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  1. I've always dug the horns on the Vikings helmets, personally. Kind of a toss-up with the Chargers helmets. I've always appreciated those. The Browns are the worst, have been for decades, I don't see that changing.
  2. I hear you fully, I just don't agree. That's okay we can agree to disagree. They are employed and did kneel, the owners didn't like the perception and therefore changed the rule. They can still do so, it will just cost them money now. I was happy to see the Jets owner offer to pay those fines. I own businesses and I'm aware of the what worker rules are. The players found a way to peacefully protest an injustice happening in our streets daily, they found a way to use their voice to help others. The cowardly owners are capitulating to someone and choosing to silence their players' ability to peacefully protest. I see that as wrong.
  3. The owners hubris is bringing Mark Cuban's words to a quicker fruition than anyone thought or realized. To say they're out of touch is out of touch, they're off the path entirely. Tearing away teams from fanbases IE San Diego, St. Louis, and Oakland has only accelerated their downfall and now forcing employees to stand of which their protest was to protest people of color being killed in our streets by police officers. That was twisted politically into disrespect and hate for our country, the owners have perpetuated this stereotype and with the hype of the media have made a situation so simple and innocent, into forced patriotism. I'm not just a citizen, I'm a citizen activist, have been for decades, will be for decades to come and this censorship is something that eats at my core. The direction the owners and this league are going are going to force me away from the game entirely and it's not going to be much longer. I'll be following futball more and more until I finally give up fully on the NFL in its entirety. The owners don't care what we think and they're chasing dollars, not fans.
  4. I have a very hard issue with the forced standing, this isn't freedom, this isn't what I served for. This isn't right, this hits me to my core. I'm having a hard time with the concept and I'm having a hard time supporting the NFL at all due to this.
  5. Saw it last night, I enjoyed it as well.
  6. Probably my last season following as well as last season as a ticket holder, this game isn’t resembling anything I loved.
  7. Most accurate NFL QBs by separation in 2017 BY STEVE PALAZZOLO • MAY 22, 2018 Dec 24, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after throwing a touchdown to wide receiver Ted Ginn (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports This offseason, we introduced PFF’s new advanced quarterback charting data, featuring an entirely new way of evaluating the game’s most important position. While the QB Annual and PFF Draft Guide are the best place to start for a broad overview of each NFL quarterback’s advanced accuracy, I’ll be taking you through an in-depth breakdown of our data points throughout the spring and summer. First, be sure to read the overview of our process, and it’s always nice to have this image handy when going through the data. Today’s focus is overall accuracy at various levels of separation, including “accuracy plus” which is our way of identifying “perfect” throws. When it comes to separation, we are using three basic buckets: open, step/closing and tight. An “open” throw is generally two-plus steps of separation while “step/closing” is best described as a receiver having up to two steps of separation, either running away from a defender (step) or with a defender closing on a play (closing). Since “step” and “closing” are similar in terms of level of separation, they have been placed in the same bucket. “Tight” throws are defined by a defender being within an arm’s length of the receiver, or in the right spot in a passing window so as to discourage the throw. It’s important to note that the open and step/closing throws appear to be most stable in our early work with two years of data, while tight throw performance can fluctuate greatly from year to year. Remember: this is all about actual ball location of the pass, not just throwing a “catchable” pass. We’ve proven the importance of ball location with regard to yards after the catch and expected points added, so putting the ball in the right spot is crucial in order to optimize success. Link
  8. Say farewell to the three-point stance 21 hours ago At a time when football fans finally are waking up to the demise of the kickoff, another football staple is about the go the way of the Stegosaurus. And a game that many regard as a dinosaur could soon be extinct, at least as we know it. With the NFL finally admitting what some suspected for the past two months — the new helmet rule does apply to offensive and defensive linemen — the three-point stance inevitably will be gone. And the NFL will have gotten rid of it without actually getting rid of it. That may be news to some of the people on the inside. Saints coach Sean Payton, a member of the Competition Committee, said recently on PFT Live that the three-point stance won’t be going away “in our lifetime.” But as coaches like Payton adjust to the interpretation that finally was unveiled on Tuesday, they’ll realize that the three-point stance has become an invitation to violate the new helmet rule. “He’s got to get his head up,” NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron said Tuesday regarding offensive linemen. The only way to keep his head up is to never put it down. The three-point stance comes from the ability to fire out and slam into the opponent. With linemen in such close quarters, it will be impossible for an offensive lineman to blast forward into a defensive lineman without potentially hitting the opponent with a helmet that necessarily is low. Again, this likely surprised people like Payton. When I asked him earlier this month whether the new helmer rule will alter the between-the-tackles running game, Payton said, “I don’t think a lot. I think you know working a coach up, guys that are pulling. But I don’t think it’s going to change much at all.” With offensive linemen now obligated to get their heads up when blasting forward at the same, it’s going to change a lot. It’s going to change to the point where it’s not recognizable. And it’s going to open the door for someone to start a football league that will play games not in the spring but during football season — and that will play football not like the NFL is hell bent on playing it but like football used to be played. Link
  9. We officially got it!
  10. Helmet hits will lead to ejections under new NFL rule Updated 4:44 PM; Posted 4:39 PM By The Associated Press ATLANTA -- The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmets is subject to ejection after an in-game video review that will be decided in New York. Al Riveron, the league's head of officiating, said a foul can be called regardless of where on the body -- not just the head or neck area -- that one player hits another with his helmet. The rule is not position-specific, so offensive players will be subject to the same criteria as defensive players. "This is about eliminating unnecessary use of the helmet," Riveron said Tuesday at the NFL spring meetings. If a player is ejected, Riveron and his staff in New York will use network camera angles to determine if the ejection is necessary. He promised that games will not become "an ejection fest" every week. "Immediately when I learn in New York that there's an ejection, I will ask the network to give me everything you've got," Riveron said. "I will take a look at it, I will rule on it and I will say yes, he's ejected, (or) no, leave him in the game. "Play will stop, and we will expedite it. That's why we won't have the referee come over and we're not going to get the replay official involved," Riveron said. "The only way the replay official will be involved is he will call it and immediately tell the command center, we have an ejection on 'No. 22 White.'" Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee, said the league had conference calls and a webinar with every coaching staff in the league last week to tell them to begin teaching a new, safer technique. McKay said the rule passed after the league looked at tens of thousands of examples on film to determine how to reduce concussions. Contact that's made by leading with the helmet no longer has a place in the NFL. "We have always learned don't put your neck at risk and everything else," he said. "Now we've taken it a step further and said that we need to teach it out of the game and put a rule in and get it out of the game." The rule applies to linemen, too. They can no longer lower their helmets to initiate contact. "It's a culture change, and it's something that we take full responsibility" for, Riveron said. "Prior to training camp we will have position-specific videos done by head coaches such as offensive line play, defensive line play, defensive backs, linebackers, special teams, runners. Why? Because this rule is all-inclusive for all players in all parts of the field." Link
  11. The NFL passed new kickoff rules for 2018. Here’s what they are and what they mean 1 Kickoffs are safer now, but may also be more exciting too. By Adam Stites May 22, 2018, 6:34pm EDT Kickoffs will look a little different in 2018 after the NFL passed a new set of rules that aims to make the play safer. A bonus is it may make kickoff returns more exciting, too. The overhaul comes in several facets, as tweeted by the league a week before the owner meeting that officially approved the changes: View image on Twitter Twitter Ads info and privacy The league announced the changes Tuesday and said it would revisit them after the 2018 season: Twitter Ads info and privacy The main goal of the rule changes is to limit the amount of full speed collisions that have made kickoffs the most dangerous play in football. “If you don’t make changes to make it safer, we’re going to do away with it,” Packers president Mark Murphy told Sports Illustrated in March. “It’s that serious. It’s by far the most dangerous play in the game.” The changes should significantly decrease the likelihood of an injury. What’s different about the kickoffs now? No running starts Under the old rules, players could start at the 30-yard line and get a running start, so long as they didn’t cross the 35-yard line before the kick. The new rule will force players to wait at the 34-yard line. The goal is to slow down the coverage unit a bit and reduce the speed of collisions with blockers. Most of the return team is confined to a “setup zone” Eight of the return team’s 11 players will now begin a kickoff in a 15-yard zone near midfield. Previously, blockers were allowed to start anywhere, so long as they were behind their “restraining line”, which was 10 yards from the kicking team. This will force blockers to run down the field with the coverage team, making blocking similar to that of a punt. No wedge blocks With eight players in the “setup zone”, that leaves two blockers and a returner near the goal line. Those two players cannot team up to both block the same player. Wedges have been gradually phased out of the NFL, with the rule dwindling down to just two-player wedges in 2009. They have now been removed altogether. No blocking in the first 15 yards This new rule will force the return team blockers to wait until the coverage unit has crossed midfield before engaging. This solves two things: The biggest danger of a huge collision would come if a player on the coverage team manages to get through the first wave of the return team unblocked. That’d be more likely if they were able to make a blocker whiff right away. Imagine it like a gunner on a punt team who gets a free release. By forcing blockers to wait, they’ll have a better chance of at least slowing the coverage team down. It takes away what the NFL calls the “jump-set/attack” block. The coverage team can’t be blindsided by blockers when they know exactly where the blocking will begin. Ultimately, this protects both sides. No need to kneel If a ball gets to the end zone and touches the ground, it’s an automatic touchback. There’s no need for a player to pick it up and kneel, or even catch a ball if it’s headed for the end zone and they don’t intend to return it. This is a small time saver, but the goal is to blow a play dead earlier so that unnecessary collisions don’t happen. Under the previous rules, a player could take their time gathering a ball and kneeling while the coverage team and return team blockers still careened toward each other for no reason. Why is this rule change better? The reason kickoffs were the most dangerous play in football is that it essentially boiled down to two teams of players running full speed at each other. In the case of punt returns, the majority of players on the field begin close to the line of scrimmage. That didn’t make the play any less exciting, but decreased the speed of the collisions on the field. If anything, punt returns have historically been more exciting than kickoff returns. I’ll let Jon Bois explain: The impact of the change may take years to figure out. “I think these changes are probably going to be for the better,” Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri said onThe Rich Eisen Show, via Pro Football Talk. “It’s really going to be interesting how special teams coaches try to find a way gain an advantage. Are they going to kick it short and make teams return it or are they going to go ahead and try to kick it deep to get a touchback?” But with coverage teams given less of a free run down the field, the bonus of a rule that intends to increase player safety is that it may also increase kickoff return touchdowns. That’d make the change a win-win for players and fans, alike. Link
  12. Outstanding, good to know the tradition will continue.
  13. Signing Jay Bromley, Michael Ola gave Saints veterans at positions that can be 'hard to find' BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | JERICKSON@THEADVOCATE.COM MAY 21, 2018 - 11:22 AM Facebook Twitter Email New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Jay Bromley walks onto the field at the team's rookie minicamp on May 12, 2018. (Courtesy of New Orleans Saints) Facebook Twitter Email Print Sa New Orleans used its rookie minicamp in part to land veterans at positions where veteran help is few and far between once the games begin. Former Giants nose tackle Jay Bromley and well-traveled tackle Michael Ola earned their right to sign with the way they played among dozens of rookies. "Both guys we have a vision for," Payton said. "Both of those guys play in the offensive and defensive lines, positions that are hard to find once the season gets started." Bromley adds a veteran nose tackle who might be able to rotate with Tyeler Davison, who handled the lion's share of the snaps at the position last season. Ola joins a gaggle of players competing for the two or three spots the Saints will have available on gameday for backup offensive linemen. "It's hard at those camps to stand out sometimes when you're a lineman," Payton said. "Those are experienced players that we think will add value." Link
  14. Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on sports betting As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport. Our fans, our players and our coaches deserve to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure no improper influences affect how the game is played on the field. Last week's ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment. We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance training for our clubs, players, employees, and partners. These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches, and fans and maintains public confidence in our games. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles: 1. There must be substantial consumer protections; 2. Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it; 3. Fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and 4. Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad. Link