Roger Goodell takes on politics, Deflategate and rules changes

Roger Goodell had to chuckle when a Spanish-speaking reporter asked him about the NFL building its global brand, “instead of building something else.”

The end of that question was an allusion to the border wall between the United States and Mexico proposed by President Donald Trump.

Nothing out of the ordinary occurred during his meetings with teams at the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine.

“I really didn’t have any strange questions,” said Whitworth, who would become a Cincinnati Bengals second-round draft pick.

“Maybe I was just scary. I don’t really have that personality they want to mess with because I am usually so serious about stuff.”

Not everyone is so fortunate.

The 15-minute sessions are intended to help clubs get a better feel for the prospect they may be selecting. Most of them unfold without incident. But the way some squads conduct these “job interviews” leave players scratching their heads or, in extreme cases, hoping that they don’t get picked by the questioning party.

Take the case of Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo while he was going through the 2011 Combine.

“One team put on lowlights of all my worst plays and basically Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys just asked me, ‘What were you thinking on this play? What happened here?’” Castonzo recalled. “It was brutal.”

That experience was benign compared to what happened with another club.

Tony Romo trade, free agency signing could be a career-ending mistake for a GM

Buyer beware. Fragile: Handle with care. Proceed with extreme caution.

Those are three admonitions I would give any NFL team considering the risky proposition of acquiring Tony Romo, either via a trade with the Cowboys or as a free agent if the quarterback is released.

“People have been calling me, ‘Hey, wanted to work out … let’s watch some film … I need to work on some releases,'” Smith said on the SiriusXM Blitz. “I had some DBs calling me, ‘Hey, you can give me some line work,’ and all that stuff. When I was at the Super Bowl, and it all (was) announced, I had probably about three or four people text me, saying, ‘Hey, let’s get up’ and I had some agents call me for their guy to help them work their guy out, get him prepared for the Combine.

“And I had to take a step back and I said, you know what? If I do all these things, now I’m getting my mind and body to say, ‘I can still play.’ So I had to text some guys and say, ‘You know what? I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to watch film with you and work out and train with you because that means I’m telling myself and my family I’m about to go play again. And I don’t want to go through that process. I’m done playing.’ So if I’m training anybody, their last name is Smith, meaning my kids.

The Falcons led the NFL in scoring this season with a franchise-record 540 points.

Ryan beat out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions with another four rushing touchdowns while carrying the Packers to an NFC North division title. Other MVP candidates who lost out to Ryan were Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing as the Cowboys went 13-3 to win the NFC East and the Wholesale Cheap Jerseys NFC’s top seed, and Ryan’s counterpart on Sunday, New England quarterback Tom Brady, who set Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio with 28 TDs and just two picks.

Tom Coughlin warns Jags QB Blake Bortles he has to reduce turnovers

Blake Bortles needs to prove to Tom Coughlin that the 2015 version of the Jaguars QB is who he is, not the one who regressed in 2016 — both in terms of production and mechanics.

Coughlin, returning to the franchise he once coached as executive VP of football operations, made that clear Friday when he spoke to reporters ahead of next week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

The retired receiver went on to tweet that he’s been called a good teammate by others that have played with him. He added if he was such a bad teammate, “why didn’t they cut me?” A follower asked him why these people didn’t come out and compliment him, and that’s when he added a jab to his former coach.

This is a strange response considering Mariucci has actually defended Owens, despite their troubled history. The former 49ers coach said last year Owens “absolutely” deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, and urged voters to put him in.

Whatever the case, Owens and Mariucci have never really gotten Baseball Jerseys Wholesale along, and it appears the relationship is still fairly toxic.

I also make a point of getting the perspective of as many Hall-of-Famers as possible. I’m inclined to place a bit more weight on this feedback because the Hall of Fame belongs to them, not to me or any of the 45 other media members who comprise the group of selectors.
Owens took exception to most of what was written.

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The Indianapolis Colts today announced a roster move, and no, it wasn’t for a wide receiver – yet. The team announced that they placed wide receiver Reggie Wayne Cheap Orioles Jerseys on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL and that they signed cornerback Jalil Brown to take his roster spot.

Spacing was a consistent issue throughout the game. Jenkins was either asked to play in close man coverage or play too far away from the receiver. He didn’t look comfortable playing close — especially after biting on the first few fakes from Smith. He was unable to disrupt the receiver’s routes by getting hands on him, giving the veteran too much room at the snap.

(8:55) 1-C.Newton pass short right to 89-S.Smith to STL 1 for 12 yards (21-J.Jenkins). Carolina challenged the runner was down by contact ruling, and the play was Upheld.

Jenkins is caught flat-footed and tries to engage a block. Smith shifts his weight inside and loses him after the snap.

St. Louis is once again sitting in one deep coverage, and it’s clear how much field the Rams are conceding to Smith. The lack of adjustment didn’t make any sense and allowed Cheap Old NBA Jerseys Cam Newton to have the most accurate game of his career.

“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football,” Marshall said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.

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The Philadelphia Eagles suffered the biggest injury of any team inside the NFC East during Week 7, when quarterback Nick Foles bounced his head off the turf Cheap Pro Jerseys at Lincoln Financial Field against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Foles had to leave the game and be replaced by Matt Barkley, who finished out the 17-3 loss. Foles was diagnosed with a concussion and will have to undergo a battery of tests to determine his availability for this weekend. Should Foles not be able to play, it is likely Michael Vick will be the starter.

This first catch prompted a change in coverage where Jenkins was shifted to cover Smith while Johnson was tasked with Brandon LaFell, which should have been the matchup from the start of the game.

The Rams make a switch in coverage, but repeat the same mistake on Smith’s first catch. Jenkins is giving the receiver a 10-yard cushion, and the Panthers run an almost identical play.

Newton scrambles to his right and finds Steve Smith on the run for an easy gain. Jenkins stays on Smith’s route, unlike Trumaine Johnson, but he still finds himself away from the play at the catch.

If Freeman can’t go, the Vikings will go back to Ponder, their former first-round pick. Ponder continued to struggle this season before missing time with a broken rib and falling behind Matt Cassel and later Freeman on the depth chart. Cassel flopped in a brief audition as Cheap Penguins Jerseys the starter and was made inactive after the Vikings signed Freeman.

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St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long has been disqualified from the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers after a multi-player fracas broke during the second half Sunday afternoon.

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With Cutler sidelined, the Bears offense ran through Forte, who finished with 91 yards and three scores on just 16 carries. Alshon Jeffery added 105 receiving yards and Brandon Marshall had six receptions for 75 yards.

Washington got a breakout performance from Reed, who had nine receptions for 134 yards and a score. While Alfred Morris led the Redskins in rushing attempts (19) and yards (95), it was Helu who got the all-important goal-line carries. He finished with 41 yards and three touchdowns.

Robert Griffin III was solid, throwing for 298 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and wide receiver Jordan Reed put up 134 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins improved to 2-4. The Bears dropped to 4-3 on the year.

McCown hit Martellus Bennett with a 7-yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining to give the Bears a 41-38 lead, but Roy Helu’s third touchdown run of the day put the Redskins back on top for good.

The two teams traded field goals to open the game before a 2-yard touchdown run from Matt Forte broke open the scoring and gave Chicago a 10-3 lead. The Redskins Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys tied the game back up when Helu scampered 14 yards for his first touchdown of the day.

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Monte Kiffin, my former defensive coordinator with the Buccaneers, had a rough go of it as defensive coordinator at USC. Specifically he never seemed to find an answer Cheap Reversible Basketball Jerseys for Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense and many would say that led to his “decision” to resign from the position. I’m probably being too kind here, the Ducks averaged a whopping 601 yards and 50 points in the three games Kiffin coached against them as USC defensive coordinator.

The Monday Night Football Game between the Giants and Vikings is already being described as an all-time dud. It was a good deal worse if you were there, give or take a member of Anthrax.

The Cowboys eventually came calling this spring and many people questioned the hire. Then Kelly was hired as the Eagles head coach and you could imagine the headlines. After all if he couldn’t stop Kelly on the college level, how could he ever hope to stop him in the same division in the NFL?

The Baltimore Ravens traded left tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for a late-round draft pick. The deal comes a few weeks after McKinnie was demoted into a backup role once the Ravens acquired Eugene Monroe in a trade with Jacksonville. The Dolphins have had issues along the offensive line this season and McKinnie should be an upgrade.

Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider pointed out that McKinnie nearly signed with Miami during the offseason before returning to Baltimore.

His yards per pass attempt would have been meager for a yards per carry stat. Anything lower than 7.0 yards per pass attempt should have you rolling your eyes, and this was basically half of that.

Freeman’s status this week against the Packers is now uncertain, with news of a concussion coming out Wednesday increasing the potential for another Christian Ponder Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys sighting in Minnesota.

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Then Brandon Weeden got hurt, Hoyer won a pair of games, throwing for over 600 yards combined, and Cleveland was in this thing. Of course, everybody should have known the Cheap Soccer Jerseys Kids pair of steel-toe boots were on the way from above. During a Thursday night primetime game, Hoyer scrambles and goes down awkwardly. Torn ACL.

Despite winning that night to beat the Buffalo Bills, it has been all downhill for Cleveland since. The Browns have lost two straight, to the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, and have looked awful.

So bad in fact, that head coach Rob Chudzinski is now contemplating whether to start Weeden or Jason Campbell this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs and their league-leading defense at Arrowhead Stadium, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Chip Kelly: He did a poor job of play-calling when he went for a 60-yard field goal on 4th-and-1 with a timeout remaining. That was a clear lack of confidence in his offense, when he could have run a sneak with a 6-foot-6 quarterback and spiked the ball. He had an awkward half with his personnel and balance on offense. I understand the running game was bad, but he failed to stick with it when the passing game did not work.

The Eagles have a prime rebound game (and potential to finally win a game at home) against the New York Giants in Week 8. The Cowboys have another game on the road against the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

Not that a quarterback ever stands much of a chance when he’s asked to start just a few weeks after he joined the team, but do debuts get any worse than that? Against Cheap Rugby Jerseys UK one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, a team that was 0-6 and had allowed 14 passing touchdowns in six games, Freeman was terrible. He threw the ball 53 times, had 20 completions and an almost mind-blowing 3.58 yards per attempt.

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Perhaps soon we will see signs of the Cowboys doing just that, but for now they are still like going to a potluck dinner. We are going to get a little bit of everything; sometimes it will be good, sometimes bad, but most likely we will experience a little bit of both each time the Cowboys take the field.
Things get a bit tough for the Eagles in Week 8 because of the injury to Foles. Foles ended up concussed after Week 7, and Mike Kaye with Bleeding Green Nation was more Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys than happy to lay the blame of the loss at the entire offense’s feet.

Nick Foles: The second-year passer went 11-of-29 for 80 yard and zero scores. Those are Andrew Walters/Ryan Lindley numbers. It was a tough game for Foles, who Troy Aikman noted several times, that he seemed uncomfortable during the game after taking several hits. The hits frankly don’t matter, as that is life in the NFL. He failed to throw with accuracy or consistency. While he was able to run the ball to some success, his day as a passer was horrific. He may not have turned the ball over, but he did allow for plenty of possessions to end without a score.

Matt Barkley: The rookie moved the ball okay, but his interceptions were awful. Barkley made several rookie throws and he just did not look like a professional out there. The most frightening thing with Vick out with an injury, is that Barkley is always one play away.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ season is officially a “run out the clock” scenario. The players probably want to win all the games and the coaches probably want to win all the games, but the GM and the fans probably just don’t want to do anything to screw up getting the No. 1 pick.

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During Carolina’s 1-3 start to the season, the Panthers averaged 18.5 points per game. That number spiked to 32.5 PPG in their back-to-back wins, and a big reason for the jump has been improved play from Cam Newton.

Newton is not only coming off his two best games of the season, his performances in Week 6 and Week 7 were two of the best of his career. He’s completing more Cheap Tigers Jerseys passes, throwing for more yards per attempt and making fewer mistakes. Combined with a dominant defense, Newton’s recent play has transformed the Panthers into a legitimate playoff contender.

Newton hasn’t gone against a top defense in either of the last two weeks, but outside of Seattle in the season opener, the Panthers haven’t exactly faced a murderers’ row of defenses. Besides, averaging 10.4 yards per attempt and completing more than 80 percent of your passes is impressive against any defense.

So what has been the impetus behind the improvement? According to Panthers coaches and players, Newton is doing a better job of playing within the offense and making the right decisions.

“He’s got a better feel for what we’re trying to do,” Panthers Cheap Texas Rangers Jerseys head coach Ron Rivera said, via the team’s website. “He’s going through his progressions, and he’s got a great feel for that. He’s really worked very hard on that, and you’re starting to see the fruits of that labor.”