Inside this edition of “Football Nation Today,” Alex Reimer looks at the biggest topics around the NFL:
1st Down: Alex speaks with Football Nation contributor Eric Bendig about some of the highlights and lowlights from this past weekend’s NFL Draft.
Alex and Eric discuss the Jets’ weekend, in which they beefed up their defense in the 1st round and selected quarterback Geno Smith early in the 2nd round. Due to a lack of offensive weapons and competent coaching, is Smith set up to fail with the Jets?
The Bills, another moribund franchise in the AFC East, selected QB EJ Manuel in the 1st round. Was it a reach on Buffalo’s part, or do they believe Manuel is their quarterback of the future?
Alex and Eric also talk about the Patriots method of trading down in the draft, and the pros and cons associated with that strategy.
The question as to whether Manti Te’o and Tyrann Mathieu will be contributors for their respective clubs, and which teams had the best drafts are touched upon as well.
2nd Down: NBA center Jason Collins came out this week, becoming the first openly gay active athlete in the four major American sports. Alex talks about some of the ramifications of Collins coming out, and how this is one of the first steps in changing the stereotypes about gay men and professional athletes.
Alex comments on the accepting tone of the reaction about Collins coming out, and how the widespread support among those in the sporting world is a sign that society no longer tolerates intolerance towards gays and lesbians.
3rd Down: In the “Big Up or Slow Down” segment, Alex debates whether Tim Tebow has a future in the NFL as a quarterback, if the Aaron Rodgers record-setting contract extension could be classified as a good deal for the Packers and if the this year’s draft was exciting for the casual fan.
4th Down: In the “Reimer Rant,” Alex points out the hypocrisy in how the NFL deals with those who violate the drug policy and those who drive drunk and violate the law.
For the remainder of the offseason (until training camp begins in July), “Football Nation Today” will be published every other week. The next edition of the show will be published on Wednesday, May 15.
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