“The NFL is in a box, in a really bad box,” Trump said, according to The Post’s David Nakamura. “Look’s what happening with ratings. Frankly, the only thing doing well in the NFL is the pregame because everyone wants to see what’s going on. The NFL is in a very bad box. You can’t have people disrespecting the national anthem. The NFL has to change or their business is going to go to hell. … We have to respect the national anthem and respect our country. They are not respecting their country.”
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” that aired Thursday morning, Trump accused NFL owners of being “afraid of their players” and called that “disgraceful.”
That prompted a reply from the NFL, with spokesman Joe Lockhart saying of those latest comments: “They’re not accurate. They’re not factual.”
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts fired Pagano immediately after a 4-12 campaign — his worst mark in his six years as Indy’s head coach. The firing came shortly after the team’s 22-13 win over the Houston Texans. Pagano posted a 53-43 record in Indianapolis. After posting three consecutive 11-5 marks that culminated in an appearance in the 2014 season’s AFC Championship Game, the Colts failed to make the playoffs three straight seasons.
Even the passing game was productive. They might find a way to sneak into the playoffs. But if they do, don’t expect anything more.
The Cowboys finally figured out how to play without suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott, winning their past two games. Unfortunately, it took them three losses without Elliott to figure it out. Facing the Redskins and Giants in the two victories didn’t hurt, either.
The Packers most likely are not reaching the NFC playoffs, with or without Aaron Rodgers back at QB. The wise move might be to protect Rodgers from himself and keep him safely on the sideline for the remainder of the season. But there will be great pressure to allow Rodgers to play Sunday at Carolina if he’s given medical clearance to return from his broken collarbone.