NFL 2022: The preseason thread

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The loss of those draft choices too. If this goes down the way it I think it is going down, this could banish the Browns to another 20 years in the wilderness.

No less than they deserve.

One of the things I've said about the Bucs from 2002-2020 is they were just boring, bland, and forgettably mediocre, and they didn't have the aura of kind of lovable losers like the Lions and Browns did. Everybody on some level kind of felt bad for the fans of those teams, and I'd half-root for them both just so the franchise could have some success.

Gonna go out on a limb and suggest the Browns are no longer in that category in the future.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

lovable losers

Gonna go out on a limb and suggest the Browns are no longer in that category in the future.

Jags: "I hear you guys have an opening?"

The latest Watson news reminds me anew why I plan to hate-root for the Panthers for a while: They were OK with Watson's raping until he wanted guaranteed money.

Meanwhile, Sam Darnold gets praise for having one good practice.

DARNOLD WORLD TOUR 2022

NO MORE GHOSTS

If it comes out that the Texans knew about this whole business and covered it up, I say the NFL should take the picks they got from the trade and toss them in the shredder at a minimum. There is no way they should profit from this. Neither should the Browns, but this has to have consequences.

Paleocon wrote:

The loss of those draft choices too. If this goes down the way it I think it is going down, this could banish the Browns to another 20 years in the wilderness.

It's also going to destroy the notion of guaranteed contracts in the NFL. Something the league has long resisted, but franchises have started flirting with when chasing QBs. The Kirk Cousins one was bad enough, but it was a short-term deal for less overall money, so there was at least a trade-off. Watson got the NFL's first MLB/NBA style contract, but uh-oh, there's no such thing as buyouts in the NFL!

Washington can not stop being a cesspool.

Defensive Qoordinator Jack Del Rio decided to open his mouth once again, tweeting some good ol' fashioned whataboutisms in the face of the Jan 6 hearings, before downplaying the coup attempt as a "dust-up" and continuing the whatabouts. The NAACP demanded Del Rio's firing or resignation.

Ron Rivera's response? To fine Del Rio $100k, but allow him to keep his job.

To Rivera's credit, he was at least willing to call Jan 6 "an act of domestic terrorism", but the lack of accountability for Del Rio continues to be unacceptable.

*Legion* wrote:

Washington can not stop being a cesspool.

Defensive Qoordinator Jack Del Rio decided to open his mouth once again, tweeting some good ol' fashioned whataboutisms in the face of the Jan 6 hearings, before downplaying the coup attempt as a "dust-up" and continuing the whatabouts. The NAACP demanded Del Rio's firing or resignation.

Ron Rivera's response? To fine Del Rio $100k, but allow him to keep his job.

To Rivera's credit, he was at least willing to call Jan 6 "an act of domestic terrorism", but the lack of accountability for Del Rio continues to be unacceptable.

Jack Del Rio is a complete disappointment. I'm embarrassed he was ever part of the Ravens.

In more garbage franchise news, I give you the Chargers:

Berberian accuses brothers Dean and Michael of repeatedly acting "out of their deeply-held misogynistic attitudes and sense of entitlement as the men in the family ... and to rationalize their pitiable behavior which she believes is intended to teach her that a woman has no rights, no matter what any trust instrument might say." The lawsuit also states that Dean and Michael "believe to their cores that, regardless of what their parents intended and their wills specified, men are in charge and women should shut up."

Berberian contends that the Spanos family trust and subtrusts are all but insolvent, that Spanos' decision to move the Chargers to Los Angeles has proved financially ruinous and that the family has no option but to sell the team to satisfy the trust's debt obligations, which she says are currently in excess of $358 million.

The lawsuit also lists multiple allegations of "breaches of fiduciary duty" by Dean Spanos, who is accused of diverting $105 million from the trust to various debts. Spanos also allegedly manipulated the trust to borrow over $60 million "for the wasteful purchase of an airplane for Dean's and Michael's use that has no legitimate business justification."

If there was anything right in this world, the team would get sold to someone that moves it back to San Diego.

Zero chance of it, but nice to imagine.

I wonder what effect a Chargers relocation would have on the Rams.

Rat Boy wrote:

I wonder what effect a Chargers relocation would have on the Rams.

No longer splitting the ticket buying of LA's Niners and Raiders fans that fill the stadium.

Ed Reed says that Del Rio's slap on the wrist was "not enough".

Ed Reed is right.

Del Rio had deleted his Twitter account. I’m sure that’ll solve everything.

Gee I wonder who the newest registered Truth Social account belongs to…

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*Legion* wrote:

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The two dumbest teams in the NFL deserve each other.

I fully expect the Panthers to give up a draft pick for Mayfield followed by Matt Rhule bragging about his QB room because he has HEY DARNOLD, Golden Corral, a nepotism hire and the Progressive Insurance spokesman.

It is my sincere hope that Watson gets suspended indefinitely (or put on the Exempt List) and the Browns try to salvage the relationship with Mayfield.

Looks like Deshaun is up to Leveon Bell now.

He is being referred to as Deshaun Cosby in certain places, and I think I am going to keep that going.

What a glorious trainwreck of a presser.

Why wasn’t the Sean Payton/Tom Brady to Miami story a bigger deal?

As to ESPN, Simms suggested (i.e., don’t send any GFY texts to me about it) that Adam Schefter’s common link to Michigan with Brady and Dolphin owner Stephen Ross kept Schefter from either confirming the story or attempting to advance it. And that makes sense. Schefter at one point was going to have a role with agent Don Yee’s Pacific Pro Football League. Yee represents Brady AND Payton. All Schefter had to do, once the chatter emerged of the Dolphins landing Payton and Brady, was contact Yee to confirm it. Or, as often is the case, to obtain some new detail about the situation, flimsily justifying a decision to ignore the pre-existing reports.

I shouldn't be surprised by this. I really shouldn't.

The going rate for buying a uniform number is somewhere around $50K.
Gerald McCoy paid $250K to get No 93 for his one season in Carolina.

For all you Tomsula fans needing an update on status:

https://defector.com/jim-tomsula-is-...

I just want Tomsula to be happy. He seems like a good guy who just loves football.

Top_Shelf wrote:

For all you Tomsula fans needing an update on status:

https://defector.com/jim-tomsula-is-...

I was disappointed that there weren't more articles under the "Where In The World Is Jim Tomsula" tag.