Welcome to the new, interactive Sunday Funday "column" (I hate when people call it that). Every Sunday, beginning at 9am EST I'll post 10ish headlines, stories, whatever that have been going around the NFL and elsewhere in the past week or so. At the top of the hour, every hour, all day. I'll start a tweet, maybe include a poll -- so this is the time to let your (un)solicited opinion shine! I'll post my thoughts on the situation here, and I want to hear yours for once! I'll post the best responses back on here, so check back. Here's your chance to argue in my mentions if you haven't already!
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1. Antonio Brown, slow down.
Antonio Brown has been going buck wild on social media, and frankly he needs a get back coach. I don't think this is an indicator of his future play for the Oakland Raiders, but you have to think they're worried about what will happen if he doesn't get what he wants there. I'm talking about Derek Carr. If he had problems with Ben Roethlisberger and getting the ball (aside from all the other drama), he's bound to have issues with Carr as well. He got what he wanted as far as the deal goes, he got out and all that, but what happens if he doesn't get the ball?
2. can jameis winston re-vamp his rep?
Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston has done some stupid shit -- I'm not gonna go over all of it, but you know what I'm talking about. He has a chance to prove to the Bucs this year that he's changed and if he's done doing stupid shit. I think everyone should be given the opportunity to change -- you live and you learn and all that. I think he can do it if he has his head on straight, but does he? I think there's fair reason for doubt. Will he be the QB the Bucs thought he can be? Or will he do more stupid shit? Will distractions get in the way? Or is he just not good and it doesn't matter?
3. johnny comeback?
Johnny Manziel still wants to play in the NFL, but he's been shunned from both the CFL and the now-tainted AAF, so will he ever show his face in the NFL again? Maybe he should go the Tim Tebow route and go play baseball? I'm not saying 100% no, because crazier things have happened (and teams would rather sign someone with multiple fuck-ups than someone who peacefully protests police brutality, for just a little example), but I think someone would have done it already. Teams are desperate but not that desperate.
4. demarcus lawrence is underrated. that is all.
The Dallas Cowboys locked up DeMarcus Lawrence this past week, with a five-year, $105 million deal and $65 million guaranteed. They were smart to do so -- I think he's one of the most underrated defensive players in the entire NFL. 25 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions (not his job) in just two seasons is literally insane.
5. Why does dwyane hASKINS' draft stock seem to be falling?
I'm admittedly not a "Draft Guru" and don't pretend to be one, so I don't really have a definite answer here. Enough teams need a quarterback, or could at least use one, so my question is -- is it because they have more glaring needs or is it something else?
6. did kraft pay off this spa place?
I joked around about this on Twitter, but it really seems like it could be true. Did Robert Kraft pay off the spa he got jerked off in to say they weren't involved in trafficking? It definitely seems weird that there was all this evidence of it and it just magically disappeared into thin air? This is purely speculation here, by the way, I'm not accusing him of anything, but it just seems extra fishy.
7. favre says green bay should have won more with rodgers/mccarthy duo.
I definitely see Brett Favre's reasoning here, but winning a Super Bowl is extremely hard to do, and the Packers have been absolutely decimated in injuries the past few seasons, and those are hard to predict. Aaron Rodgers remains the best quarterback in the NFL and will most likely continue to be until he retires, but it's fair to say Mike McCarthy could have held him back at times. I just think so much goes into winning a championship other than the quarterback and the coach.
8. if the seahawks don't pay russell wilson, they are idiots.
I don't feel like I have to explain this any further, but my question is: What would be the reason why they would pass on paying Russell Wilson besides being complete idiots? Someone else is going to if y'all don't. You wanna lose forever or have a high chance of winning it all each season as long as you have Wilson? He gave Seattle until tomorrow to have a deal done, and there have been rumors that he wants to play somewhere else. I'll be keeping my eye on this one.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn't having any of it. None of it. Wilson is due a new deal and he's making it quite clear that he's either gonna get it in Seattle, or get it elsewhere.
Wilson made it clear on Tuesday that he wants a new deal by April 15, which is when players report to Seattle for offseason workouts.
Wilson was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month, and he answered questions about his status in the NFL, including a question about himself possibly becoming the highest paid player in the league.
Now, it's clear that that's what he wants, and apparently the concussion water and football bread sales aren't cutting it. Wilson's current deal is a four-year, $87.6 million contract, which he will be in his final year of. It's typical of a team right now to lock a player down long-term, rather than playing on the final year of the deal and risk his future with the team and/or the dreaded franchise tag.
Another thing to think about -- if he doesn't get this deal but his so-called "deadline," does this mean he skips workouts (not that it really matters, as they're voluntary anyway)? Both sides have reportedly been negotiating recently, which is definitely a good sign.
The Seahawks are dumb as shit if they don't do this. There's no doubt that Wilson will get this deal, where he'll get it is the question.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell and Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen got into Twitter beef (I LIVE for this shit) on Monday over something so incredibly dumb (literally, live for this) -- Bell's newest rap song.
Bell posted this video of his new song on Twitter with said fire emoji (meaning, fire), and the trash can emoji (which I can presume to mean 'very bad') --
Maybe it was a rhetorical question, but Allen responded (and please don't watch the video again) --
I mean, he isn't wrong.
So.... uhhh.... WHY would you text him about a TWEET?!
And... uhhh... why the "check marks" comment when he...also.. has a check mark?
And WHY ask for an opinion if you don't actually want it? People give unsolicited opinions on Twitter all the time, so Rule Number One is do not actually ask for anyone's opinion.
What is 'buzz fuzz'?
And why does he spell the word "you" with two u's??
Also, this song, is in fact trash. I side with Allen.
Kinda. NFL teams with a new head coach can begin their offseason workout programs today, April 1. Those teams include the Browns, Bucs, and Dolphins. The Broncos will begin tomorrow (April 2) and the Packers, Jets, Bengals, and Cardinals will start next week. These workouts will consist of mostly strength and conditioning, as well as injury rehab -- no one should be hitting each other yet, or bitching about throwing. Every other team can start their workouts in two weeks.
One of the biggest teams to watch during this time will be the Cleveland Browns -- new head coach Freddie Kitchens should be good for a good quote or two, maybe about somebody named Odell Beckham, who should be looking to make a good first impression on his first day with his new team.
Another team to keep an eye on is Arizona -- and not just because Kliff Kingsbury is nice to look at. Do they keep future Hall of Famer Josh Rosen around, or are they preparing to draft Kyler Murray? You won't be able to tell anything based on if Rosen shows up for workouts, of course, and I doubt anyone will let a quote slip, but I've got my binoculars and my watchful eyes on and peeled.
Also, these workouts are completely voluntary (which means players are not required to show up, for those with a thin vocab), so please keep your hot takes to yourselves about how a ten-year veteran sucks now because he didn't show up to lift weights. Thanks!
Just because a quarterback isn't posting videos on instagram stories doesn't mean he's not working out
Read the title with the scream emoji three times. Do it.
We see these so-called 'hot takes' every year around this time and they're so overblown it's HILARIOUS. It's equivalent to the typical 'if a football player isn't studying the playbook at all free hours of the day, he's trash' argument.
If a quarterback isn't working out with his receivers in the offseason, he's trash. He's not good, he's not dedicated, he's not going to win SHIT. We see this every. Single. Year.
What they DON'T tell you is this -- every single quarterback is working out right now, and will continue to do so all offseason. Whether they post it all over Instagram doesn't matter. They don't owe you proof of anything. And it really has little to do with wins or losses -- it's about the quarterback playing comfortably and preparing for the season ahead. Doing what they need to do.
Fact: Plenty of quarterbacks prefer to work out alone, with a trainer, or with a group of other quarterbacks in the offseason doing various solo-based drills -- balance, strength, footwork, etc. So much else goes into being a quarterback other than throwing. Some even prefer to throw with teammates during the times of the year that is designated for that kind of thing -- OTAs, minicamp, training camp -- imagine that!
I'm not saying those who are throwing with receivers aren't working hard, I'm saying every quarterback has his own preference of offseason workouts. Playing a game of catch with a D-list receiver vs. working out on your own shouldn't be such an argument. It's pointless. Aaron Rodgers spent an offseason doing yoga, Brees worked on strength, Tom Brady worked out with his kid. Matt Ryan takes tumbling classes at the local YMCA. WHO. CARES.
** This post was written assuming your football team has actual wide receivers.
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