Bailiff’s tenure has been a success. But the downfall has been undeniable. Since winning C-USA in 2013, the win total has fallen from 10 to eight to five to three. The Owls’ S&P+ ranking has gone from 65th to 78th to 118th to 121st. In theory, when you raise your program’s standards and then fail to meet the raised bar, you are cut loose. But here Bailiff is, preparing for his 11th year near downtown H-Town.
Game Womens Tom Waddle Jersey Bailiff has already pulled off two turnarounds at Rice. Following a 3-9 debut, he ripped off 10-win season No. 1. And following a stretch of just 10 wins in three years (2009-11), he won 25 over the next three. He has proved that, given time, he can figure things out, and despite the crazy impatience of this profession, he has been given that time.
Does he have another turnaround in him? Based on what we’ve learned about the talent, it’s hard to be too optimistic. An offense that ranked 97th in Off. S&P+ must replace its leading passer, rusher, and receiver. A defense that was true dreck must replace maybe its two best playmakers. The defense does have far more experience than it did, and the offensive line could be one of the conference’s best. But is that enough? Injuries and a stomach virus played a role in Rice¡¯s low 2016 ratings, but is there actually upside?
Brown became the NFL¡¯s highest-paid receiver on Monday following a new four-year, $68 million deal with the Steelers. It comes following his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season and a year where he caught his 50th career touchdown.
The scouting report called Brown ¡°thin and small in stature,¡± while questioning his work ethic. The report may have correctly predicted Brown as a late-round pick, but it turns out that letting Brown last until the sixth round will go down as a Tom Brady-like whiff from the rest of the NFL.
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Players in the NFL and beyond are congratulating Brown on his new deal.