The Morning Time Out – Tues April 7

Welcome to a new feature on BritViewNFL designed to bring you the latest headlines from the United States alongside opinions from yours truly.

The Morning Time Out is a bite-sized look at what is going on in the NFL. So put the kettle on, grab a couple of your favourite biscuits and enjoy!

McCoy takes a swing at his former team

Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are back in the news with former running back LeSean McCoy having a dig at his old coach. McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest. I think he likes the fact that it’s ‘Chip Kelly and the Eagles.’”

Neil says:

“While us normal folk will never fully know what has gone on behind the scenes in Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy could actually be onto something here. Chip Kelly has certainly gone for his own type of players and moving on star offensive players such as McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, as well as a key offensive lineman in Todd Herremans, after Kelly’s first two seasons could be described as fairly monumental.”

Manziel lost the trust of the Browns

According to Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas – who is about as solid a pro as you will find in the NFL – Johnny Manziel lost the trust of the Cleveland Browns in 2014. Thomas said: “You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter.”

Neil says:

“I’ve made my position on Johnny Manziel clear from long before he was even drafted into the NFL. He has been acting like a superstar without backing it up on the field. The Browns have pulled Josh McCown into their building via free agency and may still draft a quarterback. Given that Manziel is currently in rehab and was terrible when he did play in 2014, he faces a monumental journey to get back into starting contention. I don’t want to say, ‘I told you so…’ so let’s move on.”

Jets can be a top team in the league

That is the bold proclamation of Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. The talented and confident defensive lineman said: “We strongly feel like we’re going to be the top defense in the league – and top team in the league, not just defense. This is going to be a great season.”

Neil says:

“There is a lot to like in the Jets’ off-season that saw them splash more than $172 million in cash, but there is a reason why quarterback is dubbed the most important position in the NFL – and that’s because it is! The Jets are better with Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Brandon Marshall in the building, but they’re not “top team in the league” better. There are too many question marks around the quarterback position and I don’t think Geno Smith or Ryan Fitzpatrick can be the long-term answer.”

Thinking out loud…

I still think putting Peyton Manning on a pitch count makes sense for the Denver Broncos in 2015. I mentioned this a few months back but now see it is something Denver could be considering. Maybe my suggestion to sit him for the entire months of October and November was a bit severe, but we should certainly see more Brock Osweiler in this coming season, particularly if Denver are ahead in some one-sided blow-outs. Having a fresh Manning at the end of the year is vital for the Broncos.

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