Tag: National Football League

What Jon Gruden’s Emails Tell Us About Cancel Culture

You can’t safely be a jerk at work anymore — not even in private. That’s what the National Football League head coach Jon Gruden learned the hard way, after years of his emails laced with racist, sexist and homophobic remarks made their way into news reports last week. Among other things, the coach, who is […]

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Jonathan Martin Will Donate His Brain to CTE Research

What happened after you left the N.F.L. in 2015? I went back to school to get my degree. I spent the next several years interning at various places in real estate and finance. But it’s been really challenging to build and maintain relationships when you are dealing with a chronic issue like depression or potentially […]

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The Jacksonville Jaguars End Their Losing Streak, the Arizona Cardinals Can’t Be Beat and Other Takeaways From Week 6 of the NFL

G/O Media may get a commission Save $35 Clearstem Clear Kit Target breakouts and wrinkles at the same timeEach item is also free of all possible pore-cloggers and contains zero hormone disruptors. After his first game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence not only collected his first passport stamp, but his […]

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What We Learned From Week 6 in the N.F.L.

One month ago, the Baltimore Ravens were in a state of Code Red. The team ended a September practice after two players — the No. 1 running back, Gus Edwards, and the No. 1 cornerback Marcus Peters — tore anterior cruciate ligaments on back-to-back plays. They had already lost running backs J.K. Dobbins (torn A.C.L.) […]

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A Conspiracy of Whiteness: Did an ESPN Insider’s Email Inadvertently Reveal How the NFL Blackballed Colin Kaepernick?

Advertisement Think about it—during contentious secret negotiations between the most powerful league in sports and the majority-Black players union led by a Black man, Schefter allowed a representative of the white billionaire owners to dictate the public narrative. Of course, most reporters curate personal relationships as sources, and Schefter is no different. But tilting the […]

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NFL Week 6 Picks Against the Spread

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox Line: Packers -4.5 | Total: 45 It’s the N.F.L.’s oldest rivalry but the Packers (4-1) and Bears (3-2) are concerned with entirely different futures. Aaron Rodgers is leading a win-now Green Bay team, while Chicago develops the rookie Justin Fields, who attempted only 20 passes in […]

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N.F.L.’s Top Lawyer Had Cozy Relationship With Washington Team President

A year later, when the league penalized Washington and Dallas for violating league spending limits, Allen asked to speak with Pash. “Still talking internally about this,” Pash replied. “I am not making any promises as to an outcome. But I can assure you that I am not blowing you off.” After Allen thanked him, Pash […]

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Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs Is Among the N.F.L.’s Breakout Stars

Cornerbacks typically endure miserable rookie seasons: The receivers they cover are bigger, faster and craftier than the ones they faced in college, while quarterbacks are quick to exploit their every blunder. But Trevon Diggs’s rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys was especially dreadful. The University of Alabama standout and second-round draft pick allowed easy touchdowns, […]

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For Jon Gruden, Former Raiders Coach, Losses Continue to Mount

The damage to Jon Gruden’s legacy has radiated beyond the loss of his job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders and the widespread denunciation of comments that were homophobic, misogynistic and racist. The revelation that Gruden denigrated people around the N.F.L. has tarnished long-held relationships, quashed a sponsorship deal and plunged him into disrepute […]

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Jon Gruden’s Emails Shocked Me. They Shouldn’t Have.

In emails written between 2011 and 2018, Jon Gruden, then an ESPN analyst and past and future N.F.L. head coach, said that the leader of the N.F.L. players union, who is Black, had “lips the size of Michelin tires,” and used homophobic and misogynist language to denigrate people in football including Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. […]

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Does Your Friend Have a ‘Racist Bone’ in Their Body? A Quiz

“I’m not gonna chalk everything up to racism,” said Dungy, as Tirico, who once said he didn’t know whether or not he was actually Black, noted that he had never seen any signs of racism from his former coworker. Although some have noted that literally nothing in the known universe works this way, it is […]

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How Jon Gruden’s Emails Became Collateral Damage

Throughout the end of 2020 and into 2021, both the investigation into Washington’s workplace culture and the N.F.L.’s mediation of the ownership dispute proceeded more quietly. In March, the N.F.L. tentatively approved an agreement in which Snyder would be allowed to take on more debt than the league traditionally allows in order to buy out […]

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With Gruden’s Departure, a Tough Time for the Raiders Gets Tougher

N.F.L. owners in 2017 approved the Oakland Raiders’ plan to relocate to Las Vegas after the team’s failed attempt to return to Los Angeles, where the Raiders played from 1982 to 1995. Many fans embraced the move to Las Vegas, as they felt the city suited the team’s reputation as the bad boys of the […]

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Why Gruden’s Departure Means More Trouble for the Raiders

N.F.L. owners in 2017 approved the Oakland Raiders’ plan to relocate to Las Vegas after the team’s failed attempt to return to Los Angeles, where the Raiders played from 1982 to 1995. Many fans embraced the move to Las Vegas, as they felt the city suited the team’s reputation as the bad boys of the […]

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John Gruden Resigns After Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

G/O Media may get a commission When confronted about his favorite racist trope of choice, Gruden insisted that he was pissed at the time because the 2011 NFL lockout wasn’t going particularly well and he felt some kind of (racist) way about Smith, who was leading negotiations on behalf of the players. “I was upset,” […]

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Jon Gruden Emailed Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments

When the vaunted N.F.L. coach Jon Gruden was confronted with a racist email he had sent in 2011 to insult the head of the players’ union, he said he went too far but didn’t have “a blade of racism” in him. But league officials as part of a separate workplace misconduct investigation that did not […]

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The Team Heard Round the World

Earlier this summer, Kansas Republicans attacked the state’s Democratic governor for purportedly not taking border security seriously, despite Topeka being slightly closer to the U.S. border with Canada than it is to the Mexican border. (I assume, of course, that that’s not the border of which they spoke.) Local and state-level politicians often take actions […]

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Racist Comment Surfaces By Jon Gruden About DeMaurice Smith

Jon Gruden, the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, in 2011 used racist terms to denounce DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association, who is Black and is now facing opposition within the union to the extension of his contract. The email surfaced just hours before the player representatives for the […]

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N.F.L. Punters Face a Perfect Pickle

One morning last December, Michael Dickson, the Seattle Seahawks’ punter, sat on the floor of his home and meditated. He slowed his breath and wiped his mind clean. He didn’t think of that afternoon’s matchup with the division rival Los Angeles Rams, or the fact that, if the Seahawks won, they would secure the N.F.C. […]

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The Arizona Cardinals Have Another Hot Start. This One’s Different.

The 2020 Cardinals relied on Murray’s sandlot tactics and 115 receptions by All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins to generate most of their offense, especially after Kingsbury ran low on fresh ideas. But so far this season, eight different skill-position players have generated at least 100 yards from scrimmage. Thanks to upgrades at skill positions, better play […]

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Daddy’s Home

G/O Media may get a commission Free bag of coffee Atlas Coffee Club Promo Code: COFFEEDAY2021Explore the world in a cup of joe—with coffee grounds (and whole beans) sourced from Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and more. Unfortunately for the rest of us, watching the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Bucs go to war is like […]

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What We Learned From Week 4 of the N.F.L. Season

Utterly dismantling a Carolina Panthers defense that has dominated the rest of the N.F.L. this season, Dak Prescott looked like a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback that Jerry Jones doubted he ever would be. After all, it was Jones who had originally preferred Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook to Prescott in the 2016 draft. The Dallas Cowboys […]

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Tom Brady Sets N.F.L. Career Passing Record in Return to New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the N.F.L.’s career passing leader on Sunday in his first game back in New England to face his former team, the Patriots. In the first quarter, Brady completed a 28-yard pass to receiver Mike Evans to reach 80,359 yards and surpass the record of 80,358 […]

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Justin Tucker’s Field Goal Record Is Likely to Stand for a While

When Tom Dempsey walloped a 63-yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints in 1970, it might have ushered in a new era of long kicks. Instead, it was an anomaly, so much so that it took decades for another kicker to match it. It has taken 51 years to nudge the N.F.L. record 3 […]

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NFL Week 4 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Tennessee Titans at Jets, 1 p.m., CBS Line: Titans -7.5 | Total: 46 Receiver A.J. Brown’s hamstring injury should not stop the Titans (2-1) from winning this game easily, given the team’s other formidable stars, running back Derrick Henry and receiver Julio Jones. The Jets, however, lack such options. The rookie quarterback Zach Wilson has […]

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Lamar Jackson’s Bold Play: A Contract Without an Agent

By any argument, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has had an exceptional career through his first three N.F.L. seasons. Drafted at the end of the first round in 2018, he quickly emerged as one of the league’s most dynamic players, winning six of his first seven regular-season starts in his first year and the Most Valuable […]

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Richard Sherman Joins the Buccaneers After a Call From Tom Brady

Richard Sherman, who is mired in legal trouble stemming from an arrest this summer and five misdemeanor charges, including two for domestic violence, has agreed to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the latest high-profile free agent to join quarterback Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions. One of the best known cornerbacks in […]

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What We Learned From Week 3 of the N.F.L. Season

The No. 1 takeaway from Week 3 in the N.F.L.? These new-look Los Angeles Chargers possess precisely what it takes to beat the Kansas City Chiefs: guts. An endless supply of guts. Chargers Coach Brandon Staley understands that you kick at your own peril against these Chiefs. Working the clock, too, is an ancient concept […]

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