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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.

Eric Decker is actively rooting against the Broncos

Eric Decker: 'Rooting for other team'
espn.go.com

“I’m rooting for the other team,” Decker said. “You gotta have a little sting, of course.”

Wait, what happened to moving on?

Fox & Friends is just the f&*^ing worst

New low for ‘Fox & Friends’: Joking about Ray Rice elevator assault
www.washingtonpost.com

But at least the folks at “Fox & Friends,” easily cable news’s most idiotic program, can mine it for a laugh or two. After running through the details of the assault this morning, co-host Brian Kilmeade joked, “I think the message is, take the stairs.”

Unwilling to be outdone when it comes to laughing about graphic images of domestic violence, co-host Steve Doocy responded, “The message is when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

HAHA guys! That's a good one! Always watch out for cameras when you're going to knock your fiancee unconscious, amirite?

If you watch this horrible show, you might just be a horrible person yourself. I bet you didn't think about that, did you?

New video reconfirms that No Females League went easy on Ray Rice

TMZ releases footage of Ray Rice punching wife
sports.yahoo.com

After entering the elevator in what looks like an argument, Ray Rice initiates contact. Janay Rice reacts physically, only to be hit with a devastating punch that leaves her unconcious. Rice then drags her limp body out of the elevator, which is where the previously released footage picks up.

Not that those men's rights activists ever had any solid footing (on any matter, to be honest), but they can really STFU now...

Eric Decker won’t rap battle the chili sauce king

NY Jets WR Eric Decker moves on from criticism by ESPN's Mark Schlereth
www.nydailynews.com

Mark Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl-winning lineman for the Broncos and Washington, and now an analyst for ESPN, ripped Decker on Thursday, saying the wide receiver was “a marginal No. 2 (receiver) at best” and that “New York will go crazy watching him be covered 1-on-1 and incomplete passes, throwing his arms up, begging for flags.”

Decker took the diplomatic approach in defending himself. “I’m not going to get into a battle of who says what or how you feel about what. He said what he said and he’s entitled to his opinions. Let’s move on,” Decker said. “If I get into that kind of war I would stress myself out over what people say. I’m confident in my ability, I’m confident in this team and I’m going to let my talking be on the field. That’s really what will, in time, prove itself.”

Somewhere, Jessie James (Decker) is plotting the death of Mark Schlereth.

John Elway: Lord of the nipple rings

Adam Schefter Was Once Pranked Into "Reporting" John Elway's Nipple Ring
deadspin.com

John Elway did not have a nipple ring. He never said that quote. And Adam Schefter never reported it. So how did it end up in the paper?

A year earlier, Schefter had left the Rocky Mountain News under somewhat acrimonious circumstances, though no one particularly blamed Schefter, a rising star, for taking a substantial raise. According to the SportsJournalists.com poster, the most common theory at the time was that a disgruntled RMN employee, with the help of a friend at the Post, had been able to sneak it in to the column before it went to print. Someone pretending to be Schefter “filed a late note. It said, ‘Add to Adam’s notebook.’ He did this all the time.”

And you thought your office politics were bad.