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Patriots Talk: New Rule Change under consideration by NFL

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Patriots Talk: New Rule Change under consideration by the NFL

Yesterday it was stated by ESPN writer, Mike Reiss, that the NFL is considering a proposed rule change that will ban ‘leaping’ over the line of scrimmage. This style of play is one that Bill Belichick has utilized under crucial conditions during the special teams. A prime example is former New England Patriots [Linebacker] Jamie Collins‘ block against Indianapolis Colts [Kicker] Adam Vinateri‘s 33 yard field goal attempt in 2015. This past season, [Linebacker] Shea McClellin blocked Baltimore Ravens [Kicker] Justin Tucker in the same style of play and in Super Bowl LI, McClellin successfully did the same feat against Atlanta Falcons‘ [Kicker] Matt Bryant but it was called by the referees as a penalty. (Belichick stated that the ruling on the field was incorrect)

Both leaped over the line of scrimmage with near perfect timing to stop the kick and to great success. This crucial play will no longer be considered legal by next season, due to a proposal filed by the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFL commission under the concern for player safety. Last Thursday, NFL Head of Officiating Dean Blandino stated on a conference call:

 

The issue, we’ve looked at a lot of tape on the jumper, is how it’s being defended at this point; whether it’s the snapper or the guard raising up and attempting to make contact with the jump, we’ve seen several examples where players have been flipped over, land on their head, their neck, and the potential for a serious injury certainly increases when you have a player in a vulnerable position who is now going to be knocked off balance and really can’t control the way they land. So I think that’s probably the biggest thing, and we have seen that on tape as to why the proposal will be voted on,”

Bill Belichick arguing wuth referee Keny Payne in Super Bowl LI

Bill Belichick complains with NFL head referee Kent Payne (79) in Super Bowl LI, in Houston after the penalty given to Linebacker Shea McClellin for his field goal block. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

This proposal comes when the Patriots used this particular play in key situations this season. The concerns are valid with the idea that if the timing is off, players will likely injury themselves. However, many will look at this proposal and state its the NFL trying to inhibit the Patriots. While not provable, it is interesting that the ruling will come coincidentally after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI.

 

The proposal will not be implemented till the next owners meeting on March 26th-29th in Phoenix, Arizona. The new rule change proposal will likely be under discussion. All 32 NFL owners need to vote on any proposed rule change, with 24 votes required to pass it.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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