- Challenging day as practice gets underway for Jets game on Sunday…San Diego must prepare for both scrambling QB-Geno Smith and move the pocket QB-Michael Vick…Smith struggling with 59% completion rates, 5-picks-2 fumbles, and plenty of overthrows…Vick has thrown only 1-pass this season-but could be the rallying point to turn Jets season around and maybe save Coach Rex Ryan’s job…Jets are averaging an impressive 11Y-per catch from wide receivers…RB’s Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson are averaging almost 5Y-per carry, but turnovers and penalties have hurt team…Jets (1-3) but two of losses have been by 1-touchdown…Jets defensive front is huge-physical led by Sheldon Richardson and Mo Wilkerson and could cause problems for San Diego offensive line.
– Chargers NFL stat package impressive –
- Bolts averaging (351YPG) on offense…(282P) passing….Philip Rivers 70% completion rate….114-QB rating….(9TD-1Int)….Chargers are plus 5-in turnover ratio….WR’s averaging 12YPC…Only negative-Donald Brown (1.9YPC)…Bolts also 14-for-14 scoring when in the redzone.
- FCC votes unanimously to terminate the NFL-Blackout rule-means league can no longer hide behind Federal Law they have right to blackout games if not sold out….Opens door for possible lawsuit by fans against NFL….NFL does not have to lift TV blackout rules because of network contract-but could draw enormous national fire if bad games are still blacked out while not sold out.
- NFL and Union agree on Independent Arbitrator to hear the Ray Rice indefinite suspension appeal…Reports they are looking to hire either Shyam Das, who heard the Ryan Braun baseball appeal or Frederic Horowitz, who handled the 162G-Alex Rodriguez suspension because of their history of sports, unions and the law.
- Anshcutz Entertainment Group asks LA City Council for 6-month extension, bypassing October deadline, to find a tenant for proposed Farmer’s Field Stadium downtown…NFL tells LA it believes progress is being made on relocation of a team…Report also AEG is now proposing to build 750-room hotel and do a “Convention Center” project on its own-not involving an NFL stadium…LA willing to discuss the stand alone projects.
- Falcons now have 3-starting OL on IR…Latest to go on C-Jack Hawley-knee..OT-Lamar Holmes-foot…lost LT-Sam Baker-knee in camp….Falcons sign FA-OT-Cam Bradford-Jaguars.
- Release LB-Victor Butler…QB-Carson Palmer to test ailing throwing shoulder on Wednesday to see if nerve damage has improved.
- Coach Ron Rivera urged to remove the “Ban-Cam” rule-stopping him from running football for fear of injury..Newton has 4-carries-14 yards last two weeks…first 3-years in the league-ran for 28TDs.
- RB-Ben Tate cleared for full practice-out with knee injury.
- LB-Bruce Carter out with quad injury.
- TE-Joe Fauria sprains ankle on stairwell trying to chase puppy who was urinating on carpet.
- NFL says it was wrong for throwing penalty flag on CB-Husain Abdullah for kneeling in prayer on field after scoring TD on interception.
- Signs FA-RB-LaMichael James-ex 49ers.
- Signs FA-QB-Chandler Harnish-ex Colts..QB-Teddy Bridgewater misses practice-ankle-might not be ready to play Thursdayvs Green Bay.
- Criticism mounting against Bill Belichick player drafts and trades..OL a mess-after trade of Logan Mankins..Tom Brady 9-sacks-22-hits-59%.completion rate.
- NY Daily News reporting players owner meeting turned into “Mutiny at Meadowlands” players criticism of QB-Geno Smith mistakes.
- Names Tony Sporano interim coach after firing Dennis Allen (8-28)…
- OC-Scott Wells hospitalized in ICU with tic bite infection…lost 11lbs.
- QB-Jake Locker returns to practice after missing last week with sprained wrist.
- Sign FA-CB-Richard Crawford.