Another week, another storyline unfolds. From quarterback disasters to coaching catastrophes, here are unfolding NFL storylines to watch in week six.
The Rudolph aftermath
The Pittsburgh Steelers is next to have one of those quarterback disasters. The team's status "for this week and beyond" is reportedly "very much in doubt."
It all started after a knockout hit which left Mason Rudolph motionless on the ground on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Rudolph's exit forced third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges under center.
Pittsburgh already lost Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. Hodges will most likely be filling in for the next few weeks.
Rudolph's injury isn't believed to be extremely serious. In fact, the quarterback even wanted to walk off the field rather than use the cart.
Whether he forces to play or Hodges gets extended minutes on that first string, it's going to be an interesting quarterback situation in Pittsburgh.
McCaffrey for MVP?Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey made history in Carolina on Sunday.
McCaffrey exploded for 237 total yards to become the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to total 175-plus yards from scrimmage in four of a season's first five games. He also ties his own franchise record with those 237 scrimmage yards.
"If I was writing, I would see if he's from earth," defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said. "I'd have to check to see if he's from Asgard or something. I don't know where that dude's from. If the season ended right now, he's the MVP."
McCaffrey leads the NFL with 587 rushing yards. He averages 5.6 yards per carry and leads the Panthers with 31 catches including seven touchdowns.
Callahan takes over Redskins after Gruden firing
A coaching catastrophe is happening in Washington. Jay Gruden finds himself unemployed just five weeks into the season.
The firing was imminent for the winless Washington Redskins after they were routed by the New England Patriots. It's the first time since 2001 that the team fell into such hole.
Gruden ends his tenure as coach of the Redskins with an underwhelming 35-49-1 record and one playoff appearance.
"Nobody's told me anything. If the key works on Monday, I'll keep working," Gruden told reporters when asked about his job security after Sunday's loss.
Assistant head coach Bill Callahan is set to take over as interim coach. He wasted no time ruling out rookie Dwayne Haskins as a candidate to start under center in Week 6.
Callahan sees potential in Haskins. He has prepared the first-round pick to start at some point. He did insist though that Haskins is not ready "right now."
That leaves Colt McCoy or Case Keenum with the pressure of helping the Redskins get back on track.
Inconsistencies in officiating
The concerns regarding officiation is growing more with each week. Officials do not appear hesitant to throw flags, many calls this season seem to have been blatantly wrong.
The league reportedly tried to address the situation by holding a conference call last month. Issues regarding surge of flags was supposed to be discussed especially after the NFL made changes to include pass interference as a reviewable penalty earlier this year.
The league also stepped up enforcement of holding penalties even if they occurred away from the play.
Ramsey gets answers regarding injury
Jalen Ramsey will see a back specialist in Houston with regards to his condition. The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback was requested to seek consultation after missing the last two games.
The team reportedly isn'tt budging on Ramsey's request for a trade. The cornerback was involved in a heated exchange with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines in Week 2.
Ramsey asked to be traded the next day. The team have reportedly turned down one trade offer for the Pro Bowl cornerback.
We'll see what progress will happen after week six.
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