Are hard-hitting safeties an endangered species in the NFL? That idea might have been reinforced to general managers, coaches and scouts amid Kam Chancellor’s recent semi-official retirement announcement.
According to Chancellor, the most intimidating player from the broken-up Legion of Boom, recent scans show the neck injury he suffered in November against the Cardinals has not healed. The news confirmed what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been saying all offseason about the likelihood of his four-time Pro Bowl safety’s career being over.
A common presumption is that a strong, powerful player like Chancellor is indestructible. At 6-3, 232 pounds, he was a defensive back who kept receivers, tight ends and running backs wary of running routes in his vicinity more so than any other in recent years.
The hope is that all players can be trained with proper tackling technique beginning at the high school and college levels; the technique then being further emphasized in the NFL. But sometimes, due to bad angles or bad luck, injuries occur even with proper technique.
On the play in which Chancellor was hurt, it appeared to be a normal tackle of Cardinals running back Andre Ellington after a 9-yard reception. But Chancellor got up slowly and stayed in the game for only one more play. After the game, the focus was more on Richard Sherman’s season-ending Achilles injury.
Janoris Jenkins is breaking his silence.
Just one week after his brother, William, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, the Giants cornerback took to Instagram on Thursday to open up about his strife and commemorate the friend he lost.
He mentioned this a time or two in his essay for The Players’ Tribune, which is destined to go down as one of the most well-intentioned but punishingly ill-advised applications of this template. To wit:
1. His praise of former general manager Garth Snow and former coach Doug Weight, while summarily ignoring the names of Lou Lamoriello, Barry Trotz or either of the team’s owners, sparked a cottage industry of speculation about whether he would have re-signed with the Islanders had his boys not been turfed. Which would mean, what, a 10-year reign of Doug Weight as head coach, no matter what the results were? Is that what we’re theorizing?