We are deep into the cold winter of the offseason. The camps are closed, and the OTAs are done. This is the period of NFL hibernation where the headlines tend to devolve into hyperbole, and constructing mountains out of molehills. It’s a quiet time, where we here at RealSport get the rare opportunity to put our heads together and talk about the deep issues with the game, and where the future of the sport is headed.
To keep you sated, we continue our NFL coverage with an ICYMI update on the latest events within the community.
Buddy Ryan passed away –
At the Age of 85, the legendary Defensive Coach – and Father to two current NFL coaches – Buddy Ryan died this week. The man who is credited with creating the ‘46’ Defence, and leading a Blitz based renaissance within the game of Football was widely respected within the NFL. Having coached with several teams over the years, and leading several to breakout seasons, or even Super Bowl seasons, on the strength of a solid defence, Buddy was known as a caustic personality that got results. The NFL will feel his influence for all time.
Doug Baldwin signs new contract –
Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin tied himself to the Seahawks for the next 4 years this week, with a new contract that could see him pocket $46M over that period. He’ll get 11.5M per year of that, with 24.5M in guarantees. This move to lock down the over-performing receiver proves that the Seahawks are intent on recapturing that Lombardi trophy, and that an aerial attack is an integral part of that plan. The days of Best Mode are over, and a new look Seahawks are coming for the NFL in 2016.
Tipton Dies in tragic incident –
Ex Colts running Back, Zurlon Tipton died in a tragic incident at a car Dealership in Detroit on Tuesday. It appears that Zurlon was handling a duffel bag, containing firearms, when one of the loaded guns discharged as he handed his vehicle in. The single shot unfortunately ended the life of the 26 year old Detroit resident. Tipton signed for the Colts after playing for Michigan, playing two seasons with the team before being released in December. Injuries restricted his 2013 season, having played a total of 16 games over the two seasons he played in the NFL.
Singletary to work with Rams –
Mike Singletary, the Linebacker from the 1985 Chicago Bears defence, has signed a deal with the LA Rams to serve as their Defensive Assistant. Having been out of work from 2013, Singletary will be looking to erase the damage done during his tenure at the 49ers, where he was summarily fired with one game to go after two seasons in charge. With the Linebacker corp looking strong in LA, this could be an opportunity for Singletary to achieve that goal, and revamp his career as a coach.
Boykin Charged with Assault –
Treyvon Boykin has been charged for his arrest back in December. He stands accused of Misdemeanour assault, after being involved in a bar fight, and assaulting a public servant, after allegedly striking a patrol officer during his arrest. The undrafted agent, picked up by the Seahawks in April, could face up to a year in prison, and a $4000 fine. His arraignment will take place in the middle of the Seattle pre-season training camp.
PED investigation rumbles on –
The Al-Jazeera report that claimed to prove several NFL players utilised performance enhancers continues to damage reputations. With the NFL proceeding with interviews with Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, James Harrison, and Mike Neal, As well as retired QB Peyton Manning – who is no longer registered as a player, and so is no longer required to submit to the investigation – it shows that the NFL is taking these accusations seriously. In what appears to be a clash between the two bodies, the NFLPA has refused to support the investigation, after the statements made in the documentary were recanted, and the NFL failed to provide any further evidence to support the original accusations. Unfortunately it appears to be a case of “No smoke without fire” vs “Innocent until proven guilty”. Expect this to rumble on for a while folks. We could be looking at the new Deflategate.