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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021


Colt Brennan died of drug overdose from fentanyl, meth

Colt Brennan

A toxicology report has revealed the cause of death for former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.

TMZ Sports reports that the toxicology report shows Brennan died from an accidental drug overdose. Brennan had multiple substances in his system, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, amphetamine and ethanol.

Brennan died in May at the age of 37. He was in the fifth month of an inpatient program and said to be doing well prior to the overdose.

Brennan was found unconscious at a rehab facility days before he died at a Newport, Calif. hospital.

Brennan was best known by sports fans as the starting quarterback at Hawaii from 2005 to 2007. He was a stat monster during his career. He completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 14,193 yards, 131 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. The 131 touchdown passes rank fourth all time in NCAA Division I FBS history.

Brennan was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2007, when he led Hawaii to an undefeated regular season. The Rainbow Warriors lost to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl that year.

Kadarius Toney seems unhappy with role on Giants

Kadarius Toney

The New York Giants are off to a very bad start in 2021, and now their first-round pick is hinting at some displeasure.

Following Thursday night’s heartbreaking loss to the Washington Football Team, wide receiver Kadarius Toney sent a cryptic message on Instagram. The text read “I don’t be mad s— just be lame to me fr.”

Zack Rosenblatt of noted that Toney was “visibly upset” on the sideline at one point in the second half after a discussion with coach Joe Judge.

For what it’s worth, Toney tweeted Friday that “we good over here” and accused people of wrongly interpreting the message.

Judge also downplayed the incident, dismissing any emotional factors and saying Toney works hard in practice.

Toney, the No. 20 pick in the NFL Draft, was the subject of speculation during training camp and has -2 receiving yards through the team’s first two games.

Whatever the case, the Giants would strongly prefer to not have to answer questions like this right now. There are already issues stemming from a different sideline confrontation, plus the team lost in brutal fashion. They’re in danger of seeing their season spiral out of control quickly.

Kyle Shanahan trolls fantasy football players over Brandon Aiyuk usage

Kyle Shanahan

One thing that is indisputably true is that NFL coaches do not care about your fantasy team. San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan drove that home in hilarious fashion Friday.

There has been significant chatter about the usage of 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk in Week 1. Aiyuk saw just 26 snaps, and was not targeted once in the passing game. That came as a big surprise to many considering Aiyuk was a standout as a rookie in 2020, catching five touchdown passes and tallying 748 receiving yards.

That, combined with Shanahan’s public indifference toward Aiyuk, led to speculation that the wide receiver is in the head coach’s doghouse. Shanahan brushed that aside Friday, telling KNBR that a hamstring injury impacted Aiyuk’s status and it was only seen as a big deal because of fantasy purposes.

“Aiyuk got off to a little bit of a slow start and Trent (Sherfield) was playing very well,” Shanahan explained, via David Lombardi of The Athletic. “When Aiyuk was starting to catch him, and to me was about to go by him, which was going to be the third preseason game — where he would’ve gotten that spot completely back — he tweaked his hamstring. Then he had about 10 days off and his first practice was Wednesday before the Detroit game, so we planned on rotating him. … You get a big reaction to that, but that’s how it’s going. I don’t expect that to stay long.

“These things are a bigger deal because of the fantasy football world. It usually means you messed up a lot of people’s fantasy picks.”

Shanahan wasn’t done, trolling a bit further by adding: “You don’t need a fantasy team when you’re in charge of a real team.”

So yes, at least one NFL coach does know about people’s fantasy teams. He just doesn’t care. Then again, Shanahan isn’t forthcoming at the best of times, so he might just enjoy this.

Drew Brees reveals how closely involved he still is with Saints

Drew Brees hair

It’s no secret that Drew Brees has a great affinity for the Saints and the city of New Orleans. However, few might have known just how strong Brees’ ties to the organization remain.

Brees, now an analyst for NBC, appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” Friday and revealed just how closely he keeps in touch with the team. He admitted he is in regular contact with quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, and when pressed, he even revealed how much he knew about what the team planned to do against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.

“I’m in touch with (Winston) and Taysom quite a bit throughout training camp, preseason, and during the season,” Brees said.

The quarterback then had a telling response when asked by Patrick if he was an unofficial assistant coach.

“I will say this: I did have the gameplan for the game in my hand,” Brees admitted.

The gameplan worked, as the Saints beat the Packers 38-3, so if Brees gave any input, it certainly didn’t hurt.

It’s always an issue when a player goes directly to the broadcast booth, as some will inevitably accuse them of bias relating to the team they closely identify with. That hasn’t been a problem for another prominent ex-quarterback, and Brees seems willing to fill the same role. That said, Brees might have to be a little bit careful if he ever has to work a Saints game given how much information he still appears to get.

Matt LaFleur is sick of answering questions about Packers’ loss to Saints

Matt LaFleur

The Green Bay Packers have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since their ugly Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints, and coach Matt LaFleur is getting tired of hearing about it.

LaFleur spent his media session Friday fielding questions mostly pertaining to the aftermath of the 38-3 loss to the Saints. Green Bay plays host to the Detroit Lions on Monday, and at one point, the coach basically pleaded for questions about that game.

To be fair, it’s easy to see why Green Bay media members would want more answers about the Saints game. The entire team was awful, particularly the offense. The fact that it came on the heels of a fairly tumultuous offseason has led to further questions about Aaron Rodgers and the locker room.

A convincing win over the Lions, expected to be one of the league’s worst teams, would take the heat off LaFleur and the Packers a bit. A loss, however, will make next week’s media sessions even more stressful.

Video proves Dexter Lawrence did not actually jump offisdes?

Dexter Lawrence offsides

Dexter Lawrence committed a costly penalty in the New York Giants’ loss to the Washington Football Team on Thursday night, but there has been some debate over whether he was actually offsides. Many people believe Lawrence simply got a good jump, and the defensive lineman hinted on Friday that he agrees.

The Giants were leading 29-27 with five seconds left when Washington lined up for a 48-yard field goal attempt. Kicker Dustin Hopkins missed wide right, but he was bailed out when Lawrence jumped offsides. Or did he? A slow motion clip that went viral on Friday claimed to show that Lawrence simply got a perfect jump.

Of course, there are other versions of the same clip that appear to show Lawrence putting his helmet across the line of scrimmage before the longsnapper started moving the ball.

Lawrence seems to think he got a good jump. He told reporters on Friday that it is his job to “move when the ball moves.” He likely watched the video in super slow motion several times himself.

Whether he was offsides or not, Lawerence didn’t deserve some of the social media backlash he got after the game. The play was the definition of bang-bang, and obviously the officials felt he was in the neutral zone or beyond as the ball was snapped. It’s hard to tell for certain if that was the case.

Jerry Jones delivers legendary quote about Randy Gregory’s availability

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones has a way with words, and the Dallas Cowboys owner reminded us of that with a hilarious comment he had about Randy Gregory on Friday.

Gregory was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week. It appears unlikely that he will be cleared in time to play in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jones was asked by a reporter if Gregory still has a chance to play, and the 78-year-old had a hilarious way of expressing doubt.

Translation: Gregory has a minuscule chance of being cleared.

Only Jones would be able to put it so eloquently. Nothing will ever top the way he described his emotions after Tony Romo’s injury years ago, but the latest remark is further proof that he will never run out of Jerry-isms.

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni explains why he wore Jalen Hurts shirt

Nick Sirianni Jalen Hurts shirt

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is a big fan of his starting quarterback, and he had a unique way of showing that leading up to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sirianni was spotted at practice on Friday wearing a T-shirt that featured Jalen Hurts’ face in a pair of sunglasses. He offered a very simple explanation for why he wore it.

Sirianni is in his first season as head coach of the Eagles, and some of his methods have already been questioned. If you remember, he had a very interesting way of testing the competitive spirit of draft prospects. His decision to wear a shirt with his quarterback’s face on it was also unusual, but Hurts probably appreciated it.

The Eagles are off to a good start in the Sirianni era, as they blew out the Atlanta Falcons last week. Hurts played extremely well in that game. The second-year quarterback went 27/35 with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns. He added another 62 yards on seven rushes.

Everson Griffen suffered head injury in car accident caused by deer

Everson Griffin

Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen was a surprise addition to the injury report this week after he missed practice with a concussion. We now know that the injury was not related to football.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Friday that Griffen was involved in a car accident on his way to the team facility for Thursday’s practice. The crash was caused when he had to swerve to avoid a deer.

Griffen will not play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, as he remains in concussion protocol.

The unfortunate accident adds to what has been a pretty crazy several weeks for Griffen. The veteran pass-rusher rejoined the Vikings this offseason despite previously making some negative comments about Kirk Cousins. He was then cut in a procedural move before the season and re-signed the next day.

Griffen will have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol before he can return.

Bill Belichick shares thoughts on supporting player amid social media backlash

Bill Belichick

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris has faced a lot of criticism on social media in the wake of his costly late-game fumble against the Miami Dolphins last week. Bill Belichick is notoriously ignorant when it comes to all things Twitter and the like, and the coach thinks his players would benefit from sharing the same mindset.

Harris fumbled in the red zone with minutes left in New England’s 17-16 loss. Belichick was asked on Friday about that crucial mistake and if he has any thoughts on players receiving social media backlash for blunders. You won’t be surprised by his response.

“I don’t really know or care anything about social media. I don’t even know what’s out there or isn’t out there, that’s irrelevant to me,” Belichick said. “It doesn’t matter. We played football before there was social media and it didn’t matter then, either.”

As for Harris’ fumble, Belichick said one mistake does not determine the outcome of a game.

“We all make mistakes. We can make a mistake at the beginning of the game, we can make a mistake at the end of the game,” the coach added. “Sometimes that gets magnified because of the timing of it, but there are other things that could have happened at different points of the game that would have had just as big or maybe even a bigger effect on the game.”

Belichick has famously mocked social media platforms in the past. There have been times where you’d swear he has never even used a cell phone or computer, but he probably plays that up. What we do believe is that he considers social media to be useless and a distraction. He’s certainly not alone with that.