Mike Lantry, 1972
The Frontline documentary aired last night. Nothing new here but a compelling portrayal of the NFL. The preview was vetted on the board by wisecrakker over a month ago - but I would like to hear reaction from any of you who saw it. The lawsuit settled by the NFL is probably the best course for them. Some of the language of the settlement though now seems unpalatable given the picture drawn and story laid out by Frontline. This is from the settlement proposal...
“This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. Commissioner Goodell and every owner gave the legal team the same direction: do the right thing for the game and for the men who played it,” said NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash.
That is anathama to the facts as laid out by Frontline last night. The subset of players who are or who have played since Mike Webster's disability claim was settled -where the league admitted football caused his injury - might have a larger stake than this settlement lays out.
Michigan is doing some concussion work this year. I'm not familiar with the extent of it but I remember it being mentioned in some of the many CTE threads. Hoke is forthright about letting the trainers do their job. The 2010 ND game with Dayne Crist's concussion still strikes a chord in my on going respect against ND. Regardless of the connections ... this is probably the story of our lives with regard to football and how it is played on every level. This documentary is another step. OT'd but it seems germane to any football blog.
Don't know how this was missed! But on Saturday, Kovacs was moved from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for last Sunday's game.
He is only playing special teams at the moment, but I hope someday this season he can actually see time as a Safety.
According to Maize N Brew's Ex-Wolverines in the NFL, Kovacs recorded his first career NFL tackle on kickoff coverage.
Article from Dolphins SB Nation site:
Article from Maize N Brew:
[EDIT]: Guess it was mentioned on Sunday. Credit goes to MGoUser sas5128.:
8:30 Tonight, NBC is the kickoff of the new NFL season. Heavyweight matchup as the defending SB champ Ravens visit Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Along with general FOOTBAWness, the game should be a good one.
Meeting Roy Roundtree in the NFL
I am not a huge fan of the NFL. There is nothing really wrong with it, but my hometown teams growing up were the Lions and the Bengals. Not much to root for. In order to enjoy professional football, I switched from cheering for teams to rooting for former Michigan players on those teams. I want the Patriots to win because of Tom Brady. I want the Steelers defense to do well because of Woodley, and so on.
We live about forty-five minutes north of Cincinnati, so my brother and I piled our kids into my van and drove to watch the Bengals practice. More specifically, we went to see Leon Hall and Roy Roundtree. With the understanding that my most of my knowledge of football comes from watching games, this blog, and EA sports, I had a few observations. Roundtree ran crisp routs, and caught the ball well away from his body. While I do not have the roster memorized, he seemed to do was well as the starters in this regard. I did not see him drop a pass.
After some special team drills which neither seems to be a part of, they moved on to seven on seven. All of the players rotated every few snaps and they went out with different players each time. There did not appear to be a first team and second team. What surprised me during these drills was how much communication there was between defenders before the snap. I know Hoke has talked in the past about defenders talking to each other, and I now understand what he means. Hall and others were discussing who was taking the man in motion, and changing duties or coverage before anyone moved. None of the players Hall was guarding was open enough to be thrown to.
One of the things I noticed about Roundtree during this was his struggle with getting pushed around. While I think this occurred beyond the allowable distance, it did cause disruptions with this route running. This may be a skill he will be working on in the pros and he continues to add strength. When he was able to release he was able to create separation. My favorite was when starter Andy Dalton threw what appeared to be an out and up. Dalton focused on Roundtree the whole way and lofted the ball. The defender broke up the pass, but like the Northwestern game, Roundtree caught it off the deflection and took it in for the score. He got some dap from his teammates after returning to the group waiting for their turn again, and I shouted my kudos. The HBO Hard Knocks crew seemed impressed.
The best part of the day occurred after practice. Some of the players were out signing footballs, posters, signs, and t-shirts. Unfortunately, many of the players took their jerseys off and I did not recognize them. We walked past the players and my kids marveled that people could be that big. A couple of 6’ 6” or 6’ 7’’ guys well over three hundred pounds is an impressive site when you see them up close. Just as we were about to exit I look up, and there is #86 walking away after taking some extra passes. Not sure if we should say anything, I look at my brother for confirmation, or at least encouragement. I decided to yell anyway. “ROY,” I shout. He turns and looks to see who called his name. He sees my Michigan hat and my brother’s Michigan shirt and smiles, then comes trotting over. I get him to sign my hat, and he posses for a picture each for my brother and myself holding our kids. He is polite and engaging, just as I imagined a Michigan man to be.
As we leave I am probably a little giddier than a grown man should be. That is when I notice he signed my hat with his name and #21, Go Blue. I know I just talked to him for a few minutes, but I liked him, and I wish him success in the NFL.
This morning in the Personal Finance section of the Wall Street Journal there was an article on the NFL view of Oregon's (and now Philidelphia's) offense.
I know the WSJ requires one to pay for access so here are some bits for anyone without a subscription.
As Kelly mans his first full week of NFL training camp, installing a high-revving Ferrari engine into the Eagles' offense, league insiders say there are exactly zero indications NFL referees will be willing participants in the Kelly era. The NFL, they say, has a long-standing pace at which they do things between plays and the referees "aren't going to change just to accommodate someone's offense," said Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now an analyst for Fox Sports.
"We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo, our officials do," said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino. "We're going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren't going to rush [unless] it's in the two minute drill."
Blandino said he has talked to every NFL team coaching staff during the off-season to emphasize that there's no forcing the issue—the offense will not be able to snap the ball until the referees signals they're ready.
They further explored how Kelly was able to get PAC 12 officials to go faster so that his offense could go faster. The Ducks were actually 32% faster than the college average according to the WSJ. That is not going to happen in the NFL because the NFL has specific rules for changing out the ball after incomplete passes or out of bounds plays as well as the fact that the officials must be set before play can begin.
This will be big news down this way because the argument about HUNH (hurry up no huddle) and traditional game play is causing lots fun in the SEC.
Bret Bielema and Nick Saban says it is a safety concern if players and officials are not given an opportunity to get set. Gus Malzan obviously disagrees.
EDIT: Clarified HUNH. It may just be a local term down south.
In some horrible news Jonas Mouton has suffered a torn ACL and will likely miss the entire 2013 NFL season. Mouton also missed the entire 2011 season after a shoulder injury.
Hope him all the best in his recovery, and he can get back to contributing to the Chargers.