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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / NFL News for August 17: Bell a No-Show, Brock to Start, Women Coaches in the NFL

NFL News for August 17: Bell a No-Show, Brock to Start, Women Coaches in the NFL

NFL News August 17
Publish Date: 08/17/2017
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

1)  Le’Veon Bell still not in training camp

Bell has still not shown up in camp and its anybodies guess when he will. The Steelers offered a little over 12 million dollars a year, but Bell is not happy with that offer. In an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, general manager Kevin Colbert reiterated the team’s desire for Bell to report to camp.

“It’s beneficial for everybody to be in camp,” Colbert said. “I’ll argue that consistently. Training camp is important for the growth and preparedness to be ready to play this game opening week. We can argue about camp and preseason, how many games and all that, but I do know you need to practice this game to play it at the highest level. Someone once said it would be like boxing without sparring. You can’t just show up and play.”

Bottom line is the Pittsburgh Steelers need Bell in their backfield and they need to do whatever needs to be done to get him there.

2) Are the Browns ready to start Brock Osweiler week 1

Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas thinks so he said this to reporters on Wednesday “I think they’re grooming Brock [Osweiler] to be the starter Week 1,” Thomas told reporters Wednesday, via Cleveland.com. “I don’t expect DeShone Kizer to be the starter week one.” Kizer has looked good so far and I think before the year is up he will be the starter for  the Browns, but for right now it looks more and more like Brock may start the season off as the man.

3) The Jets Lucky Whitehead, not so lucky

The New York Jets receiver and kick returner will have surgery on his broken foot, an injury he sustained earlier this week in practice, coach Todd Bowles told reporters Wednesday. Bowles added that it’s possible that Whitehead could return this season.

4) Joe Namath happy that women are coaching in the NFL

When Joe Namath was asked about women being full-time coaches in the NFL he had this to say “I’ve been for the opposite sex and equality in sports before Title IX came into play,” Namath explained to Sporting News last week. “My mother played some basketball. Why couldn’t females be involved in sports?

“We didn’t see that until the early ‘70s. I’d just love for everyone to have that opportunity. As far as females coaching in male sports, well, males coach females in some sports. That UConn coach, Geno Auriemma, up there, he’s done a great job.”

Namath does have concerns though “it has always been difficult for players to accept the coach if they feel he hasn’t played the game. We might have had some coaches who look like they’ve never played the game, but they’ve been great coaches.”

Getting a job as an NFL coach can be difficult for any coach unless of course you are apart of the old boys network in the NFL. My problem with women coaches in the NFL would be where are they getting experience? There are very few female coaches at high schools or colleges, so are we hiring people just because they are women? The job should always go to the most qualified candidate and at this time in the NFL I fear that is not what’s happening.

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