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Sam Mullet sat at a table during a lunch break at the NFL combine in Indianapolis T.J. Hockenson Jersey , where she was attending the Women’s Careers In Football Forum conducted by the league.In walked Roger Goodell, who sat down at Mullet’s table and began chatting with several women, including Mullet, a high school offensive coordinator at tiny Bear Lake High School in Michigan.Talk about networking.That, the 23-year-old Mullet says, was a highlight but hardly the only one during the symposium attended by 40 women hoping to make careers in the sport in such areas as coaching, scouting, operations and management.“It was a very personable experience,” Mullet says. “When I first walked in, we’re in this fancy hotel, I am in the city by myself, it can be kind of intimidating. But we walked into the lunch area and Roger Goodell sat at the table and talked to us and asked what are we doing in our careers and how can he help us. He set the tone and was interested in what football could do for us.”The forum, now in its third year, is designed for “putting high-potential candidates in a room with those who can give them their first opportunities in professional football,” according to Samantha Rapoport, the league’s senior director of football development. Attendees such as Mullet heard from and met with general managers Dave Gettleman (Giants), Chris Ballard (Colts) and Les Snead (Rams); coaches Ron Rivera (Panthers), Sean McDermott (Bills), Bruce Arians (Buccaneers) Justice Hill Jersey , and John Harbaugh (Ravens); and several prominent female executives in the league, including Dawn Aponte, the NFL’s chief football administrator, andDarcie Glazer Kassewitz, president of the Buccaneers’ foundation.“We’ve seen from the first two years of the forum what has come into fruition is they meet candidates they would not always have the chance to meet,” Rapoport adds. “The need, we have found and something the clubs know, is that women are vastly under-represented in operations positions.“The two key objectives are to educate and to connect, with connecting most important. Creating this opportunity for them to meet and interview, it not only benefits the participants but serves to open the eyes of our club executives to people who want to work in the NFL.”One of the people who does work in the league, Rivera, always has brought a progressive eye to diversity. He’s a regular participant in such initiatives and has been impressed by how much this forum has grown.“I just think the quality of the candidates — we are starting to see more and more qualified people trying to get into the NFL, and it is even better to see more women showing an interest,” Rivera says. “It is happening at all different levels and areas and I think it is needed.“You see some women from high school and college, and some who have already done internship programs in the NFL. … They have gone through the program and been vetted and shown the desire and know somewhat what it takes to succeed. Because of that, there is no hesitation to hire them.”Mullet certainly hopes she fits that description. One of the few female coordinators at any high school — Bear Lake plays eight-man football, which makes her job more challenging — she’s eager to see what else she can do in coaching.“I would like to end up as an offensive coordinator in the NFL,” she notes. “I got this chance to make contacts, and to look for an entry-level position and I want to be staying involved in the game of football. I would go anywhere: college ... rsey-cheap , the NFL, anywhere. I would like to see football at the next level and see things from all sides.”Olivia Mitchell, who also attended the Indy forum, has experienced the college level as assistant director of football operations at Notre Dame, which in some ways is like working for a pro team. Her duties include planning travel and accommodations for the Fighting Irish: “We always say we do everything we can so the coaches and players can focus only on the game,” Mitchell said.Mitchell, 25, wondered if her current responsibilities mesh with what operations people in the NFL do. At the forum, she discovered that the challenges often are similar and transferable.“My initial reaction when I accepted the invitation and saw the attendees and the level of excellence the forum presented with the people attending,” Mitchell says, “I felt I was amongst my peers and surrounded by people who really were going places. To have women who want to be football coaches, which is not something I see every day in my job, and be around people who want to break those barriers, I really found it amazing.”Rapoport envisions a day when such symposiums aren’t necessary, a day when diversity initiatives have met their goals, be it “for women or people of color or anyone who will have the same opportunities in football.”“It is a long-term proposition,” she adds. “We’re not patting ourselves on the back. The results of this forum and our clubs being involved in this effort, we’ll likely not see those results for five, 10 or 15 years perhaps. But we are planting the seed and we’ve seen a culture change in a small matter of time.“Our goal is to normalize the presence of women in football.” Kirk Cousins went back to his Pop Warner days.Cousins only threw 10 passes in Minnesota’s 28-12 win over Atlanta in Week 1. He completed eight for 98 yards and one touchdown as the Vikings dominated the game on the ground.It was only the third time this decade a team attempted 10 or fewer passes in a game. Those teams are 3-0. Tim Tebow was 2 of 8 for 69 yards and one TD in Denver’s 17-10 win over Kansas City on Nov. 13 Iman Marshall Jersey , 2011. Mitchell Trubisky was 4 of 7 for 107 yards in Chicago’s 17-3 victory over Carolina on Oct. 22, 2017.The attempts, completions and yards were career-lows for Cousins in games he started. It was the fewest attempts by a Vikings quarterback in a regular-season win since 1977.“Throwing 10 times is really unique,” Cousins said. “Probably haven’t had a game with that few attempts since literally Pop Warner. I have no problem with being conservative. As long as we win the football game, that’s all that matters to me.”Here’s a look inside more numbers going into Week 2:PERFECT PASSERS: Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott each posted a 158.3 passer rating last week, becoming the first players with a perfect rating in a season opener. The 22-year-old Jackson became the youngest player to do it. Jackson threw for 324 yards and five TDs in a 59-10 win over Miami. Prescott had 405 yards passing and four TDs in a 35-17 victory over the Giants.FAST START: Baltimore scored the most points (42) by any team in the first half of a season-opening game in league history. The Ravens also became the first team since Oakland in 1967-68 to open consecutive seasons with 40-point games.WELCOME, ROOKS: Four rookies had 100 yards receiving in their debuts: Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (100), Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (147), Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (131) and Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin (125). It was the first time in league history at least three rookies reached 100 yards in their first game.BACKUP EFFICIENCY: Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew replaced Nick Foles and completed 88 percent of his pass attempts (22 of 25). It was the highest completion percentage for a rookie in his debut, minimum 15 attempts. Minshew completed his first 13 pass attempts.TIE MATTERS: The Cardinals and Lions played to a 27-27 tie, the third time a season opener ended without a winner. The Steelers and Browns started the season with a tie last year.CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald made his 117th career TD catch, passing Antonio Gates for sixth on the all-time list. Marvin Harrison is fifth with 128.MOVE OVER, ED: Le’Veon Bell became the fastest player to reach 8,000 scrimmage yards in league history, surpassing Eric Dickerson by doing it in his 63rd game.D-JACK MAGIC: Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson had 154 yards receiving, including a pair of a 50-plus yard TDs. He has 31 TDs of at least 50 yards, trailing only Jerry Rice (36) on the all-time list.DUAL THREAT: Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey ran for 129 yards and had 10 receptions against the Rams. He’s the first player in the last 54 years with multiple games in his career with at least 120 yards rushing and 10 catches.

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