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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking
08-14-2019, 06:20 AM,
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking
RENTON Quinnen Williams Jersey , Wash. (AP) —  about football matters — Seattle’s recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.Instead, the league’s oldest coach has spent the past few days processing and discussing the league’s new mandate that players on the field stand for the national anthem. Carroll, his players and those around the NFL are now trying to figure out how to tackle the polarizing topic in the locker room.“We’re going to have to deal with that,” Carroll said. “I was kind of liking the way it was going and so now it’s kind of taken out of the control from the coach and the players and the locker room to a certain extent, so we’re going to have to deal with that. In time, we’ll figure it out.”Players from Seattle, Buffalo, Denver and New Orleans were among those grappling with how to move forward following the league’s announcement Wednesday of a new national anthem policy, which will fine teams if players on the field are not standing for the anthem. Players wishing to continue demonstrations like the kneeling movement sparked by Colin Kaepernick to protest social injustice will be allowed to remain in the locker room during the anthem.Seattle’s Doug Baldwin had the most striking comments, directed at both the league and President Donald Trump after his remarks to “Fox & Friends” on Thursday saying “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem.“He’s an idiot. Plain and simple,” Baldwin said. “I respect the man because he’s a human being first and foremost , but he’s just being divisive, which is not surprising. It is what it is. But for him to say anybody who doesn’t follow his viewpoints or his constituents viewpoints should be kicked out of the country is not very empathetic. It’s not very American like, actually, to me. It’s not very patriotic. It’s not what this country was founded upon. It’s kind of ironic to me the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.”Even normally reserved Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson agreed with the sentiment that the owners’ decision was a message to players to essentially be quiet.“Pretty much. I think that’s part of it. It seems that way,” Wilson said. “But I think a policy right or wrong is not going to fix our problems.”The new policy allows teams to adopt their own workplace rules, which many players interpreted as a backhanded way of subjecting them to fines, suspensions or loss of jobs should they carry on with the protests.Players are also frustrated the league didn’t consult with the players’ association before announcing the policy.“I mean, they weren’t ever going to engage us anyway. When you really think about it, why would we have a say-so?” Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “I think they should have, right, but I guess they don’t look at us like that, to have a say-so or input in this policy.”Others around the league didn’t see the policy as a potential issue.“I’m really not too worried about it. I would expect that everybody’s gonna be out there with their hand over their heart, showing respect to the flag and to the country Chuma Edoga Jersey ,” New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said.But teammate Demario Davis had mixed emotions about the policy. His father served in the military, but he also understands why players have been protesting.“I just think that when you love something — you care about it — you want to work to get it right. I love my children. When they do wrong things, I’m going to let them know they’re doing wrong things. I’m not just going to sweep it under the rug because I love them,” Davis said.“I think that’s the difference between patriotism and nationalism. Nationalism is loving your country just to love it, you know, even when it’s right or wrong, you’re going to take the side of your country. Patriotism is loving it enough to sacrifice for it, but also to call it (out) when it’s wrong.“The people who are speaking up for the people who are hurting have a deep love and devotion for our country. That’s kind of gotten misconstrued at times. But it’s important for people to understand that.”The decision by the owners was an attempt to quell a firestorm by moving protests away from the public eye and potentially lure back disgruntled fans. But in the process they may have disgruntled their employees and rekindled what appeared to be an issue that was dying down.“With this policy, with the inflammatory statement that Roger Goodell put out (Wednesday) again you opened the door for response and again to my point earlier, I think they missed it on that one,” Baldwin said.——AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and AP Sports Writer Brett Martel contributed to this report. CHICAGO — The Detroit Lions will look to improve their playoff chances and win their third game in a row when they visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.Meanwhile, the Bears would love nothing more than to spoil the plans of their division rival.Detroit (5-4) is surging on offense as it enters Week 11. The Lions have scored 68 points in their past two victories over the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns and rank sixth in the NFL with 27.1 points per game.Chicago (3-6) will try to end a two-game losing streak after dropping games to the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. The end zone has proved to be elusive for the majority of the season for the Bears, who have scored fewer than 20 points in seven of nine games this season.Narrow outcomes have been a series hallmark in recent seasons. Nine of the last 10 meetings between the Lions and Bears have been decided by single digits , and five of those games have been determined by three points or fewer.The series was even at 1 last season as each team won by a field goal on their home field.Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford hopes to build a comfortable lead this weekend but knows that such a scenario is far from guaranteed. He has thrown for 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 14 career meetings against the Bears.This season, Stafford has an impressive 96.3 passer rating. He has 2,461 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. His most popular target, wide receiver Golden Tate, has hauled in 56 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns.Wide receiver Marvin Jones, who leads the team with five receiving touchdowns, will line up alongside Tate.“They’ve got a lot of big-play guys,” said Bears coach John Fox, who mentioned that Tate leads the NFL in yards after the catch. “They’ve got weapons that are in the top 10 in the National Football League.”Stafford said he and his teammates could not afford to feel comfortable despite their recent success.“(Tate) is seeing the game well at the moment, I feel like I am as well, and really all our skill guys are doing a nice job,” Stafford told the team’s official website. “But just like anything in this league Clelin Ferrell Jersey , you have got to prove it week in and week out.“You can’t ride into a game saying, ‘We got a great run game, we got a great pass game, we got this or that.’ You’ve got to prove it every week.”The Lions have been less formidable on the ground, where Ameer Abdullah leads the team with 469 yards and three scores. Cornerback Darius Slay (four interceptions) and defensive end Anthony Zettel (six sacks) stand out on the other side of the ball.Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will make his sixth start and his fourth at Soldier Field. Trubisky passed for a career-high 297 yards last week and owns an overall passer rating of 75.6 with 809 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.Trubisky is upbeat after completing 60 percent of his passes (21 of 35) last week, which marked his best rate of the season. Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman caught six passes for 88 yards in his debut, and Trubisky completed passes to seven players.“I like what I’m seeing,” Trubisky told reporters this week at the Bears’ practice facility. “We just need to continue to develop that rhythm and timing and keep building our chemistry.”On the ground, Jordan Howard leads the Bears with 716 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He has three 100-yard performances this season but has not rushed for a touchdown in the past five games.The Bears’ defensive unit is led by Akiem Hicks, who has seven sacks and consistently has plugged run gaps throughout the season. Second-year pass rusher Leonard Floyd is next with 5 1/2 sacks.Chicago is 2-3 at home this season and Detroit is 3-1 on the road.This marks the 175th meeting between the Bears and Lions, with Chicago leading the series 97-72-5. The teams will meet again Dec. 16 at Ford Field to wrap up the regular-season series.

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