Monday, April 6, 2020
The NFL lost a legend with the passing of kicker Tom Dempsey from complications caused by the Coronavirus. Reports indicated that he originally beat the virus, but died at a nursing home in Louisiana where he had been dealing with dementia for the last seven years.
Dempsey had an improbable career after being born without toes on his right foot and missing four fingers on his right hand. He was able to last 11 seasons in the NFL by using a specially designed flat-front shoe and kicking the ball straight on.
After setting an NFL record with a 63 yard field goal, his accomplishment drew criticism from a few because they felt his shoe gave him an unfair advantage.
The league implemented "The Dempsey Rule" in 1977 which stated that a player's kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to a normal shoe. His record stood for 43 years until it was broken in 2013.
His iconic moment came while playing for the Saints in the final moment in a game against the Lions on Nov 8, 1970 when he nailed his game wining kick.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
It's a big challenge for any player to make it through the sixteen game NFL season. Injuries seem to hit everyone.
The league had 23 of them who never missed a snap during the regular season. Of that amount, 22 were offensive linemen and the other was Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
On the defensive side, only five did it. Four of them were safeties and one linebacker.
OL Joe Thuney lead the Pats by missing only ten plays, followed by Tom Brady and Shaq Mason. The defense was lead by Stephon Gilmore, Devin McCourty, Karl Van Noy and Jamie Collins.
It's quite an accomplishment for them, considering one play could end their season or career.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
The chief medical officer of the NFL has come out and questioned whether the season will start on time or how long it will be.
OTA's will be delayed which will impact the start of training camp. The league wants to put a quality product on the field and guard the safety of the players.
There is another issue of whether body contact will be a health issue.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Tom Brady's signing with Tampa Bay has generated a lot of excitement for fans and players. Free agents have found it to be a better destination.
WR Antonio Brown has expressed his desire to be reunited with Brady, but don't count on it happening.
Coach Bruce Arians has thrown cold water on that already by saying he would not be a good fit in the locker room.
Every team knows that if they sign Brown, he will end up getting put on the Commissioner's Reserve list for eight games at least.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
The Pats released QB Cody Kesslar in a move to get some more salary cap space. Will they reach for another one in the draft?
There will be many changes to this team. It reminds me of the old days when the team had quarterback competition. Fans have been spoiled for so long.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The Pats will need to renegotiate some contracts, trade or release players to get more salary cap room.
Joe Thuney and Stephon Gilmore have huge cap hits that must be dealt with. Donta Hightower could also be on the short list.
Something has to give one way or other. They don't have money to sign their draft picks.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that the draft will go on as scheduled from April 23-25. It will be scaled back with no live audience.
Critics complain that teams have not been able to schedule visits and physicals.
They have a valid point, but much work was done in the past year on these players. It won't be perfect, but the show should go on as long as proper precautions are taken.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Reports show that the Pats have the 2nd smallest salary cap space with only $891,775 available to sign free agents and players on the roster.
They will need to either release some or renegotiate their contracts.
This happens every year. It could be worse. The Chiefs have only $177 to sign anyone.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
I love the Pats Hall of Fame at the stadium. Fans should check it out.
There are so many players that deserve the honor of induction.
Bill Parcells should be part of it, but the history is long with him and team ownership.
I really hope it happens by Executive Order.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Tom Brady's departure has created all sorts of bizarre comments by fans and talk show people. They are writing their own narrative about conspiracy theories.
One of the craziest ideas is that Coach Belichick will tank the season in order to get one of the top quarterbacks in 2021.
That is such a foolish thought for so many reasons. It goes against everything Belichick believes in. He needs to keep winning for a several more seasons if he has any hope to pass Don Shula for the most career wins in NFL history.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Some veteran free agent quarterbacks are not seeing a market for their services. This could change after the draft or during training camp.
There is a very good possibly that either Joe Flacco, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton or Jameis Winston might not find a roster spot by September.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
It is so crazy to think that Bill Belichick has been nominated for an Emmy award for his work with the NFL Network's "All-Time 100 Players" show. He was so outstanding and deserves to win over Charles Barkley, Jay Bilas, Al Leiter, Kenny Smith and Michael Strahan.
His nomination is for "Outstanding Sports Personality: Studio Analyst". Fans never see this side of him.