Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn emphasized Wednesday that the showdown with the New England Patriots on Sunday night is the next game on the schedule and not a Super Bowl rematch.
From this point on, Bradford’s availability for Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers was in jeopardy. The Vikings listed him as a game-time decision for that game, but he was ultimately ruled out for Week 2. Backup quarterback Case Keenum started for Bradford, and the Vikings lost, 26-9.
Following the loss, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Bradford was day to day. The Vikings ruled him out once again for their Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quinn said despite moving forward, the Super Bowl tape certainly has value leading into this week.
Yeah, for sure, it’s a big part,” Quinn said. Here’s why: When you face a team for a second time in less than a year, I’m not going to call it a division game, but you almost have more familiarity than you would when you don’t. So you go back to look how did they feature the players in their roles last year, and go back to look at some of the roles for this year.
The truth on the Martavis Bryant story, regardless of what the player is saying publicly, is that Bryant and his agent have expressed unhappiness with the way he’s being used in the offense and, some weeks ago, told the Steelers that Bryant would prefer to be traded if his current role is all they have in mind. Multiple sources say Bryant’s agent has spoken with Steelers management since the season began to express these sentiments, and that Bryant himself spoke with coaches during the week leading up to Pittsburgh’s Week 5 game to ask about being a bigger part of the offense.