Cindy Boren, The Washington Post Published 11:47 am CDT, Sunday, August 19, 2018 Sometimes a quarterback, at least one not named Tom Brady, is a runner and sometimes he's a passer. Under a new rule this season, some defensive penalties will hinge on how officials make that determination. While most of the early talk during the NFL's preseason has concerned implementation of the helmet rule, this rule - call it the Anthony Barr rule or, more precisely, the Aaron Rodgers rule - came up Saturday and the Minnesota Vikings were again involved. This time, the key players were Antwione Williams and Cody Kessler of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams was flagged for what looked like a perfectly legal sack of the quarterback, if you were living in 2017. Head to the side? Check. Quarterback brought down cleanly with both players emerging uninjured? Check. The problem was that Williams's weight landed on Kessler and he was called for roughing the passer. Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer … [Read more...] about The new Aaron Rodgers rule (or is it the Anthony Barr rule?) may baffle NFL fans
Kent Somers Arizona Republic Published 2:00 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Two weeks into the preseason, the backlash to the NFL’s new "helmet rule" has been as predictable as punting on fourth and long. It’s another move to weaken an inherently violent game. It’s not possible to block, tackle and avoid blocks and tackles without lowering the head. It’s an impossible rule to officiate correctly because of the speed of the game. If officials are going to throw this many flags, we’re going to see games last five hours. There are some elements of truth in all the above, but there are two things I'm sure of: The rule isn’t going away. And the NFL has done a lousy job of explaining it and detailing how it’s going to be called. The language of the rule is simple, which makes its possible implementation broad. It’s illegal for any player to lower his head and initiate contact with his helmet. The penalty is 15 yards. A player can be ejected if he … [Read more...] about Give it time: NFL’s new helmet rule based on the right intentions
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing. Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals. Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped by a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams, before the Bengals rallied after halftime for a 21-13 exhibition victory Saturday night. The Bengals had just two first downs in three Dalton-led possessions a week after he threw for two touchdowns with an offense that was revamped after finishing last in the NFL. One of the first downs was on Dalton’s 13-yard scramble after the Bengals (2-0) started with a pair of three-and-outs. A week after throwing a 30-yard touchdown to rookie Michael Gallup on his only drive of the preseason opener in San Francisco, Prescott was 10 of 15 for 86 yards. The TD drive for a 10-0 lead was kept alive by an 8-yard slant to Gallup, who reached out for a nice catch inside the Cincinnati 10. TEXANS 16, 49ERS 13 Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown … [Read more...] about NFL preseason roundup: Prescott efficient for Cowboys; Dalton stalls for Bengals
Congratulations. I’ve just given you an NFL franchise. Now I want to know: Would you sell it? As in, unload it right now? Or would you hang on? First, let’s assess the upsides. You own an NFL team! I suspect it’s your most high-profile holding. Maybe you bought it decades ago, and have watched it multiply in value, to the point you can’t believe... … [Read more...] about Is it Time to Sell Your NFL Team?
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 1:56 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 LANDOVER, Md. — Week 2 of the NFL preseason is nearly complete. It featured Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold's first start, Alex Smith's debut with the Redskins, some notable injuries, more national anthem rumblings and continued consternation regarding the league's new rule designed to eliminate dangerous tackles involving the helmet. Now that 30 teams have played this weekend (the Ravens and Colts will meet Monday night), here are 30 things we learned: 1. Darnold might be as good an option as any under center for the Jets, but New York might be wise to boost the trade stock of resurgent vet Teddy Bridgewater first. 2. Don't sleep on Washington. Smith looked very sharp — he may be a better fit for this scheme than Kirk Cousins was — and the defense could make a huge leap with Crimson Tide brothers Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. 3. New Monday Night Football analyst … [Read more...] about 30 things we learned in Week 2 of the 2018 NFL preseason