Every week the NFL releases an information filled capsule of the week to come and they never disappoint. This includes notes on the matchups plus some historical data as well. Finally, it provides information on the officiating crews and broadcast information on where the game can be found.
Recently, Our Turf Football created a survey to understand how, when, and where NFL fans get/want their news related to their teams or the league.
With so much going on in the NFL both during the season and offseason, we wanted to know how fast you wanted access to breaking news. Not surprisingly, participants noted that they are interested in getting breaking news as soon as it happened.
Tis the season and with Halloween upcoming some Heisman winners got together to provide us with some entertainment. Former Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow leads the festivities but it is former Alabama, and current Tennessee Titans, running back Derrick Henry who wins the day.
From 2004-2012, Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears. His first three goals were to beat the Green Bay Packers, win the NFC North, and win a Super Bowl. He achieved two of the three goals.
During his first season with the Bears, he installed a new offense and defense but had bouts of injuries and a season-ending injury to quarterback Rex Grossman. His first season record was 5-11. However, since he was a defensive-minded coach, the defense improved from 22nd overall in 2003 to 13th in 2004. By 2005 the Bears started then back-up QB Kyle Orton with a dominant defense and ended with an 11-5 record, despite starting the season with a 1-3 record. Look familiar?
Enter the John Fox era. Fox accepted a four-year deal as head coach of the Bears in 2015. It was predicted that the Bears would have a 3-13 record, but in his first season they ended with a 6-10 record. So instead, the Bears used the predicted previous record for the 2016 season, finishing 3-13. A regression that many hung on the excuse of a team rebuilding.
It is now 2017, and the Bears have started the season at 1-3, losing in epic fashion to the Packers once again, in the prime light of Thursday Night Football. The coaching was geared to quarterback Mike Glennon’s strengths, which is the opposite of his scouting report. According to general manager Ryan Pace: “He has the height, arm strength, the ability to quickly process.” Yes, he has height, but it gives no advantage to his field of view when he sees only what plays are given to him for the short routes. Time and time again, film shows Glennon waiting for a particular player and not the open receiver.
I can understand what President Trump sees when he looks at the American flag. He sees the faces of the military, police, and first responders and their sacrifice–a flag draped over a coffin or handed to a widow. In my mind, to him the flag and anthem should be honored as symbols of sacrifice and exuberant joy for the promise of this nation. He has spoken about addressing green inequality to ameliorate racial inequality. He believes jobs provide the first blush of the promise of equality.
I can understand the players who feel America has let them down and not provided justice for all. In so many ways, this country continues to let people down but there is the ability to address those issues here that is not available in many nations of the world.
Let us all work to end racism in all its forms whether directed at African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Latinos, etc. God made us different for a purpose–to learn to accept those different from us but alike in God-given rights and responsibilities.
30 of the 32 NFL Teams have issued statements regarding the current events taking place during the National Anthem before games. Whether they chose to stay in the locker room, kneel, or join arms, the teams want us to understand where they are coming from. At this time, no statements have been issued by the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Jets. Here are the links to each team’s statement.
It has been a very emotional week for the NFL to say the least. Last year a young man privately took a knee during the National Anthem in what he believed to be a personal statement of the oppression of his fellow human beings. One year later a response from the President of the United States has forced every single NFL team to respond with a sign of solidarity.
Early this morning in London, England, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars answered the POTUS by several players taking a knee and others standing, but all locking arms in unity. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan stood pregame, locking arms with his players as he was the first owner to show his support. Following the game he made this statement:
“It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem. Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms-race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments from the President makes it harder. That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation.”
Every team participated in support in one way or another. For example, all the players for the Pittsburgh Steelers did not leave the locker room during the national anthem, with the exception of left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan. He stood at the edge of the tunnel standing with his hand over his heart. As for the Chicago Bears, they stood, arms locked as a team with the full support of their coaches and owners.