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11 Aug 2014

MMQB: Johnny Preseason

This week, Peter King looks at the Johnny Manziel circus in Cleveland, Tennessee's attempt to fix Jake Locker's accuracy, and all those flags from the first weekend of preseason football. Plus, lots of Football Outsiders-related stuff, including a plug for FOA 2014 plus Peter's travels with our former colleague Andy Benoit. It's milk-tastic!

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 11 Aug 2014

6 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:20pm by v3456d

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by jtr :: Mon, 08/11/2014 - 1:32pm

Dan Snyder denying that he has PR staff working round-the-clock to try to defend his team name is as bald-faced a lie as a team owner has ever told. King passes it on in the quotes of the week on without casting any doubt on its legitimacy of the statement. You gotta wonder if King ever chokes a little bit on some of the worse BS the league feeds him.

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by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:14pm

"I’m told the league plans to officiate tight in the preseason, but I cannot imagine the same ticky-tack stuff being called once the regular games start."

Is this attitude that really irritates me, why is it 'ticky-tacky' to enforce the rules? If a player gets flagged, the player should be blamed, not the refs.

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by jtr :: Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:34pm

There was one play in the Giants-Steelers game where a corner absolutely mauled a receiver in his route, giving him a huge two-hand shove that completely stopped the receiver's momentum. It was a blatant penalty and would have been called in any year, but when the flag came the announcers continued droning on about how the refs were being super strict about illegal contact. I'm not sure they even watched the play.
Sure, part of the huge number of flags in the secondary this week was a concerted enforcement effort, but a lot of it was just sloppy play from DB's who are still shaking off the rust.

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by are-tee :: Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:35pm

"And in Mike Vick’s only drive with the first team, he led a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive....Vick excelled."

Vick was playing against the Colts 2nd string defense, was 3-6 for 17 yards, and benefitted from two 15-yard penalties. Everyone following the Jets knows that unless Geno totally flames out, or gets hurt, he is the starting QB Week 1.

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by mehllageman56 :: Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:22pm

The Vick hype outside the Jets fanbase is just silly. Most Jets fans have the same idea as you. To be honest, both Geno and Vick have been solid but not spectacular all through camp. Any self-respecting Jets fan is more worried about the offensive line, having only two competent receivers, and the disaster that is their secondary, than the quarterback position right now.