Sorry, NFL, shortening the overtime period won’t improve player safety

At the NFL’s owners meetings in March, the competition committee discussed a proposal to shorten the regular season overtime rules period from 15 minutes to 10. The proposal was tabled at that meeting, but according to NFL Network’s Judy Battista, it’s expected to be approved when the owners revisit it next week.

The proposed change is ostensibly driven by player safety, but shortening overtime wouldn’t make much of a difference.

Battista reported in March that the proposal was centered around the idea that playing in overtime on a Sunday ahead of a Thursday Night Football game — with just three days between — gives players even less time to recover. Taking away the potential for five minutes of that overtime is unlikely to make a big difference in player health and safety, unlike, say, getting rid of Thursday games completely.

For one thing, the proposed change would impact a small percentage of games, based on recent history:

“So, that was part of my lack of understanding what had just happened. I didn’t get the whole gestalt,” she admits. “It really started to dawn on me. I realized what a huge issue this was. It was right up my bailiwick.”

But right now, everything the Bears gave up to get him leave some big questions in play. They had plenty of other needs, particularly on defense, that went unfilled during free agency and the draft.

Each has a suggested dress code, though they don’t overlap unless you’re Dad Wearing His Team Polo And Leaving After Communion Because Traffic Is Awful. But if you regularly attend religious services (which aren’t always Christian and don’t always occur on Sunday, I know) in an NFL city, you may have, at least once, seen a fellow believer wearing a jersey.
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NFL overtime is officially shortened to 10 minutes. Does it matter?

NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve a change to the overtime rules, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Starting with the 2017 season, overtime periods in regular season games will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

This proposal was originally presented at the owners’ meetings in March, but it was tabled.

The driving force behind the rule change is the idea that shortening overtime would be better for player health and safety.

It has to be Kanye West’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing,because it would capture the moment perfectly. You’re getting your money, and proving everybody wrong that ever doubted you in the process.
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But bringing in Fox didn’t correct the internal issues. It hasn’t helped on the field, either. The Bears have won just nine games over his two seasons, putting Fox firmly on the hot seat.

There were conflicting reports about whether Fox was aware of the decision to trade up for Trubisky leading up to the draft. But even if Fox was on board with the decision to draft Trubisky, other Pace decisions suggest a conflict between the philosophies of the general manager and head coach.

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10 players whose Hall of Fame cases were hurt by events beyond their control

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Pesky also ranks as one of the better players in baseball history whose Hall of Fame candidacy suffered because of an event beyond his control — in Pesky’s case, losing three prime seasons to serve in World War II.

Elite Harold Jones-Quartey Jersey There are others. Here are 10 players who might have been Hall of Famers if not for some calamity or challenge they couldn’t avoid:

If Cleveland can wait until next year (yes, we know that’s the eternal motto), then the quarterback might come and be set up for success given all the other moves Brown, DePodesta and Jackson have made. You can say Cleveland is building this thing backwards with unconventional thinking, or you could say they are fortifying the offensive and defensive fronts like a smart football team should. They have enough picks to make a deal for the right quarterback in 2018. This plan might work, and that would bring Moneyball to the NFL like never before.

We’ve seen the worst-case scenario play out almost every year since 1999. At least Brown, DePodesta and Jackson envision something else. Can Browns fans envision a scenario that includes an offensive line, Garrett, Fournette and Darnold? That would would be something, all right. That’s a hell of a plan, and that’s OK, too.

If it doesn’t work, then all those jokes won’t be hard to find.

Carlos Gomez makes MLB history while leading Rangers to victory

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So when he came up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Angels needing a home run for the cycle, he got it with ease. Gomez went deep over the fence in center field to finish off the third cycle of the MLB season.
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It’s the first time since 2009, and just the second time in MLB history, that three MLB players hit for the cycle in the month of April. Gomez joins San Diego’s Wil Myers and Washington’s Trea Turner to accomplish the feat this season.

It was the second cycle of Gomez’s career and the three RBIs he tallied on the night gave him 11 for the season.

Austin Gomber, 23: The left-handed Gomber reached Double-A last season, where he posted a 1.40 ERA in four starts for Springfield. He then impressed in the Arizona Fall League. The Cards’ fourth-round pick in 2014 doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster this year, but a major league call-up is not out of the question.

Obviously, there’s no guarantee all five will pitch together. The Cards do have Wainwright and Leake under control for multiple years. They could trade one or more of the kids for a veteran. The youngsters could prove not to be good enough.

Still, St. Louis is in an enviable position right now, and Martinez is the biggest reason why.

NFL Draft 2017: Browns take Caleb Brantley in sixth round, but could release him

Caleb Brantley was hoping to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The former Gators defensive tackle went in the sixth round instead. The Browns took a chance on Brantley with the first pick of the sixth round on Saturday. That doesn’t mean he has a guaranteed spot in training camp.

Brantley saw his stock plummet since he was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly knocking a woman unconscious earlier this month. The incident took place on April 13 and Brantley was charged eight days later.

Browns general manager Sashi Brown said Saturday the team is still investigating Brantley’s assault charge and they could release him pending the results of that investigation.

“It may be something we can’t get comfortable with,” Brown told reporters.

The 6-3, 307-pound defender is accused of reacting to a 5-4, 110-pound woman who repeatedly hit Brantley after he allegedly made “crude comments” to the 20-year-old female. He reacted to her aggression by punching her in the face, knocking her unconscious and jarring a tooth loose, according to a Gainesville, Fla., police report.

Attorneys for Brantley and the alleged victim were working on a settlement this week.

Brantley was projected as a second-round pick after leaving Florida with a year of eligibility remaining.

He’s a powerful and stout D-lineman who has the quickness off the snap to be disruptive inside in Gregg Williams’ defensive scheme if he does indeed remain with the team.

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That took it up a notch. Things got out of hand, fast.

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I wrote last week how it’s way beyond time for MLB to implement much, much stronger penalties for pitchers who throw baseballs at players’ heads. With all that we know about the long-terms dangers of concussions and head injuries, it’s absolutely reckless for baseball to treat a baseball thrown at the head the same as a pitch thrown at the butt when it comes to punishments.

Barnes was suspended only four games. As a reliever — not Boston’s closer or set-up guy, by the way — that realistically keeps him out of, at most, two appearances. It’s a laughable punishment from MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred.

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Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor upset at ‘No Fun League’ for proposed rule change

The NFL has leaping rules in place on field-goal attempts, but if you’re athletic enough then there’s a loophole. Well, the NFL reportedly is trying to close that loophole as officials meet with one another this offseason.

NFL competition committee is likely to propose ban on field goal and extra point ‘leaps,’ source said, as suggested by NFLPA at combine.

The loophole is being able to time the snap perfectly and jump over everyone on both lines without the assist of others. If you put your hands on a teammate to help you jump, then it’s illegal. The task is extremely difficult to do, but Kam Chancellor managed to pull it off twice in a 2015 game against the Panthers.

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Looking at the MRIs and everything, the fracture in my knuckle is essentially healed even though I still am experiencing some symptoms in the site, as everything finally comes up and gets healed, Scherzer said, via FederalBaseball.com. Over the course of this I’ve been able to throw tennis balls, throw lacrosse balls and at least keep my arm in some kind of functional standpoint

Gerald McCoy Elite Jersey Right now, this is the week I’ve finally been able to pick a baseball up and be able to throw for me, a modified grip, but not my true grip. And so as this fracture continues to heal, as the symptoms continue to alleviate, as we get treatment on everything, I’ll be able to work back into all my grips and obviously be able to get back on the mound.

Opening day is still more than month distant, but this is obviously a story to watch.

Braves hilariously set ‘Big Sexy’ Bartolo Colon’s photoshoot to smooth jazz

Bartolo Colon may have packed on a few pounds over his 20 years in the majors, but he’s still Big Sexy.

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His new team is having fun with his infamous nickname and gifted the internet with this hilarious video of his photoshoot set to some smooth jazz:

Diamond and crew followed the team to a TV room off the visitors’ clubhouse as players anxiously gathered to watch the final innings of the Dodgers and Giants at Candlestick Park.

The Braves hadn’t done things the easy way all season, so this extra obstacle seemed only fitting. After all the ups and downs the season delivered, the Braves’ immediate fate was out of their hands 鈥?and that made for spectacular drama.

It was like, You can’t write this script,’ Diamond said.
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The room was a mix of nerves, fatigue and hope, the tension rising with each out.

When the Dodgers’ Bill Russell grounded out to the Giants’ Darrell Evans at third to give the Braves the division, the emotions quickly shifted to relief, jubilation and satisfaction.

But the wild celebration that unfolded tested Diamond and his crew, who, after months of bonding with the team, struggled to remain impartial observers as the champagne flowed.

We had to be careful not to get so caught up in the euphoria that we were going to miss documenting the story, Diamond said. Part of my youth was, this was so exciting and so mesmerizing that sometimes I had to take a step back. My job is to document what’s going on not be a part of what’s going on.

The gap between Cook and top-10 picks Leonard Fournette and McCaffrey still shouldn’t be that wide.

You only get to take so many people with you to the draft so I thought it was best because I’ve had a lot of people involved in my life through the process so I wanted to share that moment with everybody, Howard told Sporting News. It was best for me to stay back and have everybody here for a party.

Comfortable might be the way to describe Howard, a 6-6, 251-pound tight end who impressed at the NFL Combine with a 4.51 in the 40-yard yard dash. Howard averaged 15.1 yards per reception over four years with Alabama. He’s most remembered for his play in the last two national championship games against Clemson.

The gap between Cook and top-10 picks Leonard Fournette and McCaffrey still shouldn’t be that wide. Cook was every bit as productive as those counterparts. Cook rushed for 3,456 yards and 38 touchdowns the last two seasons. He will show that over the next few seasons. It works out for Minnesota, which gets to replace one franchise back in Adrian Peterson with another one in Cook.

But the Cowboys 鈥?with defense as a priority as they build on a surprising 13-3 season 鈥?caught Lewis long before he dropped too far down. They took his Michigan teammate, defensive end Taco Charlton, with their first-round pick.
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Elite Mens Nevin Lawson Jersey In recent years, the Cowboys have taken Randy Gregory after a failed combine drug test sent him plunging down the draft board; traded for Rolando McClain after his drug issues had aborted his stays with two previous teams; and given Greg Hardy a one-year deal after he’d sat out nearly a full season following a domestic violence conviction that was later wiped out before a re-trial could take place.

The Cowboys took a cornerback, Chidobie Awuzie, in the second round, and reportedly are shopping incumbent Orlando Scandrick. Where Lewis fits in is hard to predict so early. He has a window to play. But he was not projected as an automatic starter, even before his legal issues. He was the 15th cornerback taken in a deep draft.

NFL free agency 2017: Where the top 100 free agents have signed

There’s no shortage of optimism for NFL fans in the spring, and nothing says hope springs eternal like a brand new free agent acquisition. The player your team just signed is totally going to be the difference this year; you just know it!

While there are a few names still on the market, most of the biggest money has already been spent in the weeks since NFL free agency began on March 9.

Grooming a young franchise quarterback is an art, not a science.

For a team to overcome high QB bust odds, it needs to know everything about itself and everything about the quarterback in question. That’s what teams like the Bears and Texans need to do in 2017.

It’s getting harder to be patient and sit a quarterback given the demands on coaches and offenses to produce quick turnarounds. In more cases, the so-called rushing quarterbacks into action is the only option.

The Texans and Bears in 2017 are faced with such conundrums with Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky, respectively. The Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes) and Browns (DeShone Kizer) might even find themselves in similar situations by the time training camp arrives.

But which approach — start or sit the rookie franchise passer — has been preferred in the league’s recent passing-boom history?

SN’s Vinnie Iyer and Tadd Haislop look back at franchise-hopeful quarterbacks drafted over the last 14 seasons and determine whether one plan truly is better than the other.

Editor’s note: This list, updated from its 2016 version, includes last year’s rookie quarterbacks for additional context.nike_steelers_3004