Under Center: Week 3
Mitch Broder and Pat Tartaro discuss the hottest topic this week in the NFL in episode three of
the Under Center Podcast:
The Under Center boys are back at it again. Starting things off, Ty Montgomery threw
away Aaron Rodgers’ chance at a comeback attempt by fumbling on a kickoff following the
Rams go-ahead field goal with 2:05 minutes remaining in the game. There was clear frustration
on the faces of the Packers players as they knew that Montgomery had blown it. It was
certainly a tough moment for football fans everywhere to watch.
Also, Ryan 'Fitzmagic' Fitzpatrick made his return. After Jameis Winston once again
looked anemic against the Bengals, the Bucs had seen enough and benched him for the
journeyman from Harvard. After the game, Buc's head coach Dirk Koetter named Fitzpatrick the starter
for the next game, so enjoy Fitzmagic while it lasts.
The Cleveland Browns once again remind us that they are… well the Cleveland Browns,
as they fire head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Hayley. Supposedly their
relationship was awful and Baker Mayfield was in the middle of it. Hue Jackson’s record speaks
for itself, as he went 3-36-1 in his time as the Browns coach.
Did Hue get a fair chance? Did the Browns make the right decision fire Hue midseason? Only time will tell,
but if there is one thing to take away from this is that the Browns are who we thought they were.
Lastly, the trade deadline arrived it was pretty active. Notably Golden Tate was traded to
the Eagles for a fourth-round pick. This was surprising as Tate has been a consistent 1,000 yard
receiver for the Lions. The question will be who fills the void left by Tate in the slot. Another
trade that was surprising was the Packers trading Ha Ha Clinton-Dix being traded to the
Washington Redskins. Clinton-Dix was pro-bowler with the Packers and now joins D.J.
Swearinger forming one of the best safety tandems in the NFL.
The Texans traded for Demaryius Thomas, as they add him to a lethal offense that also
features DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller. This should fill the void left by wide receiver Will
Fuller, as he tore his ACL and is out for the season. Lastly, the Rams added another first round
pick to their defensive line as they acquired Donte Fowler from the Jaguars. They now have a
fierce defensive line that features Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers. The
Rams at 8-0 somehow found a way to improve their roster.