– John Clayton of ESPN and Mike Florio both raise a concern for the not-yet extended contracts of Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Clayton argues specifically that if the Seahawks aren’t able to extend the contracts of their HC and GM, they both are looking to move to LA. Brock Huard also notes that Schneider and Carroll have the leverage in this negotiation.
– Former coach Marion Campbell passed away at the age of 87. RIP.
– The NFL is exploring whether they should narrow the goal posts to make it harder for today’s laser-accurate kickers. They will put computer chips in footballs to see whether they want to take action.
– RB Arian Foster will work out for the Dolphins and the Lions this week.
– Roger Goodell apparently wanted to scrap the Showtime series, Ballers, and made a call to Mark Wahlberg to see if they could get the show pulled. Natalie Ravots, Senior VP of Communications for the NFL, tweeted that the call never happened.
– Unlike Jarryd Hayne, Patriots S Nate Ebner was able to make it on to the US Olympic rugby team.
– Former WR Stedman Bailey is starting from the top and now we here (bottom) and is becoming a student assistant for his alma mater, West Virginia. We’ll see if he can can continue his career by doing data entry and reports until into the wee hours of the night. And no, he can’t coach because it’s against NCAA rules. But, on another note, he is finishing his degree in the process so good on him.
– Jamison Hensley notes that the Ravens have spent a whopping $132.5 million in guaranteed money alone since their Super Bowl win (Damn you Rocky Mountain Rainbow).
– According to Kevin Seifert, the NFL trains their officials to null the catch incomplete if they have any doubt about whether the receiver caught it or not.
– Syeve Palazzolo breaks down the current New England Patriots and predicts a very good future for the villains of the NFL.
– Ben Stockwell, on the other hand, previews the New York Jets and what some of their issues they have to fix.
– William Moy previews the Buffalo Bills’ season.
– John Costco, who apparently wants to be called by his tweet name “Kosko20”, analyzes how Von Miller’s deal will affect the deal for DT Aaron Donald.
– The Broncos, unsurprisingly, had the best pass rush last year sacking QBs on 8.1% of their dropbacks.
– Ian O’Connor vehemently argues the Deflategate scandal will not tarnish the great Tom Brady and he will end up as the greatest QB of all time despite what the haters say.
– Cian Fahey breaks down Kirk Cousins in the film room and concludes that Kirk Cousins throws too many bad passes.
– Chase Stuart analyzes the NFL teams’ average value retention rates for the years of 2014-2015.
– Mark Kiszla argues that if Von Miller is getting paid $114.5 million over six years, he should be getting touches instead of trying to sack the QB.
– Mark Kiszla and Cameron Wolfe debate on how to spend Von Miller’s $23 million signing bonus.
– Troy Renck says the Broncos may have signed Von Miller but, it wasn’t an easy thing to get done.
– Johnny Manziel has apparently made good on his vow to quit drinking since July 1st and is recovering nicely. Kent Baab wrote a very nice article on the past, present, and future of the oft-troubled QB.
“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”