John Lynch: Kyle Shanahan was initially “in mourning” after Jimmy Garoppolo trade

The San Francisco 49ers are supremely happy that Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback of the future. The team is so happy New York Giants Cheap Jerseys about Garoppolo’s prospects that they gave him a massive contract extension this offseason despite starting just five games for the team following his trade from New England last November.

However, that didn’t mean that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t a bit wistful about the prospect of a reunion with Kirk Cousins going out the window following the trade.”

The trade for Garoppolo doesn’t get made without Shanahan being on board with the decision. Nevertheless, Shanahan coached Cousins in Washington and succeeded with the now Minnesota Vikings signal caller. Acquiring Garoppolo meant closing the door on Cousins and it took some time for Shanahan to completely move on from the idea that had lingered for some time.

The way Garoppolo played in those five starts likely assuaged any lingering concerns Shanahan may have had as well.

“I think he’ll have one of those Pro Days everybody talks about for the next decade,” former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer (the brother of Carson Palmer) told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Allen, who uncorked a 65-yard pass at the Scouting Combine, has downplayed a prediction that he’ll throw the ball 90 yards on Friday.

The issue isn’t arm strength but accuracy, and Jordan Palmer (who’s also working with former USC quarterback Sam Darnold) says, “We’ve fixed it.”

“[T]here are two ways to look at it,” Palmer said. “One, what he’s doing mechanically, and then two what’s happening around Hockey Cheap Jerseys him, receivers and the concepts and the coverages that they’re seeing and there’s a lot of complexities that go into both of those.” (That’s a tactful way of saying that the quarterback can’t throw the ball and catch it at the same time.)

The bigger question becomes identifying how Allen’s skills and abilities (and weaknesses) translate to the NFL. Toward that end, Palmer pointed to a 2017 rookie who exceeded all expectations.

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Penguins pour it on in 7-0 rout, push Senators to brink

If goals carried over in aggregation, the Penguins would be sitting pretty. A 7-0 massacre of the Senators in Sunday’s Game 5 meant the defending Stanley Cup champions are one win from becoming finalists once again, having outscored their opponent a whopping 16-5 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Ottawa, though, has managed to suffocate the NHL’s highest-scoring offense enough for an opportune pair of wins.

Therein lies a glimmer of hope for the underdog Sens, who are decidedly banged up and demoralized after the beatdown but not yet eliminated and perfectly capable of pushing this series to an all-decisive seventh game. It won’t be easy now the Penguins, injuries notwithstanding, seem to be hitting their stride.

Pittsburgh brought the house and with it saw the return of a balanced scoring attack with 11 different players entering the scoresheet Sunday.

The Penguins’ greatest competitive advantage is the luxury of deploying two of the world’s most talented players on separate lines. The discrepancy down the middle — Nashville will be without No. 1 center Ryan Johansen for the balance of the series — is Pittsburgh’s to exploit. A 1-2 punch of Colton Sissons, his Game 6 scoring binge notwithstanding, and Mike Fisher will have trouble keeping up with Crosby and Malkin.

Yet the Predators possess the defensive ability to negate anything the Penguins throw their way.

“We just beat a really good team that was a defense-first team, always had numbers back, tried to limit opportunities off the rush, and had more of a counterattack mindset,” Pittsburgh Hockey Cheap Jerseys coach Mike Sullivan said. “What I love about our group is I believe we have the Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap type of team that can have success against our opponent regardless of who our opponent it is. We have to take what the game presents.”