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On 4/30/2021 at 6:39 PM, c00kies said:

The quarterbacks are great this year, but we have too many holes and wouldn't give a fair chance to any of them. I don't mind Dickerson, though the injury scares me since our o-line is already injury prone. I'd like to see the defense get a boost as well. 

Acl injuries arent as bad anymore for lineman. He should be ready to go by the pre season. You guys got a steal. Dude has the ability to be an all pro on the interior part of the line.

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Not really a Football story per se, but former Panthers TE Greg Olsen's son TJ just underwent a successful heart transplant:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/wnba/former-panthers-tight-end-greg-olsen-shares-touching-video-of-son-after-heart-transplant/ar-AAKNBMl?li=AAggXBR
 

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TJ Olsen, the son of retired Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, thanked football fans for an outpouring of support after the 8-year-old received a heart transplant June 4. 

“Thank you for thinking of me,” TJ says in the video, which Greg posted to Instagram and Twitter. “Thank you for praying with me. Congrats, all of you have gotten a win. We love you guys.

TJ was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone three open heart surgeries in the past three years. He was placed on the transplant eight days ago, and Greg has been regularly posting updates about his son’s condition on his social media. The former tight end also thanked fans, and offered gratitude to the family of TJ’s organ donor.

“We also want to ask that everyone takes a second to pray for our donor family,” Greg wrote on Twitter. “Their selflessness during a tragic time gave our boy a chance at life.”

Greg Olsen’s foundation founded The HEARTest Yard, an initiative dedicated to TJ that helps to provide relief to families of pediatric cardiovascular patients. Through the program at the Levine Children’s Hospital, where TJ is being treated, fans have been able to donate to support him and other children who face similar cardiovascular issues. 

The family has also received support from the Panthers organization, which posted an image on social media of Bank of America Stadium lit up green, which is TJ’s favorite with the hashtag, #PlayForTJ. The Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina also lit up green on the day of his surgery.

“All early signs have been positive,” Olsen wrote Sunday on Instagram. “Your prayers and well wishes have been working and we’re beyond grateful.”

 

There's a video embedded in the link from young TJ himself...but you might want to have some tissues handy before watching.

 

All the best to the Olsen family and the the donor family as well.

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Good idea!  Let America watch their team!

 

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The Cowboys will be featured on the “Hard Knocks” documentary series this summer for the third time in the program’s 16 seasons.

 

HBO and NFL Films announced Friday that five hourlong episodes, beginning Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. CT, will profile the Cowboys during training camp and the preseason. The team’s itinerary includes camp in Oxnard, Calif., an exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio, a joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams on Aug. 7, and three more preseason games versus the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and .Jacksonville Jaguars

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/cowboys/2021/07/02/dallas-cowboys-to-be-featured-in-hard-knocks-on-hbo-max-next-month/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Dallas+Cowboys+to+be+featured+in++Hard+Knocks++on+HBO+this+summer+-+Your+Cowboys+Catch-Up&utm_campaign=Cowboys_07032021&vgo_ee=46G8bPW%2BhKh40Fhdw4JRd%2FlMy%2BOWWuyaZunZiCXh6gI%3D

 

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Assistant in NY Jets organization in hospital;

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/nhl/jets-assistant-in-hospital-after-horrific-bike-accident/ar-AAMmRuW?ocid=msedgntp

New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was in a “horrific” bicycle accident last weekend and is in critical condition.

Denver TV station 9News reported Monday night Knapp was hit by a vehicle while riding in California. Agent Jeff Sperbeck confirmed to the station the 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized.

The nature of Knapp's injuries were not immediately known.

ESPN reported the accident happened Saturday near his home in Danville, California. He was struck by a single motorist at close to 3 p.m. according to the San Ramon Police Department.

Knapp was hired by the Jets in January as part of new coach Robert Saleh's staff, serving as the pass game specialist. Among Knapp's primary roles is to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

“Greg is such an amazing individual, it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family," Saleh said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. "Greg’s fun nature, kind disposition and wealth of knowledge has allowed him to make genuine connections with all of our coaches, players and staff since he has been here.

"I ask that you keep him in your prayers as we all pull for him to recover from this horrific accident.”

Knapp's family also released a statement Tuesday through the Jets.

"Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people,” the family said. “He is our rock and biggest supporter, pushing us to all strive to better ourselves each day with constant love and inspiration.

“While many know him for his achievements as a coach, his impact as a father and husband are far greater. We are so fortunate to have him in our lives. We are sincerely thankful to all those who have continued to reach out and provide support — it has meant the world to us. We ask that you continue to pray for Greg and our family during this time."

Knapp is well-liked and respected in NFL circles and has established himself as one of the league's top offensive-minded coaches. After a nine-year stint as an assistant at Sacramento State, where he also played quarterback, Knapp got his first NFL job with San Francisco in 1997 as an offensive quality control coach under Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach two years later and became the 49ers' offensive co-ordinator in 2001.

Knapp joined Jim Mora's staff in Atlanta as the offensive co-ordinator in 2004, and served in the same capacity for Oakland (2007-08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He has also had stints as the quarterbacks coach for Houston (2010-11), Denver (2013-16) — where he helped Peyton Manning set single-season passing records in 2013 — and most recently the Falcons (2018-20).

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On 6/20/2021 at 11:07 AM, RUPERTKBD said:

Very disappointed to see that Cole Beasley is an anti-vaxxer....<_<

America is sitting on  quite a lot of unused dosages set

to expire soon. Why force the vaccine on people who don't want it? Send it to countries that actually have a need that they want to be fulfilled.

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34 minutes ago, Chip Kelly said:

America is sitting on  quite a lot of unused dosages set

to expire soon. Why force the vaccine on people who don't want it? Send it to countries that actually have a need that they want to be fulfilled.

I agree. The numbers in Africa, for example, are terrible and it's likely because they don't have the same access as we in North America do.

 

What we need to understand is that this is a global pandemic, which means there will be danger of new strains and mutations as long as there are areas of the world where people are not vaccinated. It's actually in our best interests to provide vaccines for these under supplied countries....

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/nhl/jets-assistant-knapp-dies-of-injuries-from-bicycle-accident/ar-AAMs6Ya?ocid=msedgntp

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died Thursday of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident near his home in California last Saturday. He was 58.

 

Knapp’s family released a statement through the team that the longtime NFL assistant coach died at 2:32 p.m. EDT.

 

“Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to Heaven, where he will be reunited with his Dad,” the statement said.

The family said in the statement that Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area and never regained consciousness.

He was surrounded by his mother, wife, three daughters and his brother when he died.

“Greg’s infectious personality is most people’s first and lasting memory of him,” the family said. “The phrase ‘He never met a stranger’ encapsulates Knapper’s zest for life. He had a unique gift to make everyone feel special, and to Knapper, they all were.

“While his family, friends and players still had so much to learn from him and desperately wished they had more time with him, God called an audible and wanted to go over the game plan directly with him. It will certainly be a masterpiece, just like Greg!”

Knapp, who lived in Danville, California, was hired by the Jets in January as part of new coach Robert Saleh’s staff, serving as the passing game specialist. Among Knapp’s primary roles was to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall draft pick.

“The loss of a loved one is always a challenge but is harder when it is completely unexpected,” Saleh said in a statement issued by the team. “Charlotte, Jordan, Natalie, and Camille please accept our most sincere condolences. Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards. He lived life in a loving way that helped him connect with people from all walks of life in a unique way. In his short time here, I believe the people in this organization had a chance to experience that connection. Greg, thank you for all that you have shared with us, you will be missed, brother."

Knapp was well-liked and respected in NFL circles and he had established himself as one of the league’s top offensive-minded coaches. After a nine-year stint as an assistant at Sacramento State, where he also played quarterback, Knapp got his first NFL job with San Francisco in 1997 as an offensive quality control coach under Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach two years later and became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2001.

Knapp joined Jim Mora’s staff in Atlanta as the offensive coordinator in 2004, and served in the same capacity for Oakland (2007-08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He also had stints as the quarterbacks coach for Houston (2010-11), Denver (2013-16) — where he helped Peyton Manning set single-season passing records in 2013 — and most recently the Falcons (2018-20).

“His legacy is not only working with some of the brightest quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but the countless others across this world he has had an indelibly positive influence on,” Jets chairman Woody Johnson said in a statement.

Knapp had been expected to have a key role in helping offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese teach and develop Wilson as the 21-year-old QB adjusts to NFL life as the likely starter for the Jets this season.

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More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press

 
 
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On 7/23/2021 at 11:53 AM, Fanuck said:

Vikings fire a coach for refusing vaccine,  the day after the NFL introduced new penalties for teams that have exposures.  Is this the beginning of more to come or......?

 

https://www.tsn.ca/minnesota-vikings-rick-dennison-fired-covid-19-vaccine-19.18741

I find it interesting that coaches, front office staff and scouts are required to be vaccinated, but the players are not.....rather, they face "strict protocols".....

 

Except that of the four groups mentioned above, the players are the only ones who will be unable to avoid physical contact. (especially if you're a Giants QB) :rolleyes: As with everything in the NFL, it all comes back to money. They won't get rid of a non-vaccinated player, but coaches are another story.

 

To be clear, I have no sympathy for Dennison. His selfishness would put his entire team in jeopardy, both when it comes to their health and where it comes to their chances of winning....I just believe that the players deserve the same treatment....and I say that with the knowledge that one of the players on my favorite team is an anti-vaxxer as well (Cole Beasley)....

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Part that really gets me:

Team A gets sick- forfeits game

Team B gets win

Team A and B don't get game cheque.

 

If I'm on team B, I'm suing somebody, or everybody involved, league, other team, my team, other teams players.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, RUPERTKBD said:

I find it interesting that coaches, front office staff and scouts are required to be vaccinated, but the players are not.....rather, they face "strict protocols".....

 

I agree,  and although I can't verify this I suspect it's because the NFL can't force the PA to vaccinate whereas everyone else is simply an 'employee' of their club.

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