The challenge of pass interference

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The discussion behind pass interference and the “The Call That Wasn’t” this offseason was pretty intense. It didn’t take much time after the end of the season for the subject of making pass interference a challengable call was brought up. The NFL Competition Committee added a few caveats to the new rule, taking the challenge out of the coaches hands.

They’ve added some stipulations to the challenge after the 2-minute warning of each half. Challenges can only be initiated by Replay Official, and only “under stricter guidelines”. They are hoping this will lower the number of challenges in that time frame, and in turn not have too much added time to a game.

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Fathers and Sons: an NFL legacy

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

 

This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day, so I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite NFL players who followed in their father’s footsteps.

Frankly, I was surprised that – at least according to Wikipedia – there are only 53 father-son combos that have played in the League. I was also surprised to find three families whose NFL legacy has entered a third generation.

It doesn’t seem like the NFL has been around long enough to support three generatons, but here you go: Clay Matthews Sr., Clay Matthews Jr. and Clay Matthews III are my first set and the ones with whom we are most familiar. Then we have the Chickillo’s: Nick, Tony and Anthony, and the Pyne’s: George II, George III and Jim.  Amazing, but true!

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The conversation between the NFL and NFLPA begins

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It’s something that almost every football fan I’ve talked to agreed on. There was a very good chance that there wouldn’t be football played in 2021. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire at the end of the 2020 season, and it looked like the two sides were gearing up for a long fight. However, signs this week are positive, with both sides playing nice.

The NFL and NFLPA started talking this week, and according to NFL.com reporter, Ian Rapoport, the negotiations started out quite well. He reported that things were “amicable and cordial”, but it’s still early.

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NFL and NFLPA adding health resources for players

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Injuries have been a huge part of life for NFL players. Whether they occur as a result of on- or off-the-field activites, they impact the sport we all love.

In recent years, we’ve seen how these injuries not only impact current seasons, but how these players face life-long issues or disabilities as a result of they playing days.

On Monday, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced two joint agreements that will support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.

The first agreement on focuses on prescription medication and pain management. It addresses the challenges of pain management for current players and works to advance and understand the science in this area to improve potential treatments.

The second agreement builds on the ever increasing reports of player behavioral and mental health issues by providing care resources with additional programs directed toward education, prevention, and overall behavioral health throughout the league.

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No Football-No Problem

Lisa Johnson, Senior NFL Reporter; Media Director

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

For the next 3 months, we’ll all be watching reruns of NFL games on NFL Network.   We’ll all be scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook looking for any NFL news or any NFL related stories of any kind.

 

Everyone waiting for football…… 

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But don’t worry, I have us all covered, thanks to CBS sports writer John Breech.    Below is a list of all teams activities, that will surely keep some kind of football news and reports in your life.

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Big changes coming for NFL Network

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

As you know, the NFL Network is owned by the NFL.

Apparently, part of their yearly production budget is being used for the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season.

This has resulted in five shows being cut from the fall lineup. While there are concerns amongst the on-air talent regarding contract talks and possible salary reductions, at least one newly hired personality will be incredibly popular in the Cleveland market.

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The impact of a “possible” 2021 lockout on today’s contracts

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It was announced that the NFLPA and the league were going to start talks about the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yes, there are two years left on the current CBA. The fact they are starting now should give you an idea of how complicated this is going to be.

Let’s be real. I put the word possible in quotes because the probability of there being a full NFL season in 2021 is slim to none. The players are feeling their power, as they should, and many are already talking about the upcoming CBA negotiation. Owners, at the same time, are trying to hold on to their power, yet please the players. We know that probably won’t happen quickly. Therefore, we need to prepare ourselves for a lockout.

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The underlying truth behind the fall of the AAF

Wanda Wiedman,
OTFB Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Eight weeks ago, the first game of the Alliance of American Football took the stage. Led by some of the most respected football minds in the history of the NFL, the AAF would be fueled by hungry athletes eager to display their talents in hopes of playing in the NFL once again

The first team to launch was the Orlando Apollos led by Steve Spurrier, and boy did he make it fun to watch! He did not skip a beat in his play calling and building a team on both sides of the ball. By June of 2018, the league had put together eight teams, signing 100 players.

They even went as far as having their own Scouting Combine, allowing players that were cut from the NFL an opportunity to fine tune their skills with a possible return to the big league. Each player signed a three-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $250,000, with performance-based incentives to earn more.

After the NFL Super Bowl ended, the desire to watch football was still in the hearts of fans who just didn’t want the game of football to end. Having a spring league fed that thirst and allowed states with no professional football teams an opportunity to experience a team they could call their own.

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Hate to see you go: 2019 NFL retirements

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The NFL offseason often brings a lot of changes and excitement to teams and their fans. Additions to teams, beloved players or coaches leaving, hold outs, the draft, drama is always present in the offseason. However, when a player retires, the drama seems to subside, and nostalgia takes over.

We all know its coming. No one can play football forever. But when a player has made an impact on the league, it’s hard to imagine them not being on the field anymore. It feels like a loss for fans, but a loss that they understand and respect.

The start of the 2019 NFL year has had a number of notable retirements, and its only March. Here are a handful of newly retired players that will be missed by fans.

Julius Peppers. Defensive God. His name alone put fear in the hearts of offensive coordinators around the league. In his amazing 17 year career which included time playing for the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears, Peppers was a 6 time All Pro, with 9 Pro Bowl nods. It’s straight to Canton for Julius.

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NFL Suspensions: Are Owners Exempt?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became the talk of the football world last Friday. No, not for winning yet another Super Bowl. It was because his name came up as part of an investigation in Jupiter, Florida, that was targeting a human trafficking ring.

According to 15th Circuit State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Kraft was issued a summons yesterday, formally charging him with two counts of soliciting prostitution in a Florida spa.

While we wait to see what, if any, action the NFL will take against Mr. Kraft, I thought I would take a look at how the NFL hands out punishments to players, referees, team personnel and owners. And what I found has left me kind of disturbed.

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