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What each team should do in the first round – ProFootballTalk

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Did I mention that this is not a layout?

With the project for 17 days, most teams will spend this week – or the next two weeks – completing the preparation of their councils. One GM team told me on the weekend that his team is doing what I'm sure is what others do: scouts, coaches and team managers of this team will gather in the regular room on their site today, and position on the position over the next week or so , completes the evaluation of each player on the board and has final ratings of all players by the middle or the end of next week. The board will be compiled, 1 through the final gradient, possibly 350 in all. Players with a character problem – a positive drug test or arrest – will have a red dot next to their names on the board. The risks of injury will have a different color point. Then the team will start screening the scripts: How many of our top players should be out of the box so that we look at the trade? What teams do we plant seeds through trade down or up? Assistant coaches and scouts then name players who are likely to be low or unplanned, and begin to set priorities for the list of players after the seventh round, which they will pursue after the third day of the draft. That GM and its assistants will feed the project info in the final days.

What follows my attempt to help. My annual layout will alternate two weeks from today, when, I hope, I know a little more than 1. ARIZONA: KYLER MURRAY, QB, OKLAHOMA. I will not predict what will happen in the first round. Most likely, with some education received from calls to those who know over the past few days, I'm going to tell you what I think each team should do when the first round of the NFL's 83rd project starts in Nashville on April 25th. 19659003] "This is an exciting project," said Jill Brandt, who worked with 62 as a scout person, HR and analyst during the weekend. – This is one of the most interesting projects I have seen since there is no chalk. I think we will have many unknowns until the day of the draw. "

Unknown is important for the league this year, because the third network, ABC, will make the project live. Like ABC did not want the "The Bachelor" result on the surface two weeks before the show's climax, ABC certainly does not want to leak Arizona's plans for the top choice (and for allegedly expelled defender Josh Rosen) to 8 pm April 25th We will see if the cards and coach Cliff "Execute an agreement" at Kingsbury, leave the cover of their plans. They risk Roger Goodell's anger if they leak.

One to 32, here I am better remembering that the teams from Tempe to Foxborough think – and who they should be focused on in the first round.

1. Arizona: Cayler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. I would not even consider propositions unless they are ridiculously exaggerated. Murray's choice here simply makes too much sense, since he loves Kingsbury. GM Steve Keim has to appear, If I hired a mentor mentor as a coach and he wants Murray to be bad, why would not we give him what he wants? Even with the devaluation of Rosen, going east (Washington and the giants are in the club, as I will explain below), this Arizona must do.

2. San Francisco: Nick Bose, edge of Rousher, Ohio. Great pressure on the Niners to finally squeeze the player on the line by taking defensive leaders with their 2015, 2016 and 2017 elections, and having hit the big DeForest Buckner in the 16th. Buckner, in 2018, was the first Nineer who had a two-year bag season for six years. Bose was seriously wounded in two of the last four football seasons, so he does not come at risk. But he is right here.

3. New York Jets: Commerce Down. Several teams are eagerly reluctant to defend Alabama from Quinnen Williams, and if I have to bet, I would put my money on GM Mike Maccagnan, who collects it here. It is the cleanest prospect in this project, and I think that if Jets trades, they will get three premium ministers instead. I would like to have three elections – maybe two in the top 45 this year and one more highlight next year – to get Sam Darrond's top receiver or dense end plus an offensive detonator building block (Kansas Dalton Risner?), At least this year.

4. Auckland: Josh Allen, edge of Ryusher, Kentucky. John Grudin chooses Halil Maca II, he hopes, and pays 30 cents for Mak's dollar for him. The best two players in the project this year must go through the first four.

5. Tampa Bay: Commerce down. This is the power of GM Jason Licht, who has done it for two of the last three years. And because they do not seem to be inclined to sign Gerald McCoy's long-term defensive struggle (Bucs have cap problems) and they can trade it and they need a few elections at reasonable prices. If they can reach the QB train team (Miami at age 13), Ed Oliver of X'stone or Kleson Ferrell of Clemson can support the need for a defensive front.

Quarterback Drew Lock. (Getty Images)

6. New York giants: Drew Locke, QB, Missouri. Doubtful GM Dave Gettleman will do this, or take any defender here. (Actually, I continue to hear that Dwayne Hashkins is dipping in and may be the fourth passer that is chosen in this project.) Gutlman probably has more reason to fix his lines in this project. But the go-anywhere franchise is everything. The castle or Haskin should be chosen if the giants do not think that this castle will be 17.

7. Jacksonville: Jawan Taylor, T, Florida. "I will be shocked if the jaguars will not decide here," said one respected GM. It looks like Taylor is the most trained to be the first starter, and may be joining and playing the right decision over Will Richardson, yesterday's fourth round.

8. Detroit: T.J. Hawkinson, Tennessee, Iowa. Mmm. Even after Jesse James's raid from Stills to a free agency? So. One of the most important blocking / pleasing ends of Hockenson – and he is enthralled by the game – is to go from college in the years. Time for Matthew Stafford to have light fixes.

9. Buffalo: Ion Williams, T, Alabama. Unusual. In the last four drafts, the bills did not make a decision, and the last one was highly praised by the Alabama boy, the unsuccessful Cyrus Quangzhou, in the last two years in the second round. But they helped spread a widespread agency (John Brown, Cole Beatles), and a long-term solution is still a major concern.

10. Denver: Devine White, LB, LSU. Age of Phancio is struggling to put a better leader and confident physical projectile between von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Keep listening to Denver and the defender here, but this is not what I would have done this year, so high.

11. Cincinnati: Multiple choice. I would like to know that the new coach Zack Taylor really thinks of Andy Dalton, and does he consider that one of the passers-by this year is the best option. Assuming that Taylor can agree with Dalton, a decisive need is needed. I would go to Cody Ford, Oklahoma. Too high for him, but the need is sharp.

12. Green Bay: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi. Pak should be able to contact the hard end in 2019 with a Jimmy Graham / Mareside Lewis combined tablet, so I would go with a monsters recipient Aaron Rogers can learn to trust Darwin Adams. This is not the way Green Bay – a package traditionally waiting to get a wide selection.

13. Miami: Defender or supporter. Perhaps the new assault co-ordinator Chad O'Shea and Chris Greer fell in love with one of the passers-by. If I were dolphins, I would bow. But the skip-peak is a major need, so I could see Montez Sweat or Brian Burns as well. Any other here will be fine.

14. Atlanta: Ed Oliver, DT, X'Juston. Oliver's pair with Grady Jarrett and Don Quinn could at last have such internal terrorism as he sought after he arrived in Atlanta. I understand that they are mirror players. I also understand how difficult it would be for an internal line of attack to block these two.

15. Washington: Everywhere or corner. Imagine being in the middle of the first round and having a choice on the market. Washington could have it, but the corner of the market is deeper than solving, and thus a decent corner could have been on the second day. If Dillard or Ford are on board, I would choose. Keep in mind that Washington is my favorite in the club to deal with Josh Rosen if traded in Arizona QB.

Edge rusher Montez Sweat. (Getty Images)

16. Carolina: Montes Pit, Edge of the Ridge, Mississippi. Wesain Bolt defensive lines can go so far, but he may fall slightly due to the inconsistent game in the college, his insignificant heart condition, and the fact that he is a bit rigid like a russet. But after Julius Peppers, Carolina should launch this card on the podium in Nashville if the sweat is halfway there.

17. New York Giants: Depends on the first choice. If the giants did not take the defender at six, and Drew Lock is here, he is a boy. If this is the case, offensive or defensive custodians, such as the Guardian / Center Garrett Bradbury, who could compete to play on the opening day in the right position in the center, are better off.

18. Minnesota: One of a series of offensive lines, such as Dalton Rysner, T, Kansas, or Eric McCoy, C, Texas A & M. If they do not take the best defender, I will be shocked. This line is a basic necessity. He received John DeFilippo's coordinator last year.

19. Tennessee: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama. Marcus Mariot needs an intermediate friend, and Delaney Walker, who was injured, will be in August of 35 years. Smith employee at the opening day.

20. Pittsburgh: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. When Stillers lost Ryan Shazir to spinal injury 16 months ago, they lost the heart of defense. Bush is not Shaziere, but he gave Mike Tomlin the closest thing they had to Shazir

21. Seattle: Commerce down. If the security guards are to choose, then this should be a year-on-one starter on the next line, like Bradbury, the security guard. How it is … The team most likely trades in the first round: Seattle. The team with the most urgent trade in the first round: Seattle. GM John Schneider would pretty much trade in a design day than breathe, and he has but two picks up at the top of 120: this one and the 84th overall. Schneider reappraisal of the weekend project: four.

22. Baltimore: Trading down. In the first draft of Eric Decoste, as GM, the safest thing – with two elections in the top 100 – is that which is in the blood of Decastius: Trade. If not, and if the explosive is wide, like DK Metcalf went, the smart choice would be 10-year-old center – Eric McCoy from Texas A & M.

23. X'munston: The best solution. Do not care who it is. Texas should get two good decisions in this project. Andre Dillard, Cody Ford, Dalton Rysner … you have to be here. If not, GM Brian Guineau must sell the price for

24. Auckland: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama. This is a wonderful story, Marsh Lynch is an advertising bill for his native Raider. Insurgents, rebels. Guess how many Lynch carriers have been in the last four seasons of the NFL? It is 408. Guess who 33 years old will be 33 years old? Time is marching, and a boy who has an average of 102 years, lasts a year in the last four, and which is a long-standing returning standards, may be an additional player this year. The raiders need a back and I hear that they love Jacobs.

Wide Marquise Brown Receiver. (Getty Images)

25. Philadelphia: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. It is incredible how similar elections are 24 and 25. Eagles are trading DeSean Jackson, which will be this year 33, and he begins the second act in Philly, as Lynch made in Auckland. Jackson has the same height (5-10) and six pounds heavier than 175 Brown, which should be a long-term, profound threat to Carson Ventz.

26. Indianapolis: The best available front-seven player. Bryan Burke is still there? Okay; he can study at Justin X'stone. Klein Ferrell? Probably gone. Christian Wilkins? An excellent choice is the 315-pound cosmic cannon that can free Daria Leonard to make even more exhibitions in 2019.

27. Auckland: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware, or Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. I tend to think of Adler, because he is a universal player (three year old CB, one year of security) who could fill a security hole next to Carl Joseph, or pull a corner or nickel. Good weapon for Defense Coordinator Paul Gunter. The luxury of extra samples can make an intercessory squad of seductive Jeffrey Simmons. He was top 10 if he did not break his ACL in February.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi. Dervin James and Abram at the end of the next eight years? Sign me up for it.

29. Kansas City: Rushan Gary, Edge of motion, Michigan, or the best edge player available. Chiefs have lost their best three passers-bys over the past 13 months – Tamba Haley, Justin X & # 39; Juston and Di Ford. If there is only one who can walk in the round, chew the chewing gum and get along at the same time, GM Brett Veach will pick him up.

30. Green Bay: Noah Fang, TE, Iowa, or the best available offensive detainee. Continue to hear that Phant was far from Hawkinson among the soccer players in Iowa so that it could give pause pauses. They need a long hard end, and this can be a good place to get it.

31. Los Angeles Rams: The best available offensive guy … Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College, or Elgonton Jenkins, Mississippi. The rams have long, long-term problems on their offensive line. The 2018 starters from the center to the left – John Sullivan, Roger Suffold and Andrew Vitutour – are likely to go on the opening day of 2020. Gains must come.

32. New England: The best corner, edge player or receiver. I'll take the greedy Williams, a corner from LSU. Serious top 10 prospects in October, and nothing happened to beat him apart from the fact that so many other corners are close to him in ability. Patients can plunge into a deep, large-scale market at the level of 56, 64 or 73 in general, or with trade. The hard end, which can fit well, is Jays Sternberger in Texas A & M – if the patriots think that it can block their circuits fairly well. He can stretch his defense

One tendency that I hear when talking to people around the league, supports what Gil Brandt said at the top of this column: No chalk. Teams will understand that force in motion is very early, the force on the run is from 7 to 30, the strength in the corners and receivers – from 25 to 70, the strength of the defender after Cayler Murray in the eyes of the viewer, and this will affect the fact that, when teams with big needs in these places choose their boys.

I see sometime favorite players like the rigid Noah Fant, the wide receiver AJ Brown, defensive squad Jeffrey Simmons, the corners of Byron Murphy and DeAndre Baker, and the defensive end of Jachai Polite fall to the second round. I hear that Dwayne Hashkins might have fallen, but it can also be a late preparation. T

It will be fun. I say this every year: the NFL does a good job of creating the tension that leads to the project, and the NFL does a bad job helping teams prepare for the season. There is 115 days between the last day of the regular season and the first day of the draft. There are 90 days between the end of the project and the start of training camps for most teams. The NFL can easily cut from three to four weeks a training project (which is a design project for preparation) and gives teams more time with their design choices, helping them prepare for the season. But you know why the league does it. All this concerns a rush car. With ABC, ESPN and NFL Network doing the project live this year, the networks pay for programming. Well thought-out programming, with some mysticism. And this is what they will get.

The last time the NFL contract with officials was ready for negotiations, in 2012 you could recall some of the challenges of defeat during the first three weeks of the NFL season, when officials were often mocked for some lousy calls. The next contract could not come in worst time for the league. The League's agreement with the official union ends in March of next year, so this is the last year – and very big – for this contract. But the end of the deal could make the NFE do something that was to be done before the current referee's problems will be raised during the past 14 months: to consider that all judges on a permanent basis would work full time and compensate them for richer multi-year contracts. compete with the television networks that hire them from the league.

Last week, the NFL judge John Parry resigned to take on ESPN, which by the way runs the bike through the former NFL exhibition for work in the studio and on Monday night. an alarming pace. (2017: Gerry Austin; 2018: Jeff Triplette; 2019: Parry.)

The NFL has 17 judges led by 17 referees. А оборот серед чиновників тривожний:

• За останні 13 місяців сім із 17-ти ліг відійшли. У минулому році чотири респондентів (Ед Хочулі, Террі Мак-Олей, Джин Стереторе, Джефф Триплете) вийшли на пенсію. Цього року ще троє (Уолт Коулман, Піт Мореллі, Паррі) пішли у відставку.

• Арбітри, які отримують щорічне призначення Super Bowl, вважаються кращими в лізі протягом цього сезону. У 10 з останніх 16 Суперкубок вийшли з поля. Якби всі вони витримали, це було б одне. Але судді в шести з цих ігор (McAulay зробив три Super Bowls, Parry два і Steratore один) всі залишили гру в свої п'ятдесяті роки, десятиліття вважається прайм-тайм для суддівства. Традиційно пенсійний вік для хороших чиновників знаходиться десь у середині шістдесятих років.

• Ще два арбітри, Тоні Коррент і Уолт Андерсон, мають понад 66 років, і, ймовірно, залишиться один або два роки на полі

. Колишній суддя НФЛ Джон Паррі. (Getty Images)

Отже, якщо НФЛ має замінити вісім або дев'ять з 17-ти рефератів протягом трьох сезонів, в той час, коли суддівство буде більш ретельно, ніж коли-небудь, тепер ви бачите, чому гра знаходиться на дуже слизькому схилі, який входить до 2019 року Нові правила відтворення, що охоплюють виклики прохідних перешкод, що є гарною ідеєю в цілому, займуть значне управління і налаштування. Додайте це до меню вимогливих дзвінків вже сьогодні, і додайте навантаження на чиновників сьогодні, а потім додайте сім неофіт-арбітрів протягом двох сезонів екіпажів, і ви бачите потенціал проблем у судовій справі в наступному році. Основні проблеми.

Мережеве телебачення є частиною проблеми. FOX взяв двох шановних чоловіків, Майка Перейра і Діна Бландіно, які керували відділом NFL для 13 з 18 останніх сезонів NFL, і зробили їх офіційними аналітиками по телебаченню. ESPN зірвав Triplette і Parry з поля в наступні роки. У 2018 році NBC найняв McAulay і CBS, які найняли Steratore.

Частина причини – гроші. Мережі будуть платити більше, ніж НФЛ. Розглядаючи оцінку того, що 20-річний офіцер НФЛ, який пройшов шлях до арбітра, може зробити у футбольний сезон, за джерелом НФЛ:

Ігрові зарплати: $ 190,000.
Стипендія судді (надана кожен з 17 суддів / начальників екіпажів): $ 16,500.
Частка плей-офф (надана всім чиновникам, що не є новим): $ 25,000
Оплата поза сезоном (відвідування таборів НФЛ, зустрічі з суддями): $ 23,100 (приблизна оцінка)
Загальна сума NFL: $ 254,600.

(Чиновники, які працюють у постсезонних іграх, отримують $ 14 250 за роботу Super Bowl і $ 8 250 за гру для всіх інших матчів плей-офф.) 19659003] Оплата в міжсезоння є непростою, оскільки чиновники отримують 2100 доларів на день, коли в поліклініках, що керуються лігою, або коли вони працюють у міні-таборах або практиках тренувального табору. Як приблизну оцінку я використав 11 днів міжсезоння.

Так що ж станеться, якщо НФЛ почав пропонувати арбітрам трирічні контракти на $ 1,5 млн., Щоб працювати повний робочий день для ліги? І коли я говорю повний робочий день, я маю на увазі, що чиновники все одно зможуть робити побічні завдання від НФЛ, до тих пір, поки вони присвячують необхідні повний робочий день на роботу в лізі. Я думаю, що це цифра, яка почала б робити Steratores, Parrys і McAulays думки про стрибки до телебачення. Проте гроші – не єдина проблема. Чиновники, з якими я говорив в останні кілька років, визнають, що тиск і перевірка зросли. Деяким не подобається нинішній віце-прем'єр-міністр Аль-Ріверон, хоча, справедливо, Риверон отримав одну з найскладніших завдань у грі і просто не може задовольнити всіх. І це менш інтенсивний концерт, очевидно, для того, щоб сидіти в студії або на телебаченні, а ігри йдуть і аналізувати п'єси у повільному режимі – замість того, щоб в реальному часі, коли тренери та гравці кричать на них.

Легка відповідь на це. Але ліга не може дозволити собі втратити якісних посадових осіб, а розумні та звичайні арбітри та шановані лідери екіпажу, такі як Clete Blakeman, Jerome Boger та Bill Vinovich, можуть бути наступними за столом переговорів з телевізором. НФЛ часто намагається вирішити проблеми, кидаючи гроші на питання. Мені здається, що гроші та гарантовані контракти будуть гарним місцем для того, щоб почати зупиняти потік суддів з гри.

Опитування ліги останніми днями, я знайшов дві команди як фаворити, щоб придбати захисника Джоша Розена, 10-й вибір у 2018 NFL Проект, якщо Арізона вибирає проект Kyler Мюррей і торгівлі Розен. Я вважаю, що якщо це станеться, Вашингтон має найкращу позицію для виконання угоди. Це може зводитися до того, чи Вашингтон готовий віддати другий раунд замість третього раунду, що, очевидно, воліє торгувати за Розену.

Де я вважаю, що Росен може йти:

] 1. Вашингтон – проект вибирає топ-100: 15, 46, 76, 96. Розен був би відмінною схемою, вписаною в злочин тренера Джея Грудена і наступального координатора Кевіна О'Коннелла. Груден любив Розена вийти з UCLA, так само як і О'Коннелл. Це важка команда, яка любить кидати з кишені – обох сил Розена – і також любить кидати в щільний кінець. Це – алея Розена. Схоже, що найкраще відповідає потребам і доступності. Цікаво про можливу компенсацію. Я сумніваюся, що у кардиналів буде пропозиція 201-го вибору топ-50 для Розена; Настільки близькі до тяги, команди ненавидять прощання з високими виборами. Майк Lombardi, колишній фронт-офіс exec з декілька команд, сказав мені нещодавно що перший-круглий збирає є люблять нові автомобілі — одного разу ви ведете один з багато та володієте це навіть протягом короткого часу, це не варто майже що це було коли ви його купили. Тому я вважаю, що Вашингтон може спробувати витримати і сплатити Арізоні 76-й загальний вибір замість 46-го.

Кардінал-захисник Джош Розен. (Getty Images)

2. Нью-йоркські гіганти – проект вибирає топ-100: 6, 17, 37, 95. Малоймовірно, що GM Dave Gettleman дасть 37-й вибір для Розену, частково через цінність і частково тому, що гіганти насправді не впевнені. якщо весь шум про Росен буває важким, є будь-яка заслуга. Але гіганти є варіантом, тому що тренер Пат Шурмур – це відданий гра-акція і любить, щоб його захисник кидав з часом і ритмом. Це гра Розена. Наявність Елі Меннінга ще на один сезон дозволить Росену дізнатися за великим майстром і дуже розумним гравцем. Отже, як гіганти можуть укласти угоду, як це, без перемикання між раннім і другим туром? (Я був би дуже здивований, якщо Арізона вважає, що Розен буде 95-м вибором.) Ну, гіганти могли б запропонувати другий раунд у 2020 році, або спробувати вирішити 17-й загальний вибір в якомусь пакеті, який включав би високий другий і третій. навколо кирки. Але справа для Розена могла дозволити гігантам використати три вибори в топ-40 цього року, щоб зробити те, що Gettleman дійсно хоче зробити: продовжувати будувати обидві лінії, звертаючись до життя після Eli QB.

3. Денвер – проект вибирає 100: 10, 41, 71. Малоймовірно. Але оскільки Бронкос візьме молодий захисник цього року або наступного, ви не зможете їх усунути з розгляду.

4. Майамі – проект вибирає 100: 13, 48, 78. Плани дельфінів захищені таємницею; Брайан Флорес і координатор наступу Чад О'Ша добре впізнали Білла Белічіка. Але мені сказали, що єдиний спосіб, за яким «Дельфіни» йдуть на будь-якого захисника – це, якщо вони переконані, що він буде відповідь на наступні 10 років. Важко уявити, що після перегляду Розена в минулому році – завідомо під постійною примусовою лінією наступу в Арізоні – я винищу Нову Англію; просто не відчуваєте інтересу. Навпаки, я б усунув зарядні пристрої; Філіп Ріверс, здається, прагне грати принаймні ще два роки, і вони тільки що дали Тироду Тейлору $ 6 мільйонів гарантованих протягом наступних двох років.

Вашингтон має найбільше сенсу. Ми побачимо, якщо колишні партнери NFC Сходу можуть це зробити.

Минуло багато часу, поки я не бачив контракту, який має такий сенс, як п'ятирічна, 105-мільйонна угода, передача де Маркуса Лоуренса. з Далласом у п'ятницю. Я припустив, як і більшість людей, що Лоуренс буде грати на тезі франшизи вже другий рік поспіль після того, як я побачив у комбінаті песимістичного Девіда Кентера, агента Лоуренса; угода здавалася на кілометри. It was. Але потім Кантер запропонував Лоуренсу минулого тижня, що вони скидають свою шестирічну пропозицію до більш дружньої до команди п'ятірки, і порадив Лоуренсу поговорити з президентом Далласа і переговорником Стівеном Джонсом. Цей виклик нарешті стався в четвер

Іноді це добре для команди, щоб почути від важливого гравця під час переговорів; дуже часто обидві сторони не розмовляють один з одним. У цьому випадку це дійсно допомогло. Лоуренс сказав Джонсу, по суті, Я зробив все, що міг зробити для ковбоїв. Я грала боляче, грала на однорічному контракті. Я люблю цю організацію. Я люблю все, що зробила для мене ваша сім'я. Я хочу звільнитися від ковбоя. Я дійсно хочу зробити це.

У наступні 28 годин Даллас отримав в середньому 21 мільйон доларів на рік ($ 2 мільйони попереду фон Міллера, $ 1,5 мільйона за Аарона Дональда, $ 2,5 мільйона за Халіла Мака), і хоча $ 48 мільйонів повністю гарантовані (з іншим $ 17 мільйонами гарантоване у році три якщо він є на списку у березні 2020, котрий є дуже певно), нічого понад три року гарантується. Лоуренс, з 25 мішків протягом останніх двох років, є ключовим лідером Dallas D, і, ймовірно, буде грати за три роки там. Але ніщо, крім віку 30, не є замком у НФЛ.

Чому обидві сторони виграли:

• Сторона Лоуренса: Досить просто. Лоуренс увійде до лабораторії хірургії цього тижня, і може бути протягом чотирьох до шести місяців. Він також мав хірургічну операцію на ногах, операцію з пальцями, дві операції на спині і чотири ігри. Таким чином, щоб мати вищий відсоток своєї угоди, ніж Мак або Дональд або Міллер повністю гарантований, за цих обставин дуже добре. Він також не буде платити жоден державний податок на прибуток в Техасі. Мак платить 4,95 відсотка державного прибуткового податку в штаті Іллінойс.

• Сторона Cowboys: Лоуренс є гравцем фундаменту, який пропустив лише одну гру за останні два роки. Він ідеальний гравець в обороні Далласа, швидкий і фізичний, і призначити пробіл, що складає близько 10 відсотків, на одну з найважливіших позицій на полі – це справа, яку Даллас хотів зробити, а не рік, Рік і ризик гіркий гравець бути відволіканням. І тепер ковбої мають серцевину сім фронтів протягом наступних трьох років – Лоуренс, Джейлон Сміт, Лейтон Вандер Еш – що вони вважають конкурентоспроможними з будь-якою семи фронтами в NFC.

Наступного тижня я заглибиться ситуація Рассела Вілсона трохи.


«Чоловіки керують світом. Чоловіки мають владу. Чоловіки приймають рішення. Він завжди є сильнішим [man]. І коли ці дівчата виходять, хто вони шукають, щоб сказати їм, що це не так? А де краще це зробити, ніж у спорті? Всі ці мільйони дівчат, які займаються спортом по всій країні … чи не було б чудово, якби ми могли навчити їх як жінок? »

– Тренер жіночого баскетболу Нотр-Дам Мафф Макгроу, у фіналі для жінок [19659003] Величезний. Просто величезний. Ось як вона продовжувала цю думку:

«Зараз менше 5% жінок є керівниками компаній зі списку Fortune 500. Коли ви дивитеся на чоловічий баскетбол, і 99 відсотків робочих місць йдуть на чоловіків, то чому ж не потрібно 100, або 99 відсотків робочих місць у баскетболі жінок? Можливо, це пояснюється тим, що 10 відсотків атлетичних директорів є жінками у відділі ІАД.

«Люди наймають людей, які схожі на них. І це проблема.


"Я не кажу, що я обов'язково морально для ставок, але ми повинні мати таку можливість, щоб забезпечити [the] зручність для наших шанувальників. І ми повинні бути такими, хто зможе мати таку можливість, тому що це наша гра ”.

—Співвласник Біла Кім Пегула, Тім О'Шей з Новини Буффало, про бажання команди дослідити ставки на спорт на своєму стадіоні.


“Колін з Нью-Йорка. Перший раз, довгий час. ”

—Коллен МакМахон, федеральний суддя, який засудив популярного нью-йоркського ведучого Крейга Кар она до трьох з половиною років у в'язниці в п'ятницю.


“Хоча ми з ентузіазмом підтримуємо вирішення футболу для старших вікових груп, ми робимо величезний акцент на футбольному футболі для молодих дівчат і хлопчиків”.

]—Randy Ambrosie, the commissioner of the Canadian Football League, on the future of youth football in Canada, in a topical story by Ken Belson of the New York Times.


“I found something I care about less than the AAF. That’s the AAF folding.”

—Gregg Giannotti, morning host on WFAN in New York.



—The chant of a few Lori Laughlin fans outside a Boston courtroom Wednesday, as Laughlin, who plays Aunt Becky on the “Fuller House” TV show, appeared to face charges that she and her husband paid inordinate sums for their two daughters to be admitted to USC. They’re two of the suspects in the national college admissions scandal.

Michael MacCambridge, the author of excellent football tomes “Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work,” and “America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation,” shares my feeling about the NFL’s overtime rule. If a team wins the coin toss, elects to receive, and scores a touchdown on the first possession of OT, the game is over. New England did that in Super Bowl 51 against Atlanta, and again in this season’s AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. MacCambridge was raised mostly in Kansas City, and was in the stands at that game, and shares what he’s learned, and how he feels, about the overtime rule:

“The rule has to change eventually. It’s just going to come down to how many playoff games people want to watch in which a great quarterback never gets a chance to touch the ball. Since the rule was changed in 2011, it’s happened to Aaron Rodgers twice, to Ben Roethlisberger once, to Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, and now to Patrick Mahomes.

“I understand the old-school mindset that says if you want to win the game, just stop the other team. But it’s not that simple; offense is up, touchdowns are up, yards-per-play numbers are up. And late in a playoff game, where the quarterbacks tend to be better, it’s harder to stop them.

“Which is why, since the rule was changed in 2011, a majority of post-season overtime games have ended on the very first drive. I don’t think that’s equitable, or the ideal way to settle a postseason game. (And I didn’t think it was equitable even before my favorite team got eliminated on the first drive of overtime.) The 2011 rule was a half-measure. Eventually the league will take the logical next step—each team is guaranteed one possession.” 


Aaron Rodgers has started 54 games for the Packers since Oct. 1, 2015. Guess how many of those game Green Bay has won.

Twenty-seven. Exactly half.


Washington owner Daniel Snyder has an IMAX theater on his yacht.

You may have noticed I advised Buffalo GM Brendan Beane to pick Alabama tackle Jonah Williams in the first round of the draft.

Could history prompt Beane to ignore that sage counsel?

In the last 30 years, Buffalo has drafted three players from Alabama. (Amazing. In the last nine years, the Bills have drafted six Clemson Tigers.) Let’s recount the stories of those Crimson Tide players who went to Buffalo, all in the top 50 of the last eight drafts:

2011, round one, third overall pick: Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle. Twice benched for violating team rules, twice suspended for NFL substance-abuse violations, charged with reckless driving after being caught drag-racing and hitting a tree, sent home from a preseason game for violating a team rule. Dareus had a heck of a run in Buffalo. He even found time to play a few football games.

2014, round two, 44th overall pick: Cyrus Kouandjio, tackle. Seven starts in three years with the Bills. Just not a good player.

2016, round two, 41st overall pick: Reggie Ragland, linebacker. Bills traded a second-round and two fourth-round picks to move up to get Ragland, and he never played a snap for them. He tore his ACL in August 2016, then was traded to Kansas City the next summer.

I don’t want to be dramatic here, and I don’t mean to say that because three Alabama players were, collectively, abject disasters for the Bills that they shouldn’t take Crimson Tide players. But I’d quadruple-check them if I were Beane.





One thing about my FMIA job that I’m grateful for is the opportunity to comb through Tweets to find smart and cool ones like this.


Send your questions or comments to me at peterkingfmia@gmail.com.

John wants the sky judge. From John R.: “You mention [in the April 1 FMIA] that the coaches originally wanted the sky booth official. I’m unclear why it was not approved. Why was the league steadfastly against the sky judge? The concept of it being superfluous, as you wrote, is puzzling. Something is needed.”

There is a replay official upstairs already. That official in the last two minutes of each half is essentially a sky judge. I would assume maybe some of those would be considered to be sky judges. But there are 17 officiating crews, so an extra official on every crew would mean 17 new officials would need to be found and trained to do a job that currently does not exist in the NFL officiating annals. Now it could be that eventually if more major calls get missed, the league will propose that the replay official become a sky judge-type of official; nothing in officiating is set in stone. But I haven’t seen evidence that a sky judge would improve officiating enough to add that extra layer to the game.

What happened to Mike McGuire? From Tom R.: “You often wrote about an Army staff sergeant you met [on your travels]. Do you still keep in touch? I always enjoyed those interactions.”

You’re right. I wrote a lot about Mike McGuire, who did three tours in the Middle East with the Army, working mostly to dismantle improvised explosive devices so our troops wouldn’t get blown up. I met him at a St. Louis Cardinals game and we corresponded for quite a few years, and he helped facilitate the “Five For Fighting” campaign we did to raise money for recreation equipment for the troops in Afghanistan. I hadn’t been in touch for a couple of years when, last year, I tried to re-connect when I was leaving Sports Illustrated for NBC. I’m pretty sure I had a correct address, email and phone for him, and tried all three, and didn’t get a response. I still would love to reach him, and if anyone knows how I might try, please reach out. But I don’t want to pester Mike. Sometimes, people just move on. He’s a great man, as you probably could tell from our interactions.

Robert Kraft supporter (I guess) checks in. From Walter, of Franklin, Mass. “When Bob Klemko [of The MMQB] got [arrested] for playing Grand Theft Auto with a cab and cab driver did you tell him to just take the punishment? How about the time you and [Jenny] Vrentas decided you needed to use the bike lane to get to a football game on time? Had you been pulled over, would you have told Jenny just to take the fine and the insurance surcharge that goes with it? …What if the Coast Guard had decided they wanted to board your boat when you and your grandson were both not wearing life jackets? Would you have just accepted the fine?”

Walter, this is quite an inside-baseball kind of email, but you asked, so I’ll answer. You’re referring to my note last week, when I said it made no sense for New England owner Robert Kraft to apologize for something, then to fight to prove his innocence in the same case. Klemko was involved in a he-said/he-said with a cabbie in Chicago with some extenuating circumstances; it was not an open-and-shut case. I did something stupid in the San Diego bike-lane incident, apologized for it, and would have deserved whatever punishment came of it. (There was none.) Re the life-jacket thing last summer, I had no idea wearing life jackets on board a boat was mandatory, but if there was a sanction, I’d have paid my price without complaint.

Regarding Kraft: He said, “I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.” And in the 15 days since he made that statement, he pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial; his lawyers alleged an illegal search; his lawyers moved to suppress video evidence in the case; and he rejected an offer to take a plea deal. Well, what exactly did he publicly apologize for then? And why did he apologize if he was then going to allow his lawyers to argue for his innocence?

1. I think my biggest takeaway from Tyler Dunne’s excellent unpacking of the Packers/Rodgers/McCarthy/Thompson story is this: Mike McCarthy is going to have work hard, and repair his tarnished image significantly in the next nine months, to have a real shot at a head-coaching job in 2020. With the broadsides he’s taken since getting fired by the Packers late last season, McCarthy has a chance to be Brian Billick—a Super Bowl-winning coach damaged so much late in his tenure that he never got a chance to coach another team.

2. I think there’s a journalism tale in Dunne’s story too. He got significant parties to the story—most notably Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings—to go on the record about a very sensitive topic involving one of the great players in recent history on a storied franchise. A franchise, I should add, that has been excellent at keeping dirty laundry in-house. What Dunne did is penetrate the bubble, and in today’s NFL, with so many filters between the media and the players, that’s an incredibly hard thing to do.

In today’s media, what’s also hard, and what Bleacher Report deserves credit for, is giving a writer four months to work on a story. I talked to Dunne on Friday (he’ll join me on my podcast dropping Wednesday), and he started reporting this story in early December. He talked to more than 50 people for it. Kudos to Dunne, and to his bosses, for realizing what a gold mine the story was, and taking the needed time that so few media entities allow today.

3. I think Matt LaFleur had to be quaking reading that story. Here’s LaFleur, four years older than Rodgers, never been a head coach, never been in charge of a veteran, star quarterback, and now he’s got to run a team after reading a story that portrays Rodgers as a vindictive, you-better-do-it-my-way guy. LaFleur’s never had to walk in front of a room of 90 guys and command them, which is a daunting enough task. Reading Dunne, LaFleur has got to worry about what kind of partner he’ll have in Rodgers. I hope Packers president Mark Murphy, in the search process, saw enough signs in LaFleur that he’ll be able to handle a quarterback like Rodgers and be able to lead a team.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images)

4. I thinkcome to think of it, that Dunne probably just helped Aaron Rodgers prepare to be great again in 2019. Rodgers will understand that many now will view him as a controlling home-wrecker, and he’s be supremely motivated to show what a team guy, and a winning guy, he is. He’s not going to want to be known as the 800-pound gorilla. He’s going to want to be known as a great leader and winning player. That’s my guess anyway.

5. I think someone from the Alliance of American Football, co-founder Charlie Ebersol or chairman Tom Dundon, owes eight cities and players and coaches an explanation about the league folding in the middle of its first season. Someone needs to step up and explain why the league, which was talking about a multi-year gestation period, died after eight weeks. I have known Ebersol for years, and my experience is that he is a good person. I’m going to hear his explanation first before passing judgment on anything other than my first point: The players and coaches and employees of the AAF deserve to hear what happened, and soon. But I want to take you back to a conversation I had a year ago with Ebersol, when I asked him about how he could be so sure this league would make it when the sporting road is littered with disastrous minor football leagues. Ebersol made three points:

• He was building for the long term. Ebersol said, “The most important thing of all the previous attempts of spring football—football—was not the core focus. There was razzmatazz, there was marketing, there was excitement, but never before did you have national champion coaches, you didn’t have Super Bowl coaches, you didn’t have Bill Polian and you definitely didn’t have a reimagining of the structure of a league that empowered the players to be taken care of … Me, my investors, my partners, Bill [Polian] my co-founder, and the people involved, are all looking at a seven to 10-year business model as a starting point of what we are trying to build.”

• He said he had partners willing to be patient. “Amazon didn’t make its first dollar of profit for 23 years,” Ebersol said. “We’re not a business based on one or two billionaires pouring money in and hoping for the best on the promise of 80,000 people in the stadiums and a massive TV deal. No, this is a very sober business model.”

• He said the returns in early years would be insignificant. “The type of money that we raised is from institutions that do not look at first and second-year returns. They look at seven.”

Ebersol has not spoken publicly since the death of the AAF. But a few things are clear. The AAF trusted an early $170-million investment from a former investor with the Vikings, Reggie Fowler, and had his money vetted through league investigators. It’s unclear how or why this money turned out to be an issue during the first year of the AAF, but when the league needed Fowler’s money in year one, it had a problem accessing all of it. That led to needing immediate help early in this season—and, clearly, Ebersol should not have relied on one investor to this extent, to the extent that his efficacy threatened the entire league—and so the league turned to Dundon. But Dundon, who saved the league early with a cash infusion, clashed with Ebersol and Polian over the direction of the league.

6. I think Ebersol is going to have to explain why he wasn’t willing to see the league through the last month of the first season. Did Fowler or Dundon, or both, view the AAF as a steppingstone to NFL ownership, and were their initial investments shows of faith to NFL owners that they should be considered for future franchises? We don’t know. But questions like those hang over the death of another minor league that had grandiose visions and not enough money to support them.

7. I think the other thing people who build spring football league have to ask is whether we really want football in the spring. I have little interest in it, and I didn’t have one email, tweet or text in the last two months asking me if I’d be covering the AAF, or criticizing my lack of attention to it. From mid-February to late April, the time of AAF games, I believe my readers/experiencers care about the combine, free agency and the draft. Not that it’s impossible for the AAF or another minor league to exist, but it should exist as a minor league, without all the bells and whistles (an extra official known as a Sky Judge, coach-to-QB communication, and so many of the other pricy toys that you just don’t need to run a sports league). This was Triple-A football, and should have been financially managed as such.

8. I think I don’t give the XFL much a chance either. I’ve heard people in the last few days say things like, “Great for the XFL—now the competition is out of the way!” But how is the XFL not going to bleed money the way the AAF did, even if Vince McMahon has all that wrestling dough to throw into this?

9. I think I speak for everyone who has covered football or had any association with the Chargers over the years when I say how sad it was Friday to learn of the death of Ramona Johnston, the wife of former Chargers PR czar Bill Johnston, from Huntington’s Disease. She was 60, and had battled the cruel disease for the final third of her life. When the Chargers moved north to Orange County—soon they’ll be playing in Los Angeles—two years ago, Bill Johnston decided to remain in San Diego rather than move with the team. He didn’t want to move Ramona from her full-time care facility in San Diego. Over the years, Bill raised in the neighborhood of $3 million for the Huntington’s cause, running marathons with his daughter Hayley and setting up galas to fund research for one of the most debilitating diseases known to man. Best wishes to Bill, a true gentleman and wonderful husband, and his family.

10. I think these are my other thoughts of the week:

a. Anyone in December have a Texas Tech-Virginia national championship game? Bueller? Bueller?

b. Football Story of the Week: Dunne’s, of course.

c. Football Story of the Week 2: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, on an AAF linebacker who broke his forearm in two places on the last AAF weekend, and what his fate is.

d. “I haven’t heard anything. Who’s going to do my therapy? Who’s going to pay for this? I got nowhere to stay. It’s a s— show,” said Gionni Paul of the Salt Lake Stallions.

e. Newspaper Feature of the Week: Corey Kilgallon of the New York Times on the Bayonne Bleeder, Chuck Wepner, finally getting a statue in his beloved hometown of Bayonne, N.J.

f. Wepner begat “Rocky.” True story.

g. Wepner wrestled Victor the Bear—a bear, a real 400-pound declawed brown bear—twice. The bear’s reward after one of the bouts with Wepner was a bottle of Coca-Cola. Also: Wepner got thrown out of the ring in a wrestling match with Andre the Giant.

h. You have got to look at the photo down toward the bottom of the story, the image of Wepner stalking Muhammad Ali after knocking him down in the ninth round of their heavyweight title fight in 1975 at the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Richfield, Ohio. Ali got up, and registered a TKO of the bloody Wepner in the 15th round. Wepner, truly, is a living legend.

i. Officiating Story of the Week: by Josh Lewis, for Football Zebrasthe officiating site, on Amanda Sauer-Cook, the first openly gay official working pro football (she worked AAF games).

j. Why, Antonio Brown? Why? Why go on social media and blame Ju Ju Smith-Schuster for the Steelers not making the playoffs? Bush league.

k. United States Infrastructure Story of the Week: Samantha Rafelson of NPR on the imminent structural danger of 47,000 bridges in this country.

l. Uh, this just in: It will take 80 years to get those bridges back up to proper specifications, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association says. Perhaps we should get to work on that. Americans, who cross those bridges 187 million times a day per the NPR report, seem to be playing Russian roulette when they cross them.

m. Story on Something I Didn’t Know of the Week: a radio story from Alice Driver for the “Reveal” show, from the Center for Investigative Reporting. It’s a case study of a central American person applying for and receiving asylum in the United States. (Starts at the 18:10 mark of the hour-long show.) Excellent, you-are-there look at the forces driving immigration and asylum-seeking.

n. I simply cannot believe the amount of time, energy, web space and media coverage devoted to the unveiling of the New York Jets new uniforms Thursday night. They’re actually nice—the white shirts, in particular, are lovely. But holy cow. The coverage was exorbitant.

o. Man, I am so old.

p. Odd, also, is the fact that “NEW YORK” appears above the numbers on the front of the Jets jerseys, even though the team practices in New Jersey (33 miles from New York), has its offices in New Jersey (33 miles from New York), plays in New Jersey (nine miles from New York). Almost all Jets players reside in New Jersey. I guess when you lived in Jersey for 23 years, as I did, you notice slights like that.

q. Coffeenerdness: I’ll say this about Brooklyn: Incredible coffee culture there. So many good local coffee shops. Manhattan is Starbucks. Brooklyn is craft coffee.

r. Beernerdness: A leftover from my league meetings trip recently: Huss Brewing Co. (Tempe, Ariz.) has a great hot-weather beer, a Kolsch called Scottsdale Blonde. Had one at a spring-training game, and it was crisp, ice cold, and just right.

s. What political brainiac told Bill de Blasio it’d be a good idea for him to run for president? Selina Meyer?

t. You’re off to a great start, “Veep.”

u. More Jonah Ryan, please.

v. Probably not a popular opinion—Woj, put me in my place here—but the Basketball Hall of Fame seems like the Basketball Hall of Very Good to me.

w. Bumpy/rocky/pathetic start to the season (all road games) for the world champ Red Sox. But this is why Alex Cora’s a good manager, IMO. Asked whether opening with an 11-game road trip is part of the reason for the awful start, Cora said, via Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe: “This is the big leagues. We don’t travel in middle seats and we don’t stay in motels. The way they treat us in the clubhouse is five-star. … We’re not making excuses.” Good for him.

x. Best to you, Kelly Stafford, in your surgery and recovery from a brain tumor. Matthew and Kelly Stafford do such good work in metro Detroit, and there’s been an outpouring of good wishes and prayers for her in her fight.

y. Good on the Dolphins, who continue to run one of the best charitable events in the NFL, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which in nine years has raised $32 million for research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. This was the weekend of the event, and several players and owner Stephen Ross biked 14 miles for the cause.

Josh Rosen might be
smart to look at condos in
northern Virginia.

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