On Wednesday, it was learned the NFL is cracking down again on celebrations and to help with this will show proper ways to celebrate in videos shown to NFL teams during training camp.

This will be included in the video that goes over new rule changes for the upcoming season.

Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t appear thrilled with the idea, going off on the NFL on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The NFL will change the way it reviews plays this season.

Instead of having the referee go off the field and look under the hood at replays, the referee will now get handed a tablet on the field where they can review the play with the assistance of a command center in New York.

Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will make the final call with instant replays this season. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will make the final call with instant replays this season. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The NFL will change the way it reviews plays this season.

Instead of having the referee go off the field and look under the hood at replays, the referee will now get handed a tablet on the field where they can review the play with the assistance of a command center in New York.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Thursday morning, commissioner Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will ultimately have the final say with all replays.

“We’re going to centralize the replay back here in New York,” Goodell said. “We want the referee’s input. … He can look at the play, be in communication back in our office with Dean Blandino, and Dean Blandino will have the final decision. We think that will move it much quicker.”

Goodell also said referees will be told to announce the replay decision immediately in the stadium, rather than waiting for the end of a commercial break. This will help speed up play.

“We want to get going. We want to be ready to play,” Goodell said.

The decision to have Blandino be in charge of calls may not go over well with everyone around the league, including referees.

In 2015 an anonymous referee told ESPN current on-field referees weren’t too fond of Blandino.

“The animosity is starting, because he’s having to make the tough decisions and he is a company man and he’s not siding with the officials. The officials kind of feel that, ‘Well, you’ve never been on the field,’” the official said. “It’s a tough position. It’s a no-win situation.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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2017 appears to be the year of cryptic social media posts and Malcolm Butler is the latest.

The Patriots cornerback posted a picture of himself Wednesday with the caption: “Nothing changed but the change” #BLESSED.

2017 appears to be the year of cryptic social media posts and Malcolm Butler is the latest.

The Patriots cornerback posted a picture of himself Wednesday with the caption: “Nothing changed but the change” #BLESSED.

Butler currently is a restricted free agent with a first-round tender, so he’s on the books for $3.91 million. He wants more money and a long-term deal.

He even visited the Saints last week to discuss a long-term deal, so there’s a thought maybe the post could be indicating the two sides came to an agreement and now it will be up to the Patriots to decide what to do next. They could match the Saints’ offer and keep Butler, work out a trade, or not match at all and let him go to New Orleans where they would get the Saints’ No. 11 overall pick.

Or, this could just be nothing.

Here is the post.

“Nothing changed but the change” #BLESSED

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Blog Author: 
WEEI

The NFL is always looking to improve its game and these changes typically take place in the offseason around the NFL owners meetings.

Roger Goodell wrote a letter to fans about potential rule changes next season. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell wrote a letter to fans about potential rule changes next season. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

The NFL is always looking to improve its game and these changes typically take place in the offseason around the NFL owners meetings.

These will be next week in Phoenix and leading into them, commissioner Roger Goodell has wrote a letter to fans letting them know what the changes could be.

The majority of the changes Goodell wrote about center around the pace of the game.

One of the changes is instead of a sideline monitor for reviews, there will be a tablet brought to the referee who can review the play in consultation with the officiating headquarters in New York, which ultimately has the final decision.

“This should improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and help speed up the process,” Goodell wrote.

Along the lines of timing, there will be a play clock following extra points when TV does not take commercial breaks. Also, they are considering instituting a play clock after a touchdown. Goodell also noted they are going to standardize the starting of the clock after a runner goes out-of-bounds and standardize halftime lengths in all games.

There will also likely be fewer commercial breaks.

“We know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that too. Our goal is to eliminate it,” Goodell wrote.

The competition committee will meet and vote on a number of rule changes next week.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Bill Parcells talked about Jacoby Brissett recently. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Parcells talked about Jacoby Brissett recently. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Not many people know Jacoby Brissett better than Bill Parcells.

Parcells has known Brissett since he was a teenager playing at Dwyer High School, which is near Parcells’ winter home in Jupiter, Florida.

He’s taken him under his wing over the years and confirmed to ESPN’s Tony Grossi in a radio interview he recommended him to Bill Belichick before last year’s draft.

New England selected Brissett, out of NC State, in the third round.

“I did speak with Bill about him [Brissett] late in the [draft] process last year,” Parcells said to Grossi. “I thought it [New England] would be a very, very good place for Jacoby because he’s highly motivated much like Brady, and he has the same kind of dedication and work habits. He just needed the proper direction and I thought he’d get it with Bill. Fortunately, he went up there and things so far have gone OK for him.”

As for Brissett’s future in the NFL, Parcells says it’s too early to tell because of the offense he ran at NC State not translating well to the NFL.

“I didn’t really think the system he was in in college was going to translate really well to the pros,” Parcells said. “I would have to see a little more game action, a little more preseason. I think he has attributes that are going to allow him to be successful. But you never know until you see him under fire, and you see him get beat up a little bit, things going bad and how they respond. I think he has a lot of the things necessary to be successful. But I think it’s a little early in the game now to know for sure if it’s going to translate completely.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Bill Belichick and Mike Krzyzewski are two of the greatest coaches to ever coach in any sport.

Krzyzewski hosts a weekly show on SiriusXM called “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K” and in the episode airing Wednesday at 7 p.m. he had Belichick on as a guest.