Today has been full of news regarding the Cleveland Browns front office. Just as we were coming to grips with to the news that Executive VP Sashi Brown had been fired, just as we were revving up for all the great speculation talk, and just as we were making our cases to hire OUR favorite candidates, the Browns announce the new hire: John Dorsey.
And so it begins…. two years into the three-year rebuilding process, and a combined record of 1-27 over these two years, reports are flooding the market that the Cleveland Browns have fired Executive VP Sashi Brown. After being featured in the Sports Business Daily “Forty Under 40” column just two years ago, and being touted as the “right move” by foxsports.com writer Mike Garafolo, high expectations for Brown were clearly not met and he’s out.
Today the NFL announced that Oakland Raider Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Bronco Cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended for two games without pay as a result of the fight that took place on Sunday.
Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib are being suspended two games each for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.
Okay, enough with the gloating. In all seriousness, I laid in bed well past my bedtime after Monday night’s win just thinking about how far my Philadelphia Eagles have come, not only since I’ve been a fan (wayyy back in 2003), but all throughout the organization’s history.
What separates this season from previous winning seasons, in my humble opinion, is that these wins have been so rightfully earned. We have fought from behind, scrapped against and adjusted according to each opponent. In Carson Wentz, the Eagles have an exceptional quarterback who has only improved game in and game out with his mechanics, proving his agility and athleticism. He has taken some risks plus some wicked hits in result of those risks but most importantly, has learned from them. He makes this team so special.
At the Fall Meeting in New York City today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, as the host city for the 2018 NFL Draft. Goodell stated, via the press release:
“This is the first time we will be hosting the Draft at a stadium complex. We are excited by that. I want to take moment to thank both Chicago and Philadelphia for really doing an extraordinary job to raise the bar. They have set a new standard for the Draft, created a new experience for our fans that was extraordinary, and we are confident that Dallas will raise that bar even further.”
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.