Caldwell also declined to say why the Lions chose to run a play theoretically designed to have the first read be short of the end zone. Tate, the receiver on the play, appeared to be impeded on what seemed to be a timing route. Caldwell declined to say whether Tate was supposed to be in the end zone if the play had been completely clean.
Yeah, you know, there’s a number of different things, reasons, why you could look back and say why and why you did not, Caldwell said. I think that’s what makes our sport interesting. What we did is what we did. It didn’t work, and that’s it.
The officials initially ruled the play a Tate touchdown; upon review, it was overturned when Tate’s left knee was shown to have hit the ground and Atlanta defensive back Brian Poole had been shown to touch him, marking him down. The overturned play, combined with the Lions having no timeouts, resulted in the 10-second runoff, ending the game and giving Atlanta a 30-26 win.
Not this Sunday. This show of solidarity was a blowout victory for Kaepernick, absent in body but so present in spirit. Trump’s attack was countered by criticism from an unlikely group, NFL owners (They’re friends of mine, the president said), including one of the seven who contributed $1 million to his inauguration committee (and the only one to gift him a Super Bowl ring), New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. At a political rally Friday night in Hunstville, Alabama, Trump didn’t just call your average peaceful protestor a son of a bitch who deserved to be terminated; he claimed highly compensated NFL players had forfeited the right to disrespect the flag.
Packers receiver Davante Adams on the controversial pass interference calls that went against his team in the 34-23 loss to the Falcons: Nobody gets called on that like we do. But it is what it is. The rule is just it’s a judgment call for the refs. We didn’t violate anything, so that should have been four more points on the scoreboard. At the end of the day, it’s up to them and they’ll come and talk to us in the offseason about how they messed up on certain calls and things. That’s part of the game. We can’t be the ref. If we could, then it would have been called a little bit better on that.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn on Koo: We’re still riding with him. And we’re hoping that he’ll bounce back.
Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron on Dalton: Do you think he wants to have tipped balls that turn into interceptions? Has he worked his whole life for that, has he worked all week for that? No… Listen, I think I’m a great quarterback and I think he’s an unbelievable quarterback, I love him to death, but he’s our quarterback, stop making it into something else.
Briscoe aced the tryout, ultimately set a Broncos rookie record with 14 touchdown passes in only five starts (Joe Namath threw 15 that year in 14 starts) and then wasn’t even allowed to compete for the starting job the next year. A quarterback since his Pop Warner days, Briscoe was forced to leave Denver and switch to wide receiver, a position he’d never played, because of the color of his skin. He became a star receiver for the Buffalo Bills and a two-time champion with the Miami Dolphins.
Athletes were always supposed to be barefoot and pregnant in my time, Briscoe said. We weren’t supposed to express our views outside of going on the field and playing football.