Tom Brady. Some people think of him as the greatest of all time, others call him a cheater. During last year’s playoffs, The Patriots were accused of letting air out of the footballs to make them easier to catch and hold on to. Over the past year, the NFL has conducted extensive investigations to determine if the accusations were true. Late last year, the NFL originally issued Tom Brady a four game suspension for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. Brady later appealed that sentence. After further investigation, the NFL reinstated the suspension earlier today. Tom Brady will sit out, without pay, the first four games of the 2016-17 season. The Patriots will open the season with 2014 second round pick Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
Johnny Manziel is under investigation once again. This time, a Texas grand jury indicted Manziel on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, accused him of domestic violence. Crowley alleged that Manziel accosted her many times at a hotel in Dallas, and later stuck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. Crowley told Dallas police that Manziel repeatedly hit her and threatened to kill her on Jan. 30 during a night out. In a statement released Tuesday, Manziel’s attorney said that he will plead not guilty. “We certainly respect the decision of the grand jury but of course they only hear part of the case: What the D.A. chooses to share with them. We don’t know what that was. This case will now be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue,” Jim Darnell, lead counsel for Manziel, said.
This year’s draft has two very strong quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Everyone has a particular favorite, but whichever one is your favorite, they both have a great chance of being transformed into a franchise quarterback. With the LA Rams having the first overall pick, one of them will be gone, no question about it. The Rams are in dire need of a quarterback, and now is their chance to get one, and invest in him for the next couple seasons. Jared Goff says that he is a strong fit for the Rams. “I’m just very confident in myself. I turned around Cal football — had a lot of help doing it, but I had a big role in it,” Goff said. “I know it’s a completely different level and a lot of different stuff going on, but I’m just very confident in myself and my abilities.” In fact, the Cal product wants to stay in California and play for the Rams. “I was extremely excited,” Goff said when the Rams acquired the No. 1 from the Titans. “I was hoping that it would work out and become a Ram and make everything work.” No matter where Goff lands, he will be an instant success if he continues what he is doing.