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Bucs seeking explanation from NFL on 2-point conversion play clock issue

The Buccaneers attempt a two-point play

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have cost themselves a win on Sunday by taking a delay of game penalty at a horrible time, and there have been some questions about whether they were cheated by an error with the play clock. Head coach Todd Bowles says his team has asked the NFL for clarification.

The Bucs were trailing the Green Bay Packers 14-6 when Tom Brady found Russell Gage in the end zone with 14 seconds remaining. That cut Green Bay’s lead to 14-12, forcing the Buccaneers to attempt a 2-point conversion. They made life more difficult for themselves by not getting the snap off in time, which pushed them from the 2-yard line to the 7-yard line. Green Bay then came up with a big stop.

Many were stunned that a Tom Brady-led offense would make a mistake like that at such a crucial point in the game. However, some fans noticed that only 20 seconds elapsed from the time the whistle blew signaling that the play clock should start until the time the clock expired. The play clock is usually set to 25 seconds before a 2-point conversion attempt. You can see a video of the sequence in question here.

So what happened? One social media account that is typically excellent with explaining officiating issues offered an explanation.

Gage fell to the ground as he caught the touchdown pass from Brady, which would explain why it may have taken a little extra time for replay to confirm the score. When more than 40 seconds passes before the touchdown is confirmed, teams are given 20 seconds instead of 25.

Bowles told reporters on Monday that the Bucs have sent the play to the NFL for clarification. Like Brady, he did not blame the play clock and said Tampa Bay needs to do a better job of executing.

It is possible that the Packers would have stopped the Buccaneers from the 2-yard line just as they did from the 7, but we will never know. Aaron Rodgers hinted that the Packers had one other thing working in their favor as well.

Tests reveal more information about Mac Jones ankle injury

Mac Jones warms up before a game

Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones suffered an ankle injury toward the end of the New England Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and it sounds like the quarterback is going to miss some time.

Jones underwent an X-ray following the game that came back negative. While that was good news, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday that additional tests revealed Jones suffered a “pretty severe” high ankle sprain. He is seeking a second opinion but will likely miss the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.

Even if Jones does not need surgery, he could miss multiple games. High ankle sprains tend to be more severe than low ankle sprains and often result in multi-week absences for players.

Jones was hit by Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell as he threw a pass late in New England’s 37-26 loss. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he was unable to put any pressure on it as he hobbled off the field.

The Patriots had plenty of chances to beat the Ravens, but turnovers killed them. Jones went 22/32 for 321 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. If he is unable to play in Week 3 and beyond, veteran Brian Hoyer will start in his place.

NFL announces major changes to Pro Bowls

Roger Goodell at a press conference

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has explored numerous ways to make the Pro Bowl more interesting in recent years, and the league is hoping the major changes it announced on Monday will help accomplish that goal.

The Pro Bowl will now officially be known as “The Pro Bowl Games,” according to a press release from the NFL. Those games will include various skill competitions throughout the week in Las Vegas and then end with a flag football game. The competitions during the week will allow players to showcase both their football and non-football skills.

Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions have reached an agreement with the NFL and will play a big role in delivering content for the Pro Bowl Games to fans. Manning will also be part of the coaching staff for the AFC vs. NFC flag football game.

Flag football has been an area of focus for the NFL in recent years and has helped with globally expanding the game. The hope is that the Pro Bowl changes will help further that.

If you follow LBS, you know that we proposed the flag football idea during the last Pro Bowl. There was no real contact in the game anyway, so why bother making players wear full pads?

The biggest issue with the Pro Bowl was that everything looked like a regular NFL game until the ball was snapped. The formations were the same and the players were dressed the same. Once the ball was in play, you realized you were watching something entirely different from an NFL game. A flag football game should be far more interesting than a watered-down version of tackle football.

LeSean McCoy calls out Eric Bieniemy again

LeSean McCoy warms up before a game

Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) looks on before a game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy had a heated exchange on the field just before halftime during Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, and one former Chiefs player was not at all surprised to see it.

The Chiefs decided to play things safe to close out the first half after they got the ball at their own 46 with 30 seconds left. A holding call pushed them back to the 36 and they had no timeouts, so Bieniemy called a run play to let the clock expire. Mahomes obviously wanted to be more aggressive, and cameras showed him confronting Bieniemy. Head coach Andy Reid had to step in to calm Mahomes down. You can see the video here.

LeSean McCoy, who played for the Chiefs for one season in 2019, was quick to criticize Bieniemy. He wrote on Instagram that the OC frequently argues with players and knows nothing about play-calling.

McCoy obviously does not like Bieniemy. The former running back said earlier this year that one of the reasons Bieniemy is not a head coach is that he does not know how to talk to players. Reid responded by offering an explanation for why McCoy may not be the biggest Bieniemy fan.

McCoy was past his prime during his lone season with the Chiefs. He obviously felt like Bieniemy did not utilize him properly, so his opinion could be a bit biased. Still, he is right that there are reasons Bieniemy has not landed a head coaching job. It is certainly possible that his attitude toward players is one of them.

For what it’s worth, Mahomes’ frustration may have been justified. The Chiefs were leading 14-10 at the time and he wanted to go for more point. They ended up losing 20-17.

Jerry Jeudy fires back at Shannon Sharpe in deleted tweet

Jerry Jeudy without a helmet

Aug 21, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Shannon Sharpe ripped Jerry Jeudy during Sunday night’s game between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, and the young wide receiver was not having it.

Jeudy and the rest of Denver’s offense struggled in their ugly 11-10 win over the Niners. The former first-round pick was targeted six times and caught just two passes for 17 yards. He also dropped a deep ball over the middle that might have resulted in a touchdown. Sharpe took to Twitter after that play to criticize Jeudy, and Jeudy fired back with a strong insult.

Jeudy deleted his response, but you can see a screenshot below:

Sharpe is a Broncos legend and Hall of Fame tight end, which could be why Jeudy thought better of his tweet. Though, we’re guessing there are a lot of other players in Denver who are unhappy with the way Sharpe has been blasting his former team.

The Broncos have been a complete mess on offense through the first three weeks of the Russell Wilson era. Head coach Nathaniel Hackett appears to be in over his head. Still, they are 2-1 and have a lot of time to turn things around.

Sharpe was not the only one who was frustrated watching Sunday night’s game. Many viewers made the same joke about the way both teams played.

Incredible Urban Meyer Jaguars stat goes viral

Urban Meyer in a jacket

Photo Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA Today Sports

An incredible stat about the Jacksonville Jaguars that involves Urban Meyer went viral on Sunday.

The Jaguars beat up the Chargers 38-10 to improve to 2-1 on the season. Amazingly, the win allowed Pederson to tie Urban Meyer for fifth all time on the Jaguars’ head coaches wins list.

That’s so painful it hurts.

The Jags went 3-14 last season. They were 2-11 under Meyer before firing him. They went 1-3 under interim coach Darrell Bevell.

That stat illustrates a few things.

1) It shows us just how pathetic the Jags were under Meyer last season.

2) It reinforces just how bad the Jags have been over the last 10 years or so.

Mel Tucker also had two wins as the interim head coach in 2011, and Mike Mularkey had two wins when he went 2-14 in 2012 before the atrocious Gus Bradley took over.

With one more win, Pederson will be fifth all-time on the Jags’ list.

Everyone made same joke about awful 49ers-Broncos game

A look at the Broncos 49ers game

Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos was quite a snoozer, and the style of game felt very familiar to many football fans.

The Broncos beat the 49ers 11-10 in a game that featured just one touchdown and 17 punts. That’s the type of game college football fans are used to watching from a couple of Big Ten teams.

Take a look at all the jokes fans were making comparing the Sunday night game to a Big Ten game, especially one featuring Iowa.

Denver managed to come out ahead in the scrappy game. At 2-1, they’re well on their way to a spot in the Quick Lane Bowl.

That was some superior punting from Corliss Waitman and Mitch Wishnowsky.

Dan Orlovsky has amazing reaction to Jimmy Garoppolo blunder

Dan Orlovsky steps out of bounds

Jimmy Garoppolo committed a big blunder on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos, and nobody was happier about it than Dan Orlovsky.

Garoppolo stepped out of the back of the end zone while planting to make a throw on second down of his San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Broncos. The embarrassing move resulted in a safety and gave the ball back to the Broncos.

The reaction from NBC announcer Mike Tirico reflected the feelings of most football fans watching the game: Dan Orlovsky!

Tirico referenced the former Detroit Lions quarterback immediately because Orlovsky had committed the same mistake in a 2008 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Almost immediately after the play occurred, Orlovsky tweeted his reaction.

“IVE (sic) NEVER BEEN HAPPIER FFFFREEEEEDDDOOOMMMM” Orlovsky tweeted.

The “Braveheart” reference was too fitting.

Yes, Orlovsky had almost been imprisoned by the notorious play. It’s still what he’s most strongly associated with throughout his career. And at least he has some company.

Still, there are ways in which accidental safeties can be achieved. And the way Orlovsky did it was so much worse than Garoppolo.

Jimmy Garoppolo pulls a Dan Orlovsky against Broncos

Jimmy Garoppolo standing with a foot in the end zone

Jimmy Garoppolo committed a totally embarrassing move during Sunday night’s game between his San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.

The Niners were leading the Broncos 7-3 and had a 1st-and-10 from their 2 early in the third quarter after Denver pinned them near the end zone. On first down, Jeff Wilson Jr. ran for no gain. On the following play, Garoppolo was under pressure and completely lost track of where he was.

Garoppolo inadvertently stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety as he was planting his feet to throw.

Immediately, NBC announcer Mike Tirico pointed out that Garoppolo had pulled a Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky is notorious for running out the back of the end zone in a 2008 loss against the Vikings. The funny part about Orlovsky’s blunder was just how completely unaware he was, and how far back he was.

Garoppolo has now joined Orlovsky in infamy. His play wasn’t too harmful for San Francisco though, which appeared to be in bad shape backed up against their end zone.

Cris Collinsworth shares what Kyle Shanahan wants to do but can’t

Kyle Shanahan with a headset

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan apparently has been somewhat limited with what he would like to do with the 49ers’ offense this season.

The 49ers opened up their game on Sunday night at Denver with a few runs by Jeff Wilson Jr., including one that went for 37 yards. Late in the first quarter, San Francisco followed up an 18-yard catch by Deebo Samuel with a couple of short runs by Wilson.

The sequence led NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth to talk about how Shanahan has been limited by injuries in what he would like to do.

“He has almost no depth whatsoever at the running back position,” Collinsworth said of Shanahan. “He would love to get into some of these 2-back sets. But he doesn’t want to put Deebo Samuel back there all the time. And he doesn’t want to run Jeff Wilson all the time because he just doesn’t think physically he’s going to be able to hold up to that kind of carry load.”

Both Elijah Mitchell and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price are out with injuries. That has left Wilson to carry the load. Jordan Mason is handling backup duties, while the team signed Marlon Mack off the street to chip in.

Wilson is in his fifth season with the team and has the most experience in their backfield. Samuel is great to give some carries to, but the Niners don’t want to necessarily overwork him. That has resulted in the Niners’ current offensive situation.