Owners of the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants were among those across the league who responded Saturday to President Donald Trump, who one night earlier said he wished NFL players who protest during the national anthem would be fired and later Saturday called out commissioner Roger Goodell directly.
We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, to remove ourselves from the circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re gonna be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game. That’s our intentions, and we’re gonna play and play to win.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday would be an unprecedented day of protests in the NFL. The public’s collective eye was focused on how players would react to a series of tweets from Trump.
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast, Trump tweeted at 6:44 a.m. ET on Sunday. Fire or suspend!
The Chicago Bears were the other team with a sub-30-percent GBR through two weeks (27.8). Their 31.4 percent GBR against Pittsburgh doesn’t offer much hope that their run-blocking consistency is improving, however. This means that Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen should still be considered to have more boom/bust traits than other comparably valued running backs.