They expect more from us and we expect more from ourselves.

I think Darvish signs first, if only because of the price tag Boras has slapped on Arrieta and Boras’ track record of waiting until January for the market to evolve. It’s a close call, but I’d prefer Arrieta because I would feel more comfortable putting the ball in his hand in a big game or in the postseason.

Maybe it’s unfair to question Darvish based on two horrendous World Series outings, but scouts and evaluators had questions about his ability to perform under extreme pressure even before he imploded against Houston in October. If I’m giving someone $150 million, I want to make sure he’s ready to embrace the big stage. I have concerns about how well Arrieta will hold up physically as he approaches his mid-30s, but he keeps himself in great condition, and he’s as competitive as it gets. — Crasnick

Goff has a lot more balance and support, both offensively and defensively, and the big win over the Saints was key to having an extra cushion for the final five games.

“I have great respect for both Jerry and Ben. Jerry has worked tirelessly for this franchise for 23 years. He has always communicated in a straight forward and honest manner. Ben, as a first time head coach, continued up until this morning to do everything in his power to give us a chance to win. I know the public perception of both these men is not positive, but within these walls, you could not ask for two better professionals.”

Added Tisch: “This has been an extremely difficult and disappointing season. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers or quick fixes. And John and I were confronted with making the tough decisions of today.

“We know how frustrated our fans are. Our focus now is on developing and improving our football team so that our fans can enjoy the winning team they expect and deserve.”
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