A week after being seemingly snubbed by the College Football Playoff committee, the Washington Huskies find themselves now in the top four.
Washington joined incumbents Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in the CFP’s top four after last week’s No. 4, Texas A&M, lost both a game and its quarterback at Mississippi State on Saturday.
The Huskies (9-0) ran over Cal this weekend to fully capitalize on the Aggies’ defeat.
House puts quarterbacks through psychological testing, similar to therapy, to measure how they handle failure and how they view themselves. Now, only Ryan knows how he views himself in confession. Only he knows how hard the past few years have been, as he has grown accustomed to early vacations, not playoff appearances, the past three seasons.
He has always looked young, precocious — but now he’s 31 and in his ninth year, his face a little more weathered, his psyche a little more hardened. It’s reasonable to guess that he viewed — and views — himself as a work in progress, having achieved a lot, but he knows there’s still so far to go.
All quarterbacks, especially Laken Tomlinson Authentic Womens Jersey the great ones, go through crises in confidence. As with Young, we usually learn about them much later, after their playing days are over and their legacy is secure.
Ryan has always said the right things publicly, even when he was taking bullets for teammates — especially when he was taking bullets for teammates. On the play that probably haunts him more than any other — the incomplete pass at the goal line that lost the 2013 NFC Championship Game — his primary option ran the wrong route, crippling it from the start. Ryan dutifully accepted responsibility for it, a little over-accountability, as Walsh would say. But players later told me that Ryan made the correct read.
It turned out Ryan was doing for the first time what Tom Brady has done every offseason since 2013, what Drew Brees and Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer have also done in recent years: He was visiting with Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, two of the more renowned quarterback gurus. Over six weeks in the offseason, House and Dedeaux gave Ryan his own specialized improvement Larry Warford Authentic Womens Jersey plan, cleaning up everything from his release to his diet.