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Link – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks scrutinized over possible violation of NFL concussion policy

This doesn’t sound like the proper protocol was followed –

“With backup Austin Davis in the game, NBC’s broadcast showed Wilson running to the sideline and then sitting down in the area where the tent would be pulled over him. But Wilson got back up before medical officials had a chance to join him and then replaced Davis after one play.

Wilson was on the field for two more plays before the Seahawks punted. During the change of possession, Wilson again entered the tent and remained there for a longer period of time. He was on the field when the Seahawks regained possession.”

My question is, if the referee invoked his right to send Wilson off for the exam, why didn’t the same referee prevent him from coming back into the game after missing one play? I understand he wasn’t watching to see what happened on the sideline but surely we all know it takes more than one play to examine a player for a concussion, right?

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21357528/russell-wilson-seattle-seahawks-scrutinized-possible-violation-nfl-concussion-policy

Link – The forgotten part of the blockbuster trade for Jimmy Graham is coming back to haunt the Seahawks

Hmm so getting a dynamic receiver is great and all, but if you do so at the expense of your offensive line, it may be hard to actually throw him the ball, huh?

Pete seems to have forgotten the part of the team that actually made Lynch and Wilson better, but perhaps the line will improve and they’ll be fine. So far, this hasn’t worked.

The forgotten part of the blockbuster trade for Jimmy Graham is coming back to haunt the Seahawks

So Your Team Started 0-2 Is It Time to Panic?

NFLWell yes, in the National Football League, it’s always time to panic!

You’ve all seen the numbers, the low percentage of teams who start the season 0-2 who actually make the playoffs. But, it does happen. So what are the chances your currently 0-2 team could still make the playoffs?

The “aren’t that bad” group:

Seattle, Baltimore, Detroit.

Seattle is a good team, who happens to have opened the season with two tough road games. They’ll be fine, and should manage to get into playoff contention.

Baltimore has one loss where the offense was terrible, and one where the defense was terrible. There’s hope that they’ll get it together once the shock of losing Suggs for the season wears off, but it needs to happen now. There division doesn’t allow for too much of a whole with solid Steeler and Bengal teams.

Detroit isn’t as bad as they seem, but they definitely have problems, and it’s going to be tough for them to dig out of the 0-2 hole. Not impossible, but difficult. They aren’t a hopeless team though.

The “they are that bad, but it might not matter” group:

Philly, NY Giants, Indianapolis*.

Philly and the Giants have been awful, and their fans should be worried that they might be awful all season long, but with their division competition being Washington and Dallas, who has to go with Brandon Weedon starting half the season, this division is still wide open.
The “they are that bad, maybe, but we just can’t seem to admit it” group:
New Oreleans – Forget Manning, is Drew Brees aging right before our eyes? There are still a lot of tools in the shed in New Orleans, but it is not working, and it’s confounding.
The “yeah, they aren’t good” group:
Houston, Chicago
There’s nothing there for either of these teams that would lead me to believe they will be anything but awful. They are 0-2 when even teams like the Raiders and Browns, who we assumed would be awful this season, have a win. Start scouting the NCAA games fans. A QB would go a long way toward helping things, but lacking a fix there, this season is going to be painful. Houston’s defense, frankly, deserves better.

On the other hand, there is the outside possibility that Indy and Houston could wind up switching places in these groups. Someone has to win that division, after all!

 

 

 

Reading – Russell Wilson claims his new water heals concussions. That’s corny and dangerous.

Russ, Russ, Russ. Maybe it’s a good thing the season is starting so people can pay attention to what happens on the field. This is really dangerous, and pretty much illegal.

This is one side of athletes and celebs using social media that is not a positive move, using the tools as a way to pitch products that they have investment in. It’s always been a thing to use athletes for endorsements, but when you let them have full control over the “pitch”, they may say things that are not helpful to the company being pitched. Or, in this case, make claims that amount to false advertising. Not cool Russell, and so offensive to all those families dealing with the aftermath of brain injuries caused by multiple concussions.

Russell Wilson claims his new water heals concussions. That’s corny and dangerous.

Refs Are Human Beings Too

‘Fail Mary’ official fighting depression

Former NFL replacement official Lance Easley says he continues to struggle with illnesses — battling depression and post-traumatic stress disorder — since making the infamous “Fail Mary” call in 2012.

The 55-year-old Easley, in a series of interviews with Yahoo! Sports, said he has been plagued by panic attacks, depression and even suicidal thoughts over the past year.

Do we really want to be a society that drives someone to suffer the same symptoms as a soldier returning from war, over a questionable call in a football game? Really??