div>Good news to start this week…
• The fact that the governors of California and New York have declared their states open to professional sports without supporters is a very important and positive step towards football in the fall. These two states have been among the most restrictive in terms of rules. In fact, from an NFL perspective, the Rams, Chargers, 49ers, Raiders and Bills were among the teams that will not be able to begin the process of reopening their facilities this week, according to law. So where does that light shining at the end of the tunnel come from is a big problem.
• Here is something I could gather on the contingency of fans against the absence of fans: at least some teams who are faced with the possibility of playing in empty stadiums in the fall prefer to do it at home, rather than playing their home games at someone else’s house. city. And there is more than one reason for this. First of all, they would lose money through local sponsorships and naming rights, with no way of getting it back, and they could make up a pretty good percentage of what they would lose at the door by covering the seats with advertisements and / or green screening. Second, the idea of playing a 16 game road game calendar, or keeping them out of town for six months, is do not attractive. So while there are the quirks Cowboys / Rams, Chargers / Raiders and 49ers / Cardinals cooked in the calendar (and the links there, with Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke having close commercial ties, and the owner of the Chargers Dean Spanos having roots in Vegas), I anticipate that each team will want to play their home games at their home stadium elsewhere. What I don’t know is if the league office would force the problem in any of these cases.
• And of course, the first component of all of this will be whether teams in the hardest hit areas can have a training camp at home. This is where I think East a chance that the teams could take up challenges for a few weeks. Progressive reopening plans for states like Washington (Seahawks), New Jersey (Jets / Giants) and Massachusetts (Patriots) show that even if things go well very well, it will be a call to know if some will be allowed to have the level of assembly (150 people and more) necessary to organize the camp in time. In This week’s MMQB, we explored the idea that college campuses could host camps, and the University of Arizona AD Dave Heeke was another who came back to me today to say it would be difficult to ‘Have an NFL team, given the circumstances. “We haven’t had this in-depth conversation this year,” he said, while noting that Arizona had already told the Raiders about having a camp at Tuscon. “It would be quite difficult, especially at a time when we are not completely ready to bring back our own team, and we do not yet have procedures and protocols for the student body. … Logically, you think about it, how could we reintroduce 100 of our own players, then in addition to all the other student-athletes, plus an NFL team? It would be very difficult, a big challenge, so to be honest, we wouldn’t even be ready to explore this yet. ”
• So, tomorrow afternoon, the NFL will pass or cut down on measures to give teams draft rewards for hiring minorities (we covered this in detail in This week’s MMQB too), and the more guys I ask, the more I find how many coaches and scouts are supposed to benefit … don’t like it. “It looks like it was thrown together,” said a director of scouting. “I don’t see it pass or, if it does, work. The draft position is not a threat to a billionaire. Another added, when I introduced him to my idea of adding networking events (this is in the column this morning): “There is no question that comfort level is the issue. Personally, I feel like there are things that only time can fix / improve. Rules like this are insulting and awkward. I like the idea of networking, as long as it’s done the right way, it could be a good thing. And this is how a highly respected veteran coach saw it: “There has to be a better way!” All coaches want, it is an opportunity to legitimately present themselves to decision makers. No one wants to receive anything or have an unfair advantage. I just want a fair shake, that’s all. If you get the job, you get the job. If you don’t, you don’t! So again, I would present my idea of adding events to the calendar that would put up-and-coming young coaches and scouts from all walks of life in front of the owners. Young guys have time to cope. The owners have a better understanding of the types of people who run football through the NFL. Everyone, it seems, wins.
• Another rest of Matt Nagy (I have a lot of MMQB add-ons this week, I know): I asked the Bears coach if he had mentioned the example of Alex Smith, whom he coached at KC, Mitch Trubisky. Smith, of course, dropped out of a group in his first six years in the league, before Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco in 2011 to give life to what was a declining career. “What I would say with Alex, here’s a No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, he’s been compared to Aaron Rodgers his entire career. Same thing, it will never leave Mitchell, compared to Patrick [Mahomes] and Deshaun [Watson]Said Nagy, drawing a parallel in the preliminary classes. “It’s like that, it will never change, there’s nothing we can do to control it. But what we can control is how we play football and what we do. We can’t worry about anything else. Alex, what I think is so special about Alex, he has a mental tenacity towards him, where he has gone through all of this, even beyond the point where Mitchell is right now, after going through a bunch of coordinators different. I was in the stands in San Francisco with the Eagles when he was booed off the field. But I also saw him overcome that completely, come to Kansas City and dominate absolutely in the win column. He has always been criticized for being a manager of quotes games. I know, number one, if you talk to his teammates about what type of competitor and player he is, how much he has improved them, they will all tell you that it was. He came with a lot of victories. Now, in 2017, had a rating of 104.7 QB and an aggressive and attacking mindset. So it took a while, but it persisted. We are still talking about persistence over resistance. Be persistent, respect it, stay mentally tough, and that’s where Mitch is right now. We know he will rise to the challenge. ”
• I think that an underestimated change that will be voted on this week, hidden in the proposals to modify the falsification rules, was the following: “No club can include in a work contract provisions restricting the possibilities of mobility ascending. These clauses include a counterpart right; a designation of movements to another club; or a commitment to the employee as a “senior” employee; a compensation requirement if the employee moves to another club; or an undertaking by the employee to refuse any request for maintenance for a position in another club, or other limitations in addition to those established by this policy. This does not preclude a contractual commitment to promote the employee to a high-level employee, as is currently authorized. This seems to directly target the way the Patriots wrote Nick Caserio’s contract – in a way that allowed them to prevent him from interviewing the Texans last year. New England wanted to put a similar clause in the contract for then director of scouting Jon Robinson, in 2013 Robinson refused, let his contract run and went with Bucs general manager Jason Licht to Tampa in 2014. Two years later, it became the GM Titans. So you can see where avoiding the clause has benefited Robinson, as well as accepting it has hurt Caserio. And now you will no longer see these kinds of clauses.
• The revelation from Chargers coach Anthony Lynn that the team believed Cam Newton was not surprising, given where the team was after they decided to let Philip Rivers leave a few months ago. So why shouldn’t they throw themselves on him? Again, it comes down to how you store your watch room. Lynn and GM Tom Telesco had to keep the idea alive, in case they couldn’t find the one they liked in the project. But now that they’ve done it, Justin Herbert’s development becomes a priority. And having a good veteran at Tyrod Taylor who has been through this kind of thing is precious, and obviously more precious to the team than what would be a bit of a dice roll on Newton.
• I believe Frank Reich when he says he thinks Rivers will try to playing Indy for several years (Rivers is on a one-year contract). I also believe Rivers when he says, while he takes things from year to year, he would love to do more than one. But I’m going to raise the point here that Rivers mentioned about being a two-year off-season, and he really wants to coach his sixth-grade son when he gets to high school, which tells me that the plan here from the start has worked in 2020 and 21 for the Colts. And it’s pretty valuable because, as long as he plays well enough, it allows the team to buy two years to find his successor.
• A few years ago, the NFL had a scheme of guys arrested for DUI and fought this by strengthening its policies in this area. I will suggest that perhaps now is the time to do something similar with its gun policies. The four NFL arrests in the past week – and Cody Lattimer, Ed Oliver, Quinton Dunbar and Deandre Baker are innocent until proven guilty – involved firearms. And it’s not like it’s the first time we’ve seen troubled soccer players for this sort of thing. So it’s probably worth the league to make a point on it.
• We started with good news, ended with good news – tomorrow is a great morning for the NFL. The league closed all of the team’s facilities on March 24. I don’t know if any of us expected it to take that long, but Tuesday 56 days later, the reopening of these buildings will start with the Falcons, Steelers, Texans. , The chefs, the cardinals and the colts open their doors to a very limited staff. We hope there will be no hiccups and that momentum can finally start rolling in the right direction.
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