Adrian Peterson Wants To Be A Texan

Adrian Peterson wants to be a Houston Texan, or at least it appears that way. Lamar Miller says he would be open to it.

“I used to look up to Adrian Peterson growing up,” Miller said. “He runs the ball hard. He’s a great running back. He’s been a great running back in this league for years. It would be good to have him join us, just his leadership, seeing the things he’s done in previous years, that I feel like I could probably learn from him. It would help us out as a team.”

This would definitely add some star power to go along with Deshaun Watson and the rest of the Texans core.

I don’t see this happening in the end, but the Texans would be wise to move on this. They will need depth behind Miller, and Peterson proved down the stretch with Arizona that he could still play a little bit in 2017.

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Friday Links

It’s almost Memorial Day. Here are the NFL links of the day as we head into Memorial Day weekend. It won’t be long until football is here.

  • Richie Incognito’s CTE hardware system clearly short-circutied. [Deadspin]
  • Donald Trump and America win on the anthem policy. [Pro Football Talk]
  • Deshaun Watson’s knee is feeling well story hits the mainstream. [NFL.com]
  • Doug Baldwin is an ‘Earth is Flat’ type. [PFT]
  • Could the new kickoff rules help the Texans? [Battle Red Blog]

Thoughts on the NFL finding a new Commissioner

What the NFL needs most right now is not a shyster, suit, businessman type running the show. Someone who is quietly savvy but can rebuild the trust lost with the fans; someone warmer than Goodell would really be endearing. Tagliabue was this way for those of you too young to remember. He was excellent. Made my childhood great. The league was great. Never even a fraction of all this garbage that has entered the game today, or conflict. You cannot blame it all on social media and the day in age we are in. Some maybe, but anytime someone is making $40 M a year (Goodell) corruption is right there with all that money and power. He is a slimeball; where are no two ways about this.

NFL Ratings are down 7.5% in 2017

It’s being reported that through six weeks of play, the NFL ratings are down 7.5% in 2017.

Here’s why I think it’s down.

It’s no one thing. I’m a 34 year old white guy. And I am going to dedicate this post to why I care less. And I have loved it since I was five. I used to watch from 7 AM pregame shows until it went off the air past midnight sometimes. Here’s why I am turned off or care less. I also think my age, gender, and race are the majority audience of the NFL. I am in the segment the NFL should work the hardest to maintain.

1) The Kaepernick/Politics in Football. Huge mistake. Just a turn off
2) It’s a flag fest. The product on field is just missing sizzle. It’s just a poor watch. Too many penalties, negated TD’s, negated big plays, bad calls. Officiating is terrible.
3) Injuries constantly to star players. I don’t want to watch the Raiders without Derek Carr. I’m not interested in the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. It’s a QB league. When these guys go down, unless I have absolutely no other sports to watch, I’m not tuning in.
4) NFL badly needs to develop or have new stars develop as ‘face of the league’. Brady and Rodgers are getting older. Prescott, Newton, Watson, etc. are all guys who make me want to tune in. They need these guys to work out.
5) Guys my age have young children. I have a one year old and near three-year old. I have to make deals with my wife to see a specific (usually Dallas) game. Otherwise, my kids won’t let me watch 3 games in a day. Many guys in my age bracket have young kids. It’s exhausting. A lot of times if they take a nap around those 1:00 games; if no one interesting is on; I’m taking a nap too. Has to be a marquee game or I’ll just let my kids win and watch bubble guppies.

One Week….

One week from today. One week, and the NFL; the real life NFL games with fantasy match-ups, point spreads, drama, unbelievable finishes that keep us all watching until the clock reads zero returns.

Just one week – and with a holiday Monday thrown in there such a long week will seem just a little shorter to everyone.

Opening weekend actually gets started on Thursday night with the Patriots hosting the Chiefs at Gillette. It doesn’t get a lot better than getting to watch Brady and Belichick on Opening Night whether you’re a fan or not. You have to appreciate what they bring to the sport and it’s only for a limited amount of time.

The 1:00 slate has the Raiders and Titans; I’ll want to see that one. The afternoon late slate has Cam Newton in San Francisco. And Sunday Night has the crown jewell of them all: the Cowboys host the Giants.

I’ll be checking in during the week with thoughts, some picks, and general commentary. We just have to survive ONE WEEK.