Booger McFarland’s analysis of a pass from Josh Allen to John Brown in the second quarter of Saturday’s Wild Card Game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans was wrong and received negative feedback online.
The Bills were leading 7-0 and had the ball for a 3rd-and-10 at the Houston 22 early in the second quarter. Josh Allen threw a pass to the right sideline for Brown. The pass was caught but called incomplete because Brown was unable to get his feet down inbounds.
McFarland blamed Allen for the incompletion, saying the quarterback needed to throw the pass earlier. Most people watching disagreed and felt Allen made a nice throw and that Brown should have gotten his feet down.
Here are some of the tweets in response, including one from Jerry Rice’s son, who is a wide receiver.
Maybe Allen throwing the pass earlier would have helped, but he still made a good enough throw no matter how you look at it. That’s on Brown to do better with the pass.
The Buffalo Bills came to play in their playoff opener against the Houston Texans.
Buffalo opened up the playbook on their first drive. Set up by a 42-yard run by quarterback Josh Allen, the Bills went with a flea flicker from the Houston 16, with John Brown successfully throwing a touchdown pass to his quarterback.
It takes some guts to run a play like that on the first drive of a road playoff game. Credit to Buffalo for doing so successfully, as it paid off for them. Perhaps Jalen Ramsey would like to reconsider.
NFL free agency officially got underway on Wednesday after the early contact period began two days earlier. Teams were quite eagerly handing out huge deals on Monday, and things haven’t slowed down since.
Some of these deals, at least on paper, certainly look better than others at first glance. Here are ten free agent signings that represent the best deals of the offseason so far.
10) Packers sign S Adrian Amos
Green Bay tried to rebuild its defense last year with little success. That meant it was back to the drawing board this offseason, and they’re off to a much better start by adding Amos from their division rivals in Chicago. Amos isn’t an elite player, but he’s a versatile safety just entering his primary years who should be an upgrade on everyone Green Bay tried to make work last season. In addition, compared to the Landon Collins contract, he looks like a relative bargain. It’s a nice bit of business for the Packers.
The Buffalo Bills are giving quarterback Josh Allen a veteran deep threat to throw to next season, as they have agreed to sign wide receiver John Brown.
According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Brown will sign a three-year, $27 million deal with the Bills.
Brown signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, and he caught 42 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns last year. He averaged a career-high 17.0 yards per catch, so he should have plenty of opportunities with the strong-armed Allen throwing his way.
Every NFL team has a series of superstars on both offense and defense who steal the limelight, but in order for a team to be successful, they need quality starters at every position and strong reserves/role players.
Often, it’s those role players who are ultimately the difference between a championship run or a story about what could have been.
Here’s a look at every NFL team’s key role player.
Arizona Cardinals – John Brown, wide receiver
This spot could have just as easily have gone to wide receiver J.J. Nelson, but John Brown has been an under-the-radar gem for the Cardinals several years running. He finished fourth on the team in all purpose yards (697) in 2016 despite starting only six games, and did his damage through the air, on the ground and returning both kicks and punts. Unfortunately he is currently being limited by a quad injury.
Atlanta Falcons – Adrian Clayborn, defensive end
After starting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over four seasons, Adrian Clayborn joined the Falcons as a reserve and like many others on defense, plays a key role. A rotational defensive end with quality experience, Clayborn recorded 7.5 sacks with Atlanta over his first two seasons and provides a solid third-and-long option. The 29-year-old has one sack this season, and made his presence felt with a big hit on Aaron Rodgers in Week 2.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown has been limited in training camp by a quad injury, and the receiver’s sickle cell trait apparently has slowed his recovery.
Brown was a strong performer as a rookie in 2014 and then had a breakout 2015 season where he had 1,003 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Last year his stats were almost cut in half as he battled a hamstring injury and symptoms from his sickle cell trait.
Arizona Cardinals reporter Darren Urban wrote about Brown’s injury and recovery issues Wednesday. He included a quote from Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians saying it’s a “fact” that the sickle-cell trait slows Brown’s recovery.
Brown returned to action Tuesday after missing around two weeks of drills. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer doesn’t seem to be too concerned. Instead, he says it’s more important for Brown to be available when the regular season begins, not the preseason.
If you missed Richard Sherman the trash talker, fear not because he is back!
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback picked up a personal foul penalty against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday for pretending to sit, which others took as him pretending to poop.
Sherman explained the penalty after the game, saying that he was trash talking Cardinals WR John Brown by motioning that Brown was on the bench.
Why did Sherman have it out for Brown? The Cardinals receiver said in August that nobody could cover him one-on-one, not even Sherman.
Sherman got the last word Sunday as Brown was held to 45 yards on four catches despite being targeted 11 times. Brown just learned the hard way that you don’t want to get into a trash talking competition with Sherman, because he’ll usually come out on top.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown was active against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, but the speedy playmaker did not end up playing a snap. As you can imagine, that frustrated fantasy football players who had Brown in their lineup.
Do you think Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians cares? Go ahead and ask him about it.
Brown, who has been battling hamstring injuries, wasn’t about to apologize, either. The former Pittsburg State star took things a step further when someone who is unfamiliar with Arizona’s schedule asked him if he plans on playing in Week 9.
Arians and Brown join a long list of current and former NFL coaches and players who have ripped fantasy football owners (here’s another popular example), though their comments were far more entertaining than some before them. The Cardinals want to get Brown healthy because they are 6-2 and he is another weapon in a great offense. As Arians put it, they don’t give a s— about anything else.