|By Marc Lawrence — Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has never had a losing season. This is only the second time he’s gone back-to-back seasons without making the playoffs. The last time it occurred, in 2015, his troops went 10-6 before losing in the Divisional round of the playoffs. FYI: After failing to make the playoffs the previous season, his teams are 41-27 SU collectively, including 16-3 SUATS against foes coming off consecutive SUATS wins. Just sayin’. (From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine)
Thenceforth The North
Continuing our outline of each team’s needs in the 2020 NFL Draft, courtesy of The Athletic, it’s on to the AFC North where the Cleveland Browns’ biggest need will be plugging a huge hole at left tackle. If the Arizona Cardinals tab Jedrick Wills of Alabama, that leaves Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Louisville’s Mekhi Becton and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. New Browns GM Eric Berry was with Philadelphia last year when the Eagles selected OT Andre Dillard in the first round, who scored the highest in the SPARQ test (speed, power, agility, reaction, quickness). This from the 2020 PLAYBOOK Mock Draft: Wirfs has the top SPARQ score in this year’s class after he lit up the combine, running faster and jumping higher than any 320-pound man should. Wirfs’ 135.6 SPARQ score puts him in the 99th percentile among current NFL offensive linemen. For a full review of the needs on every team in the AFC North click here.
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