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#pounditMonday, October 18, 2021

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Kliff Kingsbury had specific reason for not watching Cardinals game

Kliff Kingsbury

Kliff Kingsbury was away from the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday due to a positive Covid test. One might expect that he watched on TV along with everyone else, but that is not actually the case.

Kingsbury was back home in Arizona isolating as he waited to be cleared from Covid protocols. He actually avoided watching Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. Instead, the Cardinals coach decided to use that time to begin gameplanning for next week’s game against the Houston Texans.

Kingsbury did tune in eventually, though he did so with just three minutes to go and Arizona up big. He did it not to see the play, but because he was proud of the team and wanted to see them celebrate.

Believe it or not, Kingsbury probably isn’t the only coach who’d avoid the game. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was in a similar spot last year, and while he did watch the game, he admitted that the inability to control any of it was very stressful. Maybe Kingsbury didn’t want to needlessly put himself through that stress.

Joe Judge questions Giants’ effort after latest loss

Joe Judge

Things are looking bleak for the New York Giants, and public criticism from coach Joe Judge isn’t making the situation look any better.

The Giants lost 38-11 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in a game that saw them trailing 31-3 after three quarters. The loss dropped the team to 1-5 on the season, and with upcoming November games against the Chiefs, Raiders, and Buccaneers, things don’t appear likely to improve anytime soon.

To make matters worse on Monday, Judge publicly questioned his team’s effort in the loss. The head coach suggested he saw things in both the first and second half that would be addressed privately.

There will be a debate about whether there’s anything to be gained from this sort of public condemnation. Maybe Judge believes the players need to be called out in public, even if not by name.

On the other hand, Judge has some good reasons to question how much the team was trying. Maybe some fans will be happy to hear him say publicly what they all saw.

DK Metcalf, Shannon Sharpe have heated exchange on Twitter

DK Metcalf

Shannon Sharpe has essentially carved out a media career for himself by criticizing people, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf was one of the Hall of Famer’s latest targets.

Sharpe wasn’t impressed with a play Metcalf made late in Seattle’s overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The star receiver caught a pass near the sideline and fumbled while trying to pick up extra yards rather than getting out of bounds to stop the clock. Fortunately for him, the Seahawks got the ball back.

Sharpe immediately took to Twitter and accused Metcalf of “trying to play hero (ball).” Metcalf had a savage response on Monday morning.

Of course, Shannon had to get the last word. He doubled down on his criticism and pulled the “resume” card.

“Nothing to question. That was ‘DUMB A–‘ play and your pride won’t let you admit it,” Sharpe wrote (edited by LBS for profanity). “‘You’ can’t question anything I’ve done. Pray your resume will be as complete as mine, PRAY. Enjoy the rest of your day.”

Metcalf did make a mistake. His intentions were good, but he would have been better off ducking out of bounds to stop the clock. He got lucky that the officials stopped play for a booth review, which left Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin furious.

Sharpe can dish it out, but he can’t always take it. Just ask Kevin Durant.

Seahawks spoke to Cam Newton after Russell Wilson injury

Cam Newton hat

The Seattle Seahawks appear comfortable sticking with Geno Smith as long as Russell Wilson is sidelined. However, they did at least look into other options.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that the team spoke with free agent quarterback Cam Newton following Wilson’s injury. However, Carroll didn’t elaborate, and it’s clear nothing else came of the conversation.

It may be that the Seahawks were simply doing their due diligence. It makes sense for them to weigh their options and determine if Newton would be better than Smith. Ultimately, Smith has been on the Seattle roster since 2019. He knows the offense and was best prepared to step in on short notice.

This comes on the heels of Newton making a significant change in order to resume his NFL career. It’s possible that he wasn’t interested, as the Seahawks wouldn’t be able to provide a long-term starting job. We can really only guess.

Ezekiel Elliott calls out refs following OT win over Patriots

Ezekiel Elliott

There were several controversial calls in Sunday’s thrilling game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, and Ezekiel Elliott apparently felt none of them worked in his team’s favor.

Following the Cowboys’ 35-29 OT win over New England, both Elliott and Dallas pass-rusher Randy Gregory were critical of the officials. Elliott said the Cowboys felt like they had to “overcome the Patriots and the zebras.”

There was one play in particular that likely infuriated Elliott. Dak Prescott made a crucial fourth-down mistake when he lost a fumble at the goal line late in the first half (video here), but it looked like the quarterback clearly got into the end zone on a sneak the play before. The third down play was not reviewed.

The Cowboys also had some big plays negated by holding calls. They had 12 penalties for 115 yards compared to New England’s five for 47 yards. Dallas did, however, appear to get away with a blatant face mask penalty on a key play in overtime.

It’s a good sign that the Cowboys overcame 12 penalties to beat a tough opponent on the road. And complaining about the officiating after a win carries a lot more weight. We saw an NFL coach do the same following his team’s OT win on Sunday.

Elliott and the Cowboys feel like they can beat anyone right now — even the zebras.

Mike Tomlin furious over ’embarrassment’ from officials

Mike Tomlin official

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in overtime on Sunday night, but Mike Tomlin was in no mood to celebrate after the game. The coach was furious over a sequence that took place at the end of regulation.

The Seahawks got into field goal range to force overtime following a hectic play with seconds remaining. DK Metcalf caught a ball along the sideline and fumbled, but Seattle retained possession. They then hustled to the line of scrimmage for a spike play to stop the clock. The stadium clock got to zero before Geno Smith got the snap off, and it was unclear if Seattle spiked the ball in time.

It didn’t matter, as the officials decided that play was halted with 3 seconds left so they could review the Metcalf catch. No one really knew what they were reviewing, as it was a clear fumble and recovery by Seattle. All the stoppage did was allow the Seahawks to get organized and immediately spike the ball when play resumed. They then kicked a field goal to tie the game at 20-20 as time expired. Tomlin was furious and cursed out the officials.

After Pittsburgh’s 23-20 OT win, Tomlin could be heard saying he’ll be “writing a check to the league office tonight.” He then proceeded to rip the officiating crew during his postgame press conference.

“I hated it. I cannot believe that game was stopped to confirm catch/no catch in that moment,” Tomlin said.

You can understand the officials wanting to get such an important play right. But, again, there wasn’t much to question. Metcalf clearly fumbled and the Seahawks jumped on the ball. Perhaps the officials wanted to see if Metcalf stepped out of bounds before the fumble. Either way, Seattle definitely caught a break.

At least the Steelers won. The same wasn’t true when they were on the wrong end of a much worse officiating blunder earlier this season.

Bengals player went to Eminem’s restaurant and got sick during game

Jackson Carman without a helmet

Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Jackson Carman was activated from the COVID-19 reserve list last week in time to play in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. He did not start and only played a limited role, however. That led many to speculate that he was feeling effects from the coronavirus, but Carman says there was another issue.

Mom’s Spaghetti.

Music icon Eminem recently opened a restaurant in Detroit called Mom’s Spaghetti. Carman took to Twitter on Saturday asking for recommendations on where to eat in the area. Apparently he settled on Eminem’s new joint and then got sick. He said after the game that he would not recommend eating there.

Carman rotated with Trey Hill during the game before he went down with what was initially believed to be an injury. He was carted to the locker room, and the Bengals later announced that he was questionable to return with an illness.

We’ve seen players puke on the field during games in the past, but it was never Eminem’s fault. Hopefully Carman doesn’t leave a Yelp review.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Jackson Carman (79) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Jamal Adams botched potentially huge interception

Jamal Adams dropped INT

The Seattle Seahawks lost a tough game to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on Sunday night, and Jamal Adams has to be kicking himself over blowing an opportunity he had to change the outcome.

Adams had a pass from Ben Roethlisberger hit him right in the face with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. He read the route perfectly and broke on the ball, but for some reason he wasn’t ready to come up with the interception.

The Steelers went on to kick a field goal on the drive to take a 20-17 lead. Seattle tied it up at 20-20 as time expired in the fourth quarter but lost in overtime. The Seahawks would have been in a much better position to win had Adams come up with the pick.

Mistakes happen, but Adams’ big blunder happened to come on a night where he declared himself “the best in the nation” in his “Sunday Night Football” player intro. Twitter had a field day with that:

Adams is a great tackler and is great in run support, but he struggles in pass coverage. He’s also extremely confident in his abilities, as evidenced by his player intro. That’s why fans were happy to jump all over him when he botched a huge play.

While Adams certainly isn’t the first defensive back we have seen with a brutal dropped interception, his mistake couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Aaron Rodgers named Bears’ owner in funny Wikipedia edit

Aaron Rodgers taunts Bears fans

It did not take long for Aaron Rodgers to trash talk himself into becoming the actual owner of the Chicago Bears … at least on Wikipedia.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback delivered the viral moment of the week when he taunted Bears fans during Sunday’s divisional win over Chicago. Rodgers scrambled for a key rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter and rubbed it in by telling the home fans, “I still own you!”

The Chicago Bears’ Wikipedia page reflected just as much after the game. In light of Rodgers’ taunt, he was briefly listed as the owner of the Bears.

Another funny edit had Bears head coach Matt Nagy listed on Wikipedia as Rodgers’ son.

Though the taunt served as a bit of revenge, in reality, Rodgers can make a pretty strong case to be Bears owner. He is now 22-5 against them for his NFL career. Regardless, the reigning NFL MVP Rodgers probably prefers this Wikipedia edit to the last one that he was a part of.

Patrick Mahomes’ brother Jackson apologizes for major faux pas

Jackson Mahomes dances

Patrick Mahomes’ brother Jackson apologized on Sunday for his actions while in attendance for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-13 win over Washington.

Jackson, who has a large following on social media, posted some videos of himself dancing at the game. Jackson was dancing in a roped-off area where the Sean Taylor memorial was located.

Taylor, a former Washington safety, played four seasons in the NFL and made two Pro Bowls before he was killed by intruders in a 2007 shooting at his home. Washington retired Taylor’s jersey on Sunday.

After receiving criticism for desecrating Taylor’s memorial, Jackson posted an apology on Twitter.

“I want to sincerely apologize for accidentally being on the Sean Taylor #21 at FedEx Field. We were directed to stand in that area and I meant absolutely no disrespect to him or his family,” Mahomes wrote.

This is the second time this season that Jackson has drawn attention over his behavior at a road game (see the other here). Patrick’s mother also made headlines over what she tweeted during Sunday’s game.

Patrick might want to tell his family members to do him a favor and abandon all social media. They’re just hurting his image left and right and making him unlikable by association.