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NFL's new pass-interference replay rule is a very welcome change, Robert Kraft is struggling to save his legacy and Raiders must not be so all-in with Derek Carr as they say. All this and more in this week's 1
This week as coaches, team leaders and owners met behind closed doors on the league meetings in Phoenix and discussed expanding replays to include pass-interference calls. Saints coach Sean Payton passionately made his case in favor of change. League officials say his arguments were clever and ultimately very convincing.
Now some people in the league call NFL's decision to extend replay to include pass-interference in the last two minutes of each half "Sean Payton Rule."
There are times when the NFL gets things Massively wrong. This is one of the times when the league got something right, and Payton is the main reason.
The change comes two months after officials missed a pass interference call at Rams Nickell Robey-Coleman late in the NFC title game. Around the NFL, this change is seen as one of the most significant changes in rule over the last few decades.
While the rule was implemented on a one-year trial basis, many sources say it will probably stay. The only team to vote against the change was Bengals because they are the Bengals.
The fact that the rule was adopted so quickly is important in a league that is not known to be collectively imprisoned or open to adaptation. The NFL is occasionally like a brontosaurus; It can be hit in the tail and will not feel the effect until much later.
This was different and it is no coincidence that Payton is the main impulse. Of course, some of this is self-interest as it was the Saints who felt the full impact of the immense non-calling on Robey-Coleman. If the flag had been thrown, the Saints would probably have been in the Super Bowl, not the framework.
But it's more than that. Payton is one of the most innovative thinkers in football history, and generally innovators hate when progress is slowed down and need not be. We see all the calls on TV and on our phones. We know when screws up. The league couldn't continue to act as we didn't.
Payton, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, told Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams:
"I think it's more about the football element [than a personal victory]. Honestly, when you are in this selection, you really try to look more in relation to the game's story.I just made copies of … all these others [proposals] we don't use to watch a day and be like: & # 39; Ah, these are the ones who didn't. & # 39; I think it's more of the game that we owe it, and I really mean that.
"This is not going to be perfect always, and we know that. The mere form of the ball tells you that it won't jump in the same way. But it's wrong that analysts are able to point and say, "Hey, they're the most effective mistakes." I think we are right. "
Have they ever. Great time.
2. An inheritance in the question
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Patriots owner Bob Kraft has long been one of the most popular owners in the NFL The late art model (by Browns and Ravens) sometimes referred to Kraft as "Nice Guy Bob." It wasn't meant to be sarcastic.
Considered a really nice man, Kraft was not considered cutthroat or nasty, in contrast For many co-owners, he was meaningful, but fair, firm but decent, a strange guy.
Although Kraft played a policy of getting a new stadium and fighting NFL Commissioner Goodell over Spygate and Deflategate, he generally avoided it sometimes ugly reputation that other owners in the league, such as Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones,
Kraft has been accused of two counts of call-up due to a prostitution in Florida last month, pleading not guilty to the charges and issued a Declaration last week where he apologized.
(Force arrest came as a result of a comprehensive investigation into human trafficking involving the spa he allegedly visited, which is, of course, a much greater problem than an NFL's inheritance. But this is a sports column, so we only deal with Kraft's history here.)
Power does not fight for its freedom. He probably won't go to jail. Instead, he fights for his legacy. He fights for how football history sees him.
It's not just a six-hour Super Bowl winner, but one of the league's good guys. After the last month, will he still be seen that way?
Some in the league believe that Kraft will talk to several news stores in the coming weeks and months and apologize again. This week, several of Kraft's friends spoke to Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe about his pain at this moment.
"Bob has apparently made a serious mistake in the verdict," Jack Connors, a friend of Kraft's recently speaking to him, told Hohler. "But I think you will now see him double his efforts to do good things for the people who have been victims of such cases. And if he goes through supporting these kind of charities, I will be proud of My friend. "
People in the NFL also believe Kraft's excuse trip, stories like the one in Globe and others who come, bleed the ground and clarify the public for what happens when the videos from Kraft's meetings appear. The wise money still says that TMZ will get the video, but the sheriff in the case told CNBC's Scott Zamost that the videos " are likely to be released."
And as we all know from countless other scandals, it is difficult to delete anything from the memory banks when a video appears unless you are fighting like hell to do so.
Time will tell whether Kraft is successful.
3rd Raiders Keep Their Opportunities Open
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On Monday, Raider's main feature Jon Gruden tried to rest in speculation by telling Jim Trotter of the NFL Network that Derek Carr remains the team's starting quarterback.  "Yes, he must be our quarterback," Gruden said. "I'm not going to solve all the rumors I could worry less about the rumors you know? He threw in 4,100 meters. Threw nearly 70 percent into a very serious and difficult situation. So I have a lot of confidence in Carr, what he can do with Antonio Brown, with Tyrell Williams, with Trent Brown coming in here to help our offensive line with better defense. I am thrilled with Carr. "
It may be true, but Raiders who keep the fourth overall pick in the draft seems to make their due diligence on quarterbacks in the draft a team reportedly settled on the post.
According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, the Raiders will prepare Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's next week's Dwayne Haskins.
It is a smart move by Raiders that has made a lot of smart moves lately, such as trading for wide receiver Antonio Brown. Just because Carr is the starting quarterback does not mean that the team should not continue to improve or at least find someone the Gruden is in.
I am not the only one who thinks Carr is not the long-term solution, and I can't imagine Raiders think he is either. Maybe it makes Haskin worth the gamble, as many teams expect the Raiders to decide.
I wouldn't blame them if they did.
4th A Transformer Player
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One day, when we all return to Jets who acquire Le & # 39; Veon Bell, I am convinced that it will be considered one of the best Free agent signatures of all time. (cc: @OldTakesExposed )
The Reason Why? Versatility.
People still underestimate dramatically how good Bell is. He has driven more than 1,200 yards while adding more than 600 reception yards in three of his five NFL seasons.
Jets Chief Trainer Adam Gase recently discussed it with the NFL Network's Kimberly Jones.
"I love his black" Gase said. "I love that he could do everything and I think the more movies I see since we signed him, I think I didn't try to justify too much by watching too much movie."
"But since we signed him I just reinforced it and tried to figure out what he did in Pittsburgh? You know how far we can take him? What can we do in the passing game? we make sure we do it right with him in the ongoing game? How do we build this stuff around Sam [Darnold] him and some of the other pieces we have? So you know it's been fun to watch, really go and see what he has done in the past. "
My prediction: Bell will change the Jets offense as he did Pittsburghs and it will be fun to see. 19659007]
5. Well played NFL, well played
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The NFL bowed the tradition of having the previous year's Super Bowl winners open the season to plan the packages and bears to kick things off on Thursday night in September.
It's an excellent move for a number of reasons.
NFL enters its 100th season, so what could be more appropriate than starting with its oldest rivalry, and at any time we'll see Aaron Rodge rs play, That's a good thing, not to mention, Bears will be Super Bowl contenders.
It's also a smart public relations move. Kraft's request case may still be in the public eye September, which would make for some awkward moments,
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I've covered the NFL for 25 years and I've never seen a tight end as powerful, athletic and fast as Rob Gronkowski.
He announced his retirement Sunday, and his numbers alone should cement him as a Hall of Famer.
In 115 regular season games, Gronkowski had 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. In 16 playoff games, he made 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 scores. As ESPN.com's Mike Reiss noted, all these playoff brands are records for a tight end.
Much more data speaks to Gronk's greatness, but you get points. He also did so by 265 pounds .
More than just a unique recipient, he was also a sacred block.
There wasn't much Gronkowski couldn't do. As a result, the defense had to shift massive resources to defend him. It's not as if Tom Brady needed the help, but Gronkowski opened the New England offense.
Gronkowski is remembered for many things, but above all he must be remembered as the best tight end ever to play the game.
7th The more things change, the more they become the same.
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When Gronk has called it a career, how will the patriots adapt?
When you lose a player of his caliber, it hurts. But we have seen this song earlier with New England. Now we can sing all lyrics perfectly.
They have lost a comprehensive list of quality players and there is no need to recite it. But as always, they will adapt and continue to win.
None of us should be surprised to hear the familiar melody again next season.
8 thereof. Each picture tells a story
Mark Dalton @ CardsMarkD
Say cheese: @NFL head coaches make up for group photo at the league's annual meeting at Biltmore in AZ https://t.co/ n2PO6Ml4U5
NFL – owners, general managers and coaches meet this week in Phoenix, and among rule changes and state-of-the-address addresses, the participants meet to hang out a little. To remember, they usually take group pictures.
While they were portraits of camaraderie, you don't have to look too close to see, they represent anything more.
Mark Dalton, Senior Vice President of Media Relations for Cardinals, tweeted this image by NFL's main buses. The lack of diversity was striking. (Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, African American, was not present.)
Earlier that day, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted a picture of the league's general managers. The lack of diversity was even stronger.
Adam Schefter @ AdamSchefter
28 of the NFLs 32 General Managers …. https://t.co/gSTz6MNPou  The league knows that the lack of diversity among coaches and general managers is a problem. These pictures emphasized just how bad the problem is.
ninth The ACL Club
Lots of NFL players have ACL tears every season but it's still staggering to see all those names in a list.
ACL Recovery Club in the Twitter account compiled all 53 of the cracked ACLs that NFL players suffered in 2018.
ACL Recovery Club @ ACLecoveryCLUB
There were 53 demolished ACL's during the 2018 NFL season. Here is the list of all players 👇 https://t.co/GKkmQhQRNy
There are no conclusions to draw here. With about 1,700 players in the NFL, 53 demolished ACL & # 39; may not be much.
Still, it gives another reminder of how brutally the game is. It's something to think about the next time someone gets bored of someone's contract.
10th See this now
Dov Kleiman @ NFL_DovKleiman
Bill Belichick + Paparazzi went as well as expected https://t.co/Ncti62vSY0
Patriot's head coach Bill Belichick met paparazzi recently, and it went exactly as you might expect .
If you go into awkward interactions, follow my leadership and see it again and again. I promise you will laugh every time.
And if you're not into unpleasant interactions, it's still a unique look at Belichick.
Mike Freeman covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @mikefreemanNFL .