NFL Said to Name Elizabeth Nabel as Its Chief Medical Officer – Bloomberg Business

(Bloomberg) — The National Football League will name Elizabeth G. Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as its chief medical officer, two people with direct knowledge of the hire said.

The people requested anonymity because the league, which is staging its championship game today in Phoenix, hasn’t announced the move.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy and hospital spokeswoman Michelle Cerulli declined to comment.

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NFL investigating Patriots for foul play

Where there’s smoke there’s usually fire.

Deflate gate has New England Patriots in cheating spotlight yet again.

The Patriots stand to lose draft picks if found to have altered Football’s.

12 Football’s are stamped by referees for use, as have being inspected and only these balls can be used for game play.


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Jets accused of bypassing Rooney Rule

When teams want to interview a coaching or G.M. candidate who is under contract with another NFL team, that team wanting to conduct the interview must notify the NFL league offices. Thats the Rule in place.

Jets executive Rod Graves was interviewed by the Washington Redskins whom reportedly did not comply with the Rooney Rule by notifying the league office, prior to interviewing Graves for their General Manager position.

The Jets also interviewed their own Anthony Lynn for their head coach position. Did they inform the league office in their Rooney Rule compliance?

According to the Washington Post, the Fritz Pollard Alliance has filed a complaint over the interview of Graves, a minority candidate who allowed Washington to comply with the Rooney Rule (and is on the Alliance’s list) before they hired Scot McCloughan.

The Alliance had issued their own list of nine men they thought were deserving of promotions. The New York Jets actually hired one of them, Todd Bowles, as their heed coach.

Is the national football league being pressured to hire those that would otherwise not be considered, after all Mike Singletary is on that list of nine.

“We feel this was not a mistake,” Fritz Pollard Alliance Executive Director John Wooten said, “We feel this was intentional. That’s why we sent a complaint to the league. They did not file their request with the league. They did get permission from the Jets. But they’re supposed to file their request with the league. That’s how we can monitor what’s going on.”

Wooten states that they failed to notify the league, which represents an effort to bypass the Rooney Rule.

“We feel it violates the tampering rules and it was part of them trying to get around the Rooney Rule,” Wooten said.  “I don’t think it violated the letter of the [Rooney Rule].  It violated the spirit of the rule.  Rod Graves is top shelf.  But it seems like they were just trying to satisfy the rule so they could hire Scot McCloughan.  That’s why we have the requests filed with the league, so we can monitor the process.  That allows us to make sure you’re doing things right and you’re not just interviewing the guy down the hall.”

Wooten’s argument is moot because Washington requested permission from the Jets to interview Graves, it’s not tampering.  Second, Washington actually interviewed Graves.

Wooten did say that a team can comply with the Rooney Rule by requesting permission to interview a minority assistant coach who isn’t yet able to actually be interviewed, because his team is playing in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Isn’t that against the NFL’s own rulebook?

Is the Alliance simply trying to garner attention for themselves or do they want to be consulted of all teams intentions as if they are a controlling authority. Stop the self importance before you’re accused of tampering.

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Sheldon Richardson snubbed in pro bowl bid

Rex Ryan on admitted he was “kind of shocked” Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson wasn’t selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl.

The Jets are ranked number six defensively in the NFL overall but their record this year may have played a part.

Richardson was 2013 NFL defensive rookie of the year.

“If it kept him out of the Pro Bowl because some guy had X-amount of sacks, and that guy can’t hold his jock as a player, to be honest with you, I think that’s kind of strange to me,” Ryan said.

Rex Ryan did not name, names but said “I guess you guys will figure out who I’m talking about,” It is believed that Rex was referring to Rams rookie Aaron Donald.

Richardson, plays defensive end in the Jets’ 3-4 system, but both he and fellow D-end Muhammad Wilkerson were categorized as defensive tackles for Pro Bowl balloting purposes. Richardson, Wilkerson, running back Chris Ivory, and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson are all Pro Bowl alternates.

A previously reported only center Nick Mangold made the initial cut of 86 players. It’s Nick’s sixth pro bowl as a Jet.

Richardson has a total of seven sacks in 15 games. Pro Football Focus grades him as the league’s second-best 3-4 defensive end behind the Texans’ J.J. Watt.

Richardson said his reaction was “too explicit for T.V.” after finding out he wasn’t chosen this year.

The defensive linemen selected to the Pro Bowl:
Bills’ Marcell Dareus (10 sacks)
Kyle Williams (5.5)
Rams’ Donald (eight)
Bucs’ Gerald McCoy (seven)
Chiefs’ Dontari Poe (six)
Lions’ Ndamukong Suh (eight).

Rex Ryan talked about the 2014 Jets season refusing to say what the team needed to be successful, “I think it’s obvious,” he told reporters in at his press conference after practice Wednesday afternoon in Florham Park.

But in measuring Richardson against Donald, Richardson has a better pass-rush grade (22.7 to 12.1), a better run-stop grade (20.2 to 15.3), per PFF.
The Jets also play Richardson in coverage occasionally, which Donald does not do. Richardson even scored a touchdown as a running back. It has been said that “He could play linebacker. He’s that good.”

Pro Bowl selections are based on votes by fans, players, and coaches. Rex Ryan said he has “a tough believing anybody who’s played against (him) never voted for him. Clearly, the guys missed on Sheldon Richardson, You’ve got to look at the big picture. I see the tapes. This guy deserves to be in there. There’s no doubt about it.”

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Jets Rex Ryan not worried about coaching future

Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan isn’t worried about his coaching future. In fact he’s confident he will guide a team to a Super Bowl victory.

UPDATE: It didn’t take long before Ryan was hired as the New head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
The #Jets may so learn that not supporting him with players and a workable GM well come back to haunt them as they gained a New AFC east rival who beat them twice last season. The race is on.

“I see myself winning it as a head coach,” Ryan said Tuesday after Jets practice. “I definitely see it. If that happens, I guess we’ll find out.”

Did he he mean the Super Bowl, Ryan said yes.
“Absolutely,” said Ryan, even as his Jets are 3-12 this season.

Ryan was devoid of talent at positions of need this year mainly because of the mistakes made by his General manager and scouting department these last two drafts.
Some say Ryan is expected to be a coaching casualty on Black Monday but that remains to be seen as his contract runs through the 2015 season.

“I don’t need to win something else like the Snoopy trophy. I’ve won that a couple of times. I’m confident I can win it again.” Ryan said speaking of his super bowl reference.

But will it be with the Jets, many fans are wondering if he’s going to be fired following Sunday’s season finale against Miami and thus being held responsible for the current roster not making the playoffs.

Many believed quarterback Geno Smith was going to have a good year against their tough schedule but Smith has clearly regressed.

Ryan knows all to well what the Jets have and what they need yet be continued to shoulder the blame for the season.

“I was given some gifts and obviously a lot less in other areas, but I can coach football, and I know that. I think that’s what gives me the belief that one day I’m gonna win that thing.
That’s how I feel. And that’s it. I guess that’s just the way I’m wired. I don’t look at myself as a three-win coach. I know I’m better than that, but this is where we’re at right now.” -Rex Ryan

Read the full story here on sportsrants/nfl

Rex Ryan’s 12/26/14 press conference link

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Jets’ Ryan coaching his last home game vs. the patriots

Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan may be coaching his final home game at MetLife.

It is only fitting that the Jets are playing the Patriots. The Jets play some of their best football against the Brady – Belichick regime including this year’s first meeting a 27 – 25 Jets loss

The New England Patriots have wrapped up the AFC East for a sixth straight season but still have to beat the Jets for a chance at home field advantage in the play-offs.

See my SportsRants/NFL article where I discuss Rex Ryan’s future and what others have to say about it.

Jets Rex Ryan story link

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N.Y. Jets off-season changes will have far reaching effect

New York Jets owner woody Johnson is under pressure to make changes at both the managerial level and the coaching level.


Rex Ryan, John Idzik and woody Johnson

These changes are necessary to garner stability for the organization in 2015 and beyond.

Head Coach Rex Ryan has a contract through the 2015 season. Will Johnson honor it?

I discuss these changes and win I think need to move on in my sportsrants/NFL article.

View the article here and feel free to comment on who you think needs to move on.

Woody Johnson needs to make changes to stabilize the Jets for the coming season and beyond (link)



Rex Ryan has a contract in place for the 2015 season.


*Penalty flag towels are being distributed 2 fans for waving at the Jets vs Patriots game which read “FIRE JOHN IDZIK”

* New York Jets owner Woody Johnson inadvertently favorited A tweet that said fire John Idzik he later tweeted an apology

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