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18 Sep 2017

Monday Morning Digest: Broncos, Patriots on the Bright Side of Awful in Week 2

Bad football? Bad football. But plenty of laughs and bright spots.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 18 Sep 2017

13 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2017, 3:39pm by Bright Blue Shorts


by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:40am

Expect him to be less than his usual Gronk self for a while, which is actually becoming Gronk's usual self.

Is Gronk Gale Sayers, or Jim McMahon?

by PatsFan :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:58am

So what's the softballness and flutteriness Tanier is seeing from Brady?

The INT wiped out by 12-men-on-field wasn't even a real play and the pass to Gronk was thrown without using legs while being hit. And screen passes are usually thrown softly.

I'll grant him the underthrow to Cooks that would have been a TD if it were thrown better.

by sbond101 :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:54am

It's just non-sense from people used to seeing Brady throwing darts to receivers that are less than 20 yards away between the numbers (where that style is preferable). Apart from Aaron Rodgers, every QB I've ever seen struggles throwing long touch passes when there footwork is necessarily not perfect. The 12 men on the field throw was baffling, I have no explanation for that, but apart from that I think Tanier is just seeing what he wants to see with that comment.

by Eddo :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:00am

I was at a bar, so not watching the Patriots game closely, but it did seem like every time I looked over, Brady was throwing rainbows. That's not to say he also wasn't mixing in darts, but I get where Tanier is coming from.

by Dyin. :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 6:08pm

That throw wasn't baffling. The offense had no playcall - Brady snapped it to get the free 5 yards.

Since there wasn't a playcall, other receivers didn't know what to do. One guy started running in that general direction so Brady just threw it up.

Brady talked about it post-game.

by Anger...rising :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:12pm

people used to seeing Brady throwing darts


by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:07pm

Final section mentioning reports that a new contract for Goodell is being impeded by Jerry Jones is interesting.

Firstly because Jones only seemed to become involved around the time that Goodell was deciding Elliott's fate.

Secondly because Jones seems to think he represents views of the other 26 owners that aren't on the Compensation Committee. The whole point of having that Committee is that they represent the league's ownership and act in its best interest.

Thirdly it summarises the greed of NFL ownership that not content with Goodell having increased revenues multiple times, they now think he's overpaid and want to pay him less.

Talk about hubris.

by dryheat :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:41pm

Goodell is unequivocally overpaid. The turd I flushed this morning could have increased revenues multiple times at a cost far less than 40 million.

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:59pm

What do you mean "hubris?" Jones is doing a GOOD THING here, as weird as that sounds. Don't you dare critisize him for that! If this is what it takes to get rid of Goodell, I'm all for it!

by LionInAZ :: Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:42pm

I wouldn't expect any replacement the owner cartel might pick to be better. Maybe less pissingly anoying, but not better.

by drobviousso :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:33pm

What if he thinks that it might be in the league's interest to not have a commish that gets boo'ed in multiple stadiums, and that this might have a more important long term impact on the value of the NFL than short term revenue?

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:39pm

Don't really get your point.

Jones is just saying he's overpaid, not that he shouldn't be commissioner.

by TomC :: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 7:52pm

It was very kind of Tanier and BR to give Glennon and the Bears 20 more points than they actually scored. Bears fans will take just about anything right now.