Create a central NFL Twitter account (call it @NFLSources or something similar), work with Twitter to get it verified, and whenever anonymous sources want to deliver news, they can log in to the account and tweet it out in one place.* That way, we can avoid the absurdity of multiple insiders all tweeting the same thing within minutes to seconds of each other. It’s especially absurd when it regards a career third string quarterback, as the example below the fold demonstrates:
Source: #49ers QB Thad Lewis suffered a torn ACL. Out for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2016
Per source 49ers QB Thad Lewis suffered a torn ACL on Sunday.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 15, 2016
49ers QB Thad Lewis tore his ACL, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2016
49ers back-up QB Thad Lewis suffered a torn ACL.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 15, 2016
*Yes, there are numerous reasons why this idea wouldn’t work. It just always cracks me up every time I see this happen on my Twitter feed.