Like many, Annie Apple was stunned by the New York Giants’ poor handling of Josh Brown after it was revealed that the kicker admitted to abusing his wife. And like many, she voiced those concerns.
The Giants don’t have the power to muzzle any of those voices, but she says team attempted to flex its muscles and pressure rookie cornerback Eli Apple into silencing his mother.
“It’s taking the fun out of the game for me,” Newton said.
There have been a number of hits on Newton this season that were questionable. During Carolina’s season opener against the Denver Broncos, Newton took several helmet-to-helmet shots, but only one was flagged by officials. A helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones in Week 4 sidelined Newton with a concussion. Jones was neither penalized nor fined by the league.
Newton told reporters Tuesday that he had spoken to Goodell about the fact that he’s taking hits inside the pocket where he should be protected, and he said it was a “great discussion” according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.
“I got my point across, he got his point across,” Newton said. “We’ll see Sunday and moving forward.”
Newton’s ability to make plays with his legs does open him up to more hits when he runs the ball, but when he’s in the pocket, he should be afforded the same protection as other quarterbacks.
Turner and head coach Mike Zimmer disagreed on the best way to run the offense, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. It wasn’t a huge rift, but they couldn’t come to terms on the margins of it, the details of the offensive system that needed to be changed in order to better protect the quarterback, get the running game going again, and score more than 20 points a game.
“We had a lot of challenges,” Turner told Breer. “And for a period of time, we were able to hide some problems we had, but it catches up to you. And then we just had a difference of opinion—or what I felt was a difference of opinion—on what we needed to do to give our guys the best chance to fix it.”
On the surface, it looks like Turner handled this in a reasonable, sane way. You could make the case that it’s better for the Vikings that he leaves now to than to let the disagreement fester and turn ugly. On the other hand, why couldn’t he just adapt and stick it out through the end of the season?
Turner hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he’ll coach again — he’s only 64 — but I’d be surprised if some team doesn’t lure him back to coaching with the right circumstances.