Published: September 22nd, 2011 | Tags: First and 10, Bill Belichick, Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jerome Simpson, London Fletcher, Maurice Jones-Drew
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been called a genius at game-planning, but just watch him struggle to change the clock on his car’s dashboard. Plus Willie McGinest, Mike Mayock and Michael Lombardi share their favorite memories of Belichick when Part 2 of NFL Films’ highly anticipated documentary, “A Football Life” debuts Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
Here’s what else is on tap for Thursday:
- Tune into NFL Network’s “Total Access” Thursday at 7 p.m. ET to hear from Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew — whose team starts rookie Blaine Gabbert against Cam Newton and the Panthers Sunday — and Washington linebacker London Fletcher, whose Redskins travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys Monday night.
- An NFL memo sent out to all 32 teams Wednesday seeks to put a quick halt to the practice of players faking injuries. Meanwhile, players say it’s an accepted practice, and some even say they’ve known coaches to teach the technique.
- Twenty-six years after they stormed through the NFL on their way to 15-1 record, a dominating Super Bowl XX victory and an atrocious music video, the 1985 Chicago Bears have finally been invited to the White House.
- Police said a package containing 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana was delivered from Eureka, Calif., to the suburban Kentucky home of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson on Tuesday, where authorities say they found six more pounds of marijuana inside.
- Three upstarts — the 2-0 Bills, Lions and Texans — face tough tests in Week 3, which also features several key divisional matchups. Jason La Canfora breaks down every game.
- Blaine Gabbert‘s Jaguars teammates say the rookie quarterback, who was named Jacksonville’s starter on Wednesday, has the “swagger” necessary to lead the team.
- Gil Brandt has scouted players for more than 50 years, so when he calls Cam Newton the most impressive rookie quarterback he’s seen, it’s worth taking notice.
- In this week’s Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em, NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano explains why Ahmad Bradshaw should put up big totals against the Eagles — and why fantasy owners should beware of some big stars in Big D Monday night.
- Come up with names for the week’s most exciting plays, and tweet your way into the NFL history books. We’ll pick our favorites, and let users pick the final winner each week.
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