The fissure between Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan is so pronounced that it has slid from sidebar to spotlight. Ryan somehow lost his native hubris and, along with his missing girth, he literally looks like a coaching carcass at the dais.
Tom Brady tied an NFL playoff record with six touchdown passes as the New England Patriots crushed Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos, 45-10.
The NFL’s locked-out players wrote back to Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday, responding to his letter to them by saying: “Your statements are false.”
The NFL and the players’ union have made “some progress” over seven consecutive days of face-to-face meetings, “but very strong differences remain,” and negotiations will resume next week, mediator George Cohen said Thursday.
As one of the strangest NFL seasons — on and off the field — winds down, football fans can begin contemplating playoff matchups, followed by the Super Bowl, then the draft. And then, perhaps, nothing.
Union executive committee member Brian Dawkins says he believes NFL owners and players have a sense of urgency to avoid a lockout because they don’t want to alienate fans. The veteran Denver Broncos safety said Tuesday “we understand who butters our bread.”