he grew a beard
I see that Fox Sports 1 is running an interview of Tom Brady with Michael Strahan today at 2:30. I'll be interested to see What Fox's analysis of college football looks like. I think much of the country is tired of the ESPN cheerleading for the SEC, and any counter balance to that will be welcome.
You can figure out what channel it's broadcast on in your area here:
The story in and of itself is (hopefully) nothing. But the fact that this happened on Tim Tebow's birthday is convenient for, well, no one but Tebow. Fingers crossed this doesn't end up ruining people's fantasy teams. And way to treat yourself Tim!
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.
As two major individual NFL records were pursued late this season, one broken and the other almost so, lost in the shuffle yesterday was New England shattering the record for first downs in a season at 444. [ESPN]
Yes, a lesser-known record (previously held by the 2011 Saints at 416, before that it was the 2004 Chiefs at 398), but one of the more meaningful statistics on offense, to my mind.
Deep in the history of college football: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-12-20/college-footb....
Got to love the sweater.
#83- LaMarr Woodley, LB Pittsburgh Steelers
#77- Charles Woodson, CB Green Bay Packers
#41- Jake Long, OT Miami Dolphins
#1- Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots
#30- Matthew Stafford, QB
#24- Ndamukong Suh, DT
#9- Calvin Johnson, WR
Not sure of Schrager's credibility, but it's nice to have the number one spot locked down by a Wolverine.