NFL adopts trade deadline, IR bylaw proposals


NFL adopts trade deadline, IR bylaw proposals

The NFL has announced two new rules that will go into effect immediately for the 2012 season.

First, the trade deadline has been pushed back from Oct. 16 to Oct. 30. If teams want to make trades, they must be completed by 4 p.m. on the Tuesday after Week 8.

The second rule applies to players placed on injured reserve. Before, once a player was placed on injured reserve, he was done for the season (unless he negotiated an injury settlement).

Under the new rule, one player per team may be activated from IR after a major injury -- "major" meaning he must miss six weeks of practice or more. That player may be added to the team's 53-man active roster eight weeks after going on IR.

The rule is significant today because, obviously, there have already been players placed on IR.

We'll let Mike Florio from PFT explain how it works:
Heres where it gets complicated. Because teams already have cut to 75, a special procedure applies for 2012. As to teams that already have placed players on IR, the player for whom the short-term IR procedure will be used must be placed back on the active roster by 9:00 p.m. ET, August 31. Hell then count as one of the final 53.Then, after 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 4, each team can place one player on the modified IR list.This means that teams hoping to use the new IR rule for a player already on injured reserve will have to displace another player for nearly four days, using a roster spot for the injured player and then creating a roster spot next Tuesday, when that player goes back to IR.The Patriots currently have seven players on IR -- Dane Fletcher, Josh Barrett, Ross Ventrone, Will Allen, Spencer Larsen, Jamey Richard and Brad Herman. If the Patriots think one of these players might be able to return later in the season, and they'd like to use the new IR designation on him, they'd have to make their move by tomorrow night. First, they would have to place that player back on the active roster (taking one of the 53 spots away from someone else). Then, on Tuesday, when the designation is officially placed on the injured player, a spot would open up again on the active roster.

Of course, there's some strategy involved here, too. The Patriots could wait until someone else gets injured during the season and use the new IR designation then. Remember, each team can only designate one player to the short-term IR per season.

As PFT points out, Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said in the past that if a similar rule existed in 2008, the Patriots may have used the short-term IR designation on Tom Brady after Bernard Pollard ruined the Patriots' season that year.

Rex Ryan’s erratic act is his lone consistency

Rex Ryan’s erratic act is his lone consistency

With the Bills 0-2 and sinking slowly in a morass of dysfunction last week, Rex Ryan was anything but his corny, wise-cracking, false-bravado-bringing self. He was subdued before the Bills took on the Cardinals.

Now, with the Bills having spanked Arizona and the Patriots up next, Rex is back at it with the erratic, putting forth an eyebrow-raisingly bad Bill Belichick impersonation to start the week then parachuting into a conference call with Julian Edelman posing as a Buffalo News reporter.

He’s the guy at the house party knocking over the chips and drinks at 9 p.m. and wondering where the motherscratching karaoke machine is because he wants to SING!!

Asked to account for the behavior change from last week to this, Rex’ verbatim response was a look into his addled mind.

“I was still myself, I think just part of it. This week, look guys, we know who we’re playing. When you look at the ESPN deal, I think they’re ranked number one---I don’t know. Like I said, they’re number two, but I don’t think we’re ranked number one so---look, we know the task is going to be a big one. The quarterback thing, yeah you got to be prepared and you actually have to be prepared for three different guys. They’re no dummies, they’re leaving it out there, they can know who it is, I get it. They’re certainly not going to do us any favors.”

Give that a quick re-read.

My verbal syntax and wandering trains of thought aren’t evidence of an ordered mind either, so I do empathize with Rex. But neither am I the head coach of one of 32 entries in the NFL, a pretty high-profile league in which an ordered presentation from the guy in charge is usually a positive.

I spoke at length with Tim Graham – who really does work for the Buffalo News – during our Quick Slants Podcast this week.

Rex’ constant insistence on his own authenticity feels to me like a misdirection. He chooses who he’s going to be and how he’s going to be each week. That’s the only consistent thing about him, other than the fact that he is an eminently likable guy specifically because he is so vulnerable.

 For a guy that wants to projecting an image of a guy who just doesn’t give a s***, he spends a lot of time thinking about this stuff.  

“I learned a long time ago, you got to be yourself in this league and that [acting like Bill Belichick] wouldn’t have worked,” Ryan explained. “If I tried to be like Bill Belichick that would never work for me, just like, not that he ever would, but if he’s going to try to be like somebody else, that ain’t going to work for him. And so, at least one thing we have in common is the fact that we know you better be yourself in this league and look, I think it’s hilarious when he’s on there because that’s who he is but it’s great and he does it better than anybody else. Some guys that try to copy that style, they’re phonies. Belichick does it, that’s who he is. [Gregg] Popovich is probably the closest thing in the NBA. Like those guys are classics but that’s who they are and they’re fantastic and I think the record speaks for itself but you talk about a consistent guy, Bill Belichick is the most consistent guy there is and I try to be consistent, albeit in a much different way.”

Consistent in his inconsistency. Great fun at parties. No way to go through life as an NFL head coach.


Patriots have perfect attendance at Thursday walkthrough


Patriots have perfect attendance at Thursday walkthrough

FOXBORO -- The Patriots opted to have a walkthrough on Thursday, an in-season rarity for Bill Belichick's club. 

The low-key session makes sense, though. Because the team practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, it will still have two practices under its belt, as it usually does every week. Now, instead of having just one walkthrough on a Friday, as the Patriots do typically, they'll have had two. 

All players were present for the on-the-field work, including quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. Members of the media were only able to watch the team walk onto the field, and they were treated to a fashion show of sorts. Bill Belichick stood out with his hooded sweatshirt, as did Jamie Collins, who for some reason wore plastic bags around his gloves. Practice squad defensive lineman Geneo Grissom brought a bit of a business casual look to the field, sporting a collared shirt under his sweatshirt.