Browsing: After Further Review

Let’s be real. If the Ray Rice who punched his then fiancé while elevator security tapes were rolling was the 25-year-old Rice who averaged 4.7 yards per carry on his way to 1,364 yards, we wouldn’t be talking about a comeback tour. He’d be signed somewhere and we’d be contemplating which slot in the top ten he should occupy during our fantasy drafts. But 28-year-old Rice who last stumbled to an embarrassing 3.1 yards per carry is sitting by himself in the cafeteria, and no one is even looking at him. That’s unfortunate because, as evidenced during an emotional interview…

Many moons ago, Deflategate was about whether or not Tom Brady, abetted by a Patriots employee, intentionally altered footballs to a psi level that was below the NFL’s allowed minimum. Today we have no freakin’ idea what this is about. I could sit here and run through the five million ever-changing possibilities or simply relay what John Dowd, the attorney who authorized the report which led to the banning of Pete Rose from baseball, told Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post in a blistering column last week: “Like ‘Seinfeld,’ this is about nothing.” Yes, there are feuds, smokescreens, general shadiness,…

It’s raining dollars for Russell Wilson. Spurred by a looming deadline, the Seahawks inked Wilson to a four-year extension worth $87.6 million with $60 million guaranteed, as first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Wilson’s signing bonus alone is reported to be $21 million. Earlier rumors suggested Wilson wanted to be the NFL’s highest paid player. While this new deal comes close, Wilson now becomes the second-highest paid player just shy of the $22 million per year received by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Wilson took to Twitter to express his exuberance. Blessed to be w/ this organization for 4 more…

Back in May, former Saints receiver Joe Horn was featured in our NFL Afterlife series. We discussed Horn’s fascinating background as well as his current ventures, but readers of TFG (and beyond) probably remember the conversation for the shocking moment when Horn called Commissioner Roger Goodell ‘the devil.’ I had not spoken with Horn since our interview. But yesterday he texted me. Deflategate weighing heavily on his mind, Horn needed to share his thoughts. I obliged. We, of course, spent a lot of time on Goodell’s power and how Horn sees Deflategate playing out, but I also got his take…

As you likely know by now, Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, and the league trumped the union by subsequently filing a complaint in federal court to confirm its decision. Deflategate at some point will end. That some point may take another six months and change or even longer. The only certainty is that the wait will continue to be excruciating. So while we wait and wait and maybe wait some more, here are the ‘Gate’s’ biggest winners and losers so far. (It should go without saying that this list is very subject to change). LOSERS Honorable Mention: NFLPA…

Over six months, a million-dollar investigation, a ruling and an appeal since deflated footballs were discovered in the AFC Championship, Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. A lengthy release issued by the league contains one paragraph that sums up Goodell’s decision: “On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic…

2015 is already set up to be a groundbreaking season for women given Sarah Thomas’s appointment as the NFL’s first female official. Now we can check off first female coach, too. The Arizona Cardinals have announced the hiring of Jen Welter who played 14 seasons of professional football, predominantly as a linebacker in the Women’s Football Alliance. Welter, who also holds a PhD in physcology will be a preseason/training camp intern coaching the inside linebackers. The Cardinals will not be Welter’s first foray into coaching; she’s currently the linebackers coach for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. According…

The NFL sure operates with hubris. As reported Friday by the New York Times, Junior Seau’s family will not be taking the podium in Canton next weekend to give the presenting speech Seau wanted and deserves. According to the story, the now deceased Seau told his daughter, Syndey, that if he ever were to make it to the Hall of Fame he wanted her to speak at his induction ceremony. But the league, guised by the Hall of Fame, has decided to muzzle Syndey and the whole Seau clan in atrocious fashion. Had the NFL come out and said, ‘We…

NFL Afterlife is a series of conversations with former players about their careers, life without pads, and anything else we want to discuss. Thomas Jones is just one of those special people who make it seem easy.  In a league that inhales running backs and spits them out five seconds later, Jones carved out a consistently stellar, relatively injury-free career that spanned a whopping twelve seasons. Drafted by Arizona in 2000 as the no. 7 overall pick, Jones went on to play for the Bucs, Bears, Chiefs and Jets, finding success everywhere he landed. From 2005-2009, Jones finished with at least 1,100…

Thursday Night Football. An all-star game after the season.  Not handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch.  The NFL really is a breeding ground for bad ideas. Here’s another from the melting pot of dissatisfaction where Redskins team president Bruce Allen informed season ticket holders this week that they can expect to scoop the media by receiving in-game injury updates and player signings first. While the NFL declined to comment to Pro Football Talk and ESPN, it seems likely that an intervention is in order. ESPN points out that the NFL has no specific rules in place about the order in…

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