CLEVELANDBulls rookie Marquis Teague must feel lucky that he wasnt drafted by Cleveland. Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott is forcing his teams rookiesstarter Dion Waiters, reserve big man Tyler Zeller and recent D-League call-up Kevin Jonesto tote around baby dolls in carriages, a step up from the trend of pink backpacks.
Backup point guard Nate Robinson talked about his own experiences as an NBA rookie before the game, as well as the Bulls treatment of youngsters, with Teague quietly listening alongside him.
I didnt have to do the baby stuff. We make our rook do some stuff, like bring soap and make sure guys have deodorant, and washing stuff, stuff like that. He doesnt have to wear any pink backpack because at the end of the day, hes a grown man like everybody else. Theres just some things that some rookies have to do. Theyve got to pay home, not just to us, but all the players that played in the league before us, he said. Our rookie does a great job. We ask him to do something, he does it. He doesnt rebel. Its not like, Oh, no. you go do it. Then, thats when the pink backpacks and stuff like that come in, when they rebel on stuff we ask them to do.
I had to do a lot. I had a lot of vets that were big on the rookie hazing, but guys here are pretty laid back with it and just ask him to do light stuff. But I had to do a lot of stuff, Robinson recounted. The worst thing I probably I had to dobecause me, I was a clown, so I didnt really mind all the funny stuff we had to dobut I think one of the things I didnt like was one day at a practice, a couple times at practice and shootaround, the guys would kick the ball all the way up to the top of the stadium and we had to go get the balls. That sucked.
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Davis Webb, QB, California
6'5" | 229 lbs.
4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR
"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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Give the NFL credit for, at least this one time, genuinely putting the interests of its fans first. Or at least proposing to.
Among the matters expected to come before this week’s owners meetings in Arizona will be one from Washington that coaches have the ability to make unlimited replay challenges as long as the ones they make are correct. The idea is not likely to pass, in part because the NFL is endeavoring to improve the pace of its games, particularly for fans seated in stadiums, particularly outdoor ones. (If you’re watching at home, replay reviews are enough time to fill the chips bowl and grab a cold one.)
Along that line, the plan is for tablet computers to be run out to game officials for their review and consultation, while the final decision is reached at league officiating headquarters in New York, according to current proposals to be considered for votes this week. Additionally, a 40-second play clock is suggested after extra points when there is no commercial break scheduled, and halftime to be limited to 13 minutes 30 seconds.
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Actual in-game changes are also under consideration.
No one is likely to label it “The McClellin Rule” but a proposal is there to ban players leaping over offensive linemen (read: long snappers) to block field goals and extra points. Former Bears linebacker Shea, as a special-teams rusher with the New England Patriots, successfully vaulted Ravens blockers to knock down a Baltimore field goal try last season.
The proposal is likely to pass ostensibly as a player-safety measure, although cynics might suggest that the impetus behind the ban is general irritation that Bill Belichick’s group came up with with kick-block gambit.
More directly aimed at protecting players from gratuitous violence in a game that has enough violence just by its nature is a move to remind officials that players can be ejected for egregiously illegal hits. The situation is not considered dire because of frequency but the league clearly wants to send a message/reminder to not only officials, but players, something likely to be reinforced during officials’ tours of training camps in August.