Let’s catch up on some recent events around the National Football League.
NFL Top 100 in Question
The last of the top players, as voted on by players in the NFL, has been released and the top five look like this:
- 5. DE Khalil Mack
- 4. WR Antonio Brown
- 3. WR Julio Jones
- 2. OLB Von Miller
- 1. QB Tom Brady
For your information, the reigning NFL MVP ended up being ranked at #10: Matt Ryan. It hardly seems justifiable that there are nine other players better than the man named as the leagues most valuable player. While that’s hardly worth protesting over — because I don’t find much value in the list making process like these — I do take issue with Rob Gronkowski being ranked at #23 when the Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce was #26 but clearly the superior tight end in 2016. Gronk played half the season and you would think he’d have been able to produce at least a half a year’s worth of top shelf production. Nope, he only had 25 catches in those 8 games…. and he’s better than Mr. Travis All-World Kelce? Kelce had 85 snags with 1,125 reception yards. So much for an accurate take on the league’s top players.
Perceptions of Andy Reid
Andy Reid may well go down as one of the greatest coaches to never win a Super Bowl. He’s been to a Super Bowl while with the Philadelphia Eagles twelve years ago losing by 3 points but “close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. After all, Bud Grant and Marv Levy took more than a few teams to the Super Bowl and never won. The way fans think about coaches like Pete Carroll or Mike McCarthy or Sean Payton is totally different than the way fans think about Reid. Once you’ve won it all… you kind of get a pass in the judgement department because fans know you CAN win it all and your name is already legend in those cities.
After a couple of seasons of and 7-and-9, Philadelphia fans are looking back at the days of Andy in a different light:
Living in central PA I hear a lot of Eagles fans friends think of Andy Reid more fondly as time goes on.
— Jeff Fawver (@Jtfawver) July 5, 2017
Perhaps it will take a few years post-Reid before some fans come to appreciate the winning ways of Andy Reid. Brett Favre was recently on the Rich Eisen Show and talked about the possibility of coaching for Andy Reid:
Listen to this guy. https://t.co/4C2PzuZVZ1
— Jackson Anderson (@jackson5781) July 6, 2017
When ex-GM John Dorsey was fired recently, Andy Reid took some heat for possibly being the reason he was axed. However, it looks like the idea that Reid is running the show as far as the new GM search is concerned is non-sense.
I can confirm report #Chiefs HC Andy Reid, basically on sidelines regarding GM search. Clark Hunt, as he should be, front & center on hire.
— Chiefs Insider (@ChiefsInsider) July 5, 2017
Further evidence Chiefs GM change spearheaded by ownership – Andy Reid had little to no role in interviewing process. Let by Hunt/Donovan
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 4, 2017
The Kansas City Chiefs need a strong general manager. One who is as strong as we perceived John Dorsey to be. It’s obvious that the major difference will be that the new GM will be well versed in the cap. Which brings me to this……..
The Dead Cap King
So, guess which team is the Dead Cap King as of this date? They play in the AFC West… and no… it’s not the Kansas City Chiefs… nor the Vegas Raiders… and not the Denver Broncos…. you got it… the one and lonely Los Angeles Chargers with $21.84M in monies paid out to players that no longer play for them. That’s a hefty sum approaching nearly 2 Million Buck-a-roos per month. Here’ the list from NFL.com.
With the top ten teams in the league combined totaling $148.65 Million in Dead Money, it may not seem like the Kansas City Chiefs have that big of a problem sitting at #12 in the league with $8.59M in Dead money but they still haven’t signed their first round pick Patrick Mahomes II yet. Mahomes is projected to make around $16.4M over the next four seasons so you can expect someone on the team to get cut. I don’t see how they can make the numbers fit otherwise.
Fake News Would Be Good News
The NFL continues to lead the list of criminal story headlines. Take a look at some of these from just Wednesday:
- Dak Prescott accused of fake autographs
- Derek Loville gets 15 months for drug trafficking
- Former Cowboys OL Torrin Tucker arrested in Tampa
- Steelers CB Artie Burns was arrested overnight in Florida for driving with a suspended license
- Cowboys LB Damien Wilson arrested on felony assault charges
I’m wondering if there’s a study out there that compares the frequency or percentage of the players in the NFL who break the law vs. your common citizen. Maybe it’s because of all the media coverage that makes it appear to be much much more with the player in the NFL. We’ve got so many guys in the league that are terrific about giving back and carrying their own non-profit cause forward once their careers are over so it’s too bad a few (seems like a lot more than a few) guys ruin the overall optics for the rest.
Season Long Game Pass for $200
The Kansas City Chiefs have initiated a new program, a Season Long Game Pass for $200 and fans can see every game during the 2017 season with the purchase. The Chiefs press release states:
“The limited number of seats available through the Bud Light Game Day Pass will be in select locations in the upper level of Arrowhead Stadium. Bud Light Game Day Passes are non-transferable and must be used by the purchaser.”
The Chiefs also said that the traditional ticket packages for $380 are still available and those tickets are for a specific seat and allow the ticket holder the opportunity to re-sell the tickets if desired. For more information >>> GO HERE.
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