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There’s aiming high, and then there’s this

Goal for Eli Manning in 2014 is to complete 70 percent of his passes, NY Giants’ QB coach says
www.nydailynews.com

“The high 60s is kind of the goal, to be in the top of the league,” Manning added. “Sure it’s realistic. It’s a combination of the offense and the players we have.”

That's just silly. The only QBs with lower completion rates than Eli's 57.5% in 2013 are guys who, in a word, suck.

Perhaps the Giants mean they want Eli to complete 70% of his throws during practice?

No Females League VP fumbles explanation of Rice suspension

NFL V.P. Adolpho Birch struggles to justify Ray Rice suspension
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

“I’m a little taken aback by the conversation, to be honest with you. The reaction is overwhelming and no one seems to think that he did a particularly good job of answering the questions,” Greenberg said minutes after the interview with Birch ended. “I do not feel that most people listening to that discussion feel they got an adequate explanation of how they arrived at two games.”

Interesting that the Worldwide Leader's post about the so-called explantion doesn't acknowledge Greenberg's comments. Guess the MNF network doesn't want to piss off the No Females League.

Raiders keeping it unreal

Raiders Preview: Putting the Pieces in Place
mmqb.si.com

The last thing Allen and his staff want is to endure the growing pains of a rookie quarterback. They’re already on owner Mark Davis’s hot seat, and the belief is that, with year three having all along been the “realistic” target for visible progress in a massive rebuilding effort, another bad record could spell the end for this regime (that includes general manager Reggie McKenzie).

Of course, it’s not realistic to think Oakland’s offense is suddenly set to turn things around—especially given that the team’s much-anticipated free agent spree came in the same year that a raised salary cap made more than half of the league competitors on the open market. But realism has not been an obstacle for any Davis in recent years.

The Oakland Raiders: where every coach and GM go to die.

Shanny: We knew Peyton wouldn’t sign with us

Shanahan: Like Elway Did, Manning Needs Support, Too
denver.cbslocal.com

“Knowing that his brother (Giants quarterback Eli Manning) is in the NFC East, we knew it was going to be a longshot. He was nice enough to talk to us, but at the end of the day, I tried to put myself in his footsteps. There’s no way, if I’m a father, why would you go to play in the NFC East against your brother? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Not sure what fatherhood has to do with any of this, but the one nice thing about Shanny being unemployed is that we get these otherwise rare nuggets of frankness. Makes us wish he'd have signed on with FOX.

Champ Bailey likely starter with Saints

New Orleans Saints' Champ Bailey fully displaying his fire for football
www.nola.com

Saints coach Sean Payton justified the signing by saying the foot injury slowed Bailey down rather than old age and Bailey’s play on film in 2012 was outstanding.

Judging by what I’ve seen from Bailey this offseason, he seems to be the favorite to win the starting job at cornerback opposite Keenan Lewis. Bailey has seen all of his playing time with the first-team defense through three days of training camp rotating practice reps with Patrick Robinson.

Don't know about you, but I'll tune into more than my normal share (meaning zero) of Saints games next season to see which version of Bailey they got.

Was it the guy from 2012 or 2013?

Raiders players delusional as their fans

Upbeat Raiders report to camp feeling healthy and motivated
www.sfgate.com

“This is our year,” Raiders punter Marquette King said. “I know fans say that we say that every year, but this year we really mean it. I say that with all of my heart.”

Awww, look, Dear. How adorable. This year, the Raiders really mean it.  

Even the punter, with his itty bitty heart. 

‘I’m sorry I got caught being an asshole’

Drew Soicher seems to cross a line with Denver Broncos’ Alzheimer joke
blogs.denverpost.com

“I delivered a line which some viewers found offensive.”

WTF is with people? This "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" garbage needs to stop. Granted, people like Tony Dungy, Stephen A. Smith, and Mike Priefer obviously don't get it in the first place.

But when they double down and blame the reader/viewer/listener for supposedly misinterpreting them, it just makes matters that much worse.

The Browns are still run by schmucks

Browns 'alarmed' by some of Johnny Manziel's behavior, concerned it's set him back in QB competition, sources say
www.cleveland.com

Team officials had bought into Manziel’s pre-draft promises to tone down the partying and leave his frat-boy lifestyle back in College Station, Texas, and they’ve been stunned by his non-stop antics, sources said.

Right, because 21-year-old party animals are to be taken very seriously when they say something (and that includes his latest comments)...

The Vikings get some glass

Can Google Glass make the Minnesota Vikings any good?
www.theverge.com

The Minnesota Vikings will be wearing Google Glass during training camp to record first-person videos — a window into what pro football players experience as they gear up for the season. The Vikings are the second team to wear Glass at camp — the St. Louis Rams wore Glass last year — and the players seem to be enjoying it, mugging at press conferences and on Twitter.

No.

Shanny on Bowlen: He let you do your job

Mike Shanahan wants to coach a Super Bowl contender; reflects on Pat Bowlen
www.usatoday.com

“All of the good times,” he said, “prevails over everything.”

Shanahan lives close to Bowlen. After hearing the news on Wednesday, he stopped by the Bowlen residence and spent time with the owner’s wife, Annabel, and other family members.

Anytime in the National Football League that you have the misfortune of having worked for Al Davis and Dan Snyder, you develop an even greater appreciation for someone like Pat Bowlen.