The Ravens are becoming a more complete team.
The Jaguars ran into the Jimmy G express in yet another failed West Coast trip, and with it, they saw streaky Blake Bortles go cold. They need to use the Tennessee trip to tighten some screws.
With their running game a little bottled up, Joe Flacco has found his groove while the defense keeps doing its thing.
The Chiefs have kept it simple and thrown it back to what made them so successful offensively earlier in the season. Now their defense has finally risen to make big plays, too.
The Falcons’ season has been full of frustration, because as Dan Quinn and Marquand Manuel have had the defense rise up, Steve Sarkisian and Matt Ryan keep making the offense hit snags.
If you’re going to war, you know you want him in your foxhole, he continued. That’s best compliment I can pay him. Besides he gets me open shots, if I’m going into a fight or war, I know I want him in my corner. Period.
He just doesn’t care about stats and all that, All-Star game, he’s not concerned about that, Aldrich added. Which I think makes him so good in that aspect.
Aldrich is in his eighth season in the NBA and has played for six different teams during his career. He compares Butler to Draymond Green in the sense that making winning plays matter more than any stats ever could.
We have some younger guys on our team that want to get where he’s been and kind of what he’s been able to do with being an All-Star, and it just shows, Aldrich tells SB Nation. You can be a guy on a bad team and get all the stats and you still may not be an All-Star. It’s about winning and putting yourself in the best position to win.
Winning. In order to win, a team needs a leader. Thibodeau says that’s where Butler has made the biggest strides in his game.
During his early years in Chicago, Butler didn’t need to lead. He had an electrifying Derrick Rose and a cast of vets to take him by the wing. Butler just needed to play his part. The rest would eventually come.