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Drunk driving facilitator questions NFL’s morality

NFL sponsor Anheuser-Busch 'concerned' by 'recent incidents'
www.cbssports.com

“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” the statement read. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

Anheuser-Busch doesn't like NFL fans engaging in all of this talk about domestic violence and child abuse.

After all, every moment spent talking during a tailgate or game is a moment that's not spent getting loaded...before getting behind the wheel and putting innocent lives at risk, of course.

Is this really what we’ve come to, Broncos fans?

Broncos fans start Change.org petition to ban CBS’ Phil Simms from Denver broadcasts
www.nydailynews.com

Simms drew the ire of Denver fans and set off a Twitter tirade from Broncos Nation on Sunday after he said ‘I don’t mean to root against Denver, but ...’ during the broadcast.

When fan activism insanity seemingly influences a team's choice of starting quarterback, what's a measly internet petition, amirite?

Burke: Chiefs should have gone for two on last touchdown

Two-Point Conversion in the KC-DEN game
www.advancedfootballanalytics.com

The difference in terms of absolute WP between the XP and the conversion attempt was only 1.2 percentage points. You might think that’s tiny, and in the grand scheme you’d be right. But coaches stay up watching film until their eyes bleed, looking for every last 0.1% edge. It’s not a good idea to toss away a percentage point here and a percentage point there.

Of course, the real problem here was that John Fox chose to kick from the two-yard line rather than go for the jugular.

TJ disagrees, but I'd rather give Peyton Manning a chance to seal the game right there. Even if he fails, the Chiefs are then looking at 98 yards to win (they still would have needed a touchdown, unless they'd gone for two earlier, as Burke suggests).

Tanier: Sunday marked the end of RG3 as we (briefly) knew him

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: Requiem for RG3
bleacherreport.com

There is a much more fundamental problem. Griffin does not look like a great athlete anymore. He jerked and stumbled like a newborn colt on that fateful scramble.

Just two years ago, Shanny was back, and he'd finally found his next great quarterback, or so the story went.

It's amazing how quickly and dramatically fortunes turn in the NFL.

Once the LOLJets, always the LOLJets

New York Jets' bonehead timeout wipes out game-tying touchdown
ftw.usatoday.com

But as the officials in the end zone were signaling touchdown, the officials up the field were blowing the play dead. Unbeknownst to most of the players, coaches and viewing audience, Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had been running down the sideline before Smith took the snap, furiously asking for the team’s final timeout.

LOL

Highest paid and lowest ranked? That’s not a good combo

2014 Punter Rankings – Week 2
www.profootballfocus.com

32 Colquitt, Britton Denver Broncos

As measured by average annual value, Britton Colquitt is the league's highest paid punter, and makes triple what Brett Kern, his predecessor, makes in Tennessee.

Worst of all, PFF doesn't even take altitude into consideration when ranking kickers and punters, as far as we know.

Did the NFL violate its own policy by punishing Ray Rice a second time?

Will The NFL's Indefinite Suspension Of Ray Rice Survive Scrutiny?
www.forbes.com

The main issue would be whether Commissioner Goodell properly exercised his powers under Article 46 of the NFL CBA.  Section 4 of that Article is extremely relevant to the disciplinary action against Rice. “Section 4. One Penalty: The Commissioner and a Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct.  The Commissioner’s disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by any Club for the same act or conduct.” The second sentence of the aforementioned section is quite clear — Commissioner Goodell’s indefinite suspension of Rice should supersede the Ravens’ release of Rice from his contract.  However, why even include the preceding sentence in the section unless it is to be given any weight?  If it is deemed that the Ravens’ release of Rice is considered “discipline,” then it it quite clear that both the Commissioner and the Ravens have now both disciplined Rice for the same act and/or conduct, in direct violation of Article 46, Section 4.

Lost in all of the emotion of the Ray Rice supension is the question of whether or not it's actually legal.  

Any IAOFM lawyers out there?  Please weigh in. 

Barnwell: Why did Broncos kneel out first half?

NFL Week 1: The Art of the Comeback
grantland.com

New Orleans scored a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the first half to go up 20-7, only for Ryan to take over after the ensuing touchback with 20 seconds left and drive 58 yards on two plays to set up a Matt Bryant field goal.

It was ironic later, then, that people weren’t more angry at John Fox for kneeling after a touchback with Peyton Manning in the thin air of Denver (where it’s easier to make long kicks) after a virtually perfect first half on offense with three timeouts and 19 seconds left.

Yeah, well, that's Foxball for you...

PFF: The Chiefs are screwed without Derrick Johnson

Chiefs dealing with loss of key defensive pieces
www.profootballfocus.com

A player who led the league in run stops in 2012 and then led his position with a 27.7 Pass Rushing Productivity rate last season, Johnson excels in every aspect of the game.

In related news, the Broncos are currently 13-point favorites against the visiting Chiefs.

Jay Cutler is still Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler Was The Most Catastrophic Quarterback Of Week 1
regressing.deadspin.com

According to data from Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics, Cutler was responsible for three of the top six most detrimental plays in the NFL on Sunday.

Pat Bowlen is the best, you guys.