George Taliaferro has passed away at 91 years old, per reports from his alma mater, Indiana University. The running back, quarterback and punter was a superstar in the late 1940s and was the first African-American player to be drafted by the NFL, prompting the nickname “The Jackie Robinson of Football.” While playing for the league, he “earned Pro Bowl honors in three of his six seasons.”
The NFL’s competition committee is set to meet next week regarding the obscene amount of roughing the passer calls this season. Three weeks in and there have been 33 penalties against defensive players. Last year there were 106 and the year prior ended at 85 for the whole season, for all 32 teams. The major issue, is that the league decided to make a “point of emphasis” on the 23-year-old rule. Said rule, “prohibits defenders from landing on the quarterback with their full body weight or driving him into the ground with excessive force”. On the books since 1995, the league decided to push the rule because of complaints from coaching staff regarding protecting their QBs. The complaining is now coming from the other side, with coaches saying they don’t know how to coach based on the strict enforcement of the rule. Two sources told ESPN, that coaches and players shouldn’t expect to see any major changes this season, but discussions are ongoing.
The NFL is “getting soft”. That is how Packers linebacker Clay Matthews feels after getting another roughing the passer penalty. The league stands behind the call and referenced the new NFL Rule in a tweet, shortly after the penalty play. Ironically the rule, regarding hitting the quarterback, became more strict after Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers was tackled and broke his collarbone. To show just how strict the rule has become, here is a little tidbit: Matthews entered 2018 with a total of four roughing penalties in his 10-year career, he is 3 for 3 so far this season.
TERRELL OWENS addressed his alma mater Tennessee-Chattanooga over the weekend, dishing on why he chose to miss this weekends Hall of Fame Ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Owens denied all the rumors that he skipped because it took three nominations for him to get voted in and instead said it was because of a “flawed voting process” and sports writers not being in alignment “with the mission and core values of the Hall of Fame”.