The NFL has come up with its answer to the controversy surrounding players who kneel during the national anthem
The league announced Wednesday it will allow players to remain in the locker room while the anthem plays. However, teams will be fined if players and other personnel on the field “do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”
The regression candidates tend to lose 4.2 more games the season after they got “lucky” in close games. The progression candidates tend to win 4.5 more games the season after getting “unlucky” in close games. Both close wins and close losses should be treated much closer to ties, at least when trying to project forward.
The Steelers (8-2) and Carolina Panthers (7-1) will likely disappoint in 2018 if you’re expecting their records to repeat. Pittsburgh, which has only made one of the last seven AFC Championship Games, is expected to improve based on the team’s second-highest Super Bowl odds in the AFC.
Some key changes owners will vote on in hopes of improving player safety:
Eliminating running starts for kickoff coverage teams, meaning the kicking team will line up within one yard of where the ball is kicked. The previous rule allowed players to line up five yards behind the location of the ball, but if approved, the kicker will be the only one allowed to get a running start.
Eight of the 11 men on the return must be lined up in the “setup zone” within 15 yards of the ball. This would typically be between the kicking team’s 45-yard line and the receiving team’s 40-yard line.
The first: There is a high percentage of agreement among them that player protests – especially during the national anthem before kickoff – fan a political debate that impacts the value of the game the league is selling. The second: There is a low percentage of agreement between owners on how to resolve the situation. While a segment of NFL players knelt during the anthem to promote social justice and racial equality, the act continues to be absorbed by some owners as little more than a political problem that requires resolution. Whether it’s the Houston Texans’ Bob McNair, the Dallas Cowboys ’ Jerry Jones or the Washington Redskins ’ Dan Snyder, a handful of powerful voices collectively continue to seek some kind of expiration date on kneeling during the anthem. And this is a segment that isn’t going away anytime soon.