Carolina Panthers: Pass rusher Jared Allen suffered a broken foot in the Panthers win over the Seahawks. His availability for this weekend’s game is still in question, though Allen has made it clear he intends to play.
Cleveland Browns: If things continue to flounder in Cleveland, it won’t be because of a lack of quality coaching. After hiring Hue Jackson as the head man, the Browns made some serious moves this week in obtaining Ray Horton, Al Saunders, and Pep Hamilton. All three coaches are highly thought of and working together with Jackson should be a formidable group, especially on offense. The team, and rest of the league, will also be keeping an eye on what happens with troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has filed for reinstatement in the NFL.
: I mentioned Gordon as a one year “prove it” deal option for the Chiefs earlier this week. Andy Reid has had success working with players with bad reps before, and KC could certainly use Gordon’s talent.
Kansas City Chiefs: Following their loss to the Patriots this past week, the Chiefs have made mention of headset problems throughout the game in Foxborough, though Reid stated that this was a non-factor during crucial moments. This is not the first time such a complaint has been made about the communications systems in New England…for the visiting team. On the personnel front, General Manager John Dorsey has expressed some signs of optimism in the futures of DeAnthony Thomas, Jamaal Charles, and Eric Berry remaining in Kansas City. On the coaching side, the Chiefs have named Brad Childress and Matt Nagy as Co-Offensive Coordinators.
- Author’s take: I won’t go so far as to accuse New England of anything right now. However, this is an issue that the league needs to address, simply because it should never be an issue. The NFL needs to take over control of systems like this to eliminate any chance of or opportunity for tampering with another team’s communication systems.
- Author’s take: Some folks are confused about the Childress/Nagy combo, but I look at it as being a mentorship deal where Childress will help Nagy learn the ropes.
Los Angeles Rams: A desperate attempt to keep the team in St Louis, or just a matter of spite…either way, Rams fans are suing the team over season ticket agreements that had guaranteed the holders the right to first access through 2025.
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