At a press conference following the NFL’s announcement of its new national anthem policy, several team owners took the podium to say that part of the reason for the adoption of the policy is to put focus back on football.
As evidenced by the reaction to the announcement, that’s going to take some time as players, coaches and others associated with the league are going to be asked their thoughts on it many times in the months before tallies of which players chose to remain in the locker room become part of Sunday afternoons. Ravens coach John Harbaugh shared some of his thoughts on the matter in a statement on Thursday.
The conversation about whether players were kneeling or not, I felt like that conversation was dying, Kearse said. It didn’t get brought up until they decided to make the rule [last week]. I think we’re kind of getting away from the actual cause. I think we’re starting to focus on the kneeling part rather than the cause behind it. I wish [other owners] would be more like Chris and support the players and actively be involved and have those conversations with your players.
Johnson addressed the Jets players last week about the new rule. He has remained in constant contact with the leaders on the Jets team throughout the process. He addressed the entire team last week.
If you put a number on it I’d say it’s probably 70 percent of what they’ve done here and then maybe 30 percent of ideas from Mike and myself and some of the new guys, Schottenheimer said, via the Seattle Times. It’d be crazy to ask some of the guys to learn a completely new system. I’ve been working extremely hard trying to get up to speed with the way they’ve done things. They’ve had so much success here that was easy for me to do. I’m excited about some of the things that we’ve added both in the run and pass game. I think that’ll be something that is noticeably different. It’s a comprehensive approach.
One of the noticeable differences that Schottenheimer hopes to see is that the Seahawks have the ability to run the football when people know you are going to run the football. That was not the case last season, which made for an unbalanced offense that Schottenheimer has been charged with recalibrating regardless of how much it looks like what they did in the past.
It’s been over a month since the Cowboys released Dez Bryant after eight seasons, and the team’s executive vice president, Stephen Jones, remains perplexed at to why no one has signed the veteran receiver.
I am sure Dez is being thoughtful, Jones said Tuesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I don’t know the details as to why he hasn’t picked a home. I am sure he is being very thoughtful about it. I am sure he has good people talking to him too.