Yesterday was fun down at the Novacare Complex, at least for the media. Josh Huff was available for the 1st time since his arrest the previous day. Nelson Agholor also would face reporters for the 1st time since his comments after the Cowboys game.
Let’s start with Josh Huff. My initial reaction to his arrest was simple. I respect the right to carry a gun, but you have the responsibility to make sure you have proper permits and licenses to legally carry the gun. Huff did not, at least in New Jersey. David Murphy of the Daily News really breaks down just how silly the laws are from state to state. Definitely give this a read before you demand the Eagles cut Huff.
If Josh Huff had been stopped on PA side of bridge, his gravest offense woulda been speeding. Pot: $25 fine. Ammo: Legal. Gun permit: Valid
— David Murphy (@ByDavidMurphy) November 2, 2016
Huff was pretty honest with the situation
Josh Huff: What professional athlete doesn’t have a gun? https://t.co/wL55t9hjqa
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 2, 2016
Can’t speak for all professional athletes, but I’d assume many have guns for protection and I’m totally fine with that, BUT you have to make sure you legally can be carrying the gun. And you really shouldn’t be driving around with weed in your car
Here is Huff explaining the situation to the media
The NFL will likely be in touch regarding Huff’s arrest, but it doesn’t sound like Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson is going to discipline him
I’d be a little surprised if Pederson doesn’t sit Huff, at least for a half. Remember with Nigel Bradham? He didn’t tell anyone that he was going to bench Bradham for a half, he just did it. I would think that happens in this case. Regardless of archaic gun laws in different states, Huff still was caught with weed, which isn’t a good look for a professional athlete. I’m all the for legalization of marijuana, but you shouldn’t be out driving around with it. If Huff wants to smoke a little weed, go for it, but do it from home. No need to be carrying it (with a gun) when you are a high profile athlete who was returning from the Novacare Center (WORK). Bad judgement from Huff
Ok enough of the heavy topic debate. Lets have some fun:
Kinda looks like my first car, a 1986 Mazda GLC
Camera surveillance still-shot of Josh Huff’s arrest on the Walt Whitman Bridge this morning. pic.twitter.com/MzPsWccp7o
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) November 1, 2016
This is quality
Folks, I think this is just an honest misunderstanding. Josh Huff kept hearing that the Eagles needed more weapons…
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) November 2, 2016
Best tweet of the day regarding Huff. He really did an excellent job addressing the situtation
Josh Huff is handling the media better after getting popped with guns and Kush than 17 did after being questioned about drops… #Eagles
— Chip Reiderson (@ChipReid2014) November 2, 2016
Predictable, but funny nevertheless
— Michael (@MMcCone) November 2, 2016
Love when others get ripped by the shrapnel caused by you
Josh Huff wants Jordan Matthews to run for judge so he will drop the charges like he drops every other fucking thing on earth.
— Deitcher Retort (@DeitchCSN) November 1, 2016
Ok I’m out. Goodnight everyone
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) November 2, 2016
— Oh, speaking of drops, Nelson Agholor says he’s sorry for his postgame Cowboys game comments
Nelson Agholor apologized for way he minimized #Eagles WR drops after the Cowboys game. Said he understands how they contributed to loss.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 2, 2016
Already over this topic. Thanks for the apology Nelson. Now just go out and catch the football.
— Despite the loss to the Cowboys, the Eagles are still very much in the thick of the NFC playoff race. According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles are considered one of the five favorites to make the playoffs
Odds of making playoffs: 63.5 percent
Despite the loss to Dallas, the Eagles still have the league’s No. 1 defense and special teams according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings. Philadelphia now earns a wild-card spot in 46.6 percent of simulations, more than any other team.
— My former colleague over at the Fanatic, Brian Baldinger, was suspended 6 months without pay from his job at the NFL Network for the comments he made about the Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot on Friday. One thing I’ve learned in my years of being in the media, context can be even more important than the actual words that were said.
“This is the guy that we’ve got to hurt,” Baldinger told host Anthony Gargano on Friday morning, more than two days before Sunday night’s Eagles-Cowboys game. “This is the guy that we’ve got to take out of the game. There’s got to be 10 guys that want to hurt him every single play. In fact, we may even put a little bounty on Ezekiel Elliott. Let’s get to [backup] Alfred Morris.”
The words alone look bad, but the context is what is more important. I’d love to play the entire segment of audio so you could get a better feel for the conversation, but the audio has been removed from the station’s website.
Briefly paraphrasing the conversation, Anthony asked Baldy to pretend to be a coach on the team and act as though he was addressing the team. Baldy was trying to bring you into the locker room and share what he’s heard being said in big games like that. Of course every member of that defense is trying to knock Ezekiel Elliot out of the game. Of course they are trying to hurt players on the other team. Not illegally trying to injury the player, but put a good hard tackle on him. That happens in EVERY game in the NFL.
The one thing that got him in trouble was using the word “bounty”. The NFL Network is owned by the NFL and pretty much the NFL’s biggest concern is making money or in this case LOSING money. The “bounty” subject is very sensitive to Roger Goodell because the NFL is “worried” about player safety (or losing $$$$ to the players regarding player safety). If Baldy had the exact same comments, but didn’t say the one word, it probably doesn’t even get picked up by the media.
Since context screwed Baldy, let’s put this whole matter in the proper context
— Jon Marks (@JonMarksMedia) November 2, 2016
— Finally this morning, Wife (Cowboys fan) and Husband (Eagles fan) make a bet. If Eagles win, wife ears Eagles jersey. If Cowboys win, wife kicks husband in balls. Doesn’t seem fair like a fair bet. I hope the guy is wearing a cup because he gets it pretty hard, while he’s wearing a sweet Mike Vick jersey. Fast forward to around 3:30, unless you want to see just how classy these people are. If it makes you feel any better, they are most likely from Texas and not from the Philadelphia area.