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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 17, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL’s Fall Meeting does not have as much angst as last year according to Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com:   At this time last year, the NFL’s fall league meetings were chaotic and controversial. When owners and club representatives gathered in lower Manhattan in October 2017, just a few weeks after the President of the United States chided players who demonstrated during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, the hotel was swarmed with protesters and media. Team owners and league executives were fractured, as the debate over…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 16, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If The Season Ended Today – in the NFC, the Rams and Saints have drawn ahead in the conference standings with the NFC North and NFC East both up for grabs unless you are the Giants.   NFC                                                          Div             Conf Los Angeles Rams      West      6-0          2-0              3-0                                                    New Orleans               South     4-1           1-1            3-1                                                     Washington                 East      3-2           0-0             3-1      Chicago                       North     3-2           0-1             3-1        Carolina                       WC       3-2           0-1             2-2                                                    Green Bay                    WC      3-2-1       1-1-1          2-2-1   Minnesota                                3-2-1        0-0-1         3-1-1         Seattle                                     3-3            1-1            2-2                                                      Dallas                                      3-3           1-0             2-2  Philadelphia                             3-3            1-0            2-2                                                      NFC NORTH  …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 15, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 15, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                                 Div            Conf Kansas City                 West    5-1           2-0             4-1 New England               East    4-2            1-0             4-1  Cincinnati                    North   4-2            1-1             3-1 Tennessee                  South   3-3           2-0             2-3  LA Chargers                WC      4-2            1-1             3-1 Baltimore                     WC      4-2            1-2             4-2 Miami                                       4-2            1-1             3-2 Pittsburgh                                3-2-1         1-1-1          1-2-1 Houston                                   3-3            1-1             2-2 Jacksonville                             3-3            0-1             2-2 NY Jets                                    3-3           0-1              2-3   Peter King of NBCSports.com expresses the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 11, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Could the Giants, who picked 2nd last year, get the 1st overall pick in 2019?  Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com has a projection that says yep:   Pick 1            New York Giants (1-4) 2            Indianapolis (1-4) 3            Oakland (1-4) 4            San Francisco (1-4) 5            Arizona (1-4) 6            Atlanta (1-4) 7            Houston (2-3) 8            New York Jets (2-3) 9            Denver (2-3) 10          Detroit (2-3) 11          Buffalo (2-3) 12          Seattle (2-3) 13          Dallas (2-3) 14          Philadelphia (2-3) 15          Cleveland (2-2-1) 16          Tampa Bay (2-2) 17          Green Bay (2-2-1) 18          Washington (2-2) 19          Pittsburgh (2-2-1)…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com on the NFL’s passing explosion:   At one point in the life cycle of this media outlet, we’d periodically keep track of which quarterbacks were on the wrong side of the Kordoza Line — the career 70.7 passer rating of mostly-mediocre-with-flashes-of-really-good quarterback Kordell Stewart. Times have definitely changed.   This year, only one full-time starter is on the wrong side of the Kordoza Line: Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who has a passer rating of 60.4. That’s because plenty of quarterbacks are throwing the ball better than…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 9, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If The Season Ended Today – in the NFC, the Buccaneers slipped back into the playoffs while sitting around on the bye week.  Also on bye, the Bears fell behind New Orleans.   The NFC East is kind of a mess with no team over .500.    The Rams already have a 3-game lead in the NFC West.     NFC                                                          Div             Conf Los Angeles Rams      West      5-0          2-0              3-0                                                       New Orleans               South     4-1           1-1             3-1                                                      Chicago                       North     3-1           0-1             3-1                                                       Washington                 East       2-2           0-0             2-1      Carolina                       WC       3-2          …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 8, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 8, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If The Season Ended Today – in the AFC   It was a big week for the Patriots and Chargers as they won and Tennessee, Baltimore, Miami, Jacksonville and Denver all lost:                                                                   Div            Conf Kansas City                 West    5-0           2-0             4-0 Cincinnati                    North   4-1            1-0             3-0 New England               East    3-2            1-0             3-1  Tennessee                  South   3-2            2-0             2-2  LA Chargers                WC      3-2            1-1             2-1 Baltimore                     WC      3-2            1-2             3-2 Miami                                       3-2            1-1             3-2 Jacksonville                             3-2           …
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The Daily Briefing Friday, October 5, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, October 5, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Not everyone will keep up the pace or even play all 16 games, but 10 franchise season passing records are in danger of falling.  This ESPN graphic:   Ten quarterbacks are on pace to break their franchise single-season passing yards record. Four are on pace to break Peyton Manning's single-season passing yards record (5,477 in 2013).                                       PACE      TEAM Ben Roethlisberger         5,656    Steelers Jared Goff                     5,624     Rams Kirk Cousins                  5,548     Vikings Derek Carr                    5,492     Raiders Ryan Fitzpatrick*           5,424     Buccaneers Matt Ryan                     5,264     Falcons Joe Flacco                   …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 4, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com breaks down six reasons the NFL is an Offensive Fiesta in 2018:   When Jared Goff’s plant foot hit grass at the bottom of his drop with 1:30 left in the first half last Thursday, there were eight Viking defenders within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. When he let the ball go, there was only one within 20 yards of new Ram Brandin Cooks, sprinting to the post. And the rest, really, was academic.   We’ve seen this scene unfold everywhere in the NFL this…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 3, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA NFL Justice has fined a pair of Vikings for plays in the big loss to the Bills.  Chris Thomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press:   Vikings defensive stalwarts Anthony Barr and Linval Joseph both have been fined by the NFL.   Barr, a linebacker, was fined $20,054 for a horse collar tackle and $10,026 for a facemask penalty in a 27-6 loss to Buffalo on Sept. 23. Joseph, a nose tackle, was fined $20,054 for in the same game getting a personal foul for lowering his helmet.…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If The Season Ended Today, Kansas City sits atop the AFC with Cincinnati, yes Cincinnati, getting the other bye.                                                                   Div            Conf Kansas City                 West    4-0            2-0             3-0 Cincinnati                    North   3-1            1-0             2-0 Miami                          East     3-1            1-1             3-1 Tennessee                  South   3-1            2-0             2-1  Baltimore                     WC      3-1            1-1             3-1 Jacksonville                WC      3-1            0-1             2-1 New England                          2-2            1-0             2-1 Denver                                                2-2            1-1             1-2 LA Chargers                            2-2            0-1             1-1 Cleveland                                1-2-1        …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 1, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 1, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Is four weeks too early to start, If The Season Ended Today?  Maybe…   NFC                                                                                                                                                                                                        Div             Conf Los Angeles Rams      West      4-0          1-0              2-0                                                       Chicago                       North     3-1           0-1             3-1                                                       New Orleans               South     3-1           1-1             2-1                                                       Washington                 East       2-1           0-0             2-0       Carolina                       WC       2-1           0-1             1-1                                                       Green Bay                  WC      2-1-1         1-0-1          1-1-1    Tampa Bay                              2-2            1-0             2-1                                                       Seattle                                      2-2            1-0             2-1                                                       Dallas                                       2-2           1-0              2-2                                                       Philadelphia                              2-2     …
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 28, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 28, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The former Governor’s Cup match-up won’t be played in Missouri this year.  Or in California.  Or in the U S of A.  No, Mike Florio is looking ahead to a scoreboard-busting match-up in Mexico.   The Governor’s Cup used to ride on the outcome of games between the Kansas City Chiefs and the then-St. Louis Rams. A lot more could be riding on it the next time these franchises get together.   The Rams have moved, as has the site of the game. Once in Missouri and this time in Mexico,…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 27, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The Competition Committee “clarifies” the new roughing the passer rule.  Herbie Teope of NFL.com:   Recent controversy over the NFL's point of emphasis on a defender avoiding the placement of body weight on a quarterback prompted the NFL competition committee to meet Wednesday night via teleconference.   The committee determined that no changes would be made to the point of emphasis, which was approved during the league's annual meeting in the spring, or the roughing the passer rule, which has included the body weight provision since 1995, NFL executive vice president…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Competition committee member Sean Payton says someone up the NFL chain of command seems to have deleted the words “intentionally” from their instructions about body weight on the quarterback sowing confusion among the rank and file officials.  Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com:   The NFL’s Competition Committee is set to have a conference call next week to discuss, among other topics, the spike in roughing the passer calls over the opening weeks of the regular season and one member of the committee shared his view on where things have gone wrong on…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 25, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The helmet rule was supposed to change/ruin the game, but it has been relatively benign through the first three weeks. But the addenda to roughing the passer that seems to defy the laws of physics is confounding everyone. Jerry Jones is part of the pushback against the unusual calls being done in the name of player safety. Todd Archer of ESPN.com: - Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the new emphasis on roughing the passer that bars a defender from landing with his full body weight on the…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 24, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 24, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  It seems like a simple task, pick the winner, straight up of one measly NFL game each week.  But three weeks in, your typical survivor pool is a massacre.   The DB has a familiarity with one that started the year with 340 entrants.  In Week 1, the Saints homefield loss to Tampa Bay (plus a few other assorted misfires) took out 151.  In Week 2, 189 entrants were whittled to 165, normal attrition.  Then the Buffalo win in Minnesota (plus JAX going down at home) took it to 35.  So…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 21, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 21, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  An edited look at Bill Barnwell’s look at the chances of the 0-2 team to be relevant in 2018.  If you want to muddle through the whole thing, it is here:   The NFL season is two weeks old, and a minimum of six organizations are already essentially eliminated from postseason contention. It seems crazy to think that a team could go from dreaming about a deep playoff run to thinking about the 2019 offseason in a matter of 14 days, but history tells us that a team can ruin its…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 20, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  An overview of the NFL so far from Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com:   The first two Sundays of the NFL season have been wildly entertaining. After an oft-frustrating 2017 season saw breakout stars Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz suffer torn ACLs and future Hall of Famers Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt miss most of the campaign with injuries of their own, 2018 has delivered all kinds of drama through two weeks.   The numbers also reflect an entertaining product. In 2017, the league was criticized for a decline in scoring, supposedly…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 19, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Former NFL OT Joe Thomas, genetically engineered to want to see QBs safe and healthy, is still aghast at the NFL’s incredible contention, as voiced by Al Riveron, that Packers LB CLAY MATTHEWS committed an obvious crime with his textbook and timely post-pass takedown of KIRK COUSINS.  Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com:   The NFL has vigorously defended the roughing the passer call against Clay Matthews for a hit on Kirk Cousins in Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.   Just about everyone not in the NFL league…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 17, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 17, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Peter King points out:   • Florida is 6-0. New York/New Jersey is 1-5.   King also spots this passage in “Big Game”, the new book by political insider Mark Leibovich:   “Goodell is clearly gifted at working the members. He makes them feel important and heard. And he is especially good at gratifying the older members, whom he cultivates as mentors, even quasi-father figures … When you hear Goodell speak around his owner-bosses, he can evince a similar tone of an approval-seeking son.” This is as spot-on as anything he…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 14, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 14, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY RealClearLife.com with some thoughts on gambling and the health of QB AARON RODGERS:   If you want to know what’s going on in NFL, follow the money … line.   As of Friday morning, BetDSI has Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers installed at -350 to miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.   That means the site has the odds set at 3.5:1 that the All-Pro QB will not be suiting up because of the leg that bothered him during Sunday night’s win over the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 13, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   DETROIT Could Matt Patricia already be on the hot seat in Detroit?  It seems inconceivable, but so too does taking a backwards lurch from a Jim Caldwell coached team.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   Patricia was hired to replace Jim Caldwell, the former Lions head coach who was fired after back-to-back 9-7 seasons. When you fire a head coach after back-to-back 9-7 seasons, you’re saying that 9-7 isn’t good enough. Which means you expect your new coach to get double-digit wins. And the Lions looked far from…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 12, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mark Maske of the Washington Post on the lack of hoopla over the new helmet rule in Week 1:   In truth, those who designed the rule never had intended for incidental contact to result in a penalty. The sport’s rulemakers all along had envisioned a transition period for players, coaches and fans to adjust to the new rule. They compared it to the adjustment period required when the sport’s rules prohibiting hits to the head of a defenseless player first were implemented in the 1990s.   That’s why the pattern…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 11, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The new head coaches went 0-7 in Week 1.  Five lost at home.   Particularly galling had to be the losses of Matt Patricia of the Lions, Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Frank Reich of the Colts.  Close games at the half turned when they were collectively outscored 14-78 in the 2nd half.  Matt Nagy of the Bears was outscored 6-24 in the second half of his crushing road loss. - - - One offs or signs of a trend?   The three highest scoring teams of Week 1 were…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The thought in the DB’s circle of acquaintances has been that NFL Sunday ratings will be okay, but the primetime packages might suffer.  So far, spot on per Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   The NFL’s closely watched television ratings were a mixed bag on the first Sunday of the season.   On Sunday afternoon, ratings were up from Week One last year: The late afternoon window on FOX (mostly Cowboys-Panthers) drew a 15.7 overnight rating, an improvement over last year’s 15.6 in the same window last year, which was mostly…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 7, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 7, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The start was delayed, the first half was choppy and touchdown free and it was a B level team hosting a squad that can’t do better than a C not matter how they try.  The DB went to sleep at halftime and a substantial part of the nation took the same course.   Deadline.com:   The final numbers of the first official game of the NFL’s new season are in and the league and NBC looked to have been drenched by more than the rain that delayed the Eagles and Atlanta…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 6, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  As the NFL season opens tonight, the New York Times has an unsigned article about helmet tackling:   Football season is starting on Thursday with a not-so-small problem. The players don’t know what to do with their helmets.   Alarmed by rising concussion rates and the lasting effects of repeated hits to the head, the N.F.L. adopted a new rule — 49 indistinct words — prohibiting any player from lowering his head to make contact with an opponent.   Put simply, it outlawed using the helmet as a weapon. And it…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 5, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   DALLAS The Seahawks and Cowboys are in a staredown over compensation for S EARL THOMAS according to Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News:   The Seattle Seahawks may open the 2018 NFL season against the Denver Broncos this weekend without star safety Earl Thomas.   The six-time Pro Bowler who's made clear he wants to play for the Cowboys has held out through offseason activities and training camp while demanding a contract extension from Seattle.   NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Tuesday night the holdout isn't expected…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 4, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  52 weeks ago, few were picking the Saints, Vikings, Rams and especially the Eagles to dominate the 2017 NFC.  Try to find the predictor that chose the Jaguars to go to the AFC Championship Game.    But now, Peter King is picking all four of the above to repeat as division champions.  The consensus is 2017 status quo, but we know something unexpected will happen, perhaps even the fall of the Patriots.  But what?  Danny Kelly of The Ringer goes out on some limbs in search of prediction gold:   Place…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 3, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The DB’s first thought is that the KHALIL MACK trade won’t make either team happy in the end, but we’ll see.   Peter King of NBCSports.com in his Football Morning in America column comes down as bad for Oakland, okay for Chicago:   I was talking to Saints coach Sean Payton over the weekend, and the Khalil Mack trade to Chicago came up. “The last time we played Oakland [Week 1 2016], we put in a special protection for him,” Payton said. If Mack lined up outside the right tackle to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 31, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 31, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com is quick to process the full preseason data on the new helmet rule and it seems manageable at this point.   Penalties for the NFL's new helmet rule remained at a lower level in Week 4 of the preseason, signifying that a midsummer slowdown will hold as the league moves into the regular season.   Officials threw 11 flags for players illegally lowering their helmets into opponents during Thursday night's preseason finales, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They threw nine in Week 3, meaning that the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 30, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Big day Wednesday for the quarterback position in GREEN BAY and NEW ORLEANS as AARON RODGERS becomes the highest paid player in NFL history and the Saints send out a signal for the future by trading for TEDDY BRIDGEWATER. - - - An update on the helmet rule from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   The new rule against lowering the helmet is having less of an impact on the game, based on three weeks of preseason action.   According to the league office, the official number of fouls through three games…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 29, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez is not a fan of DeMaurice Smith, the lawyer who heads the NFLPA.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   Future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez does not believe today’s NFL players are getting good representation from their union.   Gonzalez said on FS1 that NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is not doing a good job of leading the union because he does not understand what NFL players really need.   “I do believe that the person in that position should be…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 28, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com notes that Jerry Jones has brought up the idea of an 18-game season once again:   Last year, the Commissioner suggested on at least three occasions that the preseason could be shortened. This year, he hasn’t mentioned it.   His in-house quasi-nemesis has.   Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has dusted off the argument for shifting the 16-and-four season structure to 18-and-two, with a preseason cut in half and the regular season expanded.   “I was a big advocate in the last negotiation,” Jones said after Sunday’s preseason…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 27, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Has the Bears offense reached a point where it doesn’t need game reps prior to the opener?  Dan Pompei does not think so:   @danpompei  Bears are not playing their starters.  I don't like it a bit. Football players need to PLAY FOOTBALL to get better at playing football.  You can be smart about trying to minimize injuries, but not scared.  It sends the wrong message to players, and to the fans who bought tickets. - - - WR KEVIN WHITE is healthy.  Kevin Patra of NFL.com:…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 24, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Two good choices by the Hall of Fame for induction in 2019.  Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:   Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Cowboys personnel maven Gil Brandt are one step closer to joining the NFL's ultimate pantheon.   The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Bowlen and Brandt have been nominated as contributor finalists for the Class of 2019. The contributor category recognizes "individuals who made outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching."   Recent inductees as contributors include longtime general manager Bobby…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL says it will stay the course with its controversial new helmet rule. But there is a slight change in tone that should make all the difference.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   According to a statement released by NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, the committee resolved "that there will be no changes to the rule as approved by clubs this spring, which includes no additional use of instant replay." But Vincent added, "The committee also determined that inadvertent or incidental contact with the helmet and/or face…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 22, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   CHICAGO LB ROQUAN SMITH, after a contentious holdout, now has a hamstring problem.  Rich Campbell in the Chicago Tribune:   Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith stopped practicing Tuesday because of tightness in his lower left hamstring, coach Matt Nagy said. The first-round draft choice was shut down as a precaution and might practice Wednesday, Nagy said.   At the very least, though, the muscle tightness does nothing to further Smith’s readiness for the season opener Sept. 9 against the Packers. In fact, before practice, Smith was asked about…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 21, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Pray for Richie Incognito, seriously.  Mike Florio:   Free-agent offensive lineman Richie Incognito has had a difficult and troubling few days, starting with the death of his father over the weekend.   The Scottsdale, Arizona police department has confirmed that Incognito was arrested Monday on counts of disorderly conduct and threats arising from an incident at Messingers Funeral Home in Scottsdale. As of this posting, Incognito remains in custody.   Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Incognito allegedly created a disturbance by “acting erratically and making the employees feel…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 20, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 20, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  In addition to the controversial/horrible helmet call, Peter King says another big change is that replay is going to be circumspect, not intrusive:   The new NFL rules analyst for NBC Sports, Terry McAulay, tells me he thinks there will be a major change in how replay is adjudicated this year, and it’s the one element of 2018 officiating that has gotten “zero press.” McAulay said: “The league doesn’t want those technical reversals that we saw over and over last year. Replay is for clear and obvious errors, and that was…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 17, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 17, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   DETROIT Kelly Stafford took note of CB JALEN RAMSEY’s comments about her husband.  Rod Beard at the Detroit News:   Jalen Ramsey doesn’t often hold his tongue — and he wasn’t trying to make friends in his recent interview with GQ Magazine.   The outspoken Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback is known for his trash talk and he offered his opinions on several NFL players — including Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford — in a controversial story posted on GQ.com on Wednesday.   “I think he’s straight. I don’t think he…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 16, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   DALLAS Todd Archer of ESPN.com checks in with DE RANDY GREGORY, back after a year in the wilderness:   Randy Gregory admits there were times he thought he would never return to the NFL while he served a yearlong suspension for multiple violations of the substance abuse policy.   Through intense therapy that began last winter and continues now along with medication, Gregory said he is at a point to truly start a career with the Dallas Cowboys that had been held back by dependence and mental issues.…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 15, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY Will Raiders LB KHALIL MACK end up in Green Bay?  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   As Khalil Mack continues his lengthy holdout, there’s increasing talk that the Raiders could trade him. If they do, the Packers appear to be the leading candidates to acquire him.   The sports book Bovada is taking odds on which team Mack will play for after the October 30 trade deadline, and the Packers, at 11-4 odds, are the favorites. They’re followed by the Bills at 7-1, the Cowboys, Colts…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 14, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL’s Week 6 game between the Seahawks and Raiders won’t take place at Tottenham as scheduled.  The AP:   NFL games will be played at Wembley Stadium on three consecutive weekends for the first time because the new stadium being built for English Premier League club Tottenham won't be ready.   Tottenham said Monday that it would be unable to host the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders on Oct. 14 due to "issues with the critical safety systems'' at the 62,000-seat stadium in the final stages of construction.   "We…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 13, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monay, August 13, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  An interesting comparison from TE MARTELLUS BENNETT on the two greatest quarterbacks of the moment.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   Martellus Bennett, the tight end who retired from the NFL this year after playing for both the Patriots and the Packers last year, had an interesting comparison of the two teams quarterbacks.   Bennett told Doug Gotlieb that Rodgers throws the ball better than anyone, but Brady is the better quarterback.   “I think that no one has more arm talent than Aaron,” Bennett said. “Aaron can pretty much do…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  In the early going, the new helmet rule has not been pervasive.  Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com:   The topic took over the offseason, as players complained and coaches worried and officials panicked.   But after the first full night of preseason games, the NFL’s new lowering the helmet rule hasn’t been called as often as some feared.   According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, through the first 13 preseason games played so far, a total of 18 penalties have been called under the new rule.   That average of 1.38 calls…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 8, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA The case of G RICHIE INCOGNITO.  Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com:   If the Minnesota Vikings end up looking to the free-agent market for help with their injured offensive line, there's a good chance that Richie Incognito won't be getting a call.   On Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer denied Incognito's claim that Minnesota had reached out to the former Buffalo Bills guard this offseason in hopes of potentially signing him.   "No interest and totally false," Zimmer said. "Tweet that."   Incognito later issued a profanity-laced tweet…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 7, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS Amidst tales that the Giants won’t give WR ODELL BECKHAM, Jr. as much love as the Chiefs gave SAMMY WADKINS, OBJ’s agent leaves town.  Josina Anderson of ESPN.com:   New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s agent has left the New York area with no deal in place after face-to-face meetings with the team last week, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.   A team source told Anderson that agent Zeke Sandhu and the Giants worked diligently to consummate a deal but could not…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 6, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 6, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Peter King thinks about the helmet rule:   • The exact rule has been confused in the last few weeks—it’s not helmet-to-helmet, but rather helmet-to-anything. The NFL wording: “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area — lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body is also a foul.”   • The call of the play should change.“Unnecessary roughness”…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 3, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mark Maske of the Washington Post on how the NFL’s new helmet protocol showed up in Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game:   Ever since the NFL enacted its new helmet-hitting rule in March, players and other observers have wondered how the rule would be enforced by the on-field officials during games and how much effect it would have on how the sport is played.   The earliest of the early returns came Thursday night in Canton, Ohio, as the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears played the Hall of Fame Game to…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The DB wonders the following –   Who will win more games, the Cowboys or the Redskins?   Who will win more games, the Seahawks or the Cardinals?   Who will win more games, the Panthers or the Buccaneers?   Who will win more games, the Lions or the Bears?   We would say that in each case, the first team would be the expected response, but the second club might be the better under-the-radar choice. - - - The NFL offers a “fact sheet” on its new helmet rule that…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 1, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  More signs that players and officials are not coming to grip with the NFL’s new helmet rule.  49ers CB RICHARD SHERMAN minces no words in this report from Ryan Wilson CBSSports.com:   Eagles players meet with NFL refs, leave 'frustrated' over 'confusion' on new helmet rule 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was less diplomatic when asked about the rule that was instituted this offseason.   "It's ridiculous," Sherman told USAToday.com's Jarrett Bell. "They'll see how ridiculous it is, once they make the refs call it. It's going to be worse than holding, worse…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 30, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  This from Peter King: 1. I think I have yet to hear of a compromise over the anthem issue that might bridge the gap between players and owners. It’s still an issue that could divide the league worse than it did last fall. The DB thinks “some players and their union” instead of the generic “players.”  And, we suppose “some owners, the bulk of the fans and Donald Trump” would more accurately describe the pro-Anthem side. - - - The new helmet contact rule has potential for a lot of controversy…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY Uh oh.  QB AARON RODGERS indicates he thought he would/should have a big new contract by now.  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   When Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed his current contract in 2013, the new-money average of $22 million per year made him the highest paid player in football. Now, he’s sliding farther and farther down the list.   The bar has recently moved to $30 million per year, and the Packers have opened camp without Rodgers receiving an adjustment to a contract that has two…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com on the two unsigned rookies:   As training camps open, rookies across the league are getting their deals done — with only two exceptions.   Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft) and Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (the eighth overall pick) are the only remaining unsigned rookies.   For the Jets and Darnold, any delay in getting him to work could make a difference in how soon he’s ready to take over the starting job. Josh McCown is the starter…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 25, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   DALLAS DT DAVID IRVING has escaped the unholy trinity of NFL suspension offenses.  He already has PEDs and substance abuse on his rap sheet, but a domestic violence suspension is avoided. Todd Archer of ESPN.com:   Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving will not be at the opening of training camp, and it is not clear when he will show up.   According to multiple sources, Irving has been excused from the start of camp in order to deal with personal issues that played a part in him…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 24, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  A Peter King stat:   Check out the last 15 seasons in two NFL divisions. The NFC South defines parity in the last decade and a half; the AFC East laughs at it.     Observations:   Mathematically, one team in the next five years could catch the Patriots in the AFC East composite standings: the Jets. For the Jets to do that over the next five years, New York would have to go 80-0 and the New England 0-80.   Imagine, when the NFL was re-aligning its divisions from six…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If the Giants are any indication, players will be able to protest on the sideline without fear of having anything taken out of their paycheck, even if the NFL’s new rule sticks in its battle with the NFLPA.  Matt Lombardo of NJAdvanceMedia.com:   Giants co-owner Steve Tisch pushed back against President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the NFL and NFLPA's ongoing battle over whether to punish players for taking a knee or protesting for social justice reform during the national anthem prior to games.   "Hopefully he'll have much more…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 20, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 20, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFLPA seems to have realized that suing the NFL to allow their members to disrespect/protest during the Anthem might not be a great way to grow the game or enhance their members reputations with the bulk of NFL fans.  Austin Knoblach of NFL.com:   The NFL and NFL Players Association announced in a joint statement Thursday that league and team policies regarding conduct during the playing of the national anthem will not be issued or enforced for several weeks as part of a standstill agreement between the two sides.  …
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 13, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 13, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  At least as far as Twitter is concerned, Ray Lewis is a fraud.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   Hall of Fame linebacker turned television commentator Ray Lewis was one of the celebrities named in a New York Times exposé about buying Twitter followers, and now Lewis is seeing those questionable followers disappear.   Twitter has begun purging fake accounts, and Lewis’s follower count was particularly hard hit. Lewis quickly declined from 712,000 followers to 364,000 followers when Twitter began the process of cutting millions of accounts yesterday.   Why did…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 12, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Earlier this week, we had the list of five teams that Will Brinson of CBSSports.com thinks will fall out of the playoffs in 2018 after making it in ’17 (the Eagles were the most surprising, also Bills, Titans, Chiefs and Panthers).   Now he replaces them:   Every year the NFL is slammed full of parity -- a couple of surprising teams jump up and make the playoffs, while several teams we never thought in our wildest dreams could regress manage to fall back and miss the postseason.   Oddly enough,…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 11, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Can Matt Nagy do for the Bears offense what Sean McVay did for the Rams in 2017?  Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:   The only thing worse than being bad is being bad and boring. The John Fox Chicago Bears were bad and boring. Matt Nagy's Bears will not be boring.   For the first time since the dawn of the Jay Cutler Era, I can't wait to watch the Bears in September. The NFC North is in the mix as one of the league's most fascinating divisions.…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFLPA is going all-in to regain the right to have its members protest on the field during the National Anthem.  NFL Draft Scout:   The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on Tuesday against the league’s new national anthem policy.   NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May that the league would enact a national anthem policy for the 2018 season that requires players and league personnel to either stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room.   The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 9, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 9, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The RedZone.org points out that there are four unsigned franchise players with the deadline a week away:   The Cowboys, Lions, Rams and Steelers are apprroaching a deadline to sign their franchise tagged players to a long-term contract.   Those players are Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner and Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.   They have until Monday July 16th at 4 pm Eastern time to get deals done otherwise their franchise players will play under the one year tender.   Lawrence,…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 6, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 6, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  If the NFL’s new anthem policy, which stirred the ire of the social justice crowd of players and media, was designed to placate Donald Trump – it failed.  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   The President has continued to periodically slam the NFL over the anthem issue. During a Thursday rally in Montana, Trump repeatedly called the NFL policy “worse” than the one it replaced.   “Hey, how about the NFL?” he said, via John Marshall of TalkingPointsMemo.com. “Look, I don’t want to cause controversy. . . . But how about they…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 5, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mike Florio on how a four-game suspension can become a two-game suspension for PED usage:   While reviewing the PED policy earlier today in connection with the Julian Edelman suspension, I noticed a provision I’ve either never seen before or at some point knew about and forgot.   The PED policy rewards snitching.   “The NFL Management Council may, prior to the conclusion of a Player’s appeal, reduce the length of the suspension and corresponding bonus forfeiture by up to 50% when the Player has provided full and complete assistance (including…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 3, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL is tired of dancing to the tune of Colin Kaepernick and his lawyer.  Charles Robinson of YahooSports.com:   The NFL is attempting to force Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the league to a close, sources familiar with the proceedings have told Yahoo Sports.   Citing a subsection of Article 17 – the portion of the collective-bargaining agreement that deals with collusion cases – the NFL has requested that arbitrator Stephen Burbank provide a summary judgement in the case, sources said.   Here’s what arbitrator in Kaepernick case must decide…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 2, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Albert Breer says the NFL is going to allow alternate jerseys to be worn more often this year.   Want some uniform news? The NFL is relaxing its policy so that teams will now be able to wear their alternates/throwbacks or color rush jerseys on three occasions during the season. It used to be that teams could only wear the former twice, but this gives teams the option to wear them three times. The upshot? The Rams will probably wear the blue-and-yellow throwbacks three times, and should be able to avoid wearing…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 29, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 29, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Count Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report among those worried about the impact of the NFL’s new helmet rule:   It's the 2018 season, December in Carolina, and the Panthers are in the postseason hunt. They are playing the division-leading Saints, and quarterback Cam Newton is scrambling.   He rushes for 20 yards, and at the end of the play, he—as thousands of runners have done before him throughout the history of football—lowers his head to protect himself as one of the Saints defensive backs makes the tackle.   A flag is…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 28, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA A big money extension for Vikings DL DANIELLE HUNTER.  Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com:   Danielle Hunter‘s five-year extension will pay him $72 million, with $40 million in guarantees, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The defensive end gets a $15 million signing bonus.   “Danielle has done an outstanding job ever since we’ve drafted him,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said, via quotes distributed by the team. “A young, talented football player that works extremely hard, shows the passion for the game, comes to work every day…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 27, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Joe Lockhart’s reign as NFL Executive VP for Communications was somewhere between so-so and disastrous depending on who you talk to.  Those who saw shortcomings faulted a combative style honed by years of fights in the political world or a lack of understanding of the business of football, the makeup of the sports fans and/or the media who cover it.    Those criticisms do not seem to have taken hold among the decision makers at Park Avenue, for they have again turned to Washington for his successor.   This from PR…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL Network revealed its top 10 of its top 100 – and Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com says the guy at the top is no surprise:   The NFL Network built up the final 10 spots of its top 100 with a two-hour show that lacked any drama.   That’s because the top choice was predictable . . . and the same as last year.   Tom Brady, of course, repeated at No. 1 in the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2018 after winning another MVP award last season. He…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 25, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 25, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  JAMEIS When we left you, there were rumblings that Buccaneers QB JAMEIS WINSTON was going to get a hefty 2018 suspension from the NFL for an incident in a 2016 Arizona Uber ride that only surfaced in 2017.  An incident that did not result in any police activity and for which there was no video evidence.  It seemed hard to believe at the time, but while we were gone the NFL leaked that it was going to happen, in all likelihood for three games.   And as it has developed the…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 15, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 15, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mike Pereira on the future of the kickoff.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport.   That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired reduction in kickoffs, the NFL will just abolish the play entirely.   “If at the end of this year there are more concussions on kickoffs, forget it. It’s gone,” Pereira said…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 14, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA The World’s Oldest Cornerback may be moving to safety.  Herbie Teope of NFL.com:   Terence Newman has accomplished a lot in the defensive secondary during his career since entering the league out of Kansas State as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.   The Minnesota Vikings veteran cornerback now appears ready to absorb another responsibility, but this time on the back end of coverage.   Newman took repetitions at safety during the team's minicamp and his performance impressed defensive coordinator George Edwards.   "Terence…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 13, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   DALLAS Cowboys G ZACH MARTIN will soon be the highest paid guard in NFL history.  Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   Not only are the Cowboys on the verge of giving guard Zack Martin a contract, they’re going to give him a huge one.   According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the six-year extension will make Martin the highest-paid guard in the league.   That means he’s topping the five-year, $66.5 million deal Andrew Norwell signed with the Jaguars this offseason. That deal had $30 million in…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 12, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com points out that Anthem protester S ERIC REID is not the only veteran safety without a contract:   A slow-developing safety market has been a part of the Eric Reid storyline. And we’re still where we’ve been on that. On Thursday, Reid, Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston—starting-level players—will hit the three-month mark as free agents. It’s crazy, and an indication of a widening gap in how teams value corners and pass rushers vs. players elsewhere on defense. A lot of teams believe, right or wrong, that they…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 11, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 11, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  RB CHRIS JOHNSON, whose career is just about over, has a battery charge in Tampa hanging over his head.  The incident happened back in April, surfacing now.  The charge is “only” a misdemeanor, but it doesn’t look good punching a parking valet. WFTS.com:   A former National Football League Pro-Bowl running back is facing misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident that occurred at a Tampa nightclub in April.   Chris Johnson, 32, entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney in a Hillsborough County courtroom on Thursday.   According…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 8, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 8, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC WEST   ARIZONA The new coaching regime in Arizona doesn’t seem very forthcoming about injury matters.  Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic:   Running back David Johnson has missed practice time this week with an injury the Cardinals aren’t disclosing.   Johnson watched voluntary practice on Thursday, but no injury was readily apparent.   “It’s the offseason, and I’m not going to really indulge in injuries or things like that,” coach Steve Wilks said when asked why Johnson wasn't practicing. “We’re going to talk about the guys that are out…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 7, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   CHICAGO The Bears are using the NBA gaffe of J.R. Smith as a teaching tool per Herbie Teope of NFL.com:   Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky loves the Cleveland Cavaliers.   And his adoration for the NBA team isn't surprising when considering Trubisky grew up in Mentor, Ohio, so he has kept close tabs on the Cavs as they face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.   "I have to watch the game with as least amount of people as possible," Trubisky told NFL Network's Andrew…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 6, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  They are already betting in Delaware – and support starts at the top.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   In a sign of how quickly sports gambling is getting legalized in states other than Nevada, today sports gambling began in Delaware — and it was the governor who placed the first bet.   Delaware Governor John Carney showed up at the first sports book to open in his state and placed the first bet, putting $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Chicago Cubs tonight.   That the governor placed…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 5, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Sad news with the passing of former 49ers WR Dwight Clark at the age of 61.  His wife took to Clark’s Twitter page to make the announcement:   @DwightC87 I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark.   Sean Wagner-McGough of CBSSports.com:   Clark, a 10th-round pick (249th overall)…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 4, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 4, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  This from Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com:   The NFL is going to show some pride.   According to Cyd Zeigler of Outsports.com, the NFL is sponsoring a float in the New York City Pride March on June 24, the first time the league has participated in the event.   The NFL float will feature former Chiefs and Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan, who came out publicly last year, along with former defensive back Wade Davis.   Also, 49ers assistant Katie Sowers, the league’s first openly gay coach, will march in the…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 1, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 1, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com with an interesting number on the INTs of QB MATT RYAN who was bedeviled by “skipping stone” picks last year:   Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw 12 interceptions last season, which is not an inordinately high number for a quarterback who starts all 16 games. But it was a lot more interceptions than he should have thrown.   According to data from FootballOutsiders.com, Ryan threw five interceptions that should have been caught by his own teammates, an incredibly high number of passes that were…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 31, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Not everything on Twitter is awful.  This tweet started with a young Arizona State graduate/student and aspiring media type named Delilah Cassidy trying to board an American Airlines flight (we’re guessing Dallas to Phoenix, but it’s not clear).  Take it away Delilah:   @Delilah_Cassidy WOW okay so the most amazing thing just happened to me and I can’t help but share it with the world. American Airlines instituted a new policy where you have to pay to take a carry-on onto the plane. Which is ridiculous but off topic.   @Delilah_Cassidy…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 30, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The Senior Bowl has a new executive director per Chase Goodbread of NFL.com: The Reese’s Senior Bowl has hired Jim Nagy as its new executive director. Nagy comes from the Seattle Seahawks, where he served for five years as the club’s scout for the Southeast region. He replaces Phil Savage, who was the Senior Bowl’s executive director for six years. “Jim is a proven and respected 18-year NFL scouting veteran with long-standing relationships across the league, among college coaches nationwide, and with certified player agents,” stated Mobile Arts and Sports Association…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 25, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 25, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  John Harbaugh of the Ravens, the coach with PK JUSTIN TUCKER, has a vested interest in making the kickoff more exciting.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   As the NFL continues to discuss ways to change the kickoff and reduce the number of collisions that take place on it, one idea has been bandied about from time to time that would give the kickoff team a strong incentive to kick it deep: Give the kicking team one point if a kickoff goes through the uprights.   The Ravens have been the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 24, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL with approval of the new safety initiatives:   NFL owners voted Tuesday to adopt a revamped kickoff play for the 2018 season.   The changes will make kickoffs more like punts and limit full-speed collisions. The adjustments were made in conjunction with special teams coaches and members of the league's Competition Committee during a player safety summit at the league's headquarters in New York earlier this month.   On Tuesday, owners also approved the ejection standards to go along with the "use of the helmet" rule. Per the new…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL with approval of the new safety initiatives:   NFL owners voted Tuesday to adopt a revamped kickoff play for the 2018 season.   The changes will make kickoffs more like punts and limit full-speed collisions. The adjustments were made in conjunction with special teams coaches and members of the league's Competition Committee during a player safety summit at the league's headquarters in New York earlier this month.   On Tuesday, owners also approved the ejection standards to go along with the "use of the helmet" rule. Per the new…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Phil Savage was a great face for the Senior Bowl for the last six years, but no more.  Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com:   The Senior Bowl and Phil Savage are “mutually parting ways” after six years with Savage serving as the event’s director.   “The national exposure and reputation of the Reese’s Senior Bowl has greatly benefited from Phil’s energy, creativity and leadership,” a news release announcing the decision said. “After six years together, it is with regret that we announce today that Phil and the organization will be mutually parting…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 9, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  OverTheCap.com theorizes that these are the teams that have “earned” compensatory 3rd round draft picks next year by letting outgoing free agents sign for big money (APY is Average Per Year of the new contract):   Team   Round Compensated Free Agent      APY WAS    3          Kirk Cousins                           $28,000,000 MIN     3          Case Keenum                        $18,000,000 LAR     3          Sammy Watkins                    $15,830,000 NE       3          Nate Solder                            $15,400,000 LAR     3          Trumaine Johnson                 $14,500,000 CAR    3          Andrew Norwell                     $13,000,000 NE       3          Malcolm Butler                       $12,170,000   More from Michael David Smith of…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 8, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  With the Sedins of hockey fame retiring, fans of twins can turn to the NFL.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   The Seahawks made news at the NFL draft when they selected Shaquem Griffin, the twin brother of Seattle’s second-year player Shaquill Griffin. But the Patriots had already beaten them to uniting twin brothers on the same team this offseason.   New England traded for Jason McCourty this offseason, adding him to a team that already had Devin McCourty, and they already had Jacob Hollister, who was on the Patriots’ regular-season…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 7, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 7, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mark Maske of the Washington Post says the NFL owners are hopelessly divided about whether to require conventional standing for the National Anthem.   NFL owners are considering a compromise solution to the sport’s national anthem policy that would make it a team-by-team decision whether to require players to stand for the anthem prior to games, according to several people familiar with the league’s inner workings.   Those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, cautioned that no final determination has been made…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 3, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com with an update on the fate of the kickoff.   The NFL is finalizing a proposal to make significant changes to the kickoff, intensifying the tweaks of recent years in what might be a final attempt to salvage the most dangerous play in football.   The adjustments -- prompted largely by a group of special teams coaches who traveled to a Wednesday meeting at league headquarters -- are designed to make the kickoff "much more of a punt play," according to competition committee chairman Rich McKay. The…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Demand exceeds supply in London.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   The good news for the NFL is that its London fan base is big enough that games at Wembley Stadium sell out quickly. The bad news is there’s a growing perception among the UK fan base that the NFL is a greedy interloper fixated on maximizing profits while pricing out average fans.   Tickets for two games at Wembley Stadium went on sale yesterday, and the NFL announced early today that the Eagles-Jaguars game on October 28 has already sold…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 1, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Shad Khan has big plans for Wembley.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is attempting to complete a purchase of Wembley Stadium, England’s marquee “football” field, and he wants to put the NFL’s marquee game there.   Khan told the BBC that if he owns Wembley he’s going to push for the biggest events in the world to be there, which for British fans first and foremost means a World Cup final, but would also include the Super Bowl.   “Our role would be to provide a world-class…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 30, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 30, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Plenty of draft grades today – we sorted them by team and edited some of the comments for space (Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout, Nate Davis of USA TODAY, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports).   The Bears, Buccaneers and Broncos are the killer B’s with a consensus 3.9 average.  Green Bay is right behind at 3.8.   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Rob Rang grades the Bears:   It is appropriate that the year legendary linebacker Brian Urlacher will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the Bears found…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 27, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Adam Stiles of SBNation singles out seven picks Thursday night that went against the grain:   Twice on Thursday night a player got picked who didn’t appear in a single one of the 97 mock drafts surveyed in our 2018 database. The first was running back Rashaad Penny, who was the No. 27 selection to the Seattle Seahawks. One pick later, the Pittsburgh Steelers made it two in a row by taking safety Terrell Edmunds at No. 28.   It’s possible that both picks could work out great. Penny was an…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 25, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY was nothing but trouble at Florida.  Now, he’s got trouble with the NFL.  Adam Schefter of ESPN.com:   Former Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, whom some personnel evaluators consider as talented as any wide receiver in this week's draft, tested positive for marijuana at the combine, NFL sources said.   Callaway's new agent, Malki Kawa, said Tuesday that it was for a diluted sample. A diluted sample is treated as a positive test result under the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.   Kawa did not…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Our schedule analysis today is on the teams in the two North divisions.  Shocking, but not surprising, how little schedule respect the NFL gave the teams in the AFC North not named Pittsburgh. - - - Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com is keeping track of which 2015 first rounders are having their fifth-year options picked up.  We have six in red that are unlikely to be picked up.  There are some others that are tough decisions.  Here it is:   1. Tampa Bay has picked up Jameis Winston‘s option.   2.…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  We have our schedule notes on all the teams in the AFC EAST and NFC EAST.  More tomorrow. - - - Peter King says the value of this draft is on Friday:   • There will be some trades in this draft that might seem one-sided. Several team officials told me in the past few days that they value Day 2 picks (rounds two and three) so highly that they’d be willing to take slightly less in compensation to move down. Where could this come into play? Cleveland (four), Indianapolis (six),…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 20, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 20, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The schedule is out and we will have our big look at each team’s slate on Monday.  But here are a pair of looks at how the schedule came together.  First, Judy Bautista of NFL.com:   Each year, the National Football League wades through thousands of schedules -- and closely scrutinizes hundreds of them -- before finally settling on a winner. The chosen one of the 59,031 playable schedules spit out by computers since January this year could not interfere with massive concert tours by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift or Beyoncé…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 19, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFL fans in Mexico get a head start on finding out the date of their annual game.  The rest of the NFL schedule comes out tonight:   The time and date of this year's Mexico City game is no longer a mystery.   The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will play at Estadio Azteca on Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET, the league announced Wednesday night. The reveal comes before the release of the full 2018 NFL regular-season schedule, which will be announced Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 18, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Get ready!  We get the 2019 NFL schedule on Thursday night to answer some questions and pose others about the new FOX/NFL Network relationship – among other things.    How hard will the NFL support last year’s emerging teams?  What about teams that faltered like Dallas and Green Bay – will they still get lots of big games (answer – yes).   Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   The “when” will be attached to the “who” and the “where” soon.   The NFL has announced that the 256-game regular-season schedule will be…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 17, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL and NFLPA have come together to ban the use of certain helmets.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   The NFL and NFL Players Association for the first time have banned specific helmets for use, saying those models performed poorly in its annual testing procedures or are no longer supported by their manufacturers.   Ten helmet models from Rawlings, Schutt, SG Helmets and Riddell have been targeted for phaseout, six immediately and four by the start of the 2019 season. Approximately 200 NFL players wore one of those models in 2017,…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 16, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 16, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  QB MARK SANCHEZ receives a four-game suspension.  Thomas Lott of The Sporting News:   Mark Sanchez wasn't exactly a hot commodity on the free-agent block, but after Friday, he will be even less sought-after.   The veteran quarterback has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy, the league announced.   Sanchez is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.   Sanchez said in an Instagram post he was "blind-sided" by news of the positive test "and I…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 13, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 13, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   DALLAS Todd Archer of ESPN.com on the choices facing the Cowboys vis a vis WR DEZ BRYANT:   At some point Friday, Dez Bryant is expected to meet with Jerry Jones at The Star with the future of the Dallas Cowboys' all-time leader in touchdown receptions very much in question.   Since the offseason began, Bryant’s future with the Cowboys has been debated almost daily, and Friday could be the beginning of the end of his time with the only team for which he has wanted to play.…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 12, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Tim McManus of ESPN.com with the highlights of the 2018 preseason schedule released by the NFL on Wednesday:   The NFL released its preseason schedule Wednesday night and among the highlights is a Week 2 matchup between the two participants in Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.   It can hardly be called a rematch, but the fact that the Eagles will play in New England just months after defeating Tom Brady and the Pats for their first Lombardi Trophy adds juice to the preseason slate.  …
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 11, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Steve Gardiner of USA TODAY on the future of the NFL’s Color Rush uniforms in a FOX-dominated Thursday night landscape.   Love 'em or hate 'em, the NFL's polarizing Color Rush uniforms aren't going away.   The Thursday Night Football staple may not be seen every week next season, but teams will have them as an option under an amended uniform policy that will be considered at the next NFL owners meetings in May, a person with direct knowledge of the issue told USA TODAY Sports. The person chose to remain…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  This from Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   Former Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins is not currently on an NFL roster, and today’s news makes it less likely he ever will be.   Collins has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2018 NFL season, according to Field Yates of ESPN.   That marks Collins’ fourth suspension. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, then suspended for the first 10 games of the 2017 season, then suspended four more games in 2017. Collins has been…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 9, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 9, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Peter King on the recent trend of teams seeming to choose fonts for their uniform numbers based on how hard to read they are:   I think I don't understand why uniform numbers can’t be simple. Just like I never understood why the Bucs made the numbers on their new uniforms unintelligible, I don’t get Tennessee’s new digits either. Why can’t a 2 look like a 2, and not a Z? Why make numbers make you do a triple-take?   The only reason for a number to be on a uniform,…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 6, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 6, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC WEST   ARIZONA The DB thought he knew every QB in the NFL.  The Cardinals have proven that not to be true with their latest two acquisitions, both waiver claims.  Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic:   The Cardinals have been awarded waiver claims on two quarterbacks, doubling the number of quarterbacks on the roster.   The team claimed former Lion Alek Torgersen and former Dolphin Brandon Doughty.   Neither has thrown a pass in the NFL.   Claiming the two quarterbacks doesn’t preclude the Cardinals from drafting one later…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 5, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Patriots WR JULIAN EDELMAN acted responsibly to a threat posted on his Instagram account – as did authorities in Port Huron, Michigan (key fact) – and a school shooting may have been prevented.  Mike Reiss at ESPN.com:   New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is prolific on his personal Instagram account, and his interaction with those who follow him might have prevented a potential tragedy.   As first reported in The New York Times, Edelman was visiting former teammate Danny Amendola in Texas in late March when he received a…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 4, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA Arthur Blank is confident that QB MATT RYAN will get his extension.  Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   It’s natural that concern is growing over protracted contract negotiations between the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, but the owner of the team said there is nothing to worry about it.   Arthur Blank said Tuesday via email that there is no timetable for getting a deal done with Ryan, who is entering the final year of his contact.   “The most direct and honest answer is: no…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Mike Sando of ESPN.com talks to NFL GMs off the record and finds out which teams they think hit home runs in free agency.  It is a long piece here with all 32 teams.  We have reports of interest in some of the clubs spots below.   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO According to Mike Sando, fellow NFL GMs like the way the Bears played the game with CB KYLE FULLER:   The moves Chicago made to add receiving options Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton understandably drew much attention. Those additions…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 2, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Peter King with a good job trying to sort out the elements of the NFL’s bold new anti-head butting rule.   The next step in the controversial lowering-the-helmet ban rule is a month away. It’s now going to be a penalty for an NFL player to lower his head to initiate helmet-to-opponent contact, and the devil will be in the details on this one. The NFL has seven weeks to write the rule the right way; the league wants it done by the NFL spring meetings beginning 49 days from today, May…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 30, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 30, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  More cancer for Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.  Kevin Patra of NFL.com:   Doctors are declaring Jim Kelly's surgery a success.   The Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback underwent a 12-hour procedure on Wednesday to remove oral cancer and reconstruct Kelly's upper jaw.   "We successfully removed Mr. Kelly's cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck," Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West, said in a statement, via ESPN's Mike Rodak. "We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 29, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Enjoy kickoffs this season.  You are warned that it might be the last of it.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   Injury rates on NFL kickoffs remain so high that the league's competition committee will give a mandate: Make the play safer, or the committee will recommend its elimination in the near future.   At this week's owners meetings, the league's medical department presented statistics showing that concussions are five times as likely to happen on kickoffs as on an average play, according to Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy -- who…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 28, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL has a new catch rule.  Also, the Replay Center in New York can now eject players for acts caught by cameras, but not seen by on-field officials.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   NFL owners unanimously approved a new catch rule Tuesday, a change designed specifically to avoid a handful of controversies that have vexed the league for most of this decade.   Owners also approved two other rule changes, granting authority to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts -- even if it…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 27, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Is it an unintended consequence or an intended consequence?  Dan Quinn of the Falcons is among those who realize that the new catch rule everyone is clamoring for will lead to more controversies – on the issue of fumble or catch.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   The league’s proposed new catch rule will result in some plays that previously were incomplete passes, now being complete passes. But a less-discussed change is that there will be more fumbles: When the ball pops out after a catch, that’s a fumble, not an…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 26, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The owners are going to have a chance to open the Pandora’s box of replay review on personal fouls.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   Under current NFL rules, personal foul penalties cannot be reviewed in instant replay. In 2018, that could change.   Next week the NFL owners will consider two proposals that would change the league’s replay rules to allow the referee and head of officiating to review personal fouls.   One proposal, made by the Chargers, would allow roughing the passer and hits on players in a defenseless…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  This from the PGA TOUR – Tony Romo, playing as an amateur sponsor exemption, shot 5-over 77 in the first round of the tournament in the Dominican Republic. Romo was even par on the front, but struggled on the back nine and begins the day in 127th place out of 132. - - - Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report offers a list of NFL vets who still could be released by their teams:   In several cases below, cash-strapped teams may consider cutting a player to give themselves more financial freedom…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 22, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The words “going to the ground” do not appear in the new catch rule definition being recommended by the Competition Committee.  The AP:   The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee.   One of the first orders of business when the league's annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules.…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 21, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The catch rule will be changing – the question is whether or not it is for the better.  Kevin Seifert of NFL.com:   The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington Post.   ESPN previewed the changes on March 8, explaining the committee's options, along with the role that a replay update would play in…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 20, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  ESPN.com’s experts weigh in on the most improved teams in free agency:   Which team is the most improved after the first wave of free agency?   Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: New York Jets. They landed the biggest prize on the free-agent cornerback market in Trumaine Johnson. They added Avery Williamson as a leader for the linebacker corps. They added Isaiah Crowell to their running back group. All upgrades. Now, to the matter of quarterback: Josh McCown isn't an improvement because he was already there. But the Jets' overall plan…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 19, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 19, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The 2018 regular season will apparently open in Philly with the debut of KIRK COUSINS as a Viking.  Cody Benjamin of CBSSports.com:   When the NFL announces its 2018 regular-season schedule, Minnesota Vikings fans will be in for a treat.   After watching their team go down in historic fashion at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, who not only trounced the Vikings' oh-so-close shot at hosting their own Super Bowl appearance but then won the Super Bowl in Minnesota, they might be forced to start the new season against those…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 16, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 16, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  With the QB free agent market settled, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com looks at what teams are now turning to the draft for passers:   The problem with the quarterback position in the NFL is that 32 teams are looking for franchise quarterbacks and there simply aren’t 32 franchise quarterbacks walking the earth. So when this game of offseason musical chairs happens, some teams are bound to be left with imperfect solutions, solutions-in-progress or wing-and-a-prayer situations that may or may not turn out to be disasters.   That doesn’t sound overly hopeful,…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 15, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   DETROIT The Lions have been signing under-the-radar defenders.  Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:   New coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have helped oversee a quiet defensive overhaul this week, with the Lions bringing in cornerback DeShawn Shead, linebacker Devon Kennard and linebacker Christian Jones. These are the types of low-cost, low-risk deals the Patriots -- where both Patricia and Quinn, of course, cut their teeth -- often make in free agency.     GREEN BAY Hard-to-please Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com likes the signing of DT MUHAMMAD WILKERSON:…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 14, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Which one of their three quarterbacks would the Vikings keep?  The answer is none, so CASE KEENUM could be starting in Denver, SAM BRADFORD in Arizona and TEDDY BRIDGEWATER with the Jets.  Meanwhile, KIRK COUSINS takes over in Minnesota.   - - - A big shakeup in the NFL office as Tod Leiweke moves on.  The AP:   The NFL has promoted Maryann Turcke to chief operating officer, making her the highest-ranking woman at the league offices.   Turcke has overseen NFL Network in the last year. She replaces Tod Leiweke,…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 13, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Peter King offers three reasons why there are more trades in the NFL than ever before:   1. The paranoia to trade is gone. A few of the more conservative team czars have faded away—Ted Thompson, Trent Baalke, Jerry Reese—and the ethos of mega-value for draft choices has lessened. As one club official told me over the weekend, it used to be that second- and third-round picks were solid gold, and now if you really need to use them, you figure you can recoup them if you’re imaginative enough. There have…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 2, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 2, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA Wherever NFL men go to drink in Indianapolis, they talk about the Vikings QB conundrum per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:   The biggest question bouncing off the walls in drinking holes around Lucas Oil Stadium this week concerns what the Vikings will do at quarterback.   NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport guessed that Kirk Cousins would land in Minnesota during a stopover on the Around The NFL Podcast, but Rapsheet said not to rule out the Cardinals as a dark-horse option. The Jets might have the most…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 1, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  RB MATT FORTE, who probably is in the Hall of the Very Good, hangs it up after 10 seasons.  He does so with one very long paragraph:   For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to play professionally a game that I’ve loved since I was 6 years old.  But, after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL. Like so many others before me, this game has enhanced my life in numerous ways. My career in the League has been nothing short of a miracle granted by…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 28, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   DETROIT DE ZIGGY ANSAH has become the highest paid defensive end in football without much of a negotiation.  Frank Schwab at NFL.com:   New Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia won’t have to figure out how to replace the team’s best pass rusher.   Defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah will get the franchise tag, the team announced. He’ll get about $18 million on the franchise tag, making him the highest paid defensive end in the NFL according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.   While it’s debatable if Ansah should…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 27, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The Commish is not going to let bygones be bygones, even though he successfully landed another enormous contract.  Ken Belson of the New York Times gets the leak that Roger Goodell plans on an enormous fine against Jerry Jones (even as the spin is that Goodell is only doing it at the behest of other unnamed owners):   With the support of many N.F.L. owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to escalate his public feud with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and long one of the most influential…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 26, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL has announced it compensatory picks for the upcoming draft.  .   The Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders reach received four compensatory picks, while the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans each received three.   The Cardinals, Texans, Bengals and Denver Broncos were issued the earliest picks at the end of the third round.   Green Bay, for example, gets four extra picks between 133 and 207.  Dallas has its four fall between 137 and 208.  They would seem to be the big winners.   Houston…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY New turf at Lambeau Field and you may not have known that it was a combination of real grass and synthetic turf.  Richard Ryman of USA TODAY-Wisconsin:   The Green Bay Packers are replacing the turf at Lambeau Field.   Replacement is necessary because the synthetic fibers sown into the turf were wearing out. The surface is the same concept as before, but the Packers switching from the GrassMaster product to SISGrass. The GrassMaster turf was installed before the 2007 season.   Here's a quick look…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 22, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Carlos Ruiz of USA TODAY’s For The Win looks at which teams have the capital and positioning to improve the most heading into 2018.   With the NFL offseason set to kick off in a few weeks (March 14, to be exact), let’s take a look at which teams have put themselves in position to really improve their rosters this spring.   In order to get a good picture of which teams will have the resources to do so (and which teams will not), we’ve put together what we’re calling the…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 21, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Andrew Brandt of SI.com thinks QB KIRK COUSINS will fall short of a mega-contract.   As NFL free agency approaches, we have a rare sight to behold: a true, unrestricted free agent quarterback with experience, productivity and relative youth at the game’s most important and valuable position. Kirk Cousins will finally avoid the franchise tag (Washington could try to tag and trade Cousins even after acquiring Alex Smith but, well, good luck with that...) and, for the first time in an NFL career that began in 2012, be free to negotiate…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 20, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  It’s time to play tag and Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com is all over it.   It's that time of year when the NFL reminds you its calendar rarely slows and never stops. Less than three weeks after Super Bowl LII, the first window of player movement decisions will open.   Beginning Tuesday and continuing through March 6, teams can place the franchise tag on one pending free agent, a decision that is expensive but also provides massive leverage against losing a big-time player.   Transition tags can also be applied in…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 19, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 19, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Clip and save – Peter King guesses where the QBs, rookie and veteran, will end up:   It’s amazing, really. We could see four quarterbacks (Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield) picked in the top 10 in the April draft. By the end of April, six of the NFL’s 12 top-rated quarterbacks from 2017 could either move on or begin to be moved out by their teams.   Alex Smith (first, with a 104.7 rating) will be traded from Kansas City to Washington, and will sign a four-year contract…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 16, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 16, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The NFL has announced the five cities from which the next two communities to host the draft will be selected.      The NFL Draft might be coming to your city.   The finalists to host the 2019 or 2020 draft, as announced on Thursday, are Cleveland/Canton, Kansas City, Tennessee, Denver and Las Vegas, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The winners will be announced at the Spring League Meeting in May. A winning city cannot host the draft in both years.   Four of the above cities are home to…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 15, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com puts forth the offseason priorities of the NFL office regarding its product:   The NFL is in full offseason mode, a time that can challenge the most dramatic parts of the regular season for news and pace. While teams prepare for roster overhauls of varying degrees, let's check in on what big-picture things league executives will -- and/or should -- be paying attention to over the next six months leading into 2018 training camps.   Enhance concussion policy This must be an annual task for the NFL…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 14, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  There was a time that the NFL had a rotation of teams for the Hall of Fame Game published years in advance.  Now, they wait until they see who makes the Hall – and this year there are linebackers from the Bears and Ravens.  The AP:   The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.   The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 9, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 9, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   DETROIT Having endured the wait to officially land a coach off a Super Bowl team, Bob Quinn blasts the rule that he can’t announce and formalize what the world already knows.  Or in the case of Indianapolis, thought it knew but for the duplicitous/vacillating Josh McDaniels.  Kyle Meinke of MLive.com:   When Lions GM Bob Quinn has something to say, he doesn't mince words.   We saw it last year when he ripped the NFL for not inviting Joe Mixon to the combine. And we're seeing it again…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 7, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Daniel Jeremiah at NFL.com asks the opinion of some execs as to who is the most chaseable QB available:   Now that Super Bowl LII is in the rearview mirror, we have officially reached the NFL's offseason.   As much as I love the regular season and the postseason, I'm one of the weird ones that actually prefers this time of year. This is where the team building takes place, and this year is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing offseasons in recent memory. Why? It's pretty simple…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 6, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Kevin Clark in The Ringer with a personal summation of the NFL after Super Bowl 52:   Something happened on Sunday that before then I’d seen only in movies. Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass sailed through the air and into a sea of jumping, diving players, and no one could tell exactly what was going on. So, in the middle of the biggest play in the biggest game, everyone in the stadium fell silent. Everything stopped. I have covered hundreds of games, and I have never seen this many people take…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 5, 2018

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 5, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  It’s funny, we had a tight game with some close plays, but Gene Steratore gave us the confidence it was well officiated.  The big play in that regard was the ZACH ERTZ go-ahead TD that the NBC announcers were heading down the wrong road on (until someone whispered in there ear perhaps about the distinction in that Ertz had the ball long enough to be a “runner” not a receiver).  We noted that Steratore was quite animated during the review, and we can’t help but think that he got everyone involved recognizing…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, January 26, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, January 26, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  A rare double is possible.  From ESPN Stats & Info:   Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have dominated their professions of late. But since Saban won his first national title at Alabama in 2009, they've never won a championship in the same season.   The only time it happened was 2003 when Saban won the title at LSU & NE won SB XXXVIII.   NFC NORTH   DETROIT This from Ian Rapoport:   @RapSheet An intriguing future #Lions defensive coordinator target has emerged: Boston College DL coach Paul Pasqualoni. A mentor…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 25, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The DB heard yesterday that if you had blindly bet the underdog so far in the playoffs, you would have won 9 out of 10 (or maybe, depending on your odds, 8 of 9 with a push on Minnesota’s 5-point 29-24 win over New Orleans).  The Patriots, against the Titans in the Divisionals, are the only team to cover.   The DB finds this especially amazing since the Super Bowl is a matchup between the two number one seeds.    Obviously, the Eagles winning as underdogs at home twice has something…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 24, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Alberto Riveron will be back for a second season as the NFL’s head of officiating, ESPN feels the need to report.  Kevin Seifert:   The NFL will retain senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron for the 2018 season, a league spokesman told ESPN's Adam Schefter.   Riveron had a bumpy first season on the job after replacing Dean Blandino, who resigned to join Fox Sports. Riveron's promotion coincided with an NFL initiative to give final say on replay reviews to its New York-based officiating department.   The structure was created…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 23, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Jason Owens of Shutdown Corner has some “prop” bets for you to consider for Super Bowl 52:   With the Super Bowl comes Super Bowl prop bets.   And as with most thing pop culture or otherwise today, many of the prop bets announced on Monday by BetDSI touch on Donald Trump and other controversial subject matter.   Trump appears four times in the list of bets. You can wager on whether he shows up for the game, whether he conducts an interview with NBC, bet the over/under on how many…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 17, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  We don’t know what the demand is going to be for tickets to Super Bowl 52, but the NFL thinks the tickets are more valuable than last year.  Charles Robinson of YahooSports.com looks at the market:   In the unlikely event that you have an elite Super Bowl LII ticket connection that isn’t going to charge even a penny over face value, well, pack a warm coat and a lot of cash.   With ticket brokers anxiously waiting to see if the Minnesota Vikings drive the market into the stratosphere, a…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 16, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST   DALLAS The Cowboys have completed a “trade” of offensive line coaches with the Bengals.  Clarence Hill in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram brings us up-to-date:   The Dallas Cowboys have hired Paul Alexander as offensive line coach, a source confirmed.   Alexander comes to the Cowboys after a 20-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals. He replaces Frank Pollack, who ironically was hired to replace Alexander in Cincinnati.   The Cowboys’ staff remains in flux with openings remaining at secondary coach, quarterbacks coach, receivers coach, tight ends coach and possibly…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, January 12, 2018

The Daily Briefing Friday, January 12, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  The DB’s playoff picks aren’t particularly exciting this week – we like all the favorites – Atlanta in Philly and then the three home teams.  The Eagles, we feel, are the most likely to upset that applecart.    We do feel that the winner of the Saints-Vikings game is your Super Bowl 52 champ. - - - At first we thought the NFL had confused Twickenham with Tottenham, but no, the NFL is moving on from England’s biggest rugby stadium in 2018.  Here is the NFL’s schedule of three, not four,…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 11, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY Frank Cignetti, who was QB JARED GOFF’s mentor at the Rams under Jeff Fisher, will now be tutoring QB AARON RODGERS.  He goes way back with Coach Mike McCarthy. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal:   Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy reached way back in his coaching history in hiring Frank Cignetti to become his quarterbacks coach.   The two were graduate assistant coaches under Mike Gottfried at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and coached together for a brief time with the New Orleans…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 10, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Peter King with an overview of where the NFL’s head coaching searches are going.   • Coaching stuff. In Detroit, I hear Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is the choice over Houston’s defensive boss, Mike Vrabel—but Patricia favors the Giants. If the Giants give the nod to Patricia, Detroit could be Vrabel’s job. … New Chicago coach Matt Nagy got hot at the end of the season, and Colts GM Chris Ballard—the former Chiefs director of player personnel who knew Nagy well—also was smitten with him. … Indy would seem a…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 9, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  According to DVOA at FootballOutsiders.com, the Titans actually have a 16% chance of winning in New England:   Team   Conf App         Conf Win         SB Win NE       83.9%              51.6%              29.2% PIT      73.6%              35.0%              19.8% MIN     60.2%              36.2%              18.1% NO      39.8%              24.5%              12.8% PHI      63.1%              29.0%              11.1% JAC     26.4%                9.8%                4.2% ATL     36.9%              10.3%                3.6% TEN     16.1%                3.6%                1.2%   While Vegas favors the Falcons, DVOA (perhaps counting 2/3rd Carson Wentz?) says the Eagles are 63% to…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 4, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  Latest coaching interviews – Bears – In-house DC Vic Fangio Lions – In-house OC Jim Bob Cooter, In-house DC Teryl Austin, Texans DC Mike Vrabel Giants – Request permission to interview Eagles DC Jim Schwartz, NFC NORTH GREEN BAY Yesterday, we reported on all the wonderful in-house candidates groomed for the Packers GM job by the great Ted Thompson.  That doesn’t include those who have left the fold in recent years like John Schneider, Reggie McKenzie and John Dorsey. But Ian Rapoport is now throwing out an outside name, the guy…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 3, 2018 AROUND THE NFL  HALL OF FAME FINALISTS Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Steve Hutchinson and Brian Urlacher are the first-year nominees who made the Finalist list from which the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be chosen.  This from ESPN.com: The Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2018 will be chosen by the Hall's board of selectors on Feb. 3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As many as five modern-era finalists can be chosen for the Hall's 2018 class in addition to this year's seniors nominees (Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer), to go with the contributors…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, December 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, December 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Divergent motivation makes Week 17 a headache for NFL handicappers.  Doug Kezarian of ESPN.com: The Philadelphia Eagles own the NFL's best record at 13-2, yet they are home underdogs to an 8-7 Dallas Cowboys team eliminated from postseason contention. The Jimmy Garoppolo-led San Francisco 49ers are poised to be the first five-win team in the Super Bowl era to be a road favorite over an 11-win team (Los Angeles Rams). And the playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs are 3.5-point underdogs to the 5-10 Denver Broncos. It's all part of the annual craziness…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, December 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST DALLAS As WR DEZ BRYANT moves through the second half of his career, he seem unwilling to admit to diminishing skills.  Brandon George in the Dallas Morning News: This wasn't the first time Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant held an impromptu, public self-reflection at the end of one of his seasons. But this one had a different feel to it. Bryant, who has rarely spoken to the media during the week or after a game over the last two months, wanted to get some things off his chest Wednesday. He…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, December 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com weighs in on whether Rams RB TODD GURLEY II – or anyone else – can keep QB TOM BRADY from claiming the AP NFL MVP Award. First, it was Tom Brady vs. Carson Wentz. Then, it was Tom Brady vs. Antonio Brown. Now, after both those superstars went down with injuries, the most obvious competitor standing between Brady and his third MVP award is a record-setting running back. Todd Gurley has been absolutely unconscious over the past three weeks. The Rams running back has eight touchdowns during…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, December 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Before we look at the playoff picture, we want to note that the AFC-NFC season series ended with Philadelphia’s win over the Raiders – and it was a bloodbath for the NFC. Of the 64 games played between the conferences this year, the NFC won 41 and lost 23.  That’s 64%. It sort of comes out the blue because the AFC actually won last year’s series 35-29 and the conferences were tied over the course of the last three years. Since the start of the 64-game series in 2002, it is…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, December 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, December 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Andrew Siciliano points out that the times are a-changing: 8 of the 12 spots in the @NFL Playoffs are currently held by teams that didn't make the postseason last year. To recap, the top 4 seeds at the moment in the NFC – the Eagles, Vikings, Rams and Saints – are among those 8, as are the Panthers.  In the AFC, the Jaguars, Titans and Ravens round out the new 8. The Falcons, Patriots, Steelers and Chiefs are the holdovers. Of the 8 on the outside, the Packers, Texans, Giants, Dolphins…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, December 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  A handy team-by-team summary of the Pro Bowl rosters, announced Tuesday night, from ESPN.com: Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson, one of four Cardinals players picked this season, has made the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons in the NFL. Another notable selection: Rookie Budda Baker made the team as a special-teamer. Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones and Alex Mack made the roster, but second-year linebacker Deion Jones did not. The reigning NFC defensive player of the week is sixth in the league with 118 total tackles. Baltimore Ravens The Ravens had…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, December 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, December 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  If The Season Ended Today – AFC STANDINGS                                                         Overall       Division      Conference xPittsburgh Steelers    ACN                11-3             5-0              8-2                @hou, CLV xNew England Patriots ACN              11-3             3-1              8-2                BUF,   NYJ xJacksonville Jaguars  ACS              10-4             4-1              9-2                @sf,    TEN Kansas City Chiefs     ACW                 8-6             4-1              6-4                MIA,   @den Tennessee Titans       WC                    8-6             4-1              7-4                LAR,   JAX Baltimore Ravens       WC                    8-6             3-2              6-4                @ind,  CIN Buffalo Bills                                           8-6             2-2              6-4                @ne,  @mia Los Angeles Chargers                          7-7             2-3              4-6                @nyj,  OAK x-clinched playoff berth, PIT…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, December 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, December 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  NFC EAST NEW YORK GIANTS How to placate QB ELI MANNING and/or his supporters, but still kick the tires on QB DAVIS WEBB?  That’s the dilemma for GM Kevin Abrams.  James Kratch in the Newark Star-Ledger: Kevin Abrams wants to see rookie quarterback Davis Webb play at some point in the final three games, but the Giants interim general manager says it's not as easy as it sounds. "I think we'd all like to see all of our young guys get a chance down the stretch, Davis in particular because of the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, December 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Everyone is putting a happy face on events in Dallas on Wednesday as The Commish secures power through 2024.  Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY: Jerry Jones sees some measure of victory in the structure of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s new contract, in which 90% of the five-year, $200 million deal is tied to performance-based incentives. “If Roger comes in and knocked it out of the ballpark, he’ll really be rewarded,” Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “You’ve got to hope that he has that kind of…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, December 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Will Jerry Jones go down without a shot today?  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com says no. As the NFL’s owners gather in Dallas to meet in the aftermath of the new contract signed last week by the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell, there’s an expectation that the Texas excursion could be memorable. One source with knowledge of the dynamics and the process expressed a belief on Tuesday that it will be “as interesting of a day as I have ever had” at one of these events. The intrigue flows from the likelihood…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, December 12, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                 Overall        Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN     11-2               5-0                8-1 New England Patriots  ACN     10-3               3-1                7-2 Jacksonville Jaguars   ACS       9-4              3-1                 8-2 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW       7-6               3-1                5-4 Tennessee Titans        WC        8-5               4-1                7-4 Buffalo Bills                  WC       7-6              1-2                 5-4 Baltimore Ravens                      7-6              2-2                 5-4 Los Angeles Chargers               7-6               2-2                4-5 Oakland Raiders                        6-7               2-3                5-6 Miami Dolphins                         …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, December 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, December 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  The Eagles were the only one of the four division leaders to win in Week 14, but with the loss of CARSON WENTZ they may have suffered the biggest loss.  Still, they sit atop the NFC with 3 to play. NFC STANDINGS                                       Overall          Division       Conference Philadelphia NCE             11-2            4-0                9-1 Minnesota NCN               10-3            3-1                8-2 LA Rams NCW                  9-4            3-1                6-4 New Orleans NCS             9-4            3-1                7-3 Carolina WC                      9-4            2-2                5-4 Atlanta                                8-5            2-1                7-2    Seattle WC                         8-5            4-0                6-3 Detroit                                7-6            3-1                6-4…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, December 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, December 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL  Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com assess the NFC playoff picture after Atlanta beat New Orleans on Thursday night: Eleven yards away from burying his biggest rival in the NFC South race, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a pass that might haunt him until he faces the Falcons again. Luckily for him and NFL fans, that rematch is only two weeks away. Falcons cornerback Deion Jones' interception was one of those plays that can change the shape of an entire season in an instant. Here are a few of the quick playoff picture…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, December 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Roger Goodell has quashed the rebellion of Jerry Jones and signed a massive 5-year contract to continue his brand of NFL leadership into the next decade.  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com is among those with the story: The Commissioner finally has a new contract. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL’s Compensation Committee has informed all owners that a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell has been executed. The memorandum to all owners explains that a “binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by Arthur…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, December 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                  Overall        Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN     10-2               4-0                7-1 New England Patriots  ACN     10-2               3-0                7-1 Tennessee Titans        ACS       8-4               4-1                7-4 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW       6-6               2-1                4-4 Jacksonville Jaguars   WC         8-4              3-1                 8-2 Baltimore Ravens         WC        7-5              2-1                 5-3 Los Angeles Chargers               6-6               2-2                4-5 Buffalo Bills                                6-6              1-2                 4-4 Oakland Raiders                        6-6               2-2                5-5   If the Bengals could have held on Monday night, they would be in the pack at 6-6 as well.   Now, the…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, December 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, December 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the NFC:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Minnesota Vikings      NCN     10-2           3-1                8-1 Philadelphia Eagles    NCE    10-2            4-0                8-1 Los Angeles Rams     NCW      9-3           3-1                6-3 New Orleans Saints    NCS      9-3           3-0                7-2 Seattle Seahawks        WC      8-4            4-0                6-3 Carolina Panthers        WC      8-4            2-2                4-4 Atlanta Falcons                        7-5            1-1                6-2    Detroit Lions                            6-6             3-1                5-4 Green Bay Packers                 6-6             2-2                5-4 Dallas Cowboys                      6-6              3-1                5-4   At the moment, the Vikings have the tiebreaker on the Eagles based on a fairly substantial lead in strength of victory…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, December 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, December 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The NFL Office and its marketing whizzes demand a lot from the member clubs.  But Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com says they will no longer order compliance with the Color Rush uniform scheme.   In March, Washington proposed a rule that would allow teams to say “no thanks” to the Color Rush program. The NFL did not adopt that rule. Washington said “no thanks” to the Color Rush program anyway.   For Thursday night’s game at Dallas, a designated Color Rush occasion that saw the Cowboys wearing their approved, Nikefied white-on-white duds,…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The NFL appeals officers, James Thrash and Derrick Brooks, decide that the miscreants in Sunday’s brawl in Oakland each deserve one-game suspensions, not the two that NFL Justice tried to impose.  The AP:   Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after appeal hearings on Tuesday.   Derrick Brooks heard Crabtree's case and James Thrash heard Talib's appeal, and both decided to reduce the two-game bans issued Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan.   The fight…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                  Overall        Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN      9-2               3-0                6-1 New England Patriots  ACN      9-2               2-0                6-1 Tennessee Titans        ACS      7-4               3-1                6-4 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW      6-5               2-1                4-3 Jacksonville Jaguars   WC       7-4              2-1                  7-2 Baltimore Ravens         WC      6-5               2-1                 5-3 Buffalo Bills                               6-5               1-1                 4-3 Cincinnati Bengals                    5-6               2-2                5-5 Los Angeles Chargers              5-6               2-2                3-5 Oakland Raiders                       5-6               2-2                 5-5   The Steelers and Patriots are pulling away and appear destined for byes with the Week…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, November 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, November 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today – everyone won but the Saints, throwing the NFC South into a 3-way dogfight whose only reward could be a 3 seed and homefield advantage against another South rival.   If The Season Ended Today in the NFC:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles    NCE    10-1              4-0                8-0 Minnesota Vikings      NCN      9-2              3-1                7-1 Los Angeles Rams     NCW     8-3              2-1                5-3 New Orleans Saints    NCS     8-3              2-0                 6-2 Carolina Panthers        WC     8-3              2-1                 4-3 Atlanta Falcons            WC     7-4              1-1                 6-1    Seattle Seahawks                   7-4              4-0               …
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the NFC:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles    NCE     9-1               4-0                7-0 Minnesota Vikings      NCN     8-2               2-1                6-1 New Orleans Saints    NCS     8-2              2-0                 6-1 Los Angeles Rams     NCW    7-3               2-1                4-3 Carolina Panthers        WC     7-3              2-1                 4-3 Atlanta Falcons            WC     6-4              0-1                5-1     Seattle Seahawks                   6-4              3-0                4-3 Detroit Lions                            6-4             3-0                 5-3 Green Bay Packers                 5-5             2-2                4-4 Dallas Cowboys                      5-5              2-1                4-4    As one of the few NFC teams that have…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, November 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, November 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC –   The Steelers and Patriots role on, the Jaguars jump into the 3rd spot and the Ravens slide ahead of the Bills for the final playoff spot.  And look out for the Chargers, just one game off the playoff line.                                              Overall     Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN      8-2               3-0                6-1 New England Patriots  ACN      8-2               1-0                5-1 Jacksonville Jaguars   ACS      7-3              2-1                  7-2 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW      6-4               2-1                4-2 Tennessee Titans        ACS      6-4               2-1                5-4 Baltimore Ravens         WC      5-5               2-1                …
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The Daily Briefing Friday, November 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, November 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   We have a lot of “Jerry vs. Roger” stuff below and it includes two newsy reports from ESPN.com.  Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Todd Archer have details on Roger Goodell’s huge contract demands ($49 million per, not $50, but we think Joe Lockhart’s “nonsense” description of last Sunday’s first story counts as disingenuous at best).  And Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham with more fly-on-the wall reporting including Jones’ fury over the extraordinarily lengthy EZEKIEL ELLIOTT investigation and his belief The Commish lied to him.  Also, Van Natta and Wickersham…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, November 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA The Vikings are going to stay with QB CASE KEENUM, although former starter TEDDY BRIDGEWATER is finally healthy.  Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com:   Everson Griffen succinctly summed up what many thought about the Minnesota Vikings' decision to start Case Keenum against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.   "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," the Minnesota defensive end said.   The choice to stick with Keenum, who is 5-2 as the Vikings' starter and coming off a huge NFC road win over Washington, was not…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Jerry Jones may continue to express defiance to the commitee of NFL owners seeking to silence him over the lucrative contract extension for Roger Goodell, but his surrogates at Papa John’s take a different tack.  Darren Rovell of ESPN.com:   NFL sponsor Papa John's apologized Tuesday, two weeks after its founder and CEO, John Schnatter, questioned league leadership for its handling of player protests during the national anthem.   In a series of Twitter posts, the official pizza company of the NFL reiterated that the business challenges related to the…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN      7-2               3-0                5-1 New England Patriots  ACN      7-2               1-0                4-1 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW      6-3               2-1                4-2 Tennessee Titans        ACS      6-3               2-1                5-3 Jacksonville Jaguars   WC        6-3              2-1                 6-2 Buffalo Bills                 WC        5-4               1-1                 3-2 Baltimore Ravens                     4-5               2-1                 4-3 Miami Dolphins                         4-5               1-1                 3-3 Oakland Raiders                       4-5               1-2                 4-4 New York Jets                          4-6                2-3                4-4   The top five all won, but Buffalo lost.  That was good news for the Ravens and Raiders…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, November 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, November 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Peter King on the replay challenge that blew up on Bears coach John Fox:   Bears back Benny Cunningham was ruled down at the half-yard line in the first half against Green Bay after a 23-yard gain. Fox challenged the ruling on the field, claiming it should been a touchdown. Instead of having first-and-goal at the half-yard line, the Bears actually had a turnover. That’s because while Cunningham dove for the end zone, the ball was coming loose as he stretched for the pylon … and…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, November 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, November 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   DETROIT With T TAYLOR DECKER back at practice, the Lions can’t wait to get rid of T GREG ROBINSON, the bust from the Rams.   The Lions got left tackle Taylor Decker back at practice over a week ago and they said goodbye to a player they acquired in the wake of Decker’s offseason shoulder injury.   The team announced that they have waived tackle Greg Robinson with an injured designation. The move may signal Decker’s return is imminent as he can be added to the 53-man…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, November 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The gloves are off according to Ken Belson of the New York Times.  Jerry Jones is going after Roger Goodell and his fat pending contract.    The N.F.L., the $14 billion-a-year sports juggernaut that dominates TV ratings as well as the national conversation most Sundays, has ascended to its position of supremacy in recent years with an ownership group that often works in lock step. The men and women who control the league’s 32 teams might disagree sometimes, but rarely do they publicly reveal any discord.   Now the league,…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   With Jerry Jones out, the NFL Compensation Committee seems poised to finalize another huge money deal with Roger Goodell.  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   He’s out. Even if he was never in.   Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones no longer has a role, official or unofficial, in the NFL’s Compensation Committee. The six-owner group has been authorized to negotiate and finalize a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell, subject to parameters approved unanimously by the full ownership in May.   It’s ultimately a…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, November 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the NFC:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles    NCE     8-1               3-0                6-0 New Orleans Saints    NCS     6-2              2-0                 5-1 Minnesota Vikings      NCN     6-2               2-1                4-1 Los Angeles Rams     NCW    6-2               2-1                4-2 Carolina Panthers        WC     6-3              2-1                 4-3 Dallas Cowboys           WC     5-3               2-0                4-2  Seattle Seahawks                   5-3              2-0                3-2 Atlanta Falcons                       4-4              0-1                3-1     Detroit Lions                            4-4             2-0                 4-3 Washington Redskins             4-4              0-3                3-3 Green Bay Packers                 4-4              1-2                3-4 Arizona Cardinals                    4-4              2-1               …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, November 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, November 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN      6-2               3-0                4-1 New England Patriots  ACN      6-2               1-0                3-1 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW      6-3               2-1                4-2 Tennessee Titans        ACS      5-3               2-1                4-3 Jacksonville Jaguars   WC        5-3              2-1                 5-2 Buffalo Bills                 WC        5-3               1-1                 3-2 Miami Dolphins                         4-4               1-1                 3-3 Baltimore Ravens                     4-5               2-1                 4-3 Oakland Raiders                       4-5               1-2                 4-4 New York Jets                          4-5                2-3                4-4   With Pittsburgh and New England off and Kansas City, Buffalo and Miami losing, it was a big…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, November 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Has Roger Goodell’s multi-year, multi-multi-million contract extension reached the point of no return.  The sources of Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com claim it has:   Numerous sources reiterate that Roger Goodell's new contract is done as a practical matter and that Jerry Jones' effort to "hijack" the process in a conference call among some owners on Thursday is not feasible. Sources also believe the Ezekiel Elliott suspension is a significant factor in Jones' ongoing battle with the league office and doubt he he has anything close to 16 other owners in…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, November 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER may be active soon, but that doesn’t mean he starts ahead of on-a-roll QB CASE KEENUM.  Chad Graff in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press:   As the Vikings enter their bye week atop the NFC North standings, coach Mike Zimmer said he is “prepared” to activate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the physically unable to perform list, the first step in ushering back their 2014 first-round draft pick after a 14-month absence.   Even with a 6-2 record and six surprisingly effective starts from Case Keenum,…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the NFC:                                                  Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles    NCE     7-1               3-0                6-0 Minnesota Vikings      NCN     6-2               2-1                4-1 New Orleans Saints    NCS     5-2              1-0                 4-1 Seattle Seahawks       NCW    5-2              2-0                3-1 Los Angeles Rams     WC       5-2               2-1                3-2 Carolina Panthers        WC     5-3              1-1                 3-3 Atlanta Falcons                       4-3              0-0                3-0     Green Bay Packers                 4-3              1-1                 3-3 Dallas Cowboys                      4-3               2-0                4-2                        Detroit, Washington and Arizona all 3-4.   The idle Packers fell out of…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, October 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, October 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   A cat ran on the field late in Baltimore’s blasting of the listless Dolphins.  It led Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report to tweet:   @mikefreemanNFL  Teams would sign that cat before they signed Kaepernick.   Earlier in the game, the Ravens lost their QB when LB KIKO ALONSO drilled JOE FLACCO in the head as he lay prone on the ground after a slide.  Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:   Joe Flacco suffered a concussion after taking a brutal hit from Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso late in the second quarter…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that QB AARON RODGERS is screwed – literally:   Quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely won’t be playing football any time soon, flowery reports of a possible return in December notwithstanding.   Rodgers tells Conan O’Brien of TBS that Rodgers had 13 screws inserted into his collarbone.   The screws go along with a plate that holds the collarbone together. The fact that the plate is big enough to require that many screws means that the break was bad enough to require…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The Riveron Regime is reversing more calls than predecessor Dean Blandino.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   Clear and obvious. Clear and obvious. Does that phrase mean the same to you as it does to me? In a complex language, and amid the inherent subjectivity of human judgment, is it possible that one person's clear and obvious could be another's not so much?   So went my thought process in Week 6 when Alberto Riveron, the NFL's new senior vice president of officiating, made what seemed to be the most aggressive…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today –   If The Season Ended Today in the NFL:                                                  Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles    NCE    6-1               3-0                 5-0 Minnesota Vikings      NCN     5-2               2-1                4-1 Los Angeles Rams     NCW    5-2               2-1                3-2 New Orleans Saints    NCS     4-2              1-0                 3-1 Seattle Seahawks        WC      4-2              2-0                3-1 Green Bay Packers     WC      4-3              1-1                 3-3 Carolina Panthers                   4-3              0-1                 2-3 Atlanta Falcons                       3-3              0-0                3-0     Dallas Cowboys                      3-3               1-0                3-2                      Detroit Lions                            3-3              1-0                 3-3 Washington…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC, Kansas City (an unstoppable juggernaut two weeks ago) has fallen to the 2nd seed:                                                Overall     Division       Conference Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN      5-2               3-0                4-1 Kansas City Chiefs     ACW      5-2               1-1                3-2 New England Patriots  ACN      5-2               1-0                2-1 Tennessee Titans        ACS      4-3               2-1                3-3 Buffalo Bills                 WC        4-2               1-0                 2-1 Miami Dolphins            WC       4-2               1-1                 3-1 Jacksonville Jaguars                 4-3              2-1                 4-2 Denver Broncos                        3-3              2-3                 2-2 Houston Texans                        3-3              1-1                 3-3 Baltimore Ravens                      3-4              2-1                3-2 New York Jets                           3-4              1-3                …
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The Daily Briefing Friday, October 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, October 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   There won’t be any 10-point underdogs pulling upsets this week.  Heck, there won’t be any 7-point underdogs pulling upsets.  There is a good chance a 5.5-point underdog will win (as of Friday a.m.):   Time                Matchup with Live Spread                  Favorite           Spread 1:00 PM          Tennessee at Cleveland                    Tennessee       -5.5 1:00 PM          New Orleans at Green Bay                New Orleans   -5.5 1:00 PM          Baltimore at Minnesota                       Minnesota       -5.5 4:05 PM          Dallas at San Francisco                      Dallas              -5.5 4:25 PM          Seattle at NY Giants                          Seattle              -5.5 4:25…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The NFL is not punishing the Cowboys for challenging its disciplinary authority in the EZEKIEL ELLIOTT case.  Dallas lands next year’s draft.  Kevin Patra at NFL.com:   The 2018 NFL Draft is heading to the Lone Star State.   Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that the Dallas Cowboys will host the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas -- the first time the event will take place inside an NFL stadium. The draft will run April 26-28.   The NFL has made the draft a road show the…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the AFC:                                                  Overall     Division       Conference Kansas City Chiefs     ACW      5-1               1-0                3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN      4-2               2-0                3-1 New England Patriots  ACN      4-2               1-0                2-1 Tennessee Titans        ACS      3-3               2-1                2-3 Buffalo Bills                 WC        3-2               1-0                 2-1 Miami Dolphins            WC       3-2               0-1                 2-1 Denver Broncos                        3-2              2-0                 2-1 Jacksonville Jaguars                 3-3              1-1                 3-2 Baltimore Ravens                      3-3              2-1                3-2 New York Jets                           3-3              1-2                 3-3 Houston Texans                        3-3              1-1                 3-3   So –   * 11 teams either in the playoffs or within…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   If The Season Ended Today in the NFL:                                                  Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles     NCE    5-1               2-0                 4-0 Minnesota Vikings      NCN    4-2               2-1                 4-1 Carolina Panthers      NCS     4-2              0-1                 2-2 Los Angeles Rams     NCW    4-2              1-1                2-2 Green Bay Packers    WC1    4-2              1-1                 3-2 Atlanta Falcons          WC2     3-2              0-0                3-0     Seattle Seahawks                   3-2               2-0                 2-1 New Orleans Saints                3-2              1-0                 2-1 Washington Redskins             3-2                0-1               2-1              Detroit Lions                            3-3              1-0                 3-3                                     Arizona Cardinals                    3-3               1-0               …
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The Daily Briefing Friday, October 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, October 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO The dreaded torn groin for WR MARKUS WHEATON is the latest in line of injuries.  Adam Jahns in the Chicago Sun-Times:   Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton has a tear in his groin and could miss four to six weeks, league sources told the Sun-Times on Thursday.   Wheaton, who was awaiting final results for an MRI exam, officially was listed on the Bears’ injury report as a limited participant because of a groin injury. He was not included on the injury report on Wednesday.  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 12, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   When the NFL made up its 2017 schedule two teams that got a lot of love from the NFL were the Chiefs and the Giants – if your definition of love is primetime games and prime doubleheader slots.   Great choice with the Chiefs who are primetime in Weeks 7, 8 and 15.   Not so good with the Giants – and that is likely to mean the NFL will be flexing its schedule muscles.   The first flex came on Wednesday for Week 7.  With Seattle at Giants a…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   A day late, here is If The Season Ended Today for the NFC                                                                                         Overall     Division       Conference Philadelphia Eagles     NCE    4-1               2-0                 3-0 Green Bay Packers    NCN    4-1               1-0                 3-1 Carolina Panthers      NCS     4-1              0-1                 2-1 Seattle Seahawks      NCN     3-2              2-0                 2-1 Atlanta Falcons          WC       3-1               0-0                 3-0 Detroit Lions               WC       3-2               1-0                 3-2 Minnesota Vikings                  3-2              1-1                  3-1 Los Angeles Rams                  3-2               1-1                2-2   The Saints, Buccaneers and Redskins are next at 2-2.  …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Five weeks in, it’s time for the first ‘If The Season Ended Today” featuring the runaway Chiefs, two AFC East teams in the playoffs (none named New England) and the first place Jaguars.                                                                                                Overall     Division       Conference Kansas City Chiefs     ACW   5-0               1-0                 3-0 Buffalo Bills                 ACE    3-2               1-0                 2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers      ACN    3-2               2-0                 2-1 Jacksonville Jaguars  ACS    3-2               1-1                 3-2 Denver Broncos          WC      3-1               2-0                 2-1 New York Jets                        WC      3-2               1-1                 3-2…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, October 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, October 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   PHILADELPHIA The Eagles with a pair of injuries to watch.   Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News:   Fletcher Cox wasn’t present when the Eagles began practice Thursday; the team’s All-Pro defensive tackle has not taken the field since suffering a calf strain in the Sept. 24 victory over the Giants. He would seem unlikely to play this weekend against Arizona. The typical recovery time for an NFL calf injury is a little more than two seeks, according to a recent medical study.   Running back Wendell…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, October 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS Clarence Hill in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram notes similarities between the 2017 edition of QB DAK PRESCOTT and this week’s opponent, AARON RODGERS of the Packers:   Dak Prescott didn’t quite steal the R-E-L-A-X response quarterback Aaron Rodgers made famous last year when fans and media were questioning him about the Green Bay Packers’ 4-6 start.   But the sentiment was definitely there when the chuckling Dallas Cowboys quarterback met with the media on Wednesday, fittingly before Sunday’s game against Rodgers and the Packers (3-1).  …
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, October 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Here is a tip from Kevin Seifert, if you see Jerome Boger, expect Offensive Pass Interference:   The route was a familiar sight to anyone who has watched the New England Patriots on fall Sundays this decade. Tight end Rob Gronkowski lined up in the slot at the 42-yard line. He ran 7 yards to the 35, cut to his right against Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and hauled in quarterback Tom Brady's pass for a 10-yard gain.   This time, however, there was a flag. Referee Jerome Boger had…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, October 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The line between say 2-2 and 0-4 is mighty tight in the NFL.  Here is this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:   @ESPNStatsInfo  There are currently four teams with an 0-4 record, but 10 of those 16 combined losses have been by 3 points or fewer.   The Chargers have 3 such losses:   Wk       Opponent        1         @Den              L          21-24     -3                                                                   2         Mia                   L          17-19     -2                                                                   3         KC                   L           10-24   -14                                                                   4         Phi                   L          24-26     -2                                                                                                                                                                                           So do the 49ers:   Wk       Opponent        1          Car                …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, October 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, October 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Thoughts and prayers to all those victimized by the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.    As well as to those involved in the recovery of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Relieved to report that those in the DB’s extended family in Puerto Rico are safe. - - - After four weeks, the DB’s take is that there are not any dominant teams in the 2017 NFL, that we think 12-4 or 11-5 might be the high water mark for won-loss records.   Maybe the Chiefs can prove us wrong, but…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The words of Donald Trump have amazing powers and on Friday, like Bruce Banner turning into The Hulk, they turned Colin Kaepernick’s fading protest movement into a fireball that consumed The Commissioner, NFL owners and many others to the horrified delight of the media and the consternation of those who care about the League’s future.   After two lackluster weeks, the actual excitement level of NFL play rose in Week 3 with thrillers in Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Foxboro and Green Bay and plenty of upset results elsewhere.   But…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO After scoring just 7 points last week, Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com says the Bears are getting an offensive line reinforcement this week:   Bears guard Kyle Long hasn’t played in a game for a long time.   Long last saw game action in Week 10 of last season and was placed on injured reserve a short time later due to an ankle injury. Long would go on to have surgery on the ankle last December and undergo a long rehab period that stretched into training…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Sports Illustrated is reporting that the NFL is turning to Plan B for its Super Bowl 52 halftime show after being spurned by first choice – Jay-Z. - - - The NFL’s now-annual game in Mexico City may have been imperiled by the recent earthquake.  According to the Washington Post, the stadium is in good shape:   The NFL said Wednesday it is assessing whether its November game in Mexico City can be played as scheduled following Tuesday’s destructive earthquake there.   The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The insurrection against DeMaurice Smith is over before it began.  The NFLPA’s board has the power to call off an election by all members, and that’s what they have done.  Mark Maske of the Washington Post:   NFL player leaders voted Tuesday to retain DeMaurice Smith as the union’s executive director and extend his contract without him having to face opposition from competing candidates during this election cycle.   The unanimous vote to keep Smith was taken by a 14-member selection committee established under a new set of election…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, September 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   This note from Scott Kacsmar:   Teams with 0-1 TDs thru Week 2: CIN SF SEA NYG   Happened 4 times total in 2012-2016.   - - - The NFL has a domestic violence issue with one of its officials.  And not just any official – Carl Johnson once headed all NFL officials.  Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:   It appears the NFL has another domestic violence case to sort out, although this one doesn’t involve a player.   TMZ reports that line judge and former NFL vice president…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Forbes says the average value of an NFL team jumped 8% since last year despite the gathering storm clouds.  Kurt Badnehausen of Forbes:   The NFL and its players are butting heads at seemingly every turn regarding player discipline on and off the field. TV ratings declined 8% last season and dropped again during the NFL’s opening weekend. The league's image is taking a hit from the long-term health problems of players, and some fans are getting turned off by the gladiatorial nature of the sport. Yet for all…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS The NFL demands that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals treat its issues in enforcing player discipline as a judicial emergency.  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   Two years ago, the NFL accepted the decision to block Tom Brady‘s suspension pending the outcome of his litigation. This time around, the NFL has opted for a more aggressive approach regarding the ruling that blocks Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension.   The league has filed an “Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal,” which specifically requests a decision by September 19…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS Appealing the ruling of the Dallas-based federal judge Amos Mazzant, the NFL does not tell the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals court that they treated RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT fairly.  Instead, the flyover state justices are told that the 2-1 decision in New York’s 2nd Circuit in the Deflategate case commands that the players have bargained away their constitutional protections and that NFL Justice can do whatever it wants and no one, not even a life-appointed federal judge, can do anything about it.   The AP:…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Peter King did not like Week 1:   I don’t have the kind of memory that categorizes specific weeks of football. So I can’t say this week of NFL ball through 13 games is one of the worst ever. But I can say it stunk.   Week 1 margins of victory, through 14 games in 2016 and 13 in 2017 because of the Tampa Bay-Miami postponement:   2016: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 6, 7, 9, 9, 19.   2017: 3, 6, 8, 9, 10,…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Be safe, Florida. - - - Time for 10 DB fearless picks –   1 – EZEKIEL ELLIOTT will only play 10 games this year.  Eventually, the suspension will stick.   2 – The 49ers will win more games than the Broncos.   3 – The Jets will indeed get the number one pick, but the Browns (on their own pick) will not select in the top 5.   4 – This will be TOM BRADY’s final season – and by his standards it will not go well.  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   James Jones, a nine-year receiver with the Packers and Raiders, has announced his retirement.  He is taking a job as an analyst with NFL Network. - - - The NFL now has 21 new “full-time” officials – although some, like Pete Morelli, are senior officials who were otherwise retired from their day jobs and already only counting on the League for direct income.   The NFL has hired 21 officials to work on a full-time basis, including four referees.   Those refs are Brad Allen, Walt Anderson, Jerome Boger…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The finest minds of the NFL, Dolphins and Buccaneers could only agree that the game between the two teams will not be played in Miami at 1 p.m. on Sunday.   With Hurricane Irma barreling towards Florida this weekend, the game between the Dolphins and Buccaneers will not be played Sunday afternoon in Miami, the NFL announced Tuesday.   Irma, now a Category 5 hurricane with winds increasing to 185 miles per hour, according to NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft, is expected to make landfall in South…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com on the rise of trades:   The Patriots acquired more veterans via trade in 2016 (five) than any other organization. The team has already surpassed that total in 2017, dealing for seven players since the league year began. New England made four trades in the last week alone, including the surprising acquisition Saturday of former first-round Colts receiver Phillip Dorsett in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. In an era where too few quality players hit free agency, this is another avenue with which to build…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Maybe it is just what lawyers do, but the NFL never seems to have a consistent, opaque and trustworthy process in arriving at disciplinary decisions.   The big bombshell emerging on Thursday in the matter of RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT is that the only NFL employee ever to talk to Tiffany Thompson filed a report that recommended “no discipline” for Elliott – and from that point on she was shut out of the process and her report was suppressed.  Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram with the scoop:  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The Commish may be serious about shortening preseason without demanding something back from the players association.   We’ll have a test as Houston is only playing three games this year.  Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com:   The NFL opted Wednesday to cancel Thursday's preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, because the Texans will be able to return home to their families in Houston sooner than anticipated.   The Texans said in a statement that they will drive home on Wednesday after…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Michael Salfino of The538.com has the stats to back up his contention that this has been a particularly bad preseason.   For journeyman players and NFL rookies, the final week of preseason is the last live-action audition. For veteran starters, it’s the last chance to get hurt in a meaningless game. Because of this, NFL teams generally won’t play their established starters this week, and they will almost certainly not risk injury for their franchise quarterbacks. But in recent seasons, NFL teams have taken this preseason risk management one…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   DETROIT All hail QB MATTHEW STAFFORD, for now the Highest Paid Player in the NFL.  Dave Birkett in the Detroit Free Press:   Matthew Stafford’s deal is done, and the Detroit Lions quarterback is – for now, at least – the highest paid player in NFL history.   Stafford and the Lions agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $135 million on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told the Free Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced by the team.…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Peter King:   I think, regardless of the flippancy of the comment, this is another one that could, and should, haunt NFLPA president Eric Winston, the Cincinnati tackle. WCPO TV in Cincinnati, in an interview with Winston, quoted him saying about the future of football: “Honestly, I don't care, and I don't think the guys in this locker room care whether [the NFL] is going to be around in 20 years because none of us are going to be playing. … If this thing dies out in 20 years,…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   With the focus on oft-injured Washington TE JORDAN REED, Greg Bishop of SI.com studies the proposition that NFL players are now too big and too fast but just as vulnerable.  Excerpts below, the whole thing is here:   (After a description of a workout) Reed calls his vomit-inducing power walks a “standard” workout. But what he considers typical, even most elite athletes cannot fathom. For a man of Reed’s size—6' 3", 240 pounds—he doesn’t run so much as he glides, swallowing the gym’s turf field in long, graceful strides.…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Gary Myers in the New York Daily News, with the best player on his Giants ailing, comes out for a version of the DB’s 17-game plan.   The preseason games must go.   Roger Goodell has said many times over the last few weeks that he wants to cut the preseason from four games down to three and eventually to two.   That’s not going far enough. It’s more important to get to September healthy than giving the first-team offenses and defenses 10 series or so when they play…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS You may need to get to know QB COOPER RUSH.  He seems to be closing in on the backup quarterback role for America’s Team.  Clarence Hill in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:   Has the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback position suddenly become a competition?   Two days after owner Jerry Jones said he wouldn’t go as far as putting impressive rookie free agent quarterback Cooper Rush in the running with Kellen Moore for the second-string job behind Dak Prescott, Rush took some second-team reps in practice…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Ben Volin of The Boston Globe says that business concerns are trumping the opinions of fans and players as the NFL moves ahead with extending Roger Goodell:   Roger Goodell doesn’t exactly have the highest Q score among NFL fans.   Patriots fans hate the commissioner for dragging Tom Brady’s name through the mud over deflated footballs. Saints fans hate Goodell for Bountygate. The NFL Players Association’s relationship with Goodell is in tatters. Women’s rights advocates called for Goodell’s resignation for his poor handling of the Ray Rice situation,…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   It looks like Roger Goodell will be under contract to be The Commish for seven more years.  Conor Orr at NFL.com:   The NFL is close to finalizing a deal that would extend the tenure of commissioner Roger Goodell through the 2024 season, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday, citing a person informed of the talks.   Goodell, 58, succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September of 2006. He first joined the league as an intern back in 1982.   Goodell's tenure has been one of the most eventful for a…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 17, 2017 Seahawks DT MICHAEL BENNETT calls on some of his white playing brethren to disrespect the Anthem/join in social protest.  Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   Michael Bennett has been the most outspoken of late, among the players protesting during the national anthem by sitting or raising a fist.   And he’d like to have a little more help in the effort — specifically from a white player.   “It would take a white player to really get things changed,” Bennett said during an appearance on ESPN. “Because when somebody from the other side understands…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 14, 2017 Peter King breaks down the big trades made by the Rams, Eagles and Bills:   “We researched trades at this time of year,” Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane said Sunday afternoon, “and there’s aren’t many like this.” Trades for picks, the Bills’ GM meant. There was Sam Bradford from Philadelphia to Minnesota last year for first- and fourth-round picks, Vontae Davis from Miami to Indy for a second-rounder in 2012, and Greg Olsen from Chicago to Carolina for a third-rounder in 2011 … all in the preseason. Beane did two of them in…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 10, 2017 After negotiations with the official’s union, the NFL has an agreement to hire 24 “full-time” officials.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   The NFL and NFL Referees Association agreed Wednesday to convert up to 24 of its game officials to full-time status for the 2017 season, an important step in addressing one of the league's most volatile on-field issues.   The deal amends the officials' collective bargaining agreement for one year and must be renewed in June 2018 for the program to continue, according to NFLRA executive director Scott Green. That effectively makes it…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 A fancy simulation from FootballOutsiders yields the top 15 candidates to make the postseason:   The following table shows the 15 teams with the strongest odds of making the postseason based on the simulation of the season run for Football Outsiders Almanac 2017. These odds will be updated again on the day before the season (September 6) with a new simulation that incorporates preseason injuries and other roster changes. Odds to Make 2017 Playoffs   1          NE       87.5%              2          PIT      77.9%              3          SEA     63.7%              4          GB       59.8%              5          DAL    …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 7, 2017 Former Niners GM Trent Baalke scores a nebulous NFL pay check.  Josh Alper at ProFootballTalk.com:   Former 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke has landed a new job.   Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Baalke has been hired by the NFL as a football operations consultant. Baalke is expected to work in a variety of areas, including officiating video review and player development and evaluation.   Former Giants coach and current Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin served in a similar role with the league during the 2016 season. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 4, 2017 There are three teams in the NFL, all AFC actually, where the starting QB position has become shaky due to injuries, which is causing COLIN KAEPERNICK coverage.  Besides what is below, check out Baltimore, Indianapolis and Miami for that latest.   Here’s CB RICHARD SHERMAN of the Seahawks weighing in on the entire situation per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com who adds his own two cents at the end.   While fans may hate Colin Kaepernick because he didn’t stand for the national anthem in 2016, the NFL has shunned him for a fundamentally…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 3, 2017 NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com grills Bears GM Ryan Pace on moving up one spot to draft QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY:   Ryan Pace knows how stunned you were. And the Bears GM is aware of how Chicago fans reacted to his trade of third-round and fourth-round picks to move up one spot and draft North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, seven weeks after he signed 27-year-old ex-Buccaneer QB Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million deal.   It’s OK. He gets how you might feel, and he’ll even concede he feels…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 2, 2017 LT RYAN CLADY, currently unsigned after ending 2016 on the Jets’ IR list with a shoulder injury, has announced his retirement.  He said there were several teams interested in signing him. - - - Ara Parseghian, a great coach and better man, passed away today at age 94.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   After five seasons and a 39–6–1 record, Parseghian left Miami of Ohio to coach at Northwestern.   The team Parseghian took over had gone 0-8-1 the previous season, but he immediately improved them to 4-4-1 in his first year…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Visiting the Jets on his training camp tour, The Commish says there is no such thing as “tanking” in the NFL, unlike the NBA.  Rich Cimini of ESPN.com:   There's no tanking in football, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.   "I don't think any team tanks, I really don't," Goodell said Monday on a visit to the New York Jets' training camp.   The Jets, who parted ways with 11 veteran players during the offseason, have been accused of sacrificing the season for a high draft pick in 2018. With so many young…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 31, 2017 The study that showed a 99% rate of CTE in NFL football players made an impression with its headlines the DB has learned in lunchtime conversations the last week.  But Ben Volin of the Boston Globe says things aren’t as cut-and-dried as media headlines would want you to believe.   The latest CTE study made big headlines when it was released this past week.   And for many of those in the medical and football communities, the headlines are a problem.   The study, conducted by Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University and…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 28, 2017 As the Ravens contemplate making a controversial addition to their roster, a J.D. Power survey finds out that Colin Kaepernick had more to do with the NFL’s television ratings issues in 2016 than any other single factor.  Darren Rovell at ESPN.com:   National anthem protests were the top reason that NFL fans watched fewer games last season, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power.   The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why.…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 27, 2017 Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com notes that the last two firings, in Kansas City and Carolina, both involved the disposal of “scouting first” GMs.   It's a tough time to be a general manager in the NFL.   Doesn't matter what time of year it is or how close you might be to vacation, or even the start of training camp. GMs are suddenly imperiled around the league, with owners willing to fire them no matter how unusual or unconventional the timing and no matter how much recent success they might have enjoyed. It…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Give Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com some credit, there are some true surprises on his list of possible surprise cuts.  On the other hand, the surprise about LB AHMAD BROOKS is that he’s not already cut.   Training camp is a time of optimism for fans -- and anxiety for many NFL players. Below is an incomplete list of some notable names at risk of being released before the start of the season, in no particular order.   1) Brock Osweiler, QB, Cleveland Browns: Within hours of acquiring Osweiler, the Browns were reportedly making…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Ross Tucker at SportsOnEarth.com on the GM firings in Kansas City and Carolina:   Be careful what you wish for.   That would be my message to Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and his counterpart Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers in the wake of their surprising firings of general managers John Dorsey and Dave Gettleman, respectively, over the past month.   Both moves are proof of surprising dysfunction within both organizations and set very dangerous precedents for any men that are picked to lead those organizations moving forward. For the time…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Kudos to LB JERRELL FREEMAN for knowing the Heimlich maneuver.  Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com:   It’s a good thing Jerrell Freeman decided to have one last cheat meal before training camp.   The Bears linebacker made a last-minute call for some brisket at the airport in Austin Sunday, when he encountered a man who was choking, and saved him with the Heimlich maneuver.   According to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, Freeman said the man initially just looked disoriented, before he realize how serious the…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY QB AARON RODGERS stands up for his coach in the face of criticism from a former teammate.  Ryan Wilson at CBSSports.com:   Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings may blame Mike McCarthy for the team blowing leads during postseason games but the coach has the full support of Aaron Rodgers. "I don't know what [Jennings] said," Rodgers told WTMJ-TV's Lance Allen, "but again I think it's important that when you're thinking about comments coming from outside the facility especially by people who haven't been around…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Jay Cutler will get to opine about his former team in the first two games of his broadcasting career.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   What does Jay Cutler really think of his former team? We’ll find out in Week One.   FOX is planning to assign Cutler, along with Charles Davis and Kevin Burkhardt, to the Week One Bears-Falcons game. Cutler retired this offseason to work for FOX after 11 NFL seasons, the last eight of which were with the Bears.   Cutler is also…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Jerry Jones is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a few weeks, and Jimmie Johnson will be on the program as a presenter.  Just not of Jones.    Here is the full list of enshrinees and presenters:   Jerry Jones will be presented by wife Gene Jones.   Jason Taylor will be presented by Jimmie Johnson, one of his Dolphins coaches.   Kurt Warner will be presented by wife Brenda Warner.   LaDainian Tomlinson will be presented by fullback Lorenzo Neal   Terrell Davis will be presented…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com endorses the proliferation of advertisements onto uniforms:   If the NFL could do it all over again, the NFL would do at least two things differently from the get-go. One, the league would set itself up as a truly single enterprise and not various different businesses, for legal and labor reasons. Two, the league would put advertisement all over its uniforms and helmets, for revenue reasons.   Nearly 100 years later, tens of millions of dollars if not more are lost every year due to the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner at YahooSports.com on who might be the best remaining free agents:   NFL teams do most of their free-agent shopping in March, or right after the draft when they figure out what holes still need to be filled.   Sometimes a gift comes in June, like a surprise cut of Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker, but for the most part if a player is out of a job after July 4, it will likely be tough to get one. Then you peruse the list of…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele of The Sporting News is livid over the NFL’s hazy justification for its extreme punishments for marijuana usage/addiction:   The one-year suspension of Ravens tight end Darren Waller for a substance-abuse violation raised several red flags, which is not a surprise. Red flags about Waller, of course, and about the Ravens, who, according to an ESPN.com account, have had the most players suspended for various drug violations since 2010 than any other NFL team.   However, Waller is also the fourth NFL player this offseason to be suspended…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kurt Warner uses a video here to tell you who his Hall of Fame presenter is.  The final three words are “my wife Brenda.”   NFC EAST   DALLAS Did the Cowboys strike seventh round gold with WR NOAH BROWN from The Ohio State University?  Kristi Scales in the Dallas Morning News:   The Cowboys selected two wide receivers in the 2017 NFL draft. Ryan Switzer (fourth round, 123rd overall) already has carved his niche as Cole Beasley 2.0.   So where does that leave seventh-round pick Noah Brown, the 239th…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL announced its 2017 roster of officials and the highlights include:   - All 17 referees return.  This is the third straight season for these 17 and quite a few of them are getting up there in age.    Ed Hochuli will be 67 before the season ends.  Pete Morelli and Tony Corrente both turn 66 this fall.  Walt Anderson is 65. Walt Coleman III keeps his age a closely guarded secret, he’s in his 29th year, but we think he is 65. Jeff Triplette also doesn’t shout out…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Chip Kelly showed up on Adam Schefter’s podcast and has some things to say of interest to fans of the Titans, Eagles and Colin Kaepernick.  First, on the quest for Marcus Mariota with Matt Lombardo of NJ.com:   The hypothetical about how the trajectory of the Eagles' franchise could have changed had Chip Kelly been able to orchestrate a trade with the Tennessee Titans to draft quarterback Marcus Mariota is a fascinating one that has been pondered by fans and media alike ever since that fateful draft.   However, during…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL Players Association sees a way to make money out of the biometric data of its members.  Tom Taylor of TheMMQB.com:   When Giants linebacker Devon Kennard wakes up each morning, he checks his phone to see what the day might hold. He’ll have text messages and emails, of course, but what Kennard really cares about are his sleep stats: Did he hit his eight-hour target? How good is his recovery score? And, most importantly, how hard can he push his body today?   If knowledge is power, NFL…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFL.com’s list of the top 100 players in the NFL (as voted by the players, or at least some of them who filled out a long ballot) is fully announced with TOM BRADY finishing first.   Here is a breakdown of their colleges:   A year ago, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was the only player from Alabama voted to the Top 100 Players of 2016 list.   This year, however, he has plenty of company.   The Crimson Tide tied Georgia with five players each for the most Top…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Andy Reid, Hall of Famer?  Greg Bishop makes the case base on endurance and wins, not titles:   As noted by Pro Football Talk, Chiefs coach Andy Reid is currently tied for 11th on the all-time wins list, with 173. He needs 13 wins to pass Chuck Knox and move into the top 10. If Reid records an average of 11 victories in the next five years, he’d be fifth all-time, behind only Don Shula, George Halas, Tom Landry and Bill Belichick. I think that’s worthy of the Hall of…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The headline said that Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report was declaring that the NFL had a “Floyd Mayweather problem.”  The DBs first thought is he was talking about Patriots dominance, the second too much money.  We were wrong on both counts.   1. A Thin Line Between Floyd Mayweather and the NFL Not long after the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was announced, my Twitter timeline exploded, particularly after I referred to Mayweather as a woman beater. Give me a moment to explain.   First off, Mayweather…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Without comments from Colin Kaepernick to mull and chew, the voracious media is running out of fodder to make the case for him that he is being unfairly denied a contract.  Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, believed to be more the right than many scribes, wants Kaepernick quotes.   Most Niners people liked Colin Kaepernick last year. And that was different.   Often quiet and keeping to himself, Kaepernick’s season-long protest against police brutality opened discussions that allowed him to build relationships with teammates that he previously didn’t have. The San…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Jerry Jones is leading an NFL group to the Vatican today.  NFL.com:   Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   Jones and his wife, Gene, have been in Italy with a contingent from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   Jones, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5, will be joined by six previous Hall inductees, including Curtis Martin, Ronnie Lott and Franco…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Per the CBA, the deadline for signing franchise players to long term contracts this year is Monday, July 17, not Saturday, July 15, as has been reported.  Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com looks at the three unsigned franchise players and their prospects for a contract:   The NFL is finally on vacation. Offseason programs are complete. Coaches, execs and players, by and large, have left the building (save for teams like the Ravens who are keeping their rookies around for a few extra weeks), and the business of football is generally…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Former NFL officiating head Dean Blandino, now transitioning to FOX, says he would have been fine with a plethora of ties.  That and more from an interview with Colin Cowherd:   Former NFL senior VP of officiating Dean Blandino left the league after more than 15 years of service in April, and he joined Tuesday's episode of "The Herd" as FOX Sports' newest NFL and college football rules analyst.   In an interview with Colin Cowherd, Blandino opened up on the NFL's recent rules changes, the problem with overtime and…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The actual settlement part of the concussion settlement is near at hand reports Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   Thursday’s Associated Press report regarding the issuance of the first payments in the concussion settlement contains one factual flaw: The payments haven’t actually been issued.   According to attorney Brad Sohn, the claims have been approved for payment but payment has not been made. Sohn points out that the NFL has appeal rights, and that the payments likely will be made at the end of the summer.   It’s not a huge…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Who knew that Bob Stoopes, allegedly “retired” as coach at Oklahoma, had not one, but two, homes in Chicago?  The Chicago Sun-Times:   Despite owning two Gold Coast homes, former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t have his eye on any potential Bears job opening.   “That’s a simple deal,” Stoops told 97.1-FM, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. “I got one that fits our style and what we want to do with our family better, and I’m gonna sell the other one.  …
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The headline may be a little bit premature (IS THIS THE NFL'S FIRST FEMALE PLAYER?) but Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report has a good look here  at Becca Longo, who will be attending Adams State University, a Division II school in Colorado, on a football scholarship.   About a dozen women have played college football at various levels. In 1997 Liz Heaston became the first female to score in a college football game when she kicked an extra point for Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, then an NAIA school. But…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   WASHINGTON The Redskins announce that Doug Williams, a Super Bowl-winning QB, is a GM in everything but name.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   Doug Williams has been named the team’s senior vice president of player personnel.   “You want somebody that’s of unquestionable character, great leadership skills, a great teammate for everyone around him. And that pointed to Doug,” team President Bruce Allen said in introducing Williams this morning.   Williams’ crowning achievement as a player was leading Washington to a championship and winning the Super…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 12, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 12, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com on a recent NFL Front Office hire:   Longtime NFL executive Dawn Aponte, who last year was transferred out of the Dolphins’ operations to work for another Stephen Ross-owned business, is now back in the NFL.   Aponte has been hired as chief administrator of football operations in the league office, according to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal.   Last year the Dolphins made the surprising announcement that Aponte was leaving the team to work for the Drone Racing League, which Dolphins owner Stephen…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA Kelly Kleine is a female on the fast track in the Vikings scouting department.  Alex Marvez of The Sporting News:   The list of responsibilities handled by the Minnesota Vikings' new college scouting coordinator is extensive.   It also has made Kelly Kleine one of the most preeminent members of the 14 women who work for NFL teams in football operations.   Sporting News has learned that Kleine was promoted earlier this week from her role as a college scouting assistant. Based on how much Vikings…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL They are not identical twins, but the person filing the complaint against Rex Ryan may have the brothers mixed up.  Jay Skurski in the Buffalo News:   An assault complaint has been filed against former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan.   Don Aaron, the Metro Nashville Police Department public affairs manager, confirmed to The Buffalo News via a written email statement Wednesday that 30-year-old Matthew J. Havel of Pueblo, Colo., filed the complaint Sunday night.   "He alleges that he saw the Ryans in Margaritaville on Broadway, went up to…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS WR ODELL BECKHAM, Jr. is staying away from OTAs to try to convince the Giants to give him a raise.  ESPN.com:   Odell Beckham Jr.'s absence from the New York Giants' organized team activities is directly related to the wide receiver's desire for a new contract, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.   Beckham has been one of several Giants players who have missed the voluntary offseason workouts over the past few weeks. He does not have a financial bonus tied to attending the workouts…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL’s master plan was to give Jerry Jones the draft in 2018 – and as outstanding as it was, Philadelphia’s fantastic job as host has apparently not swayed those desires.   It appears the Dallas Cowboys are closing in on being named the official host of the 2018 NFL draft.   Despite some looming logistical and financial hurdles, the Cowboys’ bid is the leading candidate to host the event, two NFL sources told Yahoo Sports. The sources added that the process of naming a 2018 host has been slowed…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The DB is old enough to remember when the NFL abandoned Labor Day Weekend, primarily because New Yorkers needed to close up their summer homes on Long Island and at the Jersey Shore and couldn’t make Giants and Jets games that Sunday.   And we believe one reason the NFL got off to a slow ratings start in 2016 was that its college football rivals had such a compelling slate of games last year on Labor Day Weekend while the NFL sat idle.   Here’s Chris Burke of SI.com:  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA DT SHARRIF FLOYD thinks he might be able to play this season after all.  Ben Gosseling from ESPN.com:   Sharrif Floyd was on the field for the Vikings' practice on Wednesday, though he wasn't able to do any running. Floyd, who is dealing with a nerve issue that is preventing his right quadriceps muscle from firing properly, said he believes he will be on the field this season. "It's not a matter of if," he said. "It's a matter of when."   NFC EAST   PHILADELPHIA The…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO With MIKE GLENNON and MITCHELL TRUBISKY, who knew that MARK SANCHEZ was also a QB on the Bears roster?  Now, he is an ailing QB.  Dan Wiederer in the Chicago Tribune:   Sanchez suffered an injury to his left knee during Tuesday's practice and will miss the remainder of organized team activities as well as the team's minicamp in June. Sanchez, according to the Bears, is expected to return for training camp in Bourbonnais in July.   With Sanchez's setback, the Bears changed course on their…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS Like Tiger Woods, Cowboys CB NOLAN CARROLL gets busted for DUI in the early hours of Memorial Day.  Todd Archer at ESPN.com:   Dallas Cowboys cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Monday morning in the Uptown section of Dallas.   A Dallas police officer pulled Carroll over after an unspecified traffic violation. Carroll posted bond Monday afternoon after he was booked into Dallas County Jail.   According to a team spokesman, the Cowboys are aware of the situation and gathering…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King:   I think the NFL’s decision to cut overtime from 15 to 10 minutes probably won’t result in more ties, because coaches will play more aggressively in overtime. I’m not crazy about the change, but I understand it. Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and the Sporting News had a great stat that plays a part too: In the past five years, 10 teams have followed a Sunday overtime game by playing on Thursday night. Those 10 teams are 2-8 in those games. Not enough to get a…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Four writers from TheMMQB.com bat around the effect of the 10-minute overtime.   The MMQB Welcome, everyone. Let’s jump right in. The NFL’s stated reason for reducing overtime from 15 minutes to 10 is for player safety. Do you buy this? If not, what’s really going on here?   Andrew Brandt Player Safety has become the watchword for the NFL (and the NFLPA). Anything with that imprimatur is going to get approval. My point, as I wrote this week, is that if Player Safety is the primary concern, they why…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele of The Sporting News notes the biggest change wrought by the NFL’s new cutdown policy:   The NFL keeps refusing to completely get rid of, or even cut back on, the abomination that is the preseason schedule. Even the players and coaches are recognizing the futility of the games by the way starters are and are not used every week. But the NFL keeps charging for them, and fans keep paying for them in spite of themselves.   Yet somehow, with its change in roster cut-downs this week…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Pro Bowl is heading back to Orlando and it will be shown on two networks, although both owned by Disney: The Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando again in 2018, with an earlier start time of 3 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Wednesday.   The game will be played at Camping World Stadium on Jan. 28. It will feature the traditional AFC vs. NFC format.   It will be televised by ESPN and simulcast on ABC, making it the first Pro Bowl to air simultaneously on cable and…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King says that 40 players talked some sense into The Commish and the threshold for a celebration penalty will be significantly higher in 2017:   • Vernon Davis, you can shoot that jump shot again, without getting whacked. The NFL flagged and fined 26 players for excessive celebration last year; most of those this season will not be penalized or fined. Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff met on at least two occasions this spring with a large group of players (one club official told me Goodell talked with…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com tries to puzzle out what the Bears have been trying to accomplish:   Chicago Bears   What went right   The Bears' secondary is better. After fielding a series of truly terrifying defensive backfields since Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings left town, they finally invested in upgrades this offseason. They found a good deal on Prince Amukamara, signing the former Giants corner to a one-year, $7 million deal after he had a solid season in Jacksonville. The three-year, $16 million deal they…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Detroit is desperately hoping to host an NFL Draft.  Kyle Meinke at MLive.com:   The Detroit Lions appear to be long shots to host the NFL draft next year, but the club hasn't given up, and is already preparing to make bids for 2018 and '19 as well.   The NFL is expected to begin rolling out their draft host cities three or four at a time, like they do with the Super Bowl, and Detroit is going to bid on whatever's available when bidding opens in the fall.  …
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL is looking to expand “IR-designated for return.”  Kevin Patra of NFL.com on a report from Judy Bautista on that subject and the return of the 10-minute overtime:   NFL owners are set to pass a regulation to give teams more flexibility to teams dealing with injuries.   NFL Network's Judy Battista reported Wednesday that at next week's Spring League Meeting, owners plan to vote on a proposal allowing a second player to come off injured reserve in a season. The proposal is likely to pass, per Battista.  …
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL John Kostko at ProFootballFocus.com has five names from which he expects the 2017 Comeback Player of the Year to emerge:   Pro Football Focus’ 2016 Comeback Player of the Year differed from the Associated Press award, as Miami Dolphins edge defender Cameron Wake was more dominant from start to finish than Packers WR Jordy Nelson, who had a great season himself. While the top three vote-getters in 2016 all returned from injuries of different natures, our 2015 award winner, Eric Berry, made his comeback from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The comeback award…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The DB has thought that current helmet technology is a mixed game with hard shells dealing out punishment even as they absorb it.  Jared Dubin of CBSSports.com with a report on a new style of helmet coming soon:   Player safety is one of the biggest issues facing football at all levels right now.   The NFL obviously has the most high-profile bout with figuring out a way to make the game safer for players, and the league may be on the verge of making a drastic shift thanks to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 12, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 12, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Rookies are signing all across the NFL and we won’t try to keep up with every announcement with first round picks signing in Detroit (LB JARRAD DAVIS), Houston (QB DeSHAUN WATSON), Los Angeles (Chargers WR MIKE WILLIAMS), Denver (T GARRETT BOWLES),Atlanta (LB TAKKARIST McKINLEY) and elsewhere.  According to this, eight first rounders are known to be signed.   It’s a far cry from the days before the rookie wage scale.   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO The Bears have waived a pair of veterans:   The Bears on Thursday released receiver…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA The Vikings have signed WR MICHAEL FLOYD, once a first round pick of the Cardinals and now an Arizona jailbird.  He’s from the Twin Cities.  Ben Gossling at ESPN.com looks at the implications:   The Minnesota Vikings' decision Wednesday to sign Michael Floyd, to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, can't be fully contextualized until we have two pieces of information: how much guaranteed money the Vikings gave the St. Paul native, and what kind of a suspension the NFL will issue for Floyd's DUI arrest…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL It took three people to replace Dean Blandino, including his deputy for the last few years former referee Alberto Riveron:   The NFL announced Wednesday the league named Alberto Riveron senior vice president of officiating.   Russell Yurk was named vice president of instant replay and administration. Wayne Mackie will assume the role of vice president of officiating evaluation and development.   Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the league has sent out a memo informing teams that Alberto Riveron has been named to lead…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Heading to the booth, Jay Cutler has some advice for the Bears regarding QB MITCH TRUBISKY.   "If it's going downhill, I don't really see any reason to play the kid," Cutler said, via CSN Chicago. "I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people calling for his name, because you draft him at No. 2 and draft him for a reason, and that's to play football and win games. But if you look at a lot of quarterbacks throughout this league, until you've got…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King, who recently spent time with Kyle Shanahan in the 49ers War Room, now says that the reason ROBERT GRIFFIN III is unemployed is that he revolted against the hard coaching of the Shanahans – father and son:   He’s been unemployed for two months after the Browns cut him. The career of the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year is in more jeopardy than Kaepernick’s. Regardless of what he, his family or Washington owner Daniel Snyder thinks, Griffin’s biggest error was being the anti-Brady. Instead of simply being…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   DETROIT Brian Xanders, a longtime NFL operative who was a Martin Mayhew hire, is moving on.  Nate Atkins at MLive.com:   The NFL Draft is less than a week gone, and the Detroit Lions are experiencing a front-office change.   Senior personnel executive Brian Xanders has left the organization, Inside the League's Neil Stratton reported Thursday on Twitter.   Xanders spent the past four years with the Lions, handling duties such as college scouting, pro personnel, advance scouting, coaching research/analytics and football information systems development, according to…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL On the day that health care reform may pass on a second try, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com hears that we may still get 10-minute overtime despite its failure to garner enough support at the owner’s meeting.   In March, the Competition Committee recommended that owners reduce overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the preseason and regular season. Not enough owners agreed.   So with another ownership meeting looming, where do things stand? Cowboys COO, executive V.P., and director of player personnel Stephen Jones, who also serves as a…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO We don’t blame QB MIKE GLENNON for feeling like the Bears punched him in the gut.  Rich Campbell in the Chicago Tribune:   Mike Glennon was, of all places, at Soldier Field on Thursday night when the Bears changed the course of franchise history and sent shockwaves through the NFL draft. The team had asked its starting quarterback to attend the Miller Lite Bears draft party on the club level.   So much for being a guest of honor, huh?   Because Glennon showed up, we…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King:   I think I must ask (and I am not the first): Is it really necessary for Roger Goodell to announce all the picks on day one, and a host of them on day two, while boos rain down on him like a summer storm in a rainforest? I bring you two sub-quotes of the week, from day two, when you think the crowd might have gotten the booing out of its system after doing it 32 times Thursday. The first, when Goodell went onstage with Ron Jaworski to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL A couple of tweets from Thursday night from ESPN:   @ESPNStatsInfo  This is the 1st time that 3 different teams traded up to get a QB in the first round on draft day   @ESPNStatsInfo   This marks the first time in the Common Draft Era that an offensive lineman has not been selected within the first 15 picks. - - - Steven Ruiz of USAToday.com says NFL front offices drafted in direct contravention of the truths laid down by the elite draft experts:   Remember all that time you spent…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL It’s going to take two people to replace Dean Blandino.  Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   Almost-former NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is leaving just as the league was about to give final say on real-time replay from every game.   And after a moment of surprise, perhaps they’ve realized it might take more than one man to do the job.   According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, the NFL has posted a new job which sounds like the guy who will be the eyes and face of…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL passed out a pair of conditional reinstatements on Tuesday.  WR MARTAVIS BRYANT and LB DARYL WASHINGTON.  First, Bryant from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette:   The Steelers might not have to worry about taking a wide receiver in the early rounds of the NFL draft now that Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated by the league after serving a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.   But because Bryant faces a long road back to rebuild trust with his teammates and coaches, they are…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We have added the commentary on the Eagles’ schedule that was missing yesterday (and boy did they get a lot of primetime love).  The Andy Reid Duo, Philadelphia and Kansas City, show up a lot more than you might expect this year.   We still have three schedules, all in the AFC South, to get to tomorrow which is Draft Eve as well.   NFC EAST   PHILADELPHIA   SCHEDULE NOTES We neglected to comment on this Eagles schedule yesterday, but we find that the Eagles were awarded five national…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We take an in-depth look at all the NFC schedules today (all times Eastern) with the AFC coming up tomorrow.   You may want to print this out from FootballPerspective.com   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO   SCHEDULE NOTES The Bears get back-to-back primetime games in the season’s first month (odd for a 3-13 team the year before), then vanish from the national stage until a Saturday NFLN affair at Detroit…So that’s 13 games in the early time slot – 10 on FOX and 3 on CBS with the San Francisco…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL In the old days, the NFL’s Val Pinchbeck laboriously and manually slotted out each NFL game on a big board in a conference room while hand-crafting a schedule.  Now, a team of NFL employees waits for a computer to spit out a palatable option.  They grew tired of waiting with version 52,129 reports Peter King:   This is the fourth straight year I’ve done a story on the making of the NFL schedule. Each year, I speak to the four-person team of schedule-makers, led by NFL broadcasting and schedule czar…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We get the 2017 schedule tonight.  Eliott Harrison of NFL.com has a list of games fans will be excited to see (Harrison apparently hasn’t got the memo that Atlanta at New England will not open the 2017 season):   Ah, the Super Bowl rematch.   We don't get those too often. At least, we rarely see them the ensuing fall. And this one just happens to be a replay of arguably the greatest -- or at least most stunning -- Super Sunday of all time. Falcons at Patriots will mark…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL announced on Tuesday that it will announce its 2017 schedule at 8 p.m. on Thursday. - - - Even in a league with vast sums of money available to all and a salary cap, Brent Schrotenboer at USA TODAY says income inequality is a big issue.   The gap between rich and poor teams in the NFL has gotten so wide in recent years that three of the underprivileged franchises have taken drastic action:   In the past 15 months, the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL John Breech of CBSSports.com has 10 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule – and some of those you already know if you’ve been paying attention (Patriots open at home probably against Chiefs being one of them).  But a few are a bit off the radar.   5. There will be two weeks worth of Saturday games on the schedule  In 46 of the past 47 NFL seasons, there's been at least one Saturday regular-season game on the schedule, and that streak is going to continue in 2017…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL If you read one thing today, make it the story on Konrad Reuland and Rod Carew in BALTIMORE. - - - The 2017 NFL schedule is likely to be announced this week, perhaps on Thursday.  Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com with some thoughts:   The schedule for the 2017 season is set to be announced this week, which means that we will find out which team will be visiting Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots in the first game of the season.   The Falcons are on New England’s home schedule…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The City of St. Louis has filed a law suit against the NFL and the Rams for last year’s re-accommodation to Los Angeles.  The case starts out in a hometown court.  Ken Belson of the New York Times:   St. Louis and several groups in the city sued the N.F.L. on Wednesday, accusing it of violating its own relocation guidelines when the league’s team owners voted a year ago to let the Rams leave the city for Los Angeles.   In a 52-page complaint filed in Circuit Court in St.…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL was making some announcements on Monday.   First, there will be an NFL game, at least one, that starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Eastern U.S.  John Breech of CBSSports.com:   After spending the past five months mulling over the possibility of whether to eliminate the 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff time from the NFL schedule, the league has decided to keep the early London game for at least one more season.   The NFL announced Monday that the Dolphins’ Week 4 game against the Saints will kick off…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The preseason schedule is all grown up and just like big brother the regular season schedule it has its own NFL Network special.  Today.  5 p.m.  Opponents will be revealed.   NFC EAST   DALLAS Here is a stunt involving Tony Romo.  Max Mayer at NFL.com:   Tony Romo will suit up for a Dallas sports team possibly for one final time -- except it's not the Cowboys.   The Dallas Mavericks will make the retired Cowboys quarterback "a Maverick for the day" by having him on the team's bench…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY The first thought in the DB’s head after reading this was “Will Aaron Rodgers be repairing his relationship with his family now?”   This from People Magazine:   Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers have split.   “They have amicably ended their relationship of three years,” a source close to the situation confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. The source says the couple “remains close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward.”   The actress, 36, and Green Bay Packers quarterback, 33, began…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL More money for NFL owners as Amazon ponies up big time for streaming rights:   Last year, the National Football League experimented by letting Twitter livestream 10 Thursday night games.   This year, pro football will continue the test, but will switch it up: Amazon has bought the rights to the league’s streaming package, and will offer the games for free to its Amazon Prime subscribers around the world.   Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube had also expressed interest in carrying the games this year.   Amazon is paying around…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL ROMO Charean Williams in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the big decision:   While everyone was waiting on the Dallas Cowboys to make a decision on Tony Romo, Romo was trying to make up his mind. To play, or not to play: that was the question.   Romo began discussions with CBS, as well as other television executives, once the season ended. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said talks “heated up in the last couple of weeks.”   Romo considered continuing his playing career, insisting several teams showed interest with…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is snarky here, but he also is expressing a widespread impression about Roger Goodell’s pay:   Roger Goodell's litany of unpopular decisions have helped make him a wealthy man, but the billionaires who lined his pockets wisely think he needs a pay cut.   Goodell, one of the most loathed commissioners in the history of American team sports, has cashed in during his polarizing decade-long run. The NFL is a cash cow for owners thanks, in part, to Goodell's leadership, but there's…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL There was a secret owners-only meeting in Phoenix, but someone clued Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com in on it:   Every league meeting includes a variety of sessions attended by a variety of people. Last week in Arizona, one specific session included only the owners.   Unusual but not unprecedented, the owners-only meeting (technically an executive session of the Finance and Compensation Committees) focused in part on discussions regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s next contract and succession planning, based on a potential transition that would be initiated by Goodell after the next labor…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO It is not the most ringing endorsement by a coach we’ve heard, but perhaps it is realistic.  John Fox doesn’t think his Bears are winners just yet, but they are close.  Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:   John Fox has been doing this long enough to know the Bears need a breakthrough to prevent major turnover at Halas Hall, something that has happened too often since the firing of Lovie Smith five years ago.   Fox has his own glass that's half-full, as Smith used…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kevin Seifert of ESPN looks at the NFL’s new policy on “targeting.”   New rule: Stronger enforcement of penalties for "very egregious" hits What it means: The competition committee identified a handful of plays from the 2016 season that included hits so violent and so counter to existing rules that it wanted them "out of our game," according to chairman Rich McKay. Referees already were empowered to eject players who committed those acts, and they will be encouraged to use that authority. If they don't, the committee is recommending that…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele in The Sporting News does not like the new rule that banned leaping over the line to block a kick:   Pre-emptive safety rules are rare, to put it mildly. Almost every other time, the NFL has outlawed things because they are proven to be dangerous — sometimes long before they get around to acting on it, to many players’ detriment. Head slaps. Cut blocks. Horse-collar tackles. Launching. Hitting defenseless receivers. Every rule that protects quarterbacks in every situation (excluding, as always, Cam Newton).   This play was…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL LAS VEGAS The vote was 31-1 and the Raiders are heading to Las Vegas.   Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report leads the naysayers:   The stench of the greed—even for a league that cherishes money over almost anything—is staggering. Like getting used to a smog-filled city and then being hit with the pungent smell of someone who hadn't showered for several days.   Pigs rolling in an ocean of mud aren't this fat and happy. Money, money, money. This is the NFL's motto. The Raiders' move to Las Vegas proves…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King previews the NFL meetings.  First, on Dean Blandino (and Al Riveron) taking ultimate power:   Between meetings at the Biltmore late Sunday afternoon, Blandino, the career office guy, swore he didn’t think the likely vote to give him replay power would be much of a change. (How likely? The influential Competition Committee endorses it unanimously.)   “I really don’t see it as a major difference compared to what we’ve been doing,” Blandino said. “Other than New York having the final say, we’ve been doing this for three years.…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Commish shares your pain when an NFL broadcast “doubles up” with a 2nd round of commercials after a kickoff.  Never again, he says, but that doesn’t mean less time away from the action.  Tom Pelissero of USA Today: ESPN’s officiating guru Kevin Seifert looks at upcoming changes in replay:   The NFL's plan to centralize replay review is best viewed as the formalization of a trend that has developed during the past three years. Let's take a closer look at what we know about how the process will unfold…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Commish shares your pain when an NFL broadcast “doubles up” with a 2nd round of commercials after a kickoff.  Never again, he says, but that doesn’t mean less time away from the action.  Tom Pelissero of USA Today:   Every NFL fan has seen an exciting game disrupted in a familiar way: a commercial break, then a kickoff, then … another commercial break.   Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t like it, either.   “It drives me crazy,” Goodell told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “We call those ‘double-ups.’ They actually…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS Clarence Hill, Jr. in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the TONY ROMO hostage crisis:   The Tony Romo hostage crisis in Dallas officially began on March 9.   Romo was told he was going to be released by the Dallas Cowboys and then team’s brass reneged on that option with plans of trying to trade him rather than letting him go for free.   Eleven days later, the situation remains unresolved. Romo remains in limbo.   But he is not in a sunken place.   While…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL has had a Super Bowl crime wave for years, only realized in 2017 when TOM BRADY instantly noticed that his jersey was pilfered.  And it turns out an executive with a Mexican newspaper was the culprit, stealing priceless artifacts in plain sight and absconding with them over the border.  This from Ken Belson of the New York Times:   Tom Brady’s missing jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found in Mexico, apparently in the possession of a newspaper editor who had a media credential for the event…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King doesn’t like the way teams have become so reluctant to guarantee money after the first year in free agency:   Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown, 27, ranked second in the NFL last year with 149 tackles, playing for Buffalo. But nine tackles a game, roving the middle of the field, is not getting Brown rich. Though the average NFL team entered the weekend $19 million under the NFL’s $167-million per team salary cap for 2017, Brown is waiting for the phone to ring. He’s not the only one. Big…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kalyn Kramer of TheMMQB.com tracked down U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman who ruled against the NFL and for TOM BRADY in the matter known as Deflategate, only to see his widely-praised opinion rejected by a 2-1 vote by a panel from the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  He actually is quite candid, including making it clear that the two judges that ruled for Roger Goodell did not convince him with their reasoning.   KAHLER: So, justice was served on the field, but do you think justice was served in…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL does have a system that reward players (to a relatively small extent) like DAK PRESCOTT who outplay their contracts.  Jared Dubin at CBSSports.com:   The NFL announced on Wednesday the recipients of performance-based pay for the 2016 season. Each team received a sum of $3.995 million (up from $3.8 million last year and $3.63 million the year before), which was then distributed to the players without affecting the salary cap.   The formula for performance-based pay weighs playing time against salary and allocates it accordingly. (As such, late-round…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Conor Orr at NFL.com with a helpful look at the overall state of the free agent market:   We have arrived at the second wave of free agency.   A manic, unpredictable, big-spending frenzy highlighted the opening of the 2017 league year, but in a lot of ways, the best is yet to come. One marquee quarterback could be on the move, while another former marquee passer starts to scope out his market. There are All-Pros, upstarts and first-round picks galore waiting to find out where they'll play next.  …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Last week, the DB floated the idea of a three-team deal between the 49ers, Redskins and Patriots involving KIRK COUSINS and JIMMY GARAPPOLO.    Now, someone (an agent, Jerry Jones?) is using NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport to float a 3-team deal with the 49ers, Redskins and Cowboys:   The Redskins, Cowboys and 49ers are flirting with the idea of an unprecedented three-team quarterback blockbuster.   The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-pick compensation (including the No.…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA Wow.  We are going to be up to six eye surgeries for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.  Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com:   Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is scheduled for two more surgeries on his right eye as he struggles to regain vision from a detached retina suffered last November.   Zimmer, speaking Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, said he hopes the procedures restore 50 percent of his current limited vision. He also said he has been told he has a "high likelihood" for a similar…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   WASHINGTON GM Scot McCloughan is not in Indianapolis.  Zac Jackson at ProFootballTalk.com:   Washington General Manager Scot McCloughan is not at the NFL Scouting Combine, and a team spokesman told the Washington Post that McCloughan is “taking care of some family matters.”   McCloughan told the Washington Post Wednesday evening that he’s not in Indianapolis due to a death in the family.   This year’s NFL Scouting Combine runs through Monday. More than 300 prospects for this year’s draft are going through medical, psychological and physical tests…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Monday was a big day as the leading rushers in Vikings and Chiefs history were cast aside, as was Jets CB DARRELLE REVIS.  The other member clubs now wonder how much do they have left in the tank.   - - - So why wouldn’t this happen –   The Redskins trade QB KIRK COUSINS to the 49ers for the second overall pick in the draft.   The Patriots trade QB JIMMY GARAPPOLO to the Redskins for Washington’s current first round pick (17th overall).   The 49ers get a QB that…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL came back from his serious hand injury to be worthy of a franchise tag.  Josh Alper at ProFootballTalk.com:   The Giants announced on Monday that they’ve used the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the second time in three years, something that sets Pierre-Paul up to make around $17 million for the 2017 season.   That would be a big chunk of the Giants’ cap and it’s thought the team would like to get a longer deal done in…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL’s new Hall of Fame Weekend schedule will feature the Cowboys and the Cardinals on Thursday night.  Marc Sessler of NFL.com:   The Hall of Fame has picked opponents for its annual preseason showdown.   The Dallas Cowboys will face the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.   The choice of teams makes plenty of sense, with former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones both set to be enshrined into…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Mike Sando of ESPN.com put a lot of work into a “quarterback carousel” where you can match 14 spinning QBs (including some rookies) with 10 QB-needy teams (Dallas?) and see how things match up.    Here are a couple of examples -   Jay Cutler   CONTRACT: Cutler is signed through the 2020 season under a contract featuring a $12.5 million base salary, but releasing him would reduce his 2017 cap hit from $16 million to $2 million.   CAREER RECORD           68-71 (.489) 2016 QBR                          33.2   WHAT LEAGUE INSIDER…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS The Cowboys have reworked some deals and will be cap compliant.  Todd Archer at ESPN.com:   Whenever the 2017 salary cap is finalized, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have to worry about getting under the allowed amount.   On Monday the Cowboys restructured the contracts of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and All-Pro center Travis Frederick, freeing up $17.3 million, moving them under a proposed salary-cap of $168 million for 2017, according to sources.   In a simple accounting move, the Cowboys lowered Smith’s $10 million base…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King of TheMMQB outlines the offseason QB market, as he sees it, with an emphasis on TONY ROMO:   Let’s take a morning to set the table for the event of this off-season: the re-setting of the quarterback market in the NFL.   The future of Tony Romo is the most compelling story of all. He’ll be 37 in April. He’s missed 27 of his last 32 games due to injury, and by the time he’d suit up for anyone next September (if he does, and we’ll get to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com with lists of possible big cuts coming up in the next few weeks.  First in the NFC:   Strong candidates for release   1) Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: This is not the first offseason with Peterson's future in doubt. Even before Peterson named some potential landing spots on ESPN or broke down the Giants' offseason on Twitter Rapsheet style, it was obvious the Vikings couldn't bring him back on his $18 million cap figure.   Peterson knows a pay cut is coming, yet it's inevitable…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA Ex-WR Roddy White’s time in Atlanta came to an end at the hands of Kyle Shanahan.  And now that Kyle Shanahan’s time in Atlanta has come to an end, White kicks him out the door.  Steven Ruiz at USA TODAY reports White’s attack, but also offers a defense of Shanahan:   Former Falcons receiver Roddy White has never been a fan of Kyle Shanahan, and the former Atlanta offense coordinator’s play-calling down the stretch of Super Bowl LI did nothing to change his mind.   White,…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ, who grew up nearly in the shadow of the Meadowlands, is a Giant  no longer.  ESPN.com:   The New York Giants have released wide receiver Victor Cruz in a move that creates significant salary-cap space, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.   The move was first reported Monday by NorthJersey.com. The Giants are expected to officially announce Cruz's release later Monday, the source told Schefter.   The Giants also have released running back Rashad Jennings, sources told ESPN's Jordan Raanan.…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report with one guess on how the quarterback carousel will spin in the next few months:   In a league with 32 teams and fewer than 32 franchise quarterbacks, starting-caliber signal-callers don't often become available.   Most offseasons, trade rumors surround a couple of established quarterbacks and maybe a couple more hit the open market. But rarely do "elite" players at the NFL's most important position change teams.   This offseason could be different because at least a handful of well-established quarterbacks have a shot…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Joe Montana with some interesting thoughts on the difficulty of calling someone GOAT.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   Tom Brady’s childhood idol is one of the few people who isn’t ready to proclaim Brady the best ever.   Hall of Fame 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, whom Brady has called his favorite player of all time, said he can’t declare Brady the best ever because he doesn’t think players from different eras can be properly compared.   “I think that it’s really hard to put anyone in that bucket,” Montana…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Thursday, February 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO While 1-15 means the Browns have reduced many of their ticket prices, the Bears are doubling down on 3-13.  Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune breaks the bad news from the Bears.   Despite a 3-13 season in 2016 — the franchise's worst since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 — the Bears are raising prices for the majority of tickets for games at Soldier Field.   Team President and CEO Ted Phillips sent a letter to season ticket holders Wednesday detailing…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL With the media in high dudgeon over the current state of American politics, players are now expected to have coherent opinions or at least opinions that match those of the media.     Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   For decades, NFL players have steered clear of political issues. And while there are signs that things are changing, change could come very, very slowly.   “[W]e are institutionalized sometimes,” Jets receiver Brandon Marshall explained last week in a visit to PFT Live. “We are. We’re told, “That’s not OK. You…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   We’re back.  We have Bill Barnwell’s long and excellent recap of what happened in Houston Sunday night towards the bottom.   NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY The Packers released RB JAMES STARKS on Tuesday.  Starks, scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of more than $3 mil, missed the last six games (including playoffs), with a concussion sustained in an auto accident.   NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA The Falcons surprise by taking Steve Sarkisian off Nick Saban’s Alabama staff to be their new OC.  Jeff Schultz in the Atlanta…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Thursday, January 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL LI The Falcons had a chance to wear white, but gave that opportunity to New England.  Robert Hanzus at NFL.com:   The Atlanta Falcons have made their choice on the color of their jerseys in Super Bowl LI. If recent history is any indication, it was a poor one.   Falcons PR confirmed that the team will be wearing their red jerseys in the Feb. 5 championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots will wear their white jerseys. Fun fact: Teams wearing white jerseys…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daily Briefing - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL 51 The Falcons have opened up as 3-point underdogs to the Patriots who have played in six previous Super Bowls in the Belichick-Brady Era with none decided by more than four points.   They may be underdogs, but that’s a much more highly-regarded position than the Falcons found themselves vis a vis the betting public when the season started.  David Perdum ofESPN.com with some tales from Vegas: In the offseason, there was so little betting interest in the Atlanta Falcons that some Las Vegas sportsbooks lengthened their…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL LI The Falcons had a chance to wear white, but gave that opportunity to New England.  Robert Hanzus at NFL.com:   The Atlanta Falcons have made their choice on the color of their jerseys in Super Bowl LI. If recent history is any indication, it was a poor one.   Falcons PR confirmed that the team will be wearing their red jerseys in the Feb. 5 championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots will wear their white jerseys. Fun fact: Teams wearing white jerseys have won 11 of the last 12 Super…
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