Seven-going-on-eight Super Bowl appearances later, it was the best trade Kraft ever made.
Viewers will also get a kick out of seeing the late, great Stuart Scott and younger versions of Suzy Kolber, Chris Mortensen, Sal Paolantonio and other ESPNers. Speaking of media, ex-Patriots/Giants assistant Charlie Weis notes the “night-and-day” difference between Belichick and Parcells when it comes to dealing with reporters. Belichick, as we know, is horrible. But Parcells played the media like a fiddle in New York, New England and Dallas. They, in turn, shaped his legend.
Early on in the documentary, there’s a revealing moment when Rodgers asks Belichick about his relationship with Parcells. “Friend, mentor, competitor,” murmurs Belichick.
Foles, up first during Monday’s Super Bowl MVP and winning coach press conference, wasn’t about to stir up any controversy.
“I’m not really worried about my future right now,” the QB said. “There will be a time and place to handle all of that. I’m excited for Carson Wentz coming back healthy. I get to work with him everyday. Dude’s a stud. I’m not thinking ahead. I’m living in the moment.”