By Marc Lawrence — So what would happen if the NFL makes like the SEC and ultimately scraps out-of-conference games and alters the schedule so that teams only face in-conference foes? CBS Sports posed the question and quickly determined that four teams in the league would likely benefit the most. By forcing teams to adapt in ways never before considered, there are likely competitive strengths and advantages such as very favorable early-season schedules, among others. You would potentially have the makings of a few teams running away from the pack – particularly if that team was no longer facing an out-of-conference division that appeared to be strong. One other thing that seems apparent at this point is the NFL starting as planned in Week 1 and playing through as many games as possible until or unless the health situation requires a rethink. This could certainly favor certain teams. For a list of the four teams that figure to benefit the most from a “conference only.” see Playbook.com.
CBS Sports reports – Picture this: You’re a talented athlete and you’ve worked your tail off for years in pursuit of every football player’s ultimate dream… making the NFL. You’re one of the lucky few who actually achieves that goal, scoring a contract and an invite to an NFL training camp. And then, almost before it even starts, you get cut… because you couldn’t resist the temptation for a little lovin’. That seems to be the reality for now-former Seahawks rookie CB Kemah Siverand, an undrafted cornerback from Oklahoma State, who was caught on tape trying to sneak a woman into the team hotel during the team’s COVID-19 lockdown. The woman was dressed in Seahawks apparel in an effort to disguise herself. It’s one thing to cost yourself a roster spot because you can’t survive a lonely night, but it’s a another can of worms when you show enough irresponsibility to sneak in an outside guest while the league is trying to dodge coronavirus. Perhaps the league needs to start administering IQ tests along with virus tests.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL PREVIEW GUIDE magazine: Coming off a 4-win season in 2019, a total of 46 different players made starts for NC State in 2019 – the most in the ACC. The majority of that experience is back. It’s important to note that head coach Dave Doeren has suffered through a losing season only one other time in his career. His team bounced back with an 8-5 bowl effort the next year. Color this team a sleeper in 2020.