Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is now an assistant on the Patriots’ staff Quenton Nelson Jersey , his first job in the NFL after a quarter century coaching in college. He doesn’t think he’ll go back.
Bielema says he’s so thoroughly enjoying the all-football focus of working for Bill Belichick that he isn’t eager to return to a college campus.
“The thing I love about football in the NFL is you go to work at 6 a.m. and you leave at 9 [p.m.] and it’s nothing but football,” Bielema told CBS Sports. “It’s just purely football.”
Bielema was head coach at Arkansas for five years and at Wisconsin for seven years. Prior to that he was defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State and linebackers coach at Iowa. The NFL, he has learned, is something else.
“It’s a whole different way to coach [in the NFL],” Bielema said. “I understand once they go to that level, coaches don’t ever go back. One of the most ‘a-ha’ moments was one of the first drills I did during OTAs. I had 11 [defensive] guys go through the drills. ‘Holy cow, these guys are good.’ These are the elite of your elite.”
The Patriots still haven’t announced what Bielema’s title will be, but whatever his job is Brandon Scherff Jersey , he sounds like he wants to keep it for a long time.
PITTSBURGH (0-0) at CLEVELAND (0-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Steelers by 6 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 7-10, Cleveland 4-12
SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 73-58
LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Browns 28-24, Dec. 31, 2017
AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 5, Browns No. 31
STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (20), PASS (3).
STEELERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (5) http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/jordan-wilkins-jersey , RUSH (10), PASS (5).
BROWNS OFFENSE – OVERALL (24), RUSH (18), PASS (22).
BROWNS DEFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (7), PASS (19).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — One-sided rivalry for two decades, Steelers are 33-6 against Browns since 1999. … Steelers without Pro Bowl RB Le’Veon Bell, who has been in extended contract holdout with team that has turned nasty. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 21-2 as starter against Browns. … Roethlisberger surpassed 50 Clayton Geathers Jersey ,000 career yards passing last season, one of only eight NFL QBs to reach plateau. … Ohio native Roethlisberger is 24-4 in games played in home state. … Steelers went 7-1 on road last season. … Steelers All-Pro WR Antonio Brown led all receivers with 1,533 yards receiving in 2017. Brown burned Browns in last season’s opener — 11 catches, 182 yards — and made critical 38-yard reception in fourth quarter to seal Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win. … Brown’s 582 catches and 7,848 yards are most in five-year span in league history. … Steelers DT Cameron Heyward had team-best 12 sacks in 2017. … Steelers will face former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, whose contract was not renewed after six seasons. … Browns coming off just second 0-16 season for any NFL team. … Cleveland’s roster has been overhauled, with 31 new players from last season. … Browns have lost 13 straight openers and are 1-18 in Week 1 since returning as expansion team. Lone win came in 2004. … QB Tyrod Taylor will be 29th different starter for Cleveland since ’99. Taylor expected to start while Browns develop top overall pick Baker Mayfield, who had strong training camp. … Browns DE Myles Garrett missed last season’s opener vs. Steelers with ankle sprain. He’s vowed to “chop down” Roethlisberger since being drafted first overall in 2017. … Browns starting RT Chris Hubbard was Steeler from 2013-17. … Browns WR Josh Gordon set to play in first season opener since 2013, when he led league with 1 http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/corey-bojorquez-jersey ,646 yards receiving. Gordon, who says he’s as “locked in” as at any point in career, has been suspended for 54 of past 64 games. … Gordon missed training camp to get counseling and won’t start, but expected to have major role. … Browns coach Hue Jackson needs strong start after going 1-31 past two seasons. Fantasy Tip: Until Gordon gets up and running, Browns WR Jarvis Landry will likely be feature target for Taylor. Landry led league with 112 catches last season and his 400 in first four years are most by player to start career.
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