NFL Insider Notes: Buying Post-Shuffle Browns, Weird Withdrawal Deadline, Tough Road For New York Teams


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    Plus nous entrons dans cette intersaison la plus bizarre de l'histoire de la NFL, plus je me surprends à acheter les Browns de Cleveland.  Et, en particulier, acheter Kevin Stefanski comme antidote parfait à leur campagne 2019 imparfaite dirigée par Freddie Kitchens.

Since March, I’ve been hearing positive, mostly whispered, not shouted, reviews from those in the long-toxic Browns building of Stefanski’s cerebral approach and its calming impact. You would get something from a player or two, or from an agent who represents multiple players on that team. It would be small but protruding texts or apart in a phone call on a tangential subject.

“This guy seems to really get it,” an agent said after speaking to his Browns clients months ago.

“Maybe the right guy for the job,” said another a few weeks ago. “The players seem to respond to him, even if everything is distant. ”

I don’t want to be too high or intoxicating about this stuff, because truth be told, I thought this team would finally come out of their decades-long malaise last year. But something looks different, and Stefanski’s Ivy League, an ultra-prepared, detail-oriented approach, seems like the perfect yin for last year’s yang. The vibe is more professional and organized – even via Zoom – and I keep hearing that Stefanski is very much in favor of merging his offensive approach to this team’s strengths, and not forcing a super complicated system down his throat. from everyone.

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It’s too early to see much hard evidence of the buy on the pitch, with that reworked training camp and all, but it’s worth noting how quickly this disgruntled tight end David Njoku changed his mind about a request. exchange. He went from being the only dissenting voice in the middle of a dressing room famous for them during several coaching regimes, to proclaiming his joy at remaining a brunette weeks later.

Of course, Njoku should have known better than to fall prey to Agent Drew Rosenhaus’s siren call as he recruited tight end away from his former agents – it was never going to be easy to get swapped. the talented but star player. and paid off – and kudos to novice GM Andrew Berry for the balanced way he handled the situation, keeping a vital player for their heavy offensive attack and bringing him back into the proper headspace with the camp opening for good.

I think Stefanski is going to limit the volume thrown at Baker Mayfield, get him to deliver the ball quickly and confidently, and use a deadly two-back attack to soften opposing defenses. Less hero ball; no more drops in three steps and fast delivery like a leader. With a wider playoff field, the Browns are going to be an interesting team to watch, and if the AFC North ends up sending three teams to the playoffs, I won’t blink.

A weird unsubscribe deadline could backfire on you even more

The rhetoric from some NFL front offices about withdrawing players is sad but not shocking. It’s pretty shameful, and those team or league leaders would never dare say it out loud, but would have no problem putting pressure on the NFLPA and its players through the media anonymously.

Please keep the following in mind when reading anything about players not acting “in good faith” as this applies to the withdrawal from the 2020 season – these stipulations were literally collectively negotiated between the NFL and NFLPA on football amid COVID-19. No one wins anything by quitting the sport for a year with so much risk and uncertainty of how it will play out. The owners have literally just agreed to two tiers through which players of various designations and backgrounds can receive an allowance – to be repaid in 2021 – in order to stay home in 2020.

The idea that a player would exploit these rules for his own gain is, at first glance, ludicrous. Again, these are the rules and players can follow accordingly. Good faith has nothing to do with it. A player who is queuing for a contract extension his team may not want to pay, in part due to the uncertainty of lost earnings during this unusual season, which informs the team that he could staying away is simply exercising its collectively negotiated rights. He is using all the factors in the situation to make a final decision in the same way the team claims COVID-19 is making it difficult for them to pay him now.

This coin still has two sides, and it is quite rich coming from management in a league with no guaranteed contracts. Teams routinely apply the franchise tag to squat over a player’s rights for another year, or to maintain his rights to trade him later this offseason, and not as a “good faith” trigger to a player. long-term agreement, as provided by the ABC. Teams regularly rework and extend a player’s contract not as a real way to keep them longer, but to get short-term cap relief.

Please. Keep this waste in good faith. Especially in a pandemic.

The mere fact that there is a “withdrawal deadline” strikes me as odd given what the NFL and its players are up against. That anyone who thinks it’s just to push him around because players are thinking about all the options is unpleasant under these circumstances and, from the chatter I am picking up, will ultimately lead to more players saying no thanks to what could be a doomed experience. anyway.

As veteran Pats security Devin McCourty said in a recent online interview with reporters, “It’s an absolute joke that the NFL is changing the opt-out period, mainly because it doesn’t want to continue. to see the guys withdraw. I’m sure they’re shocked at the number of guys who have pulled out. But it’s the same when we sign the ABC; sometimes some of those things that we think are good sometimes backfire.

By Wednesday, that agenda could backfire on you even more, with many players currently hesitant to choose to skip 2020.

Difficult road for the New York teams

I’ve seen New York win six football games this season.

Oh, what team do you say? Sorry. I should have clarified. Both.

The New York Giants and Jets, combined, could claim six wins. This is where I would place a Big Apple plus / minus if we saw these outfits take the field 16 times each in 2020. It won’t be pretty.

The Giants continue to lose players to injuries and / or breaches of the law, and already had one of the thinnest and worst talent collections in the NFL. The defense has major issues across the board, and the offense will have two weeks of padded practices to absorb a whole new system and new coaches with a second year QB. Rookie coach Joe Judge has no shot. Godspeed.

Would anyone be surprised if this team made it into the top five again? The learning curve, in these working conditions, will be more than steep. In a pass heavy league, they lack dudes who can put pressure on a quarterback or play the ball downstream. Their best weapon in attack is a running back for a team that intends to play a bit from behind.

As for the Jets, another day, another controversy. Jamal Adams, their best player, linebacker CJ Mosley, arguably their second best player, and now goalkeeper Brian Winters, their longest-serving player, left that locker room in a week. They are devoid of talent on both sides of the ball, have only one regular who has been around since 2016 (defensive lineman Steve McLendon) and are still grappling with one scandal or another. The possible return of owner Woody Johnson in November, amid allegations of inappropriate comments regarding race and gender and an ethics scandal as Ambassador to the UK, is just a cloud of cloudiness. more hanging over them, and if you wrote a screenplay for doomed and damned teams, that would be a good steal to steal.

I believe young GM Joe Douglas has the skills to turn it around, but it has turned into utter destruction and we’ll see what he could salvage for the few veteran assets that remain (Le’Veon Bell, someone a?). I foresee a dark football horizon in New York. It is frankly difficult to think otherwise, given the events of the last few weeks and months.


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