Back Talk returned with a final look at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philly with special guest David Malandra who also provided a great look at all things Philly. We also took a look at the Tom Brady concussion story with some thoughts for Rich Eisen and the culture of football. Finally, because we believe in bringing you the stories you want and love we discussed bad sex and how women might just have it easier than men because we have electricity and batteries.
Back Talk the pod returned today with special guest Robyn Mundy to discuss the chaos surrounding the Buffalo Bills and their decision to fire GM Doug Whaley and can their entire scouting department. We also take a spin around the AFC East with a wrap of each team’s draft and who ranked the best. Finally, we took a look at the changing landscape of sports media and what it means to be a women in this business.
You can follow Robyn on twitter at @RobynMundyWYO and catch her work at The Bills Wire and buffaloFAMbase.org.
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The 2016 season was not what the Panthers planned and several things contributed to the 6-10 losing record. Coming off his MVP season, Newton struggled at times but so did the team in general. As GM for the Panthers, drafting good football players who could compete early on was a priority.
With that in mind, here is a recap with explainer for my Panthers selections in our 3 round ITP mock draft.
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The Tennessee Titans have their quarterback of the future in Marcus Mariota and the future is looking bright. As GM for the Titans in our Inside The Pylon mock draft, I went in looking to upgrade at several spots and create competition. After 3 rounds my mission was accomplished but there is still work to be done.
A recap of my Tennessee Titans 3 round mock draft and a brief explainer of my selections.
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Special Snowflake Sharona is back with another episode of Back Talk with an update on #TheResistance. Then, in our second segment, Sonja Greenfield of NFL Female and XN Sports joined us to discuss the Detroit Lions and General Manager Bob Quinn, whose remarks on Joe Mixon created quite the stir this past week.
First, we gave you an update on that whole Russia thing. We’ve been beating the drum for a while and what happened in our 2016 Presidential Election is the burning issue right now. That Russian interfere in our election occurred with the assistance of highly placed men in the Trump campaign no longer seems in doubt. How far does it extend and does it include women? That remains to be seen.
In our second segment, Sonja Greenfield joined us with an update on the Detroit Lions, statements by GM Bob Quinn and their needs in the upcoming draft. If you missed it, Quinn met with reporters last week prior to the 2017 NFL combine, and when asked about Joe Mixon, he said he was still on their draft board and he was disappointed Mixon was excluded from the combine because of the new NFL domestic violence policy.
As you may know, Mixon, who played running back for the Oklahoma Sooners, was excluded from the combine after video was released of an incident where he punched a young woman also attending Oklahoma. The blow caused her to strike a table, knocking her out and fracturing her cheekbone and jaw.
The NFL hasn’t always been consistent in its handling of domestic violence and it’s fair to question what it hopes to accomplish with this policy. It is likewise fair to question how Quinn could be even remotely informed on this issue and speak so callously toward domestic violence victims with his indifference to it all. Truly, it speaks to the indifference that both league and teams exhibit that Quinn has neither apologized nor addressed the situation.
The NFL’s new combine policy is vague, having been released through a memo to media but never publicized. I took a look at the policy for Inside the Pylon, and compared his situation to others who were invited. It appears the video was the tipping point for the league though it never specifically said so. More clarification from the NFL on its intended goal would clarify matters for everyone, including teams and domestic violence advocates.
Finally, it’s fair to ponder exactly what the Lions, and Quinn, wish to know. Truthfully, they probably do not care. They want to be able to tell their fans they did their due diligence just like Seattle did with Frank Clark. If they draft him, they will trot out people who will vouch for Mixon so that appearances will be kept.
They will tout the suspension which kept him out of school for a year, and that he learned from his mistake. They will likely say it was a one time deal, but it was not since Mixon had another alternation just last year for which he was suspended one game.
It will cause a stir for a bit but that will die down and fans will buy his merchandise and forget it ever happened, if they ever even cared at all. Such is our attitude toward the violence women experience every single day.
Unfortunately, for women, it’s never just a one time thing that goes away after all the bruises fade.
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