NFL Teams Issue Statements Regarding National Anthem

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.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Denver vs Buffalo: Bronco and Bills fan square off.

Denver Broncos vs Buffalo Bills

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

I asked Mary Pesarchick her thoughts on the upcoming game. Denver (2-0) travels east to take on the Bills (1-1) in an early 1:00 game (10:00 MST). She interviews me for hers, so make sure to read Mary, too.

Jules: Which of your players who may miss Sunday are you most concerned about?

Mary: Left tackle Cordy Glenn definitely. Unfortunately, he’s been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Our O-line is much better when he’s in there (even on a bad ankle) and given Denver’s defense, I’d feel better for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy chances if he was in there.

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Kansas City Chiefs: A Tale of Two Games

by Neta Davis // @ND622

Two weeks into the 2017 season and the Kansas City Chiefs have won two very different games. One an offensive juggernaut against the current Super Bowl Champions; the other, a nail-biting defensive battle that was up for grabs until the last seconds of the game.

The Chiefs are presenting themselves as a cohesive, focused team whose sum is greater than the total of its players. At times playing to their potential; other times having to fight back by calling upon every bit of reserved spirit left in them. Players drop the ball (literally and figuratively) and their teammates make up the shortcoming.

My mind goes to two players, especially in these first two games—tight end Travis Kelce and quarterback Alex Smith—each having very different moments. Kelce continues to amaze and confound. Providing a third major offensive option to running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, his presence, and skill are a large part of Kansas City’s success since he joined the team.

However, on the other side of the coin are the immature antics that are racking up unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. While none of them can yet be linked directly to a loss, they have created unnecessary hurdles for his teammates and coaches to overcome.

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Welcome to the 2017 NFL Season

By Neta Davis // @ND622

Thursday, September 7: 42-27 Win

“It’s happening again—another national game and another national embarrassment,” I thought as the New England Patriots marched down the field and easily scored the first touchdown of the game. 

And then RB Kareem Hunt, very talked up in the Kansas City press, fumbled his first NFL carry–the epitome of a facepalm moment.  I grimaced as the quarter continued and the Patriots seemed to be on offense again instantly, marching down the field for their second touchdown.  When replay showed the catch wasn’t in control and the six points nullified, it gave me a little peace. 

Then, the Kansas City Chiefs defense made a spectacular stop on a fourth-and-one play.  “Well, at least the defense is looking respectful,” I admitted.  Then the Chiefs went 90 yards and scored, tying the game, and holding the Patriots to a field goal on their next score but allowing another touchdown 15 minutes later.  Right before the half, KC scored another touchdown.  Now the butterflies in my stomach were going to town.

There are a few teams in the NFL that haven’t had it easy nor made it easy on themselves, never meeting their potential and not pulling through in the critical moments like key games and playoffs.  The Chiefs are one of those teams.  Having not won a Super Bowl in almost 50 years and very rarely making it through to the higher eschelons of the playoffs, they have deservedly earned the adjective “Chiefsiest”—as in last year’s Pittsburgh game was the Chiefsiest thing ever—developing and playing to your potential during the season and then putting on a disappointing performance when least affordable.  

Alex Smith courtesy: chiefs.com

But, something happened at Foxborough.  The Chiefs started believing in themselves, and kept themselves in the game.  Keeping the score within a winning gap through the first half.  And Hunt kept getting the ball and atoning; Alex Smith had something to prove, and boy did they both shine. Continue reading “Welcome to the 2017 NFL Season”

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Quick 5 with Teverly Lazenby, Raiders OR

Come chat Raiders with me // @teverlyl

NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?

TL: I began to learn about football from watching my father coach a local high school football team.  I was just a kid, about 4 or 5 years old. My father would take care of me on the weekends. In addition to watching him coach I would watch USC football and Rams games with him.

NF: Priorities of Life – What are your top 3?

TL: My top 3 priorities in life are my health, my closest friends and family, and obviously my life revolves around sports (More specifically football).

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Vance Joseph – Thoughts on Team

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

At the NFL coaches’ breakfast held this week in Arizona, head coach Vance Joseph gave us several insights into how he will run the Denver Broncos, his relationship with general manager, John Elway and where the team stands.

He was, of course, asked several questions from various news organizations about the quarterback position. One quote stood out because of its lack of enthusiasm you want to see from a head coach about the previous starter: “He had seven wins maybe as a starter but you have to go back and really watch the tape and watch how he plays the position. If you ask football coaches about Trevor Siemian they recognize that it takes work to go recognize that.”

Wait. You have to work to see how he plays? What does that mean? What he did was so hidden, it takes extra work to find it? When you add that to another quote about scoring points, it starts to paint a picture. Especially when you know the Broncos had one of the lowest scoring offenses in its history.

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My Message to Young Players Aspiring to be in the NFL

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

Social media gives us a glimpse into the human condition and the heartbeat of morality. This can be both a useful tool and a frightening one when used to further an agenda.

As America is bombarded with a message of tolerance, social media gives us the reverse. We see how perceptions of people can be shaped through a few sentences. Their character and lives summed up and judged. A life story in 140.

Look at the cases of Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Jameis Winston and Joe Mixon.

Each of these men were seen one way until social media stepped in and turned it. Manning was Mr. All-American, squeaky clean and everyone’s favorite player. An incident from another century and a gross invasion of his privacy became front page news.

Depending on your world view, he’s either a saint or a sinner with little in between. The media often omitted many details to his story to further their agenda. Facts ignored. History ignored. Laws and privacy be damned.

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If John Elway signs Tony Romo, he should trade Paxton Lynch

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

Yes, you read that right. Why? Because by bringing Tony Romo in, it says John Elway, and his new coaches, without witnessing a single live snap, have shown they don’t trust Paxton Lynch…or, for that matter, Trevor Siemian. Why have quarterbacks hanging around, that you don’t have faith in?

Twist it any way you want, but that’s the bottom line. The last franchise rookie who was drafted by his team and sat, was Aaron Rodgers. However, unlike Denver Broncos, Rodgers was drafted to replace Brett Favre. Favre wasn’t brought in after Rodgers was drafted. Big difference. Rodgers was meant to take over from a Hall of Fame quarterback. The point is, NFL quarterbacks don’t sit the bench for two years anymore.

Not if they’re the, meant to be, team starter. Brock Osweiler was drafted after we signed Peyton Manning. Siemian, too.

I am over quarterback drama. Oooo ver. Lets just be the franchise with rental QBs and focus on the rest of the team. Defenses win Championships, right? Build up a stout defense, get a rock star running back and be done with it.

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Combine Day 2,345 (Day 5) – Denver Broncos

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By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

Another long day for teams. We saw linebackers, defensive ends, edge rushers, and defensive linemen.

Denver Broncos only met with one player, a safety from Colorado. I may have missed that yesterday. Denver met with LB Keith Kelsey, Louisiana Tech and DL Jaleel Johnson, Iowa. Hopefully this changes since John Elway said he wanted to keep the defense a focus. That means pumping in new blood.

Once again, I’ve included charts from Chase Kuntzsch, whom I owe big time. If you look, you’ll see more and more players not running or lifting or other events. The reasons vary from a player being sick or recovering from an injury, to wanting their Pro Day to be all scouts see.

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Day 4 Recap – Denver Broncos

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

After three days, my brain is now starting to blend everyone together. It doesn’t help that the media all focus in on the same top five players of every group and talk about them non-stop. After a while, it’s tough to remember the other guys. It’s a disservice to the players with poor agents, like QB Brad Kaaya.

Kaaya played for our enemies, Miami Hurricanes, so I’ve seen this kid play often and if he had a better agent, he’d be in the often talked about and regurgitated media reports.

Why do I bring this up? Because he’s not alone. There are tons of guys there who aren’t getting the same exposure because their representatives have failed. So, just because you only see five guys on TV, don’t assume those five are the only players worth watching.

Moving on. Today was wide receiver 40 and drills, plus quarterbacks and tight ends. In case you’ve been cut off from all media, John Ross set a combine record of 4.22.

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