This may technically be vacation time for NFL teams. In reality, though, the NFL manages to make some form of news 365 days per year. The fine football sites across the SB Nation network always manage to keep up. With that in mind, let’s go Touring the Nation today to see what is happening.
Deflategate — the story that just won’t die
By now, you most likely know that Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has lost his appeal of a four-game suspension in the Deflategate mess. SB Nation has all of the basics, including the fact that Brady can still appeal to the Supreme Court.
SB Nation’s Patriots web site, Pats Pulpit, has reaction to the news.
Pulpit’s Alec Shane says “Brady should absolutely appeal to the Supreme Court.”
Rich Hill of Pats Pulpit reports that Brady is expected to file that appeal.
There is also the not-so-small matter of how Brady’s absence for the first four games might impact the Patriots’ season.
The New York Jets, of course, are interested observers in the whole mess. Scott Salmon of GGN, a lawyer in his day job, breaks down the legalities of what could happen now, and it’s not good news for Brady.
About the Supplemental Draft
The NFL Supplemental Draft is Thursday, and Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft breaks down the six players who have entered. He says Purdue defensive tackle Ra’Zhan Howard has the best chance to be selected. Our man Chris Pflum also recently offered his own look at the Supplemental Draft. Don’t miss that.
Turf Show Times believes the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted quarterback Jared Goff first overall and revamped their entire offense, will be better on that side of the ball in 2016.
Blogging the Boys says it looks like the Cowboys will be keeping linebacker Rolando McClain, who is suspended for the first 10 games of the season.
Revenge of the Birds tells us that Patrick Peterson has been named the best cornerback in the league by a panel of experts at NFL.com.
Bucs Nation believes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be contenders in 2016:
The Bucs have the talent to make the playoffs this year. Not just contend, but win. As I keep saying: this is the NFL, quick turnarounds happen all the time, especially with teams that have competent quarterbacks — especially teams where the coach was, supposedly, the problem.
Here’s another fact: if the Bucs don’t even contend for the playoffs this year, we can probably conclude that firing Lovie Smith for Dirk Koetter was the wrong move. Assuming the lack of competitiveness isn’t because Jameis Winston was injured for most of the season, because coaches almost always get mulligans when their quarterbacks disappear. Lovie Smith had the Bucs competitive, until the final four games of the season, and that was with a rookie quarterback. If Koetter can’t do better than that with a more experienced version of the same quarterback, as well as more overall talent, then what is he even here for?
If you think the New York Giants are still short one defensive tackle, you might want to pay attention to this report about the Detroit Lions from SB Nation’s Pride of Detroit.
Arrowhead Pride believes the Kansas City Chiefs are in big trouble if quarterback Alex Smith gets hurt. AP community members appear to agree.
Did defensive end Derek Wolfe take a shot at linebacker Von Miller over his ongoing contract situation? Read this from Mile High Report:
"I just stay out of it. Business is business, and that’s his business. And he has to do what he’s gotta do. Obviously, I took a different route and decided that this is where I want to be so I’m going to take a significant haircut (aka paycut) to stay here, and that’s fine with me. But some people don’t feel that way."
The 2012 NFL Draft was not kind to the Giants, who have no players left from that class. Behind The Steel Curtain looks at that same class for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it isn’t a pretty picture.