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Is This a Legal Hit in the NFL?

We know the CFL has fans who can drink and no fair catch rule, but I didn’t know they had guys who could lay the lumber like this.  The first thing I thought to myself when I saw the video of Chris Szarka getting jacked up in the CFL Bango Bowl was, “Would that hit fly in the NFL?”  With all the rules the NFL has come up with now, I’d be willing to guarantee the defensive player would get flagged for unnecessary roughness on this play.  Looks like he “launches himself at the receiver” to use NFL official terminology.  Check out the video from SI Hot Clicks:

Despite Hamstring Injury, Revis-Moss Still Worth Price of Admission

On Tuesday, I shared my thoughts with everyone about how the match-up of New Yorks Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss will be worth the price of admission.  The fact that Revis currently is listed on the Jets injury report with an injured hamstring has done nothing to alter my opinion.  Call me a skeptic.

Does Rex Ryan think the Patriots and the general public are buying it?  If you are, let me spare you the anticipation — Revis is going to play.  I’ve already heard people saying things like, “Ooh I bet he’s out of shape since he missed so much time this off-season.”  That’s a nice theory, but the more reasonable assumption would be that Rex is trying to pull a Bill Belichick.  By that I mean futz the injury report.

Randy Moss has gone on record saying that he’s prided his off-season on staying off of Revis Island.  When two rivalries get together the trash talk isn’t the only thing that gets ramped up.  Mind games are a huge factor that affect the preparation leading up to the big game.  This is a perfect example of said mind games.  The Jets are trying to give the Pats a slight jolt of excitement by indicating their star corner is banged up.

Darrelle Revis has probably never felt better.  If the Jets come out tomorrow and say he suffered a broken leg, I bet New England would still prepare as though Revis is playing.  Deep breath now, Fireman Ed.

Lance Briggs: Women Should Not Be in Locker Rooms

There was much ado about Ines Sainz who caused a stir in the Jets locker room and at practice last week. I haven’t touched on things yet but I have a few thoughts on the matter. Both sides were wrong — Sainz for not being professional entering the locker room, and the Jets for not being more respectful. The Jets were more in the wrong, but both parties did not handle their roles properly.

The whole incident also had me wondering whether or not media members even belonged in the locker room. I always felt awkward being in there while guys were walking in and out of the shower — they should have some privacy. I have to figure it’s even more uncomfortable with women in there. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs agrees, as he told NBC Chicago in an interview via Pro Football Talk:

“I don’t think women should be in the locker room,” said Lance Briggs. “The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we’re naked, we’re walking around and we’re bombarded by media. A lot of times I’m asking the media to wait until I’m dressed.”

Allowing media members locker room access allows them to do their job better, so I wouldn’t want to wipe that out. Maybe the solution is to wait until players are decent before the media is allowed in. Or maybe if the players want privacy in the locker room, then they have to be accommodating outside of it to make up for it. Perhaps they should be taken to media rooms or in the hallway for interviews so that the media can do its job. I think there is a solution here that could help all parties because I don’t want anybody’s personal space to be invaded by something unwelcome.

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Lance Briggs says women shouldn’t be in locker rooms [Pro Football Talk]
Women in the Locker Room? Naw, Baby. [NBC Chicago]

Which Team is the Best Suitor for Marshawn Lynch?

Sorry, people.  Trick question.  The answer: no team.  The reason: an absurd asking price.  The Packers are reportedly interested in dealing for Marshawn Lynch as many of us expected after hearing they’d lost Ryan Grant for the season.  However, the Buffalo Bills apparently think the value of their backup running back is much higher than other teams are willing to accept.

According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, an unnamed team offered the Bills a player and a third-round pick for Lynch before the draft.  Buffalo rejected the offer and then proceeded to draft C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall pick.  If they expected to have a chance to grab Spiller, I have no idea why they would turn down a third-rounder.  Afterall, is Lynch even a good fit for the Bills anymore?

Marshawn has two years left on his rookie deal, which on paper raises his value.  As we all know, things that are on paper rarely represent a significant piece of the puzzle.  Lynch has had off-the-field and on-the-field problems while in Buffalo.  He clearly wants to be a feature back and the Bills clearly don’t want him to be theirs, as evidenced by them taking a running back in the top-10 of the draft.

There’s a decent chance the 24-year-old could resurrect his career with a new team like Green Bay.  Between injuries and suspensions, his body has limited wear on it after playing only two seasons.  If the Bills are offered a third-rounder or even a fourth, they have no reason to turn it down.  Why delay the inevitable?

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Packers should turn to opponent for help [Yahoo! Sports]

Brady Takes Shot at Patriot Fans

Tom Brady may hate the Jets, but it would appear he’s got a hint of jealousy toward their rabid fan base.  The Pats generally enjoy great success at Gillette Stadium, but it’s no secret that their fan base doesn’t exactly give them a noteworthy home-field advantage.  In typical Brady fashion, the Pats quarterback managed to slip in a little jab at New England fans for leaving the game against the Bengals early last Sunday:

The road environment is very different than our friendly home crowd, who when I looked up, half the stadium was gone when we were up 21 points early fourth quarter, which I wasn’t so happy about,” Brady said. “I don’t think the Jets fans leave early. They’re going to be loud the whole game. Communication is always an issue.”

Burned. Tom did his best to put his comment into context and make it sound like he’s just talking about something they need to prepare for in traveling to New Meadowlands Stadium, but he raises an excellent point about the Pats home crowd.

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Signal Stealing Made Easy?

What should the NFL do to assure fans an incident like Spygate will never occur again?  Throw some microphones on the centers so everyone can hear the names of your plays, that way teams don’t have to steal the play-calls — they can just have them.

The NFL has asked teams to consider allowing their centers to wear a microphone which would allow fans at home to hear what’s going on inside the huddle.  Of course, doing so would be optional.  For whatever reason, the Bengals decided to let their center wear one last Sunday when they played the Patriots.  Maybe they thought they had nothing to lose since the Pats would steal the plays one way or another no matter how secretive they tried to be?

All joking aside, I don’t see why any NFL team would agree to this.  If you broadcast the name of your play to the public and then go out and execute that play, aren’t you letting the opponent in on a few secrets?  I suppose teams could always use it to their advantage and not even run the actual play that they call in an attempt to throw the opposition off, but I don’t see why coaches would want to make more work for themselves during an already brief week of preparation.

I guess a feature like this is cool for people at home, but the signals are likely going to be complete Gibberish to the casual fan anyway.  If this becomes popular I’ll be extremely surprised.

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Microphones on centers create strategic concerns [ProFootballTalk]

Revis-Moss Worth the Price of Admission

There will be plenty on the line this Sunday when the New England Patriots travel to New Meadowlands Stadium to take on the New York Jets.  We all know every game during the NFL season is crucial, but you won’t find a Week 2 game with more at stake than this match-up.  The Jets can continue their infamous trash talk all throughout the week, but after losing to the Ravens on Monday night this weekend is an absolute must-win for Rex Ryan’s squad.

The past few weeks, a lot has been made of Randy Moss talking about his future and Darrelle Revis finally getting the Jets to cave and extend his contract.  I recommend putting all of that behind you now.  In just four short days it will be Revis-Moss time, and the stakes have seemingly never been higher.  Moss was a permanent resident of Revis Island last season as the Jets corner held him to just 58 yards on nine catches with one score in both their meetings.

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