Two mid-week football thoughts for you:
-- I'm curious what Tom Brady is going to do during his month's suspension. Seriously. Where's the best place for him to be? Who are the best people for him to be around?
NFL rules stipulate he can't step foot inside Gillette Stadium from Sept. 3 until Oct. 3. He can have no contact with coaches during that time, as well.
So I wonder: Can he get game film from the team? What about new plays, formations, concepts to the offense? Are the Pats allowed to send him those things? Is he allowed to talk to teammates about them? Is he allowed to talk to teammates at all? Rules say he can't practice with the team, but are players allowed to come to him? Can they play catch with him in his backyard?
Assuming the answer to all of the above is no, just what does Brady do other than DVR the games, sign up for the "All 22'' package and find someone to play catch with?
Should he go practice with a college team (providing that's allowed on the college level)? He can drop in on BC, but it would seem to make more sense to hang out with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. Does he bring non-NFL players over to his house, or a nearby field? Wes Welker is looking for work; he'd seem to be a decent partner. Troy Brown has lost a couple (or five) steps, but he could speak the Patriots language. Or does he bring in guys who just got cut from camp? Should he get out of town? Hang out in Brookline? I have no idea. He has to throw to someone, but it probably shouldn't be the gardner.
And while he can't step into the stadium or be in contact with coaches, he's probably allowed to go to his TB 12 shop at Patriot Place (technically not in the stadium) and work with his trainer Alex Guerrero (technically not on the Pats staff). But given the microscope on him and the Pats, how far does Brady want to push that?
I have a million questions like this.
-- I have no earthly idea why the NFL needs computer chips inserted in footballs to figure it out, but I'm all for them narrowing the distance between the uprights from its current 18 feet, 6 inches.
Field goals are just too damn easy. In 2015, attempts (from all distances) were good 84.5 percent of the time, the second-highest percentage in league history. Kickers have made over 80 percent of their attempts every season this decade. Three years ago they connected at an 86 percent clip.
This is not how the game was meant to be played. Soccer-style kickers perfected the motion years ago (like modern golfers, they all pretty much look the same now) and conditions have gotten easier by the day between artificial surfaces, domed stadiums and retractable roofs.
Make it harder on these guys. They have it too easy.
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