On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas kick things off with some words for Ray Lewis, who felt the need to preach about Odell Beckham Jr.’s relationship with God. After that ethering, with coaches and the media making a big deal out of voluntary NFL workouts and players either attending (Odell Beckham Jr.) or not (Khalil Mack), OOB breaks down the actual significance of offseason workouts in “The Step-Back.” Gil, who always says what he means, has a problem with the very concept of “voluntary” in the NFL. Sticking with football, the team tackles some Patriots drama following a report that coach Bill Belichick “chastised” star tight end Rob Gronkowski in front of the team last season over his TB12 workouts. Is it the beginning of the end for New England’s empire or just a smart coaching tactic? Next, the crew reacts to admitted steroid user Mark McGwire saying he could’ve hit 70 home runs clean. Let’s just say the panel is skeptical on several fronts. Plus, Gil and Pierce break down the fascination with hypothetical sports debates and Gil shares his favorite one. Finally, after police at LAX arrested Packers receiver Trevor Davis for making a joke about packing a bomb, OOB runs down the top five stupidest reasons that athletes have been arrested. With so much f*ckery in sports, making this list is harder than winning a championship. And as Gil gives a heartwarming explanation for his Cavs sweatshirt…Adam quickly corrupts the moment in true degenerate gambler fashion.
Super Bowl LII is in the books! Friend of the show, Miko Grimes joins Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew to discuss Philadelphia’s “upset” 41-33 victory over New England, Eagles QB Nick Foles’ come-up, the Pats’ terrible D and shady exclusion of cornerback Malcolm Butler (contract conspiracy?), and more NFL catch rule controversy. Pierce gets NFL players’ thoughts on the impact this L will have on Tom Brady’s legacy before Miko and Gil weigh in. Then the OOB gang revisits their Super Bowl prop bets to see who came out on top. Plus, Philly’s infamous fans acted the fool after the win, breaking their city, and the team wonders how winning will change them, and if there’s a racist double standard in destructive sports celebrations. To close, we congratulate Terrell Owens on finally making the NFL Hall of Fame — along with first-ballot greats like Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, and Ray Lewis — and Miko goes in on both Lewis and the gatekeeper NFL writers who vote on the HOF.
But for whatever reason, Butler hasn’t factored into the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII matchup against the Eagles. Butler has played on special teams, but he didn’t start at cornerback for New England—and he hasn’t played a single snap in a reserve role, either. It was apparently a “coach’s decision,” according to the NBC broadcasters.
The decision has left a lot of Patriots fans confused. They’re wondering why Bill Belichick has decided against going with Butler at all on defense, and they're speculating over what Butler could have possibly done to get benched during the Super Bowl of all games.
Still confused as to why Malcolm Butler isn’t playing
Gisele responded by yelling back at the fan. She was frustrated with the way the game ended and was miffed over a couple passes that were dropped by Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. “My husband cannot fucking throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time!” she shouted at the fan. “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
Gisele caught a lot of flack for saying that at the time, and she’s catching a lot of flack for it again on Sunday night because of a play the Patriots tried to run in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles. New England tried to fool Philadelphia by having Brady go out for a pass after he handed the ball off in the backfield—and it didn’t go as planned. Brady had a chance to make a play, but he dropped a pass from Danny Amendola.
Are you still trying to decide which team to root for in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night? Maybe this will help.
The latest Super Bowl will actually be a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which took place in Jacksonville back in 2005 and pitted the Patriots up against the Eagles. That game ended with the Patriots winning 24-21 and securing the third Super Bowl win for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. But according to a former Eagles coach, New England may have been victorious, in part, because of some signal-stealing on the part of the Patriots.
Former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spagnuolo, who most recently served as the interim coach for the Giants, was on Philadelphia’s coaching staff back in 2005, and on Monday, he did an interview on Philly radio station 97.5 The Fanatic and made a series of serious allegations against the Patriots. Spagnuolo suggested the Patriots cheated during Super Bowl XXXIX by stealing signals from the Eagles throughout the course of the game. He claimed then-Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson realized what was happening about halfway through the contest.
“I remember through the course of the game Jim saying, 'They’re getting our signals. They know when we’re blitzing…try to hide it, etc. etc.,'” Spagnuolo said. “I remember distinctly thinking, 'Jim, I don’t think that’s true.' Now I’m not saying this to him, because I just don’t want to upset him. I’m saying it to myself. 'I don’t think so, Jim, just concentrate on calling the game.' In hindsight, he was right. When you go back and look at that tape, it was evident to us.”
Spagnuolo was also quick to point out he wasn’t necessarily trying to discredit what the Patriots were able to do during Super Bowl XXXIX. But he maintained he feels they had a competitive advantage over the Eagles during the game due to the fact they were stealing signals from Philadelphia.
“I’m not crying over spilled milk here,” Spagnuolo said, “but we believed that Tom knew when we were pressuring, because he certainly got the ball out pretty quick. But you know, you got to play the game, and they won that particular day.”
Spagnuolo would ultimately get his revenge on New England. After spending a handful of seasons with the Eagles, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Giants during the 2007-08 season and was calling the shots for New York when they knocked off the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. On Monday, he said what happened during Super Bowl XXXIX was definitely on his mind heading into that game.
“There’s no question I wasn’t going to let that happen in the 2008 Super Bowl after the 2007 season,” Spagnuolo said.
Just about all of the Eagles players, coaches, executives, and staff from the 2004-05 season are long gone. So the Super Bowl “rematch” between the Patriots and Eagles won’t really be a rematch at all. But that doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t be thinking about Spagnuolo’s accusations when they take the field on Sunday night. If what he’s saying is true, it’s not really that surprising—remember the SpyGate scandal involving the Patriots filming the Rams during their Super Bowl walkthrough a couple years before Super Bowl XXXIX?—but it should still serve as a little bit of extra motivation for the current Eagles players.
Tom Brady is going to take part in a lot of interviews this week in the days leading up to the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII matchup against the Eagles on Sunday. Some of his interactions with reporters will probably be tense, especially as New England inches closer to the big game. But it’s unlikely that any of them will be as tense as the Brady interview that took place on Boston radio station WEEI early Monday morning.
Brady appears on WEEI every week throughout the NFL season to talk about whatever is going on in his life at the time. This season, he has spoken about everything from his friendship with Floyd Mayweather to his thoughts on that wild Jimmy Garoppolo rumor during his WEEI appearances. But Brady was in no mood to talk on Monday morning after what one WEEI host said about his 5-year-old daughter Vivian during a show late last week.
WEEI host Alex Reimer was talking about Brady on the station’s Mut at Night show when he was asked about the Patriots quarterback’s new Tom vs. Time documentary series that debuted recently. Reimer responded by saying that one of the scenes in the show seemed “so staged.” And while that probably wouldn’t have ruffled many feathers, Reimer also made some disparaging comments about Brady’s daughter with his very next breath by referring to her as “an annoying little pissant.”
You can listen here.
Brady was asked about Reimer’s comments on WEEI's Kirk & Callahan on Monday, and obviously, they didn’t sit well with him. Brady was so unhappy with what Reimer said about his daughter that he addressed his remarks and then abruptly cut his latest WEEI appearance short.
Tom Brady on @AlexReimer1's comments: “It was very disappointing to hear that, my daughter or any child certainly does not deserve that.” Tom then concluded the interview.
“It was disappointing to hear that,” Brady said. “My daughter or any child certainly does not deserve that.”
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According to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss, Brady also suggested he is going to evaluate whether or not he will appear on WEEI again moving forward after what Reimer said.
Tom Brady cuts his weekly interview short on WEEI, saying he was disappointed to hear of news that host Alex Reimer made a disparaging remark about his daughter when discussing the “Tom vs. Time” documentary. Brady said he is evaluating if he wants to be on the show again.
The 2016-17 NFL season featured one of the most exciting endings in NFL history. After falling behind 28-3 to the Falcons in the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, the Patriots came storming back to win 34-28 in overtime in improbable fashion. It helped Tom Brady earn his fifth Super Bowl victory, and it solidified the Patriots as the cream of the crop in the NFL. It also robbed Matt Ryan and the Falcons of the chance to win their first Super Bowl ever.
It’s going to be tough for the NFL to top that ending this season, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to try. On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Patriots will host the Chiefs on the NFL’s opening night and jump start what should be another exciting season for NFL fans. As we prepare to dive headfirst into NFL action, we decided to step back for a moment and assess what should be the biggest stories heading into the new NFL year. Here are the three storylines to look out for this season if you are an NFL fan.
Can anyone beat the Patriots?
The Patriots may have won the Super Bowl in February, but that didn’t stop them from making a few major moves during the offseason to get even better than they already were. They worked out a trade with the Saints that netted them speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and they also signed former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a deal in free agency. Additionally, they’ll get Rob Gronkowski back after he sat the end of last season with a back injury.
The Patriots did suffer a huge setback during the preseason when wide receiver Julian Edelman went down with a season-ending ACL injury. But even without Edelman in the lineup, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC this season. They should be able to cruise to the top of the AFC East and clinch a playoff berth early, and once they’re there, they’ll likely be favored to win all of their postseason games as they head towards another Super Bowl. The Raiders, Steelers, and potentially even the Broncos, Titans, and Ravens could present problems for the Patriots. But they will once again be the team to beat.
Will the Falcons be able to bounce back from their devastating Super Bowl loss?
Historically, teams that lose in the Super Bowl struggle during the following season. Cam Newton and the Panthers made a trip to Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, but after losing to the Broncos, they went just 6-10 last season and finished at the bottom of the AFC South while their division rivals, the Falcons, went to the Super Bowl.
This season, it will be the Falcons trying to overcome a Super Bowl hangover—and it’s not going to be easy for them to do. Unlike the Panthers, the Falcons probably should have won the Super Bowl if not for a big blown lead during the second half of the game. So they’re going to have to shake off whatever negative feelings they have heading into the season and find a way to put Super Bowl LI in the past.
The good news for the Falcons is that they’ve got all of their major weapons back this year. Matt Ryan will still be lining up under center and playing quarterback. Julio Jones will still be presenting matchup nightmares for opposing cornerbacks at the wide receiver position. And Devonta Freeman, who signed a contract in August making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL, will still be running all over the field for the Falcons. Plus, Atlanta will begin playing at their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which should take their minds off what happened in the Super Bowl.
But still, it’s hard to imagine them not thinking about the Super Bowl loss from time to time, and it could impact them this season. And if they struggle because of it, could you even blame them?
Which rookie quarterback will prove to be the best of the bunch?
There are at least four rookie quarterbacks that could see some playing time this season. DeShone Kizer has already been named the starting QB for the Browns after beating out Brock Osweiler in training camp. But Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was taken No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could play in regular-season games as well.
None of the four are expected to have the kind of impact that then-rookie Dak Prescott had for the Cowboys last season. But then again, no one saw Prescott having the impact he did, so who knows? Maybe Kizer will end up leading the Browns to a 13-3 record and a playoff berth just like Prescott did for Dallas last season!
Er, or maybe not. But chances are, at least one of these rookie QBs is going to make his team’s fan base very happy this season. Which one ultimately has the most success is anyone’s guess, but it’ll be fun to see how productive they are when they finally take the field for their respective teams.