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Sean Pamphilon should tread lightly when making demands

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The more I learn about filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, the less comfortable I feel with the contrived narrative that paints him as the “Deep Throat” of the NFL’s concussion-fueled culture change.

My first instinct was that Pamphilon is an opportunist who was willing to put his own interests above the wishes of the man without whom Pamphilon never would have been in position to capture damning audio from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.  As time has passed, the feelings have grown stronger.

A recent item from Johnette Howard of pushes those sentiments to a new level, with Pamphilon unintentionally raising more questions regarding his failure to say or do anything for weeks, even though he was supposedly deeply troubled by what he heard.

“As I sat there, I thought, ‘Either this guy really doesn’t get what is so wrong about this or he doesn’t care,'” Pamphilon told Howard, adding that Pamphilon was “stunned” by what he heard.

Fine.  So tell someone that night.  Or the next day.  Or the next day.  Instead, Pamphilon filed it away and showed up at the game and rooted for the Saints to win and keep right on going without considering seriously the possibility of taking any action until the NFL announced in early March that the Saints had maintained a bounty system for three years.

And then Pamphilon saw an opportunity to generate publicity — and possibly a buyer — for his Steve Gleason documentary and, possibly, for Pamphilon’s broader look at the game, The United States of Football.

Thus, a dilemma that didn’t even register the faintest blip of Pamphilon’s radar screen from January 13 until March 2 suddenly became a crisis of ethics.

“And what do you do? What do . . . you DO?” Pamphilon said to Howard in justifying his eventual disregard for Gleason’s wishes.  “What I thought releasing this audio would do is create a public dialogue that could not be ignored . . . something that’s going to make everyone think and talk.  Because before this, people knew bounties existed.  But nobody knew what a bounty actually sounded like.  How disgusting it is.”

But why didn’t those questions arise before the bounty scandal became the biggest topic in the NFL?

This one is simple, folks.  Pamphilon saw an opening to advance an agenda, even if it meant betraying Gleason — and in a roundabout way causing Gleason to betray the Saints.

Now that the story has died down, Pamphilon has re-inserted himself into it again, telling Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that NFL Security is hounding Pamphilon for the “Gregg Williams tapes.”  But Pamphilon, displaying what has been described by one person who knows him as a “warped sense of morality and self-importance,” wants Commissioner Roger Goodell to “answer real questions first.”

Yeah, with Pamphilon’s cameras rolling and his microphone taped to Goodell’s lapel.

Pamphilon should be careful about making demands.  Though the league won’t comment on the situation, the NFL’s lawyers surely are churning up the billable hours scouring the statutes and common law in Louisiana (where the project originated) and California (where the Williams tapes were created) to find any plausible argument to support a claim that Pamphilon had a special license to attend otherwise secret meetings, and that this special license includes turning over any materials generated to the entity ultimately responsible for the meetings that Pamphilon had a special license to attend.  (Apparently, legal precedent arising from past disputes known as “common law” in 49 states is known as “jurisprudence” in Louisiana.)

Putting unreasonable conditions on giving the tapes to the NFL after Pamphilon already has made 12 minutes of audio publicly available serves only to cement the notion that Sean Pamphilon is all about Sean Pamphilon — and to stir up the tank of blue-suited sharks who soon could be forcing Pamphilon to spend money he doesn’t have to defend his legal right to avoid doing something that, if he’s truly committed to doing the right thing, he should do without hesitation.

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Pittsburgh readying bid for 2023 Super Bowl

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The Steelers have won the Super Bowl six times, but they’ve never hosted the game.

Team chairman Dan Rooney said earlier this year that he’d like to see that change and the team is moving forward with an attempt to land the 57th edition of the game in 2023. The team submitted an application to be considered as a host for the game at the league meetings in May and met with officials from Pittsburgh, including Mayor Bill Peduto, to work on the bid Wednesday.

“We met this morning with local community leaders to provide an update on formally submitting our application to the NFL to bid for Super Bowl LVII in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania,” Steelers president Art Rooney II in a statement. “The application is an early step in the bidding process, and we will continue to meet with representatives of the Mayor’s Office, County Executive’s Office, VisitPittsburgh, Allegheny Conference as well as other community leaders to review the requirements with the hopes of submitting our bid to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023.”

Peduto said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that the region will have enough hotel rooms to host the game and that he believes Pittsburgh has “an opportunity to be competitive” with their bid.

The league will select the bidders in 2018 and pick a site in 2019, which leaves the team and city with plenty of time to research other regions. The team says that process will include “sending representatives to Northern cities that have already hosted the game.

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Brandon Spikes cuts plea deal, probably saves a few bucks this time

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Since there wasn’t some poor deer to blame this time, Brandon Spikes went through with a plea deal Wednesday.

According to WBZ Radio, the former Patriots and Bills linebacker pleaded guilty to leaving scene of his recent car crash, and received a fine, a year of probation, and lost his license. He’ll also have to attend a driver’s safety class.

He also cost himself a job, as the Patriots promptly cut him after the incident. Spikes was charged with hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the side of I-495 near Gillette Stadium, but cops said he told an OnStar operator that he had hit a deer and not the Nissan which was found damaged a short distance away. He hasn’t been linked with any other teams since.

We’re still waiting for an update on the deer, who police amazingly found no trace of after the incident.

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Woody Johnson on hand for dedication of “smart home” for wounded vet

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The Jets were among the teams who took some heat this offseason for taking government money (i.e. yours) in exchange for some advertising campaigns for the armed services.

But they’ve spent plenty of their own, and got to see the return on their investment today.

After making a $1 million donation, Jets owner Woody Johnson was on hand for the dedication of an accessible  “smart home” for Sgt. Adam Keys, a seriously wounded veteran.

“These veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and deserve a home that supports their specific physical needs to enable them to live independently,” Johnson said upon making the donation.

Keys lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan nearly five years ago, and the high-tech house was designed for him to be able to regain his ability to perform basic household functions.

“I’m thankful for all those people who donated money, labor or time, and volunteered to do this,” Keys told “It’s incredible to see the outpouring of love from people — the majority of whom I’ve never met.”

That includes Johnson, who used his wealth and his team’s platform for a good cause.

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Obama Administration: Team should change name before returning to D.C.

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If Dan Snyder wants to move his team back from Maryland and into the District of Columbia, the Obama Administration says it should change its name first.

The Washington Post reports that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that the National Park Service won’t accommodate construction of a new stadium on the site of the team’s old venue, RFK Stadium, unless the team changes its name.

Mayor Bowser wants to bring the team back to D.C., and Snyder has indicated that he’d like such a move as well. But Jewell, who as Secretary of the Interior oversees the federal land, has said that calling a team the “Redskins” is no more appropriate than calling a team the “Blackskins,” “Brownskins” or “Whiteskins,” and as a result the federal government couldn’t support such a move.

This is not the first time the federal government has pressured the team. In 1961, when Washington was the NFL’s last all-white team, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy told owner George Preston Marshall that the federal government would revoke his lease on D.C. Stadium unless he signed a black player. Marshall acquiesced and was allowed to keep his team at the site that now bears Kennedy’s name.

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Jim Harbaugh is still Jim Harbaugh

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As former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was on the verge of leaving the team, he was asked if he’d miss the NFL.

“Is the NFL going anywhere?” Harbaugh said. It was more humorous than obtuse. But Harbaugh is often more obtuse than humorous.

He was more obtuse than humorous earlier today, when Harbaugh appeared on ESPN Radio with Colin Cowherd. (The Big Lead has the audio and video.)

Part of the periodic awkwardness comes from Harbaugh’s desire to win at everything — including press conferences and interviews. At times, he seems to put his intended answers on an invisible teleprompter, reading them before uttering the words. At times during his interview with Cowherd, it sounded like Harbaugh was doing the same thing, giving the kind of short, eventually giving the kind of short, guarded responses that come from a witness who isn’t quite sure where the lawyer is going with his line of questioning.

Part of it comes from Harbaugh’s comfort level. In his recent Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel profile on HBO, Harbaugh had a comfort level with Andrea Kremer; enough of a comfort level that he confessed to a childhood that consisted of the consumption of mass quantities of milk in the hopes of growing to a certain height.

To her credit, Kremer knows how to press the right buttons to make Harbaugh comfortable. In this specific interview, Cowherd didn’t — possibly because Cowherd started the process with a question Harbaugh likely regarded as an attempted haymaker, “When are you at your least intense? ‘Cause you are a pretty intense guy. . . . Is there ever a moment in the day you’re like, ‘Oh, man, I’m cupcake. I’m soft. I’m easygoing. When’s the part of the day when you’re a pushover?”

And with that the turtle jammed his head back into the shell, retreating to his every-question-is-a-trick-question demeanor and never opening up. For example, after a long setup from Cowherd touting Harbaugh for seeming to be “all in” with the community at Michigan, Harbaugh paused (presumably while formulating the answer and running it through the invisible teleprompter) and said, “Uh, yeah. I would agree. Can’t disagree with that.”

To his credit, Cowherd eventually called Harbaugh on it, after Harbaugh openly bristled when Cowherd prefaced a question by saying “you’re not a rear-view mirror guy.”

“You’re not giving me a ton to work with, Coach,” Cowherd said, “So I just want to find something out about Jim Harbaugh the human being. . . . I’m a 4.3 wide receiver. Why should I play at Michigan?”

“You are?” Harbaugh said, equal parts humorous and obtuse.

Harbaugh eventually asked what he could do to make the interview better, but Cowherd opted to pull the plug, admitting that it was a “clunker.”

Indeed it was. Which raises an obvious question: Why do interviews at all if you’re going to treat them like a tug of war from which one side and only one side can emerge victorious?

It’s a question that I’d definitely be asking myself if I were a 4.3 wide receiver considering Michigan as a college football program.

And, no, Jim. I’m not a 4.3 wide receiver, either.

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Darrius Caldwell and Dalvon Stuckey holding pre-supplemental draft workout Thursday

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We’re a little more than a week away from the July 9 supplemental draft and two of the players who have made themselves eligible will be working out for NFL teams on Thursday.

West Georgia defensive end Darrius Caldwell and defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey will hold their pro day workout at the school on Thursday. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that 20 teams have indicated they’ll be in attendance to scout the two players.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers will be one of those teams. He adds that Caldwell, who started his college career at Illinois, would be an outside linebacker in the 49ers’ scheme and that he has the length and athleticism that the team likes at the position.

Barrows also thinks that Clemson tackle Isaiah Battle could be of interest to the team after Anthony Davis stepped away from the team. Battle is the only FBS prospect who has declared for the draft, which will require teams to hand over 2016 picks for the same round as any player selected on July 9. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was the last player selected in the supplemental draft, going in the second round to the Browns in 2012.

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Construction worker suffers “severe head injury” at Falcons stadium


Football can be dangerous, but so can building football stadiums.

According to Tyler Estep of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a construction worker suffered a “severe head injury” after metal scaffolding fell on him at the construction site for the Falcons’ new stadium.

Police and fire officials responded to the scene, on the east side of the project near the intersection of Mangum and Mitchell streets.

Such accidents aren’t unheard of at the massive projects. Two construction workers died while building Levi’s Stadium for the 49ers.

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Panthers still adjusting to lack of defensive line pressure

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The Panthers were willing to let Greg Hardy walk, and they didn’t replace him this offseason with an impactful pass-rusher.

But they’re hoping they can cover for his loss in other ways, and with other positions other than defensive ends.

The Panthers fell from a league-high 60 sacks in 2013 to 40 last year, a gap largely but not completely because of Hardy’s being sent away with pay following his domestic violence arrest. But Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman said there were other problems.

The drop-off was with DB sacks,” Gettleman said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “That’s where the big drop-off was.”

The Panthers’ secondary had just two sacks last year, after recording 11 the year before. While there’s some chicken-egg there based on losing Hardy’s presence up front, the line still managed 32.5 sacks after having 40 the year prior.

“I’m a big believer in you’ve got to be able to affect the quarterback rushing four. Then you start to get the back seven involved via blitz packages,” defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. “That’s a big part, and we need to get back to getting more from our back seven.”

While safety Roman Harper wasn’t able to get to quarterbacks often last year, the Panthers have upgraded their secondary around him in hopes of being more stable back there, which could create opportunities. And first-round pick Shaq Thompson, a college safety they’ll use as linebacker is likely a big factor there.

But without Hardy, the Panthers are still counting on someone from the lot of Frank Alexander (who missed 14 games last year with drug suspensions), Kony Ealy, Mario Addison and Wes Horton to contribute. And if they don’t, it’s going to put even more pressure on a secondary that had to cover longer last year than they were accustomed to.

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DeSean Jackson accuses Eagles of “smear campaign”

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The NFL is the nation’s ultimate reality show. Which perhaps makes NFL players inclined to try to have their own reality shows.

Washington receiver DeSean Jackson now does, and in the first episode of his new BET series Jackson unloaded on his former team, the Eagles.

Via John Keim of, Jackson accused the Eagles of launching a “smear campaign” against him in 2014, the year the team decided to move on from the player who arrived as a second-round pick in 2008.

“I was at the top of the top. And then I got released,” Jackson said early in the debut of DeSean Jackson Home Team. “It was a smear campaign. Things media said about me, I bet you could say that about the majority of people in the NFL. I got a second chance to play in the NFL and I’m proving I’m one of the best receivers in the game.”

He may have a point. On the very same day the Eagles cut Jackson, published a story that suggested gang connections and claimed, citing unnamed sources, that the Eagles also are concerned about his “bad attitude, an inconsistent work ethic, missed meetings and a lack of chemistry with head coach Chip Kelly.”

Last April, the NFLPA said it was looking into whether the Eagles smeared Jackson, but there never was a specific finding that the Eagles did. Jackson continued to be convinced that they did.

“When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn’t true,” Jackson said during the show. “It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL. . . . The Eagles tried to blow me up. That’s cold how they did it. . . . Have I went to jail? . . . I ain’t done none of that.”

The Eagles consistently have said that Jackson was released for football reasons only. Though his numbers were down from 2013 to 2014, Jackson still had 1,169 receiving yards — and his highest yard-per-catch average (20.9) since 2010 in his first season with Washington.


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Minor league baseball team offers Odell Beckham a contract

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Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham said recently that he gets frustrated with teasing from his teammates about injuries and his sudden rise to fame, which drew a lot of attention and led Beckham to follow up by saying that he doesn’t have a problem with anyone on the team.

Should that change at some point this year, Beckham has an offer that would give him a whole new set of teammates. After video of Beckham throwing hard from the mound at a charity softball game went viral, he’s received a job offer from the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am league.

“It’s apparent that Odell is a very gifted athlete regardless of his sport. We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson”, said Boulders General Manager Shawn Reilly, via “As we are the New York area’s only defending professional championship team, he will have the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment while still in close proximity to MetLife Stadium.”

The Boulders offer is for Beckham to join them for spring training next May, so Giants fans don’t have to worry about Beckham trading the gridiron for the diamond this summer. They probably don’t have to worry about it in 2016 either, unless Beckham’s secret desire all along has been to parley an NFL career into a chance to play for a minor league baseball team unaffiliated with any big league club.

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Six years and counting with NBC


In early 2009, NBC first approached PFT about a possible partnership. I didn’t want to do it.

So I played the Costanza card, insisting on full editorial control and final say over anything and everything posted, without compromise or exception. And then Rick Cordella (who has since risen to the top of the digital ladder at NBC Sports Group despite his role in bringing PFT under the umbrella) didn’t blink.

So then I had to come up with another excuse for not doing it.

I opted for delay until late February, when the PFT servers imploded on the first day of free agency and Cordella eventually gave us temporary space with until we got our act (or something else ending in “t”) together. After that, it became inevitable that we’d do a deal.

A deal we did, with the switch being flipped on July 1, 2009. We’ve renewed our vows twice since then, and NBC is stuck with us for at least three more years. Hopefully, longer than that.

What started as a digital-only deal eventually became a TV deal and, more recently, a radio deal. Through it all, NBC has provided excellent cooperation and support, with so few hiccups that I can’t even remember a single one. (Except for the time I used an off-color term in a headline, less than a month into the relationship.)

On one of our past anniversaries with NBC, I tried to list every single person who has had a role in the partnership. Six years into it, there are way too many people to name.

Cordella and Kevin Monaghan got the ball rolling, Dick Ebersol quickly signed off on it. His successor, Mark Lazarus, has been every bit as enthusiastic and positive about the relationship as Dick was. On the TV side, Sam Flood continues to authorize the purchase of sufficient makeup to remove just enough of my ugly to allow for a presentation that doesn’t unduly frighten small children or the elderly, and Matt Casey protects me against saying stupid things. (Or at least he tries to.)

On the radio side, Rob Simmelkjaer of NBC and Jack Silver of Westwood One have provided the same kind of platform NBC originally gave PFT six years ago today: We focus on the content, they focus on everything else, and it’s a win for everybody.

Hopefully, it’s been a win for you. I ultimately agreed to do the deal because I realized how it could improve the experience for the football fans who visit the site. Making this an attractive place for you to frequent as frequently as possible has always been my primary goal.

There was a time when I assumed PFT would end whenever I either dropped dead or decided I’ve had enough. While neither occasion is looming (at least, not the one that I can control), with NBC’s help this has now become something that could survive and thrive long after I’m no longer hunting and pecking for the right letters to make the right words to convey the information you’re looking for to supplement your interest in pro football.

So take a moment in the comments to thank NBC. Or, depending on your opinions of PFT, to blame NBC.  Either way, PFT wouldn’t be where it is today without NBC bringing PFT on board six years ago today.

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PFT Planet poll results aren’t promising for Russell Wilson

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After Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson turned the question of what he deserves around on ESPN’s Marty Smith, asking Smith how much he would pay Wilson, we decided to put the question to you.

In the 20 hours or so since the poll question was posted, nearly 17,000 have responded. More than 35 percent peg Wilson’s value between $15 million and $20 million per year.

But here’s the kicker. Coming in second in the five-option range of annual salaries was “$15 million or less,” with 23 percent picking that option. That’s a whopping 58 percent who believe Wilson deserves less than $20 million per year.

And as to the magic number of $25 million per year, only 6.6 percent agree that he’s worth that much or more.

Voting is still open, in large part because I don’t know how to close the voting on these polls.

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Former NFL player Richard Goodman sues NFLPA

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The NFL Players Association doesn’t simply represent players in their employment with the NFL. The union also regulates those who represent players in their individual contract negotiations. One former player contends that the NFLPA failed to properly regulate those who represent players in their individual contract negotiations.

Receiver Richard Goodman, who bounced on and off the San Diego roster from 2010 through September 2013, accuses the NFLPA of negligence, gross negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the regulation of agent Richard Burnoski. Specifically, Goodman claims that the NFLPA failed to suspend Burnoski or to revoke his certification for failing to pay agent dues and/or to maintain liability insurance.

The complaint, a copy of which PFT has obtained, contends that Burnoski borrowed $25,000 in Goodman’s name in January 2010, forging Goodman’s signature and then failing to pay the money back. Goodman was sued, and he claims Burnoski assured Goodman that the matter had been resolved. Goodman also contends that, in reality, Burnoski had done nothing.

The end result was a default judgment against Goodman in excess of $47,000, collected via garnishment of his wages. Efforts to vacate the judgment resulted in more than $13,000 in fees and additional expenses.

Goodman tried to obtain compensation for his losses via Burnoski’s liability insurance policy, but Goodman learned in December 2014 that Burnoski didn’t pay his union dues in 2010 or renew his liability insurance.

The sequence of events likely will be crucial in this case, since Goodman claims that he hired Burnoski in reliance on the online database that identifies which agents are certified by the NFLPA to represent players in their negotiations with specific teams. It’s possible Burnoski was in good standing at the time Goodman checked the online database (assuming the online database was actually even checked), and that Burnoski thereafter fell out of compliance.

A separate issue in the litigation will be whether and to what extent the NFLPA has an affirmative duty to notify players represented by an agent who fails to pay his dues and/or neglects to maintain his liability insurance policy — and whether the NFLPA actually did provide that notice to Goodman. Goodman claims he received no such information, and that he would have switched agents if he’d known that Burnoski’s insurance coverage had lapsed.

After January 25, 2010, it may not have mattered. The allegedly forged loan documents were signed that day, only a few weeks after the completion of Goodman’s college career at Florida State. The loan documents, which were attached to the complaint, show that Burnoski co-signed the loan with Goodman.

Given the timing of the loan, a key question will be whether Goodman’s name was actually forged. It’s possible that the loan was secured so that Goodman would have some cash between the end of his college career and the 2010 draft, and that Goodman did indeed sign the documents.

A separate question will be whether the liability insurance that NFLPA-certified agents must carry would even cover the behavior in which Burnoski allegedly engaged. Goodman accuses Burnoski of engaging not in garden-variety malpractice but intentional and deliberate fraud.

Of course, Burnoski later assured Goodman that the lawsuit had been taken care of, a separate blunder that prevented Goodman from having a chance to properly defend himself against the claim that he owed money for the loan.

Ultimately, the case against the NFLPA initially will hinge on whether Goodman can show that he didn’t sign for the loan, especially since the documents were signed at a time in Goodman’s football career during which it would have been logical for the player to be seeking enough cash to carry him from the end of his college football career to the arrival of his first NFL paycheck.

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Giants says they’ve “implemented a few programs” to update medical practices

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When asked to contrast Tom Coughlin with Chip Kelly and Pete Carroll, Eagles defensive back Walter Thurmond said that all three coaches share the drive to win championships but that Coughlin takes a different path when it comes to some of the new medical practices that have caught on in Philadelphia and Seattle.

“He doesn’t believe in the sport-science aspect like Coach Carroll or Coach Kelly and the newfound technology for the players,” Thurmond said. “His style takes a hit, because he doesn’t believe in this aspect. He believes in winning, but he doesn’t believe in the modern medicine to progress the players to that next level.”

The idea that Coughlin is slow to adapt to new techniques isn’t one that feels like it comes out of left field. He’s the oldest coach in the league (although Carroll is No. 2 on that list) and has been in the same job with same head trainer and conditioning coach since joining the team in 2004. Beyond that, he’s also the coach who said that injuries are “a mental thing” when he joined the Giants so it’s easy to see where Thurmond would develop those feelings. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team has adopted new techniques of late, however.

“You would have to ask Walter what he is referring to specifically when it comes to comparing and contrasting,” Hanlon said, via “But the fact is, over the past 2-3 years, we have adopted and implemented a few programs: the GPS system we employ to monitor workload, diet in terms of offerings and preparation in the dining hall, and sleep studies. Those are a few of the things we have done as we continue to evolve.”

Injuries are a reality of life for every NFL team, but they’ve been an overwhelming one for the Giants over the last few years. Whether that’s because of training methods, Coughlin’s disdain for sports science, bad luck, something else or all of the above, it’s something that the team should be looking into in order to change the trend of lengthy injury reports during the 2015 season.

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Uncertainty exists about Tom Brady’s Country Club application

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As a four-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady’s a member of a pretty exclusive club.

But he may have run into a hearing at which turning over his cell phone might not help.

According to Mark Shanahan of the Boston Globe, Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen have applied for membership at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and their application might be in doubt because they’re too famous.

I don’t know what they’ll do about Brady,” a “prominent Boston businessperson” told the paper regarding the membership issue. “The Country Club believes your name should appear in the newspaper just two times: When you’re born and when you die.”

Brady’s and Bundchen’s have appeared far more than that, and will continue to, with paparazzi in tow wherever they go. They already own a house there, so joining the club makes sense for them, but possibly not for the club.

“When it comes to issues related to members or membership, it’s our policy not to comment,” said David Chag, the general manager of The Country Club. “It’s a private club, and we don’t answer those kinds of questions.”

On that score, Brady could have an in, since he’s gotten good at not commenting for large amounts of money as well.

But that might not help him at a club which didn’t admit its first Jewish member until the 1970s, no women until 1989 and no blacks until 1994.

So as you get up and go to work and pay your bills, remember, even someone as talented and famous as Brady has problems too. The struggle is real.

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