One thing the two pitchers had in common, Boras said, was an extensive postseason workload. Verlander logged almost 50 playoff and World Series innings from 2011-12, while Arrieta threw more than 40 postseason innings during the 2015-16 seasons.
“When you have two years of postseason performances, what happens the third year?” Boras said. “You’re going to have a period where there’s a lull in performance because of what happened the two prior years. It’s the championship season hangover. It has nothing to do with the pitcher.”
Earlier this week, McDaniels had said, “It’s a very competitive game and emotional game, and things like that can happen. Being in the game a long time, and understanding that Tommy’s a very emotional person and emotional player, it’s part of what makes him great. You understand that those things happen, and it’s never personal. You move on quickly from it, and we did, and we have. I love Tom, and all those things he stands for and all the things he does for our team. That’s just a situation where you understand it and move on quickly from it, and you focus on your job.”
Former Tennessee coaches and players have reportedly been linked to the opening, including current Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who shot down a false report he was interested in the job.
“The University of Tennessee is my alma mater. It’s a storied program, it’s a proud program.” Witten said Monday, via the Cowboys website. “For me, certainly coaching is something I can see myself down the road, having one of those opportunities. But right now I’m all in with this team and my feet are planted firmly here with this opportunity that I have in 2017 — getting it right this week.”
Witten, who played for the Vols from 2000 to 2002, says he has spoken with Tennessee athletics director John Currie throughout the coaching search, but has no intention of cutting off his Pro Football Hall of Fame career mid-season.