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Are NFL TV ratings in trouble?

What is the impact of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem kneel?

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I have been trying to avoid the whole Colin Kaepernick issue but I had to write a little something now that he has been named the starter again.  He can protest all he wants, I don’t have to agree with him but lately I have been reading about the declining TV ratings for NFL football games.  I get the feeling the NFL is not going to panic anytime soon.  Colin Kaepernick would like to think that his pregame protests are having an effect on viewership but that remains to be seen.  Is he the modern day Rosa Parks or Ghandi or whoever?  Perhaps.  I personally don’t care what he does.  Putting aside the racial component of this,  I get bored by the involvement of politics/protests in entertainment.  Much like I hate when an actor espouses their views on politics, I equally can’t stand when a professional athlete has to take the attention away from a game.  If they want to tweet or Facebook their opinion outside the game, fine.  Let them deal with the feedback there.

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I would love to see demonstrations during professional sports or Hollywood award ceremonies set aside for the audiences sake.   Most of us pay for entertainment because we want to escape (and yes we pay if it involves cable/satellite, going to a game or a purchasing a movie ticket or Redbox),  even if for a few hours.  We work 40-60 hours a week and just want to socialize or enjoy the moment without stress.  Actors and athletes get paid to entertain.  Plain and simple.  The money they earn comes from the people who pay to watch.  A Supreme Court Justice is calling Kaepernick’s protests “dumb and disrespectful”.   I agree but my point is the distraction of the protest.  I am tired of the distractions.  We get enough clutter in our daily lives from the 24 hour news cycle, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, group text messages, you name it.

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You get the point.  I just want to watch a movie or a God damn football game in peace.  Leave your message to another venue.  Pay for your own stadium or theater and invite people to that event.  If they show up then you know your voice is being heard your way and not irritating others that want an escape.  I am not trying to take away from his message.  Whatever he thinks is wrong with this country is on him.

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I am old enough to remember the late 70’s and the beauty of the 80’s.  Life was simpler then.  I was excited when MTV came out and it let me escape with mindless hours of music videos.  No messages, just entertainment.  No internet, no twitter, fewer cable channels, no cell phones.  Back then NFL games or movies were majestic.  Big events, great escapes.  Terrorism was distant, the world was safe to travel, there were no selfies or Kardashians!  I love America.  I loved it then and I love it now.  There is only a handful of times I experienced discrimination and it happened during my college years (all the intellectuals there!).   I am Mexican and have a some insight into the racial side of life. I studied sociology and criminal justice in college, played professional football and had plenty of friends of every race, color or creed.

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The irony about all this has now come full circle.  A lot of people have said Kaepernick isn’t starting because of his protests, or because he is black.  Some have said Chip Kelly cut previous black stars like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy (see the idiot known as Skip Bayless) because of his racial views.  Colin Kaepernick is going to start again for the San Francisco 49ers so I think that puts that issue to rest.   I think it’s safe to say that the ratings for his upcoming game will probably get a big boost.  Your welcome NFL, I don’t think your ratings will be in trouble this week.

Mark Brunell doesn’t think RGIII can succeed in the NFL

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell has defended Robert Griffin III against his critics before. As someone who transitioned from being a running quarterback to a more traditional pocket-passer after suffering a knee injury before his third season in Jacksonville, Brunell, now an ESPN analyst, expressed optimism that Griffin would be able to make similar changes to his game.

“He can get there,” Brunell told ESPN’s John Keim last May. “He’s one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and he got there because he’s a great athlete and he’ll be coached well. He’ll be fine. Other young quarterbacks couldn’t get to that point. He won’t be one of those guys. He’s smart.”

Even after Griffin struggled through the 2014 season, Brunell expressed hope that, with hard work, Griffin’s pocket instincts would improve.

“You can develop those [instincts],” he told Keim in January. “But to develop those instincts you have to stay in the pocket. You’ve got to be in there and it’s not easy because a lot of quarterbacks’ heads tell them to stay in there but the feet tell them we’ve got to go. It’s tough.”

On Monday, Brunell was part of a discussion of what went wrong for Griffin in 2014 on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” and his outlook for the Redskins QB sounded considerably less rosy.

“There were a series of things that were wrong with RGIII, and it really starts with his fundamentals,” Brunell said. “Unfortunately for the young quarterback, he has gone backwards.”

With video supporting each point, Brunell rattled off a few of Griffin’s biggest issues: poor footwork, including not stepping into his throws and transitioning his weight correctly, an inability to find open receivers and holding onto the ball for too long.

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“Mark, the bottom line is this,” host Stephen A. Smith said. “Do you think RGIII is good enough to succeed in the NFL?

“I do not,” Brunell said. “From what I’ve seen the last couple of years — listen, he burst onto the scene and that was impressive — but like I said, he has gone backwards. It’s not just his decision-making, it’s his fundamentals. He’s taking too many hits, he’s quick to get out of the pocket. Last year was difficult to watch. Does he have the skill set? Yes, but we haven’t seen it in some time.”

 

Fellow analyst Damien Woody disagreed.

“Here’s the thing with RGIII,” Woody said. “Yes, you can look at a lot of deficiencies in his game. I’m going to choose to look at certain things that’s around him. Number one, the offensive line. ‘Suspect’ is putting it lightly. They were terrible. They were turrrible last year. What did they do? They brought in, in my opinion, the best offensive line coach, Bill Callahan. They drafted Brandon Scherff. What the Washington Redskins are doing right now, they’re focusing all of their energy on, outside of quarterback, probably the most important part of the team. That’s the trenches. They drafted heavily on the offensive line and defensive line. They’re going to get back to just smashing people in the mouth.”

Woody and Brunell both suggested that Griffin’s development depends on Redskins Coach Jay Gruden’s ability to maximize his talent.

“This is a make or break season for RGIII, without a doubt,” Brunell said. “If he doesn’t fix those inconsistencies, this could be it for him [in Washington]. It really could. … He hasn’t had a great supporting cast. Jay Gruden has to find out what he does well and focus on that. Find out what RGIII’s good at and let’s call those plays, let’s get him into a rhythm, get him some completions, take a little pressure off of him and let that running game get going.”

Smith asked if we know that Gruden is capable of that.

“I don’t believe we do,” Brunell said.

 

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How the Eagles can replace LeSean McCoy

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The Eagles will have to replace LeSean McCoy, but they don’t necessarily need to do so with one player.

After Chip Kelly and Co. made the stunning move of agreeing to ship McCoy to the Bills on Tuesday, the Eagles have a vacancy at running back. McCoy’s 626 carries over the last two years are the most of any running back during that time frame, so his workload won’t be easy to shift.

But the Eagles already have Chris Polk and Darren Sproles in place, and both are capable of spelling a full-time back in certain roles at the very least (Polk in short yardage, Sproles in the passing game). Freed of McCoy’s projected $11.25 million cap hit, the Eagles can find an alternative in free agency, the draft or both.

Here are nine possible routes the Eagles could go to replace McCoy:

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Insider Buzz: Dez Bryant Camp Believes Cowboys Using Rumors to Drive Down Price

NFL.com has obtained an incident report thought to be tied to rumors of an alleged situation involving Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot in 2011.

What’s the feeling in Bryant’s camp about the rumors?  How will this impact his standing with the Cowboys?

Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole deliver the latest Bryant buzz in the video above.

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Cowboys’ Dez Bryant involved in incident in Walmart parking lot in 2011: police report .
Upon further investigation, ‘it was determined that there was no offense,’ during a July 11, 2011 incident involving Dez Bryant at a Walmart.