In NFL news, the Kansas City Chiefs running back, Larry Johnson, was sentenced to two years probation Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace for separate incidents involving women at nightclubs last year. The 28-year-old Johnson was originally charged with assault in the two incidents, but those charges were changed to disturbing the peace on Friday.
While on probation, Johnson will not be allowed to consume alcohol or be at any Kansas City bars or nightclubs after 9 p.m. He also must complete anger-control counseling and 40 hours of community service.
Johnson is so athletically gifted but he is throwing his talents away. Maybe I am wrong on this, but Johnson appears to not to like playing the game of football.
For Larry, it’s about SHOW ME THE MONEY! He and his agent will meet with the Kansas City Chiefs over the amount of guaranteed money due.
Johnson was such a significant distraction to the Chiefs locker room last season, that Kansas City actually improved during his absence.
The bottom line: Kansas City cannot trust Larry Johnson. He has a history of broken promises.
Former Jets QB Brett Favre could make an appearance at Browns camp this season as a guest of his former coach, Eric Mangini. Favre is still under contract with the Jets, but he could show up in Cleveland as an instructor for Browns QBs Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.
Does Favre have an itch to “instruct” or coach? Does Mangini have Favre in mind as an emergency quarterback if neither Anderson nor Quinn plays well?
Will we see Favre in a Browns’ uniform? Probably not but it can not be completely ruled out either.
Mangini and Favre, the Jets starting QB last season, have been discussing the possibility of Favre working in Browns camp this summer. Apparently he couldn't become a full-time assistant coach because he is still under contract to the Jets.
Don’t Anderson and Quinn need to work on fundamentals? What would Favre actually teach them? How to shake off another unnecessary interception?
Browns fans everywhere now fear that they may see Brett Favre as their opening-day starting QB.
Of course, the NFL continues to “sissy-fy” their rules under the guise of “player safety.” Changing the wedge on kickoffs to “two-player” wedges is ridiculous.
Eleven rules changes?!!
The new wedge rule is the one I detest the most.
Forming a "wedge" on a kickoff return is no longer legal. If three or more players line up shoulder-to-shoulder within two yards of each other, it will be a penalty.
Traditionally, kickoff return teams line up about four guys in a wedge in front of a kick returner and tell them to stay lined up, run as fast as they can, and clear a path for the ball carrier. Meanwhile, the kicking team will send players down the field, running as fast as they can, with instructions only to hit the players in the wedge as hard as they can.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made some news Thursday at the owners' meeting in Dana Point, California, saying he'd be in favor of expanding the regular season to 17 or 18 games by 2011. This would also decrease the number of exhibition games down to two or three.
So the NFL manufactures new rules to promote player safety but recommends expanding the regular season to 17 or 18 games, exposing players to more potential injuries?
It seems that the league will not distinguish between intentional and unintentional contact, which is ridiculous and most unfair to defenders.
A defensive player on the ground may no longer lunge or dive at the quarterback's lower legs.
What’s next? Outlawing tackling or redefining tackling as “in the grasp'”?
Maybe a QB should wear flags and the defender “takes” the flags for a sack. Or try two hands touching below the waist.
The NFL continues to go soft. The league can't protect against every possible contingency, but it seems that is what they are trying to do.