Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.
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3. Aaron Kromer:The first rule of anonymously ripping your starting quarterback is you never talk about anonymously ripping your starting quarterback. The second rule of anonymously ripping your starting quarterback is you never talk about anonymously ripping your starting quarterback. They can't get anything right in Chicago this year.
What The What?
You can't be serious.
Maybe that's the problem. When a team and fan base becomes spoiled at the quarterback position (I'm looking at you, Colts fans), you lose touch with what it's like for the rest of us. You're like the Regular Joe who won the lottery then forgot about all his friends from the old neighborhood.
I get the frustration for Niners fans. Kaepernick has regressed in what has been a deeply unsatisfying season in San Francisco. But Kaepernick remains very much a part of the solution going forward. Remember what mom used to say: appreciate what you have.
The greatest tight end in NFL history
Tweet of the week
Lorenzen reminded us of his surprising escapability during a February cameo with the Continental Indoor Football League's Northern Kentucky River Monsters:
Marvin Lewis awkwardness alert
Marvin Lewis had a slip of the tongue this week, referring to Johnny Manziel as a "midget" during a radio spot in Cincinnati. Lewis quickly apologized -- twice -- for his poor descriptor, issuing a statement that included the iconic sentence: "I since have read about this issue on the Little People Of America website."
So yes, Lewis appeared sufficiently contrite. That didn't stop this from happening:
The best part of this clip -- clearly -- comes at the :13 to :17 second mark. "Lil John" asks a hard-hitting height question, and Lewis fidgets in his seat and adjusts the papers in front of him in a state of mini-panic. Good times all around.
Kiko In The Kitchen, Part 3
I'm just happy they finally cooked one of these dips.
Mike Tomlin's selfie game still makes me oddly uncomfortable
Quote of the Week, Part I
"I love it when nobody says you have a chance to win. There is an 11-3 team and a team that is always 8-8. You figure it out."
Quote of the Week, Part III
"Nothing is going to be given to you, so I don't think I should have gave him anything. I made him better if anything."
Don't afraid to be great, local cable provider
Bonus points for lights that coordinate with both play-by-play calls and dopey hype songs. I refer, of course, to this.
Hero(es) of the Week: Empathetic Bills fans
It always nice to see the Internet do a little good. You're almost forgiven for Bieber.
Until next time ...