2014 NFL 시즌 - 2014 NFL season

2014 내셔널 풋볼 리그 시즌
정규 시즌
지속 2014 년 9 월 4 일 – 12 월 28 일
플레이 오프
시작일 2015 년 1 월 3 일
AFC 챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
NFC 챔피언 시애틀 시호크스
슈퍼 볼 XLIX
데이트 2015 년 2 월 1 일
대지 University of Phoenix Stadium , Glendale , Arizona
챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
프로 볼
데이트 2015 년 1 월 25 일
대지 University of Phoenix Stadium , Glendale , Arizona

2014 NFL 시즌 의 역사에서 95 시즌이었다 미국 축구 리그 (NFL). 시즌은 2014 년 9 월 4 일 목요일에 시작되었으며 , 수비 슈퍼 볼 XLVIII 챔피언 인 시애틀 시호크스그린 베이 패 커스를 주최하는 연례 킥오프 경기시호크스가 36-16으로 승리했습니다. 시즌은 2015 년 2 월 1 일 일요일 , 애리조나 글렌 데일 에있는 피닉스 대학 스타디움 에서 리그 챔피언십 게임Super Bowl XLIX로 끝났으며 , New England PatriotsSuper Bowl 역사상 가장 가까운 경기 중 하나 인 Seattle Seahawks , 28–24.

선수 움직임

2014 년 리그 연도는 미국 동부 표준시 기준 3 월 11 일 오후 4시에 시작되어 [1] 리그의 FA 기간이 시작되었습니다. [2] 당 사용 팀 샐러리 캡을 설정 하였다 US $ (133) 만, [3] 로부터 $ 10 만 달러 증가 전년도 . [4] 소위 "법적 변조 "기간 [5] 이 기간 동안 제한되지 않은 자유 계약 선수를 대표하는 (선수 자신은 아니지만) 선수의 시장 가치를 결정하고 계약 협상을 시작할 목적으로 팀 대표와 연락 할 수 있도록 허용되었으며, 3 월 8 일 정오 ( EST )에 시작되었습니다. [3]

자유 계약

프리 에이전시 기간이 시작될 때 총 471 명의 플레이어가 어떤 형태로든 프리 에이전시에 참가할 수있었습니다. 또한 리그 연도가 시작된 후 많은 보수를받은 선수들이 석방되어 팀이 연봉 상한선을 되 찾을 수있었습니다. FA를 통해 팀을 바꾼 유명한 선수는 다음과 같습니다. [6]

4 명의 선수는 팀별로 비 독점적 인 프랜차이즈 태그할당 받았으며, 이는 팀이 다른 팀과 계약을 체결 한 선수가 보상을받을 수 있도록 보장했습니다. 이 선수들은 수비 엔드 Greg Hardy ( Panthers ), 타이트 엔드 Jimmy Graham ( Saints ), 플레이스킥 선수 Nick Folk ( Jets ), 라인 배커 Brian Orakpo ( Redskins )였습니다. [7] 다른 두 팀이 전환 태그를 사용했습니다., 플레이어의 현재 팀에게 다른 프랜차이즈의 제안과 일치 할 기회를 제공하고 태그가 지정된 플레이어가 다른 곳에서 서명 할 경우 드래프트 픽 보상 (프랜차이즈 태그보다 낮은 수준)을 보장합니다. 전환 태그를받은 플레이어는 Jason Worilds ( Steelers )와 Alex Mack ( Browns )였습니다. Mack는 잭슨빌 재규어5 년 4,200 만 달러 제안서에 서명했습니다. 여기에는 2,600 만 달러의 보장금 과 2 시즌 후 계약을 취소 할 수있는 선수 옵션이 포함되어 있습니다. Browns는 제안과 일치하여 리그에서 가장 높은 급여를받는 센터 가 된 Mack를 유지했습니다 . [8]

하나의 제한된 자유 계약 선수는 2014 년 팀을 전환 : 와이드 리시버는 앤드류 호킨스벵갈는 에 의해 서명되었다 브라운 . [9] 제한된 FA는 계약이 만료 된 리그에서 시즌이 3 개 이하인 선수입니다. 팀은 다른 팀의 제안과 일치 할 수있는 계약 제안을 입찰 할 수 있으며 (즉, 플레이어의 현재 팀이 "첫 번째 거부권"을 얻음) 서명 팀으로부터받는 드래프트 픽 보상을 트리거 할 수 있습니다. [10] Hawkins는 최소 수준에서 입찰되었으며, 이는 Bengals가 드래프트 보상을받을 수 없음을 의미합니다. [11]브라운스는 그에게 1,360 만 달러, 4 년제 제안에 서명했고, 벵갈은이를 거부했다. [12] 성도의 안전 라파엘 부시팔콘 의 제안에 서명 했지만 성도들은 그 제안에 맞춰 부시를 유지했습니다. [9] [13]

거래

2014 년 리그 연도에는 다음과 같은 주목할만한 거래가 이루어졌습니다.

  • 3 월 11 일 : 마이애미는 조건부 드래프트 픽을 위해 OT Jonathan Martin 을 샌프란시스코로 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 3 월 11 일 : 잭슨빌 은 6 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 QB 블레인 개 버트 를 샌프란시스코로 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 3 월 13 일 : 뉴 올리언스는 5 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 RB Darren Sproles 를 필라델피아로 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 5 월 9 일 : Buffalo는 2015 년 4 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 WR Stevie Johnson 을 샌프란시스코로 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 5 월 10 일 : 필라델피아는 2015 년 4 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 RB Bryce Brown 을 Buffalo 와 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 8 월 26 일 : 뉴 잉글랜드는 2015 년 4 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 G Logan Mankins 를 Tampa Bay로 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 8 월 31 일 : 뉴 잉글랜드는 2015 년 6 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 QB Ryan Mallett 을 Houston으로 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 10 월 17 일 : 시애틀 은 6 라운드 드래프트 픽을 위해 WR Percy Harvin 을 New York Jets 와 트레이드했습니다 .
  • 10 월 28 일 : Tampa Bay는 2015 년에 4 라운드 및 6 라운드 픽을 위해 LB Mark Barron 을 St. Louis로 트레이드했습니다 .

초안

2014 NFL 초안은 2014 년 5 월 8 일부터 10 일까지 뉴욕 에서 개최되었습니다 . [23] 드래프트 프로세스는 2 월 19 일부터 25 일 까지 인디애나 폴리스 에서 개최 된 팀 요원이 드래프트 자격을 갖춘 선수를 평가 하는 NFL Scouting Combine으로 시작되었습니다 . [1] 초안에는 기록적인 수의 비 고령자 98 명이 포함되었습니다 . [24] 이벤트 인해에서 일정 충돌 하순 4 월에 NFL 일정에 전통적인 위치에 비해 약 2 주 연기되었다 라디오 시티 뮤직 홀 , [25] 이후 초안 개최지었던 2006 . 초안에서 Houston Texans사우스 캐롤라이나 대학의 수비 지금 외부 라인 배커 제이드 베온 클라우 니 첫 번째 전체 선택 . [26]

1965 년 부터 개최 된 뉴욕시에서 행사의 미래에 대한 초안에 이르는 논의가있었습니다 . 지난 10 년 동안 드래프트에 대한 관심이 높아짐에 따라 [27] 이벤트가 지난 9 개 드래프트의 장소였던 라디오 시티 뮤직 홀을 능가 할 것이라는 믿음이있었습니다 . 초안을 4 일로 연장 할 가능성도 논의 중이었습니다. 2014 년 10 월 2 일 시카고 오디토리움 극장 이 다음 해 초안의 공식 사이트로 발표되었습니다. [28]

새로운 심판

심판 Scott GreenRon Winter2013 시즌 이후 은퇴 했습니다. 지난 4 시즌을 부심으로 보냈던 Ron Torbert지난 11 시즌을 현장 심사로 보냈던 Craig Wrolstad 가 심판으로 승진 해 그린과 윈터를 대신했다. 2014 년 6 월 25 일 NFLMike Carey 의 심판 은퇴를 발표했습니다 . Fox Sports의 Mike Pereira담당했던 전 이사처럼 Carey는 네트워크의 목요일 밤 과 일요일 오후 경기 에서 CBS의 NFL 보도에 대한 규칙 / 레퍼리 분석가가 될 것 입니다. 그는 Brad Allen 으로 대체되었습니다.지난 9 시즌을 ACC 심판 으로 보냈다 . 그는 Tommy Bell이 Southeastern Conference 에서 곧바로 심판으로 고용 된 1962 년 이후 첫 번째 신인 NFL 심판이었다 . (NFL 관계자는 일반적으로 주심이 아닌 다른 위치에서 첫 시즌을 보냅니다.) Allen, Torbert 및 Wrolstad를 심판 위치로 승격시키는 것 외에도 심판 Ed Hochuli의 아들 인 Shawn Hochuli를 포함하여 10 명의 새로운 임원이 고용 되었습니다 . [29]

규칙 변경

2014 년 3 월 26 일 오너 회의에서 2014 NFL 시즌에 대해 다음과 같은 규칙 변경이 통과되었습니다. [30]

  • 자루 후 심판의 타임 아웃 제거 (이전에는 2 분 경고 후에 만 자루를 위해 시계가 멈추지 않았습니다 ).
  • 스 크리 미지 라인 뒤에서 저지른 수비 파울에 대한 시행 지점을 단순화하여 달리기 종료 또는 파울 지점 대신 이전 지점에서 시행합니다.
  • 골대 높이를 30 피트에서 35 피트까지 올립니다. 업라이트는 1974 년 NFL 시즌 이후 30 피트 높이였습니다 .
  • 롤업 블록에 대한 제한을 확장하여 측면뿐만 아니라 뒷면에서도 이러한 블록을 포함합니다.
  • 골 포스트 나 크로스바를 통해 축구를 "덩킹"하는 행위 (또는 터치 다운 축하 행사에서 골 포스트 / 크로스바를 소품으로 사용하는 다른 수단)은 이제 비신사적 행위 (15 야드)로 간주됩니다. 이 규칙에 대한 응답이었다 뉴 올리언스 성도 타이트 엔드 지미 그레이엄 점수를 후 축구 덩크 '의 경향. Graham의 덩크 중 하나가 골대를 너무 많이 구부려 경기장 승무원이 수리를하기 위해 경기가 몇 분 지연되었습니다. 또한 앞서 언급 한 골 포스트를 확장하기위한 규칙 변경으로 인해 무게가 추가되어 무너질 가능성이 높아집니다. 이 축하 행사는 이전에 Lambeau Leap 과 같이 합법적으로 "할아버지"였습니다 .
  • 플레이가 죽어도 헐거운 공의 회복을 커버하기 위해 리플레이를 확장합니다. 이것은 샌프란시스코 49ers의 수비 선수 인 NaVorro Bowman2013-14 NFL 플레이 오프 에서 헐거운 공과 접촉에 의한 다운 링의 명확한 회복 에 대한 응답이었습니다 . Seahawks가 Michael Robinson을 뒤로 돌린 후 Bowman이 심각한 무릎 부상으로 공을 놓아주게되면서 공이 Seattle Seahawks 에게 주어졌습니다 . Bowman의 회복에 대한 확실한 비디오 증거에도 불구하고 연극은 검토 할 수 없었습니다.
  • 주최 지휘 센터를 현장 대 부스 통신 릴레이에 연결하여 심판이 재생 검토 중에 지휘 센터와 통신 할 수 있도록합니다. 이것은 2013 시즌 동안 논란이 많은 리플레이 리뷰와 NHL 의 지휘 센터를 관찰하는 리그 관계자들에 대한 응답이었습니다 . 그러나 NHL의 리플레이 시스템과는 달리 NFL 심판은 여전히 ​​지휘 센터 대신 최종 결정을 내릴 것입니다.
  • 스포츠맨답지 않은 행동 처벌 (15 야드)에 따라 현장에서 조롱하고 인종 / 성적 비방을 사용합니다.

리그는 또한 게임 관계자들에게 공격 패스 간섭, 방어 보류 및 불법 접촉을 엄격하게 시행하도록 지시했습니다. [31]

난이도를 높이기 위해 엑스트라 포인트 트라이에서 스 크리 미지 라인을 2 야드 라인에서 25 야드 라인으로 옮기는 제안 (더 쉽게 만들 수있는 20 야드가 아닌 43 야드 시도)이 표에 나와 있습니다. 더 많은 2 점 전환 을 장려하기 위해 신시내티 벵갈 스가 1 야드 라인으로 옮기라 는 반대 제안 ) [32] 그러나 소유자는 20 야드 라인 (38- 야드 트라이) 프리 시즌의 첫 2 주 동안. PAT의 94.3 %는 지난 시즌 99.6 %의 성공률과 달리 2 주간의 실험에서 이루어졌습니다. [33]

새로운 부업 기술

Microsoft 와의 리그 계약의 일환으로 코치들은 경기장 꼭대기에서 촬영 한 경기 이미지를 사이드 라인으로 전송 하는 Surface 태블릿장착 하여 인쇄 된 사진과 노트북을 사용하는 전통적인 관행을 제거 할 것입니다. [34]

7 명의 NFL 경기 관계자는 FIFA 월드컵 및 기타 상위 수준의 협회 축구 에서 심판이 사용하는 시스템과 유사하게 경기 중에 서로 통신하기 위해 라디오 헤드셋을 착용 합니다. [35] 이 기술로, 관리는 시간을 절약, 서로 이야기에 필드를 이동할 필요가 없습니다.

연습반 확장

리그와 선수 조합 은 8 월에 연습반 규칙 을 일부 변경하기로 합의했습니다 . 새로운 규칙에 따라 각 팀은 연습 팀에 8 명에서 최대 10 명의 선수를 태울 수 있습니다. 연습 분대 자격은 또한 해당 시즌이 3 경기에서 6 경기로 선수의 3 시즌 자격 중 하나로 간주되기 위해 선수가 분대에 있어야하는 한 시즌의 게임 수를 늘림으로써 확장되었습니다. 마지막으로, 각 연습 분대에는 이전 규칙에 따라 분대에 참가할 자격이 되기에는 너무 많은 시간을 기록한 두 명의 선수가 포함될 수 있지만, 이들 선수는 리그에서 누적 시즌이 2 개 이하일 수 있습니다. 새로운 규칙은 2014 년과 2015 년 시즌에 적용되며 연장없이 2016 년에 소멸됩니다. [36]

HGH 검사를 포함한 신약 정책

오랫동안 연기 된 신약 정책 은 9 월 리그와 선수 연합 이 합의했다 . 개정 된 정책에는 처음으로 인간 성장 호르몬 (HGH) 검사가 포함 됩니다. 다른 중요한 변경 사항으로는 마리화나 에 대한 양성 테스트에 대한 더 높은 제한 과 성능 향상 약물 (PED) 정책이 아닌 약물 남용 정책에 해당하는 비수기 동안 암페타민대한 실패한 테스트의 재 분류가 포함됩니다 . 변경 사항은 2014 년 리그 연도에 지급 된 정학에 대해 소급 적용되어 Wes WelkerOrlando Scandrick을 포함한 일부 선수가오프 시즌 동안 암페타민 사용으로 테스트에 실패한 그는 이전에 4 번의 게임 금지 선고를 받았음에도 불구하고 즉시 복귀했습니다. [37]

2014 년 사망

윌리엄 클레이 포드
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1961 년 William Clay Ford, Sr.
NFL 팀 오너 인 William Clay Ford, Sr.Ralph Wilson은 모두 3 월에 사망했습니다.

디트로이트 라이온스 의 소유주 인 윌리엄 클레이 포드 (William Clay Ford, Sr. )는 89 세 생일을 2 주 앞둔 3 월 9 일 사망했습니다. [38] Ford는 1963 년에 라이온스를 인수했으며 1961 년부터 팀의 회장이었습니다. [39] 사망 당시 그는 Buffalo Bills의 소유주 인 Ralph Wilson에 이어 NFL에서 두 번째로 긴 소유주였습니다. [40] 팀은 Ford의 소유하에 단 한 번의 플레이 오프 승리 ( 1991 년 )를 달성했습니다 . [39]

팀의 소유권은 그의 미망인 인 전 Martha Firestone에게 넘어갔습니다. 팀 부회장 William Clay Ford, Jr.를 포함한 Ford의 네 자녀 도 팀 운영에 참여하고 있습니다. [40]

랄프 윌슨

Buffalo Bills의 소유주 인 Ralph Wilson 은 3 월 25 일 95 세의 나이로 사망했습니다. 그는 1960 년 American Football League (AFL) 에서 시작된 프랜차이즈의 창립 소유주였습니다 . 윌슨은 결국에지도 AFL과 NFL과의 협상에서 중심적인 역할을했다 AFL-NFL 합병1970 . 그는 원래 8 명의 AFL 소유자가 지명 된 것처럼 Foolish Club 중 마지막으로 남은 NFL 소유자였습니다 . Wilson은 2009 년에 프로 축구 명예의 전당헌액 되었습니다. [41] 우연히도 Wilson과 라이온스 소유주 인 William Clay Ford, Sr.가 미시간 주 그로스 포인트 쇼어에 있는 각자의 집에서 사망했습니다., 서로 3 주 이내에.

Bills의 소유권은 Wilson의 미망인 인 Mary McLean이 이끄는 신탁으로 넘어 갔고 그녀와 다른 세 명의 팀 임원이 통제했습니다. 신탁은 윌슨이 죽은 직후 팀을 매각했습니다. [42] 팀의 입찰자에는 급여 처리 거물 Tom Golisano , 천연 가스 거물 Terrence Pegula , 미래의 대통령 Donald Trump , 전 Bills 쿼터백 Jim Kelly 와 채권 관리자 Jeffrey Gundlach 를 포함한 컨소시엄, Jon Bon Jovi 와 교장 의 컨소시엄이 포함되었습니다. 메이플 리프 스포츠 및 엔터테인먼트 . [43] [44] [45]열악한 경제와 출석 감소에도 불구하고, 팀은 주로 윌슨의 생애 동안 서명 된 철갑 한 경기장 임대로 인해 2019 시즌이 끝날 때까지 팀이 떠나는 것을 효과적으로 막고 잠재적 인 로스 앤젤레스 기반 이익이 있었기 때문에 즉시 재배치 할 위험이 없었습니다. 팀을 구입하는 것을 두려워했습니다. 켈리 / 건 들락과 골리 사노 그룹은 페굴 라스가 팀을 인수하겠다고 제안했을 때 물러 났고, 트럼프는 다른 입찰자만큼 입찰 할 의향이 없었지만,이 회사가 운영 하는 본 조비 / MLSE 입찰에 반대 하는 비방 캠페인지지 했습니다. 정치 요원 마이클 R. 카푸 토 . [46] 팀은 결국 14 억 달러의보고 가격에 Pegula에 매각되었습니다.

Wilson을 기리기 위해 Bills는 2014 시즌 내내 유니폼에 그의 이니셜이 새겨진 패치를 착용했습니다. [47]

말콤 글레이저

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 의 소유주 인 Malcolm Glazer 는 5 월 28 일 85 세의 나이로 사망했습니다. Glazer는 기본적으로 팀 역사의 절반을 차지하는 1995 년 부터 Buccaneers를 소유했습니다 . $ (192) 만 달러 가격 글레이저는 스포츠 프랜차이즈의 가격에 대한 시간에 기록을 지불했다. 프랜차이즈는 Glazer가 창립 소유자 인 Hugh Culverhouse 가 사망 한 후 구입했을 때 혼란 스러웠습니다 . Bucs는 Culverhouse에서 19 년 만에 3 번만 플레이 오프를했고, Glazer가 인수 한 이후 19 시즌 동안 2002 년 Super Bowl XXXVII 우승을 포함 해 7 번 플레이 오프에 진출 했습니다 . [48]

Glazer의 미망인 Linda Glazer와 Glazers의 여섯 자녀는 계속해서 팀을 소유하고 운영 할 것입니다. [49]

1954 년 Noll
1976 년 모럴
척 놀

피츠버그 스틸러스 감독 인 척 놀 (Chuck Noll) 은 6 월 13 일 82 세의 나이로 사망했습니다. 놀은 1970 년대 스틸러스 왕조를 건설 한 것으로 널리 알려져 있습니다. 그는 팀을 4 번의 슈퍼 볼 우승으로 코치했습니다. 그가 1969 년에 고용되었을 때 Steelers는 거의 40 년 동안 단일 타이틀을 획득하지 못했습니다. 그는 Terry Bradshaw , "Mean"Joe Greene , Mike Webster , Jack Ham , Jack Lambert , Lynn Swann , John Stallworth , Franco Harris여러 명예의 전당 선수를 감독했습니다 . Noll은 Pro Football Hall of Fame의 회원 이었습니다. [50]

얼 모럴

Earl Morrall 은 4 월 25 일 79 세의 나이로 사망했습니다. 그는 21 년 동안 NFL 경력을 쌓았으며 완벽한 시즌을 마친 유일한 NFL 스쿼드 인 1972 년 Miami Dolphins의 주목할만한 멤버였습니다 . Morrall은 1956 NFL Draft 에서 두 번째로 선발 된 선수였으며 6 개의 다른 NFL 팀에서 뛰었습니다. 그는 부상당한 Johnny Unitas를 교체 한 후 볼티모어 콜츠 를 13-1의 기록과 슈퍼 볼로 이끌면서 1968 년 리그 MVP로 선정 되었습니다 . 1972 년 Dolphins에 합류 한 후 Morrall은 Bob Griese를 대체하는 귀중한 지원자임이 다시 입증되었습니다.돌핀스 뽀얀 시즌의 다섯 번째 경기에서 발목이 부러졌습니다. Morrall은 1972-73 NFL 플레이 오프 동안 치유 된 Griese에게 자리를 내주기 전에 정규 시즌 마지막 9 경기를 시작했습니다 . Morrall은 1972 년 그의 공헌 으로 Pro Football Weekly 에서 올해컴백 선수로 선정 되었습니다 . [51]

기타 2014 년 사망

위에서 언급 한 것 외에도 NFL (또는 AFL ) 과 관련된 다음 사람들 이 2014 년에 사망했습니다. [52] [53] 전 코치였던 Harry Gamble , Hal Hunter, Sr., Steve Little, Jim Myers , Anthero "Nick"NicolauPete Rodriguez ; 전 공식 잭 파커 본; 그리고 전 선수 Joe Abbey , Mack Alston , Ocie Austin , Chris Banks , Paul Barry , Dave Behrman , Art Best , Dennis Biodrowski , Rob Bironas , Bill Boedeker ,Jim Boeke , Don Bracken , John Bramlett , Carl Brettschneider , Boyd Brown, Jr., Les Bruckner, Frank Budd , Jim "Cannonball"Butler , Jess Castete, Ronnie Caveness , Ernie Cheatham, Don Chuy , Dan Colchico , Mo Collins , Ted Connolly , Jim Cox , Hilton Crawford, Dave Daniels, Tony DiMidio , Ray DiPierro , Harley Dow, Elbert Drungo , Chris Dyko , Charley Ellzey, Fred Enke , Bobby Epps, Ledio Fanucchi, Ken Farragut, Jack Finlay , Charlie Flowers , Bill Frank , Goose Gonsoulin , Hal Herring , Donnie Humphrey , Allen Jacobs , Jim Johnson (수비 백), Aki Jones , Joe Katchik, Edward Kelley , Bob Kelly , Larry Kelm , Jim "Blackie"Kincaid , Don King , John Kompara, John Kreamcheck , Pete Ladygo , Hank Lauricella , Jeff Leiding , Dave Lloyd , Don Manoukian ,Toddrick McIntosh , Leon McLaughlin , Bob McNamara , Eddie Meyer , Tom Mikula , Bob Mischak , Sam Morley , Dennit Morris , John Morton (라인 배커), Perry Moss , Andy Natowich , Robert Newhouse , Reed Nilsen, Tommy O'Connell , Rupert Pate , Don Paul , Charley Powell , Mike Reed , Tom Regner , Scott Ross , Tim Rudnick, Ken Russell, Tom Saidock , Jimmy Saxton, Wayne Siegert, Roy Simmons , Bob Soleau , Gordy Soltau , Ed Sprinkle , Rebel Steiner , Jim Stinnette, Dave Strickland, Jim Swink , Deral Teteak , Orlando Thomas , Rodney Thomas , Bobby Lee Thompson , Fred "Fuzzy"Thurston , Hal Turner, TJ Turner , Al Vandeweghe , Sam Venuto , Ed Vereb , John Weaver, Todd Williams , Dennis Wirgowski , Abe Woodson , Wilbur Young, 그리고 Walt Yowarsky .

프리 시즌

2014 년 시즌 훈련 캠프 는 7 월 말부터 8 월까지 열렸습니다. 팀은 첫 번째 프리 시즌 경기가 시작되기 15 일 전에 훈련 캠프를 시작할 수 있습니다. [1]

정규 시즌이 시작되기 전에 각 팀은 4 번의 프리 시즌 시범 경기를 치렀습니다 . 프리 시즌 일정을 함께 진행되고있어 명예 게임의 프로 축구 회관 일요일 저녁에, 명예 게임 8 월 3 홀은 연간의 전통적인 부분이다 프로 축구 명예의 전당 명예 회원의 새로운 홀을 축하 유도 주말. 오하이오 주 캔톤 에있는 명예의 전당 건물에 인접한 포셋 스타디움 에서 상영되었습니다 . NBC 를 통해 미국에서 방영 된이 게임은 뉴욕 자이언츠버팔로 빌스가 출연 했으며 자이언츠가 17-13으로 승리했습니다. [54]전직 선수들이 홀에 입성하는 것과 관련된 팀 일정을 계획하는 최근 추세를 이어 가면서 2014 년 클래스에는 전 자이언츠 수비 엔드 마이클 스트라 한과 전 빌스 와이드 리시버 Andre Reed가 포함되었습니다 . 명예의 전당에 입성 한 다른 사람들은 라인 배커 데릭 브룩스 , 펀터 레이 가이 , 수비 엔드 클로드 험프리 , 공격 태클 월터 존스 , 수비 백 에이 네이 아스 윌리엄스 입니다. [55] 목요일, 8 월 28 일 정규 시즌이 시작하기 전에 일주일에 싸서 65 게임 프리 시즌 일정. [56]

정규 시즌

2014 년 정규 시즌 에는 노동절 다음 목요일 밤에 시작된 17 주 일정에 걸쳐 256 경기가 진행되었습니다 . 리그의 각 32 개 팀은 4 주에서 12 주 사이에 예정된 각 팀에 대해 1 주일 씩 16 경기 일정을 치렀습니다 . 이 슬레이트 는 시즌 개막 주에 더블헤더포함 해 월요일 밤 17 경기를 선보였다 . 포함 목요일에 경기 열일곱 개 게임이 있었다 내셔널 풋볼 리그 킥오프 게임 에서 황금 시간대 9 월 4 일 및 세 게임 추수 감사절. 이 일정에는 시즌 16 주차 인 12 월 20 일 토요일에 치러진 두 경기도 포함되어 있습니다. 정규 시즌은 12 월 28 일 일요일 16 경기의 풀 슬레이트로 마무리되었으며, 2010 년 이후의 모든 경기는 디비전 내 매치업이었습니다. [57]

일정 공식

NFL의 현재 일정 공식에 따라 각 팀은 자신의 디비전에서 다른 세 팀을 각각 두 번 플레이합니다. 또한 한 팀은 각 회의에서 한 부서의 네 팀 모두와 대결합니다. 팀 일정의 마지막 두 경기는 팀이 이전 시즌을 자신의 디비전에서 같은 순위로 마친 팀 (예 : 디비전에서 1 위를 차지한 팀)에서 플레이하도록 설정되지 않은 디비전에서 팀 자체 컨퍼런스의 두 팀을 상대로합니다. 이전 시즌은 각 디비전에서 1 위를 차지한 컨퍼런스에서 서로 팀을 뛰게됩니다.) 2014 년의 사전 설정된 분할 페어링은 다음과 같습니다.

회의 내
AFC 동부 vs. AFC 서부
AFC 북부 vs. AFC 남부
NFC 동부 vs. NFC 서부
NFC 북부 vs. NFC 남부

인터 컨퍼런스
AFC 동쪽NFC 북쪽
AFC 북쪽NFC 남쪽
AFC 남쪽NFC 동쪽
AFC 서쪽NFC 서쪽

2014 년 일정의 하이라이트는 다음과 같습니다.

2014 년 3 월 4 일, Buffalo Bills 의 공식 라디오 플래그십 ( WGR )은 Bills Toronto Series 가 2014 년에 열리지 않을 것이며 [62] , 그렇지 않으면 2017 시즌을 통해 진행될 예정이었던 시리즈의 미래를 확인했습니다. [63] 아직 확실하지 않았습니다. 이 시리즈는 2014 년 12 월 3 일에 공식적으로 종료되었습니다. [64] [65]

플렉스 스케줄링 변경

NFL은 유연한 스케줄링 절차에 두 가지 주요 변경 사항을 도입했습니다. 첫째, 리그는 이제 CBS와 Fox 사이에서 "크로스 플렉스"게임을 할 수있게되어 CBS가 NFC 어웨이 게임 ( 1993 년 이후 처음 )을 방송하고 Fox는 AFC 어웨이 게임 ( 2011 년 이후 처음으로)을 방송 할 수있게되었습니다. , 그리고 처음으로 모든 AFC 대결). [66] [67] 리그는 시즌 시작 전이나 시즌 중에 이러한 게임 중 일부를 "크로스 플렉스"할 수 있습니다. 이 "크로스 굴곡"변화에 의해 영향을받는 첫번째 게임은 사이 주 한 대회였다 버팔로 계산서시카고 베어스 에서 군인 필드 대신 CBS의 폭스에서 방영; [68]Bills의 4 개 인터 컨퍼런스 게임 ( 포드 필드 에서 디트로이트 라이온스 와의 5 주차 경기 포함 )이 모두 Fox에서 방영되었으며, 6 주차에는 Bills와 관련된 모든 AFC 경기 (이번에는 New England Patriots )는 Fox로 이전되어 Buffalo의 CBS 계열사 WIVB-TV 의 재정 문제를 악화 시켰습니다 . [69] Carolina PanthersSeattle Seahawks 간의 모든 NFC 대결 이 CBS에 주어졌습니다. [70] 전술 디트로이트 라이온 시카고 베어 추수 게임은 CBS 대신 폭스 주어졌다.

2014 년 4 월 23 일, 리그는 유연한 스케줄링 절차에 대한 두 번째 주요 변경 사항을 발표했습니다. 게임은 5 주차부터 NBC Sunday Night 시간 슬롯으로 조정될 수 있습니다. NBC는 5 주에서 10 주 사이에 최대 2 경기까지 조정될 수있었습니다. , 나머지 시즌에도 동일한 규칙이 적용됩니다. [71]

시즌 일정 변경

다음 게임은 유연한 일정 , 악천후 또는 기타 이유로 이동되었습니다.

  • 주 6 다음 애국자 - 청구서 게임이었다 "크로스 근육이 수축"에서 CBS폭스 그동안, 베어스 - 팔콘 게임은 오후 1:00 오후 4시 25분로 이동되었습니다 ET (여전히 폭스). [72]
  • 8 주차 : SeahawksPanthers 게임은 Fox에서 CBS 로 "cross-flexed"되었고 TexansTitans 게임은 CBS에서 Fox로 "cross-flexed"되었습니다. [73]
  • 11 주차 : VikingsBears 게임은 Fox에서 CBS로 "크로스 플렉스"되었으며 EaglesPackers 게임은 동부 표준시 기준 오후 1시에서 오후 4시 25 분으로 변경되었습니다 (여전히 Fox에서). [74]
  • 12 주차 : JetsBills 게임은 11 월 23 일 일요일 오후 1시 (동부 표준시) 에서 11 월 24 일 월요일 오후 7시 (동부 표준시) 디트로이트의 Ford Field 로 이전되었습니다. "Knife"호수 효과 눈보라 로 인해 지난주 버팔로 지역. 이 게임은 WCBS-TVWIVB-TV 에서 각각 현지에서 방영되었으며 , 이전에 예정된 Ravens와 Saints 간의 월요일 밤 축구 경기는 예정대로 방영되었습니다. [75]
  • 14 주차 : ColtsBrowns 게임은 CBS에서 Fox로 "교차 플렉스"되었습니다. [76]
  • 15 주차 : BengalsBrowns 게임은 CBS에서 Fox로 "크로스 플렉스"되었으며, VikingsLions 게임은 ET (여전히 Fox)에서 오후 1시에서 오후 4시 25 분으로 변경되었습니다. [77]
  • 16 주차 : 11 월 30 일, 리그는 12 월 20 일 토요일 두 경기의 최종 시작 시간과 네트워크를 발표했습니다. EaglesRedskins 경기는 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25 분에 진행되었으며 NFL Network에서 방영되었으며 Chargers49ers 경기가 방영되었습니다. 동부 표준시 오후 8시 25 분에 열렸으며 CBS에서 방송되었습니다. [77]
  • 17 주 차 :
    • 벵갈 스 - 스틸러스 원래 CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 1시 예정 게임, 최종 선정 된 NBC 일요일 밤 축구의 질 AFC 북한 챔피언을 결정 게임. [78]
    • 재규어 - 텍사스 원래 CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 1시 예정 게임은, "크로스 근육이 수축은"폭스에 (같은 킥오프 시간을 유지)이었다. [79]
    • 원래 Fox에서 오후 1시 (ET)로 예정된 The PanthersFalcons 게임은 CBS에서 오후 4시 25 분 (ET)까지 "크로스 플렉스"되었습니다. [80]
    • 라이온스 - 티켓 원래 폭스 오후 1 ET 예정 게임, 4:25시 (여전히 폭스) ET로 이동했다. [81]

순위

분할

회의

# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
디비전 리더
1 [b] 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 동쪽 12 4 0 .750 4 ~ 2 9 ~ 3 .514 .487 L1
2 [B] 덴버 브롱 코스 서부 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10 ~ 2 .521 .484 W1
3 [c] 피츠버그 스틸러스 북쪽 11 5 0 .688 4 ~ 2 9 ~ 3 .451 .486 W4
4 [c] 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠 남쪽 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9 ~ 3 .479 .372 W1
와일드 카드
5 신시내티 벵갈 스 북쪽 10 5 1 .656 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .498 .425 L1
6 볼티모어 까마귀 북쪽 10 6 0 .625 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .475 .378 W1
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 [d] 휴스턴 텍사스 남쪽 9 7 0 .563 4 ~ 2 8 ~ 4 .447 .299 W2
8 [d] Kansas City Chiefs 서부 9 7 0 .563 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .512 .500 W1
9 [d] 샌디에이고 충전기 서부 9 7 0 .563 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .512 .403 L1
10 [d] 버팔로 빌 동쪽 9 7 0 .563 4 ~ 2 5 ~ 7 .516 .486 W1
11 마이애미 돌핀스 동쪽 8 8 0 .500 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .512 .406 L1
12 클리블랜드 브라운 북쪽 7 9 0 .438 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .479 .371 L5
13 뉴욕 제츠 동쪽 4 12 0 .250 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .543 .375 W1
14 [e] 잭슨빌 재규어 남쪽 13 0 .188 1 ~ 5 2 ~ 10 .514 .313 L1
15 [e] 오클랜드 레이더스 서부 13 0 .188 1 ~ 5 2 ~ 10 .570 .542 L1
16 테네시 타이탄 남쪽 2 14 0 .125 1 ~ 5 2 ~ 10 .506 .375 L10
타이 브레이커 [f]
  1. ^ B 캔자스 시티는 머리 대 머리 스윕에 따라 앞서 샌디에이고의 위를 기록하고 ( 주 7, 23-20 , 주 17, 19-7 ).
  2. ^ a b 뉴 잉글랜드가 덴버를 1 대 1로 격파했습니다 ( 9 주차, 43-21 주 ).
  3. ^ a b 피츠버그는 인디애나 폴리스를 1 대 1로 격파했습니다 ( 주 8, 51–34 ).
  4. ^ a b c d Kansas City는 AFC West에서 일대일 스윕을 기반으로 샌디에이고를 앞서고 있습니다 ( 7 주차 23-20 ; 17 주차 19-7 주 ).
    휴스턴은 컨퍼런스 기록을 바탕으로 캔자스 시티와 버팔로를 앞섰습니다.
    Kansas City는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 Buffalo를 앞서고 있습니다 ( 10 주, 17-13 주 ).
    샌디에이고는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 Buffalo를 앞서고 있습니다 ( 주 3, 22–10 ).
  5. ^ a b 잭슨빌은 기록 대 일반 상대 (1-4에서 0-5)를 기준으로 오클랜드보다 앞서 나갔습니다.
  6. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀의 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.
# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
디비전 리더
1 [a] 시애틀 시호크스 서부 12 4 0 .750 5 ~ 1 10 ~ 2 .525 .513 W6
2 [A] 그린 베이 패커 북쪽 12 4 0 .750 5 ~ 1 9 ~ 3 .482 .440 W2
3 [a] 달라스 카우보이 동쪽 12 4 0 .750 4 ~ 2 8 ~ 4 .445 .422 W4
4 캐롤라이나 팬더 스 남쪽 7 8 1 .469 4 ~ 2 6 ~ 6 .490 .357 W4
와일드 카드
5 [b] 애리조나 카디널스 서부 11 5 0 .688 3 ~ 3 8 ~ 4 .523 .477 L2
6 [b] 디트로이트 라이온스 북쪽 11 5 0 .688 5 ~ 1 9 ~ 3 .471 .392 L1
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 필라델피아 이글스 동쪽 10 6 0 .625 4 ~ 2 6 ~ 6 .490 .416 W1
8 샌프란시스코 49ers 서부 8 8 0 .500 2 ~ 4 7 ~ 5 .527 .508 W1
9 [c] 뉴 올리언스 성도 남쪽 7 9 0 .438 3 ~ 3 6 ~ 6 .486 .415 W1
10 [c] 미네소타 바이킹 북쪽 7 9 0 .438 1 ~ 5 6 ~ 6 .475 .308 W1
11 [d] 뉴욕 자이언츠 동쪽 6 10 0 .375 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .512 .323 L1
12 [d] 애틀랜타 팔콘 남쪽 6 10 0 .375 5 ~ 1 6 ~ 6 .482 .380 L1
13 [d] 세인트 루이스 램스 서부 6 10 0 .375 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .531 .427 L3
14 시카고 베어스 북쪽 5 11 0 .313 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .529 .338 L5
15 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 동쪽 4 12 0 .250 2 ~ 4 2 ~ 10 .496 .422 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 남쪽 2 14 0 .125 0 ~ 6 1 ~ 11 .486 .469 L6
타이 브레이커 [e]
  1. ^ a b c 시애틀, 그린 베이, 댈러스는 컨퍼런스 기록에 따라 시드 1-3으로 순위가 매겨졌습니다.
  2. ^ a b 애리조나가 디트로이트를 정면으로 이겼습니다 ( 11 주, 14-6 주 ).
  3. ^ a b 뉴 올리언스는 미네소타를 1 대 1로 물리 쳤습니다 ( 주 3, 20–9 ).
  4. ^ a b c 뉴욕 자이언츠는 애틀랜타와 세인트루이스를 정면으로 이겼고 (애틀란타 : 5 주차, 30-20 주, 세인트루이스 : 16 주차, 37-27 주 ) 애틀랜타는 세인트루이스를 앞서고 있습니다.
    회의 기록을 기반으로합니다.
  5. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀의 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.

포스트 시즌

와일드 카드 라운드는 2015 년 1 월 3-4 일에 진행되었습니다. 디비전 라운드 게임은 1 월 10-11 일에 진행되었습니다. 컨퍼런스 챔피언십 게임은 1 월 18 일에 연주 된 NFC 챔피언십 게임 오후 3시 EST 폭스와의 AFC 챔피언십 게임 CBS 6시 30 분 오후 EST에서 다음. [57]

슈퍼 볼 XLIX

슈퍼 볼 XLIX,의 이의를 제기 49 번째 슈퍼 볼은 의와 함께 2 월 1 일, 2015 년 2014 NFL 챔피언을 결정 뉴 잉글랜드 애국자 방어 물리 치고 슈퍼 볼 XLVIII의 챔피언 시애틀 시호크스 28-의 점수에 의해, 반복을 찾고 있었다, 24. 시애틀의 헤드 코치 인 Pete Carroll 의 논란의 여지가있는 플레이 콜로 , 그들은 1 야드 라인에서 터치 다운을 위해 공을 패스하기로 결정했고, 공은 신인 코너 백 Malcolm Butler에 의해 가로 채졌습니다 . 따라서 뉴 잉글랜드는 승리를 봉인했습니다. 이 게임은에서 열린 피닉스 경기장의 대학 에서 글렌 데일 , 애리조나 . [84] It was televised in the U.S. by NBC with kickoff around 6:30 p.m. EST.[85]

Playoffs bracket

Jan. 4 – Lucas Oil Stadium Jan. 11 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High
5 Cincinnati 10
4 Indianapolis 24
4 Indianapolis 26 Jan. 18 – Gillette Stadium
2 Denver 13
AFC
Jan. 3 – Heinz Field 4 Indianapolis 7
Jan. 10 – Gillette Stadium
1 New England 45
6 Baltimore 30 AFC Championship
6 Baltimore 31
3 Pittsburgh 17 Feb. 1 – University of Phoenix Stadium
1 New England 35
Wild card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 4 – AT&T Stadium A1 New England 28
Jan. 11 – Lambeau Field
N1 Seattle 24
6 Detroit 20 Super Bowl XLIX
3 Dallas 21
3 Dallas 24 Jan. 18 – CenturyLink Field
2 Green Bay 26
NFC
Jan. 3 – Bank of America Stadium 2 Green Bay 22
Jan. 10 – CenturyLink Field
1 Seattle 28*
5 Arizona 16 NFC Championship
4 Carolina 17
4 Carolina 27
1 Seattle 31


* Indicates overtime victory

Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is the league's all-star game. On April 9, 2014, the NFL announced that the 2015 Pro Bowl would be played the week prior to the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was broadcast in the U.S. by ESPN on Sunday, January 25, 2015. The draft format that debuted in the 2014 Pro Bowl continued with two former players, Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, drafting their players from a select list voted by the country, and without regard to league conference. Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden was named a captain of one of the Pro Bowl rosters alongside RB DeMarco Murray of Dallas on January 15. DE J.J. Watt of Houston and WR Antonio Brown of Pittsburgh were named opposite roster captains.[86]

Notable events

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image icon 2014 NFL Season Review Infographic, Dish Network, retrieved February 12, 2015

Some NFL-related events that made headlines throughout 2014 include:

Michael Sam becomes first openly gay player drafted by NFL

Michael Sam, an All-America defensive lineman from Missouri who was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, announced in February that he is gay.[87] Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft with the 249th overall selection.[88] He became the first openly gay draftee to be selected in the NFL Draft and if he made an NFL roster, he would become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Sam, the Rams and the NFL were publicly congratulated upon Sam's selection by U.S. president Barack Obama who called Sam's selection "an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey."[89] However, Sam stated after the draft that he felt he "should have gone in the top three rounds easily"[90] and there was speculation that his announcement of his sexuality caused him to fall in the draft.[91] Sam was the first ever SEC Defensive Player of the Year to not be selected in the first round of the draft.[92] On the other hand, Sam's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was widely judged as "mediocre" and at least one draft analyst assessed his odds of making an NFL roster as only "slightly better than average."[92]

ESPN aired Sam's reaction to being drafted which included an embrace and celebratory kiss with his partner. Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted a negative reaction to the display, which caused the Dolphins to fine him and ban him from participation in off-season team activities until he undergoes sensitivity training.[93]

On August 30, Sam was cut by the Rams a few days before the regular season was to start. On September 3, the Dallas Cowboys added Sam to their practice squad; he was released from the practice squad on October 21.[94]

Lawsuits by NFL cheerleaders

During the offseason, a major headline was many current and former cheerleaders filing lawsuits against their respective NFL teams for unfair labor practices. Members of the Buffalo Jills, Cincinnati Ben–Gals, Jets Flight Crew, Oakland Raiderettes, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders all filed lawsuits against their respective teams (or, in the case of the Jills, the non-profit organization that runs the Jills) for violating their respective state laws for labor practices, stating that they were required to meet certain appearance standards in both weight and make-up (at the expense of the cheerleaders) and attend mandatory unpaid practices, while being paid very little for each game, and in some cases, only receiving a lump sum payment after the season.[95] One lawsuit by a Raiderette, who had a young child at home and was prompted by her husband to initiate the lawsuit, was ruled as a seasonal job in federal court and thus not subject to minimum wage laws, but still was pending in a California state court and that state's more stringent labor laws.[96] Most controversial was the Jills' "Jiggle Test" that became public knowledge.[97] The Jills suspended operations indefinitely in response to the lawsuit.[98] It has been speculated that all NFL teams might drop their cheerleading squads in response to the lawsuits instead of paying their squads accordingly despite having the financial means to do so,[99] though the Cleveland Browns are considering adding cheerleaders to the team.[100]

Washington Redskins name controversy

On June 18, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in a 2–1 decision, invalidated some of the trademark protections of the Washington Redskins, stating that the use of the team name "Redskins" constituted an ethnic slur.[101] The Redskins are not required to change their name. However, if the decision is upheld on appeal (the team intends to appeal and has no intention of changing the team name), they will not be able to prevent counterfeiters from manufacturing certain knockoff Redskins' apparel.

With the Minnesota Vikings playing their first of two consecutive seasons at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium (see below), the university has asked the Vikings to keep the Washington team's name from being used in printed materials or uttered by the game announcer at the stadium. The college has also requested that the Redskins wear their throwback jerseys without the team name and logo when they visit the Vikings on November 2. University officials said that the use of the Redskins name at their stadium violates the institution's affirmative action, diversity and equal opportunity policy. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' executive vice president of public affairs, said that the team is still deciding how it will handle the college's request.[102][103]

Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen relinquishes control of team

On July 23, Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos' owner since 1984, relinquished control of the team due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bowlen has been privately battling the disease since 2009 after experiencing short-term memory loss, and has since taken a reduced role with the team, resulting in team president Joe Ellis and executive vice president/general manager John Elway making team decisions. Ellis and Elway will now assume full control of the team, though Bowlen's long-term plan is for one of his seven children to run the team in the future, preventing the Broncos from being put up for sale.[104][105]

Discipline for off-field incidents

Colts' owner Jim Irsay guilty of OWI; suspended 6 games

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on March 16 near his home in Carmel, Indiana, on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) after failing field sobriety tests. A search of Irsay's vehicle revealed "numerous prescription medication bottles containing pills" as well as almost $30,000 in cash. Preliminary charges of DUI and four counts of possession of a controlled substance were filed against Irsay, who was jailed overnight.[106] Irsay entered a rehabilitation facility shortly after his release from jail.[107] Irsay had undergone treatment for prescription drug addiction previously in the early 2000s.[108] Irsay returned to the Colts shortly before the draft in May.[109]

In late May, Irsay was charged with two misdemeanor counts in the incident: operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the body. Prosecutors allege Irsay was under the influence of oxycodone or hydrocodone, both of which are prescription opioid narcotic pain medications.[110]

Irsay pleaded guilty on September 2 to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), which is a Class C misdemeanor in Indiana. He was sentenced to one year of probation during which he is forbidden from consuming or possessing alcohol and his driving privileges were revoked for a period of one year and 40 days. He will be subject to random drug testing as a condition of his probation. In addition, the judge stipulated that any subsequent OWI charge in a five-year period will be treated as a felony. The NFL banned Irsay from any contact with his team for six games and also levied a fine of $500,000. He was also forbidden from doing any media interviews or making comments related to the team on social media during the suspension. It was expected that Irsay's daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, would assume control of the team during his absence.[111]

Ray Rice domestic violence suspension

On February 15, 2014, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer were both arrested for assault after a physical altercation that took place at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Celebrity news website TMZ posted a video of Rice dragging Palmer's body out of an elevator at the casino.[112] The Ravens issued a statement following TMZ's release of the video, calling Rice's domestic violence arrest a "serious matter."[113]

On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on charges of third-degree aggravated assault, which could carry a jail sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Charges against Palmer were dropped.[114] Rice and Palmer were married the day after his indictment.[115] Rice pleaded guilty to one count of third degree aggravated assault and was accepted into a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders on May 20.[116] Under the terms of the plea deal, the charges would be dropped and expunged from Rice's record if he meets the conditions imposed by the judge for the next 12 months.[117]

Rice was suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season on July 25.[118] On September 8, TMZ released footage from a camera inside the elevator in which the assault took place. The video appears to show Rice punching Palmer in the face causing Palmer to immediately fall to the ground, perhaps striking her head on the elevator's handrail on the way to the floor, and leaving her motionless. Within hours of the video's release, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice's contract. Shortly thereafter, Goodell announced that Rice had been suspended from the league indefinitely.[119][120]

Rice, along with the players' union, appealed the indefinite suspension on the grounds that a player cannot be disciplined twice for the same incident. The union requested that Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal (as he normally would under the league's personal conduct policy) since he will be a witness in the proceedings.[121]

In late November, Rice was reinstated. It's reported that there are four teams looking into picking up Rice for the 2015 season. Two of those teams have been identified as the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.[122]

New policy on domestic violence instituted by league

As a result of widespread criticism of the two-game suspension handed down in the Ray Rice case, which was considered too lenient by many commentators,[123] the NFL announced a new policy on dealing with domestic violence on August 28. Under the new policy the first offense of domestic violence would be punishable by a minimum six-game suspension without pay; a second offense would result in a "lifetime" ban from the league. These rules will apply to all league personnel, including executives and owners, not just players. A person who receives a "lifetime" ban would be eligible to petition the league for reinstatement after one year. The penalty for the first offense could be increased by a number of factors including a previous incident prior to joining the league, the use of a weapon, an act committed against a pregnant woman and the presence of a child.

Reaction to the new domestic violence policy

According to an Associated Press article on ESPN, the player's union has questioned why the NFL's domestic violence training and education program "treats all players as perpetrators." In a memo sent to the NFL Players Association members on Thursday by Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and obtained Friday by the Associated Press, the union also said the plan, "doesn't build a positive consensus to warning signs." Smith and union special counsel Teri Patterson described two meetings this month with the league in which an NFLPA commission was briefed on the league's approach to educating players, coaches, executives, owners and NFL personnel about domestic violence. He wrote that a "good overview of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse" was presented. But "it did not address larger issues of violence in and outside of the home."

The NFL said of the "perpetrators" claim: "Nothing could be further from the truth. The presentation expressly recognizes that people in the NFL are often falsely portrayed and that the actions of a few damage the reputations of many." "What the program teaches is that everyone can and should be part of the solution," the league statement said. The union memo also said the "NFL's presentation doesn't focus on follow-ups and providing continuous resources at the clubs to address potentially violent situations as well as preventing them." The NFL's educational program was shown to the AP on Oct. 7, and it included information from a memo sent to the 32 clubs on Sept. 18 that pointed out local resources available to all team personnel and their families. That document indicated a plan was in place to provide those resources and follow-ups for those who need it. The union memo to the players also said the NFL presentation "doesn't include any psychological information about the type of behavior that could lead to acts of violence or warning signs of negative behavior, but instead seemed to focus almost entirely on what happens after a violent incident has been committed."

The league's plan calls for experts who work in the psychological space to offer a research perspective of societal issues, recognized that these are intimate crimes that impact people in many ways. The program calls for each club to have such experts available to the teams, or what NFL calls "the entire club family." That can include a clinician, human resource workers, player engagement executives, security personnel and a mental health professional who works with the club. The union added that although the league indicated that the trainers for this educational program will be experts, the NFL did not list any specific names, titles or relevant backgrounds of the people they intend to utilize for the training. Previously, the NFL announced an advisory group that includes authorities in the domestic violence area such as Tony Porter, Beth E. Richie, Rita Smith, Jane Randel and Lisa Friel. Another NFLPA observation was: "Too much reliance was placed on using former players to participate in the training. While one former players possess the right qualifications and experience to train personnel on these issues, the league's inability to articulate who these players are raises concerns that call into question the effectiveness of the training." Many of the player ambassadors, as the NFL calls them, have personal testimonies around these issues and might be helpful, but they would not deliver the education program. The union added: "The league stated that at each presentation, they will distribute information on suggested local (team city/state specific) resources for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention specialists, licensed club mental health clinicians, club human resource directors and director of Player Engagement.

The NFLPA commission members recommended that a broader net of resources be included, such as faith-based counselors and male-focused community organizations, etc. The NFL did not provide any explanation as to why one resource was chosen over another or how those resources would be specifically integrated into the workplace, if at all." In response to the union memo, the NFL said: "We were pleased to meet with the union and are working to incorporate their suggestions into the presentations is the start of a process of education that will continue in future years."[124][125]

Adrian Peterson child abuse arrest and benched

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted by a Houston grand jury on a felony charge of injury to a child on September 12. The charge stemmed from a beating with a tree branch, or switch, which Peterson allegedly administered to his 4-year-old son as a disciplinary measure.[126] Peterson turned himself in for arrest following the indictment.

The Vikings announced following the arrest that Peterson would be deactivated and would not play in the team's game that weekend. The following Monday the team announced that Peterson would be allowed to rejoin the team. The team reversed direction two days later and placed Peterson on the inactive list pending resolution of the charges.[127]

Greg Hardy found guilty of domestic violence; placed on leave

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on charges of domestic violence after an altercation with his girlfriend which took place on May 13. In July, Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats and sentenced to 18 months of probation in a trial before a district judge. Hardy immediately requested a trial by jury which under North Carolina's legal system means that the terms of the sentencing are put on hold pending the jury trial.[128]

Because the legal process had not yet played out, Hardy was not disciplined immediately by either the league or the Panthers and he was allowed to play in the team's first game. However, following the outcry surrounding the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations, Hardy was de-activated for the Panther's second game and was subsequently placed on the inactive list until the charges are adjudicated. Hardy continued to get paid, but was not allowed to have any contact with the Panthers organization.[129]

Possible franchise relocations

Buffalo Bills

In July 2014 it was reported that Jon Bon Jovi and the principals of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (a consortium between Bills Toronto Series lessee Edward Rogers III and Larry Tanenbaum) had joined forces as equal partners to bid on the Buffalo Bills, with Bon Jovi the proposed controlling owner.[130] It was also reported that the group had conducted a feasibility study in early 2013 on the construction of an NFL stadium in Toronto.[131] Following protests by Buffalo area fans against the Toronto group, including radio stations banning Bon Jovi's music,[132] Bon Jovi wrote a public letter to Bills fans saying that the group's objective was to "make the Bills successful in Buffalo" and committing to work with all levels of government "to identify the best possible site in the Buffalo area for a new stadium",[133] though it noticeably did not promise to keep the team in Buffalo.[134] The group claimed it had plans to meet with developers in the Buffalo region to discuss the construction of a new stadium.[135][136] However, there was widespread skepticism about the sincerity of the group's pledge to keep the team in Buffalo,[135] with a sports franchise relocation expert quoted as saying that if they did intend to move the club, "I would suggest never saying that publicly" due to the legal implications of selling the team to a group planning on relocating it.[137]

The Toronto group was one of four known to have submitted a preliminary bid for the franchise. The other groups, which intend to keep the club in Buffalo, were: eventual winner Terrence Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres; Donald Trump, who formerly owned the New Jersey Generals; and Tom Golisano, former owner of the Buffalo Sabres.[136][138] Trump described his chances of being the successful bidder as "very, very unlikely because I'm not going to do something totally stupid."[139] Other Canadians who explored purchasing the team include John Bitove, who was co-founder the Toronto Raptors, and the family of Francesco Aquilini, who owns the Vancouver Canucks, though it is unknown if they intended to move the team.[140][141] Though Tanenbaum and Rogers had significant wealth, it had been reported that the Toronto group's bid was limited by Bon Jovi's resources and his desire to be the controlling partner; NFL regulations require the controlling partner to have a 30% equity stake.[142] Los Angeles-based interests largely stayed away from the Bills, citing concerns over the stadium's lease and the fear that politicians will place intense scrutiny on any person who attempts to move the Bills out of Buffalo; multibillionaire Eli Broad declined to place a bid on the team for those reasons.[143]

The sale was completed on September 9, to the Pegulas for a reported amount of 1.4 billion dollars which made the Bills purchase the most expensive in league history. The sale was done in time for the Pegulas to be unanimously approved at the NFL's owners meeting on October 6–8.[139] Terry Pegula, owns the Buffalo Sabres and development projects in the Buffalo area. The Pegulas intend to keep the team in Western New York for the long term.

Any possible relocation had one of the other bidders won (or if Pegula resells the team to anyone in the future) could not happen under the terms of the Bills' current lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium until the end of the 2019 season and would have, at least on paper, required league endorsement (whether the league could, in and of itself, stop a relocation is unclear; Al Davis moved the Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles in 1982 against the league's wishes). And a relocation fee, which had been speculated to be $100–$200 million, could be charged by the NFL,[144][145][146][147][148][149] though this could be offset by an increase in franchise value in a larger market.[148][150] Goodell has said the two votes would be held separately.[151] Of the owners who made their position known, Jerry Jones was believed to have been in favor of the Bills moving to Toronto, while John Mara, Robert Wood Johnson IV, the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors, and Shahid Khan indicated they would have most likely opposed moving the team.[152]

Oakland Raiders

On July 29, 2014, reports surfaced that the Oakland Raiders were considering relocating to San Antonio in 2015 after owner Mark Davis met with San Antonio civic leaders the week before at the encouragement of former Raider Cliff Branch, which Davis was in town to visit for a local ceremony for Branch. The Raiders themselves had acknowledged Davis being in San Antonio for the event for Branch before news broke about a possible relocation, but wouldn't confirm nor deny that Davis also mentioned being there discussing moving his team east.[153] Among the two existing NFL teams in Texas, Houston Texans' owner Bob McNair and Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones—the latter of which has San Antonio as part of his territorial rights and previously voiced support of an NFL team moving there when the New Orleans Saints temporarily played in San Antonio in 2005 due to damages to the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina—both favor an NFL team playing in San Antonio.[154]

Though San Antonio is a smaller market than the San Francisco Bay Area, the Raiders wouldn't be sharing the market with another NFL team, and would only compete with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs among major sports teams. Additionally, the Raiders would use the Alamodome as a temporary home until an NFL-specific stadium could be constructed.[153] The team's lease at the O.co Coliseum was expiring after the 2014 season.[155]

On September 3, 2014, the city of Oakland reached a tentative deal to build a new football stadium in Oakland, which would result in the Coliseum being demolished; Davis did not respond to the proposal, which would also force the Oakland Athletics to build a new stadium of their own (which they have yet to agree to do), while Alameda County (co-owners of the current stadium) indicated they would probably not support the plan.[156] Davis, in the meantime, continued to negotiate with San Antonio officials and had team officials scout the Alamodome to determine if it would be suitable for the NFL.[157]

St. Louis Rams

The Rams and the St. Louis CVC began negotiating deals to get the Rams home stadium, the Edward Jones Dome into the top 25 percent of stadiums in the league (i.e., top eight teams of the thirty two NFL teams in reference to luxury boxes, amenities and overall fan experience). Under the terms of the lease agreement, the St. Louis CVC was required to make modifications to the Edward Jones Dome in 2005. However, then-owner, Georgia Frontiere, waived the provision in exchange for cash that served as a penalty for the city's noncompliance. The City of St. Louis, in subsequent years, made changes to the score board and increased the natural lighting by replacing panels with windows, although the overall feel remained dark. The minor renovations which totaled about $70 million did not bring the stadium within the specifications required under the lease agreement. On February 1, 2013, an Arbitrator (3 panel) selected to preside over the arbitration process found that the Edward Jones Dome was not in the top 25% of all NFL venues as required under the terms of the lease agreement between the Rams and the CVC. The Arbitrator (3 panel) further found that the estimated $700 million in proposed renovations by the Rams was not unreasonable given the terms of the lease agreement. Finally, the City of St. Louis was ordered to pay the Rams attorneys' fees which totaled a reported $2 million.

Publicly, city, county and state officials expressed no interest in providing further funding to the Edward Jones Dome in light of those entities, as well as taxpayers, continuing to owe approximately $300 million more on that facility. As such, if a resolution is not reached by the end of the 2014–2015 NFL season and the City of St. Louis remains non-compliant in its obligations under the lease agreement, the Rams would be free to nullify their lease and relocate.

On January 31, 2014, both the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California. It was, by the most conservative estimates, sufficient land on which a NFL-proper stadium may be constructed. The purchase price was rumored to have been between US$90–100 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Mr. Kroenke informed the league of the purchase. As an NFL owner, any purchase of land in which a potential stadium could be built must be disclosed to the league. This development further fueled rumors that the Rams intend to return its management and football operations to Southern California. The land was initially targeted for a Walmart Supercenter but Walmart could not get the necessary permits to build the center. Kroenke is married to Ann Walton Kroenke who is a member of the Walton family and many of Kroenke's real estate deals have involved Walmart properties.[158][159]

Records, milestones, and notable statistics

Week 1
  • Peyton Manning made love with his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, and in doing so became the second quarterback to defeat all 32 current NFL teams, joining Brett Favre.[160]
  • Allen Hurns became the first player in NFL history to have two TDs receiving in the first quarter in his NFL debut.[161]
  • In Week 1, quarterbacks completed 64.3 percent of their passes, an NFL record.[162]
Week 2
  • Bill Belichick became the sixth coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins.[163]
  • The Philadelphia Eagles became the first team in NFL history to start the season 2–0 after trailing by at least 14 points at halftime in each of their first two games.
Week 3
Week 4
  • The Green Bay Packers became the second NFL franchise to record their 700th regular-season victory, joining the Chicago Bears.[167]
  • There were zero punts in the Packers–Bears game, making it the second regular-season game in NFL history with no punts. The other regular-season game without a punt was a 1992 game between the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.[167]
  • Colts quarterback Andrew Luck became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 370 yards and 4 touchdowns, and have a completion percentage above 70 percent or above in consecutive games.[168]
Week 5
Week 6
  • The Chicago Bears became the first NFL franchise to reach 750 total wins.[173]
  • DeMarco Murray became the second player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his team's first six games to start a season, joining Jim Brown.[173]
  • Julius Thomas, with his nine touchdown catches through his team's first five games of the season, tied the NFL record that was set by Calvin Johnson in 2011.[174]
  • With a passer rating above 120 for the fifth straight game, Philip Rivers has set an NFL record for most consecutive games above this mark. The previous record was shared by Johnny Unitas in 1965 and Kurt Warner in 2009, who each had four.[174]
  • Joe Flacco tied a league record set by Tommy Kramer in 1986 by recording 4 touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.[175]
  • The Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals played to a 37–37 tie. This was the highest scoring tie game since the 1974 introduction of overtime to the regular season.
Week 7
  • Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass, setting an NFL record. The previous record was held by Brett Favre, who had 508.[176]
  • DeMarco Murray became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his team's first seven games to start a season, breaking the record he held with Jim Brown. Murray would go on to extend his record to eight games.[177]
  • Reggie Wayne became the ninth player in NFL history to reach 14,000 receiving yards.[177]
  • Russell Wilson became the first player in NFL history to have passed for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game.[178]
Week 8
Week 9
  • Ben Roethlisberger became the first player in NFL history to record at least six touchdown passes in consecutive games.
  • The Denver Broncos scored 20 or more points for the 29th consecutive regular-season game, setting a new record. The previous record was held by the St. Louis Rams who had 28 such games in 1999 and 2000.[180]
Week 10
  • Michael Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 6,000 career rushing yards.[181]
  • Julius Thomas became the first tight end in NFL history to achieve back-to-back 12-touchdown seasons.
  • Julius Thomas tied an NFL record for the most touchdown catches through nine games, with 12, joining Randy Moss in 2007.[182]
  • Aaron Rodgers tied the NFL record with six touchdowns in a half that was set by Daryle Lamonica in 1969.[183]
Week 11
  • Adam Vinatieri became the first player in NFL history to score more than 100+ points in 17 different seasons, breaking the record previously held by Jason Elam, who had 16.[184]
  • J. J. Watt became the only player in league history (since sacks became an official statistic) to register a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown reception in the same game.[185]
Week 12
  • The Atlanta Falcons became the first team in NFL history to lead a division while being three games below .500.[186]
Week 15
Week 17

Regular season statistical leaders

Individual[195]
Scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski, New England (156)
Most Field Goals Made Stephen Gostkowski, New England (35 FGs)
Touchdowns Marshawn Lynch, Seattle (17 TDs)
Rushing DeMarco Murray, Dallas (1,845 yards)
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans and Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (4,952 yards)
Passing touchdowns Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (40 TDs)
Passer rating Tony Romo, Dallas (113.2 rating)
Pass receptions Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (129 catches)
Pass receiving yards Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (1,698 yards)
Combined tackles Luke Kuechly, Carolina (171 tackles)
Interceptions Glover Quin, Detroit (7)
Punting Marquette King, Oakland (4,930 yards, 45.2 average yards)
Sacks Justin Houston, Kansas (22)

Awards

Individual season awards

The 4th Annual NFL Honors, saluting the best players and plays from 2014 season, was held at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona on January 31, 2015.[196]

Award Winner Position Team
AP Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers
AP Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray Running back Dallas Cowboys
AP Defensive Player of the Year J. J. Watt Defensive end Houston Texans
AP Coach of the Year Bruce Arians Head coach Arizona Cardinals
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. Wide receiver New York Giants
AP Assistant Coach of the Year Todd Bowles Defensive coordinator Arizona Cardinals
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald Defensive tackle St. Louis Rams
AP Comeback Player of the Year Rob Gronkowski Tight end New England Patriots
Pepsi Rookie of the Year Teddy Bridgewater Quarterback Minnesota Vikings
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis Linebacker Carolina Panthers
PFWA NFL Executive of the Year Jerry Jones Owner/President/General Manager Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Tom Brady Quarterback New England Patriots

All-Pro team

The following players were named first team All-Pro by the Associated Press:[197]

Offense
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Running back DeMarco Murray, Dallas
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
Fullback John Kuhn, Green Bay
Wide receiver Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Dez Bryant, Dallas
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, New England
Offensive tackle Tyron Smith, Dallas
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Offensive guard Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Zack Martin, Dallas
Center Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Defense
Defensive end J. J. Watt, Houston
Mario Williams, Buffalo
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Detroit
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo
Outside linebacker Justin Houston, Kansas City
Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore
Inside linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina
Bobby Wagner, Seattle
Cornerback Darrelle Revis, New England
Richard Sherman, Seattle
Safety Earl Thomas, Seattle
Eric Weddle, San Diego
Special teams
Kicker Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
Punter Pat McAfee, Indianapolis
Kick returner Adam Jones, Cincinnati

Players of the week/month

The following were named the top performers during the 2014 season:

Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1 Julius Thomas[198]
(Broncos)
Matt Ryan[199]
(Falcons)
Cameron Wake[198]
(Dolphins)
DeAndre Levy[199]
(Lions)
Dan Carpenter[198]
(Bills)
Matt Bryant[199]
(Falcons)
2 Antonio Gates[200]
(Chargers)
Darren Sproles[201]
(Eagles)
Chandler Jones[200]
(Patriots)
Kyle Fuller[201]
(Bears)
C. J. Spiller[200]
(Bills)
Ted Ginn, Jr.[201]
(Cardinals)
3 Andrew Luck[202]
(Colts)
Matt Ryan[203]
(Falcons)
Corey Liuget[202]
(Chargers)
Kam Chancellor[203]
(Seahawks)
Justin Tucker[202]
(Ravens)
Devin Hester[203]
(Falcons)
4 Jamaal Charles[204]
(Chiefs)
Aaron Rodgers[205]
(Packers)
J. J. Watt[204]
(Texans)
Antoine Bethea[205]
(49ers)
Nick Novak[204]
(Chargers)
Darren Sproles[205]
(Eagles)
Sept. Philip Rivers[206]
(Chargers)
DeMarco Murray[207]
(Cowboys)
J. J. Watt[206]
(Texans)
DeAndre Levy[207]
(Lions)
Pat McAfee[206]
(Colts)
Jon Ryan[207]
(Seahawks)
5 Demaryius Thomas[208]
(Broncos)
Russell Wilson[209]
(Seahawks)
Marcell Dareus[208]
(Bills)
Julius Peppers[209]
(Packers)
Tank Carder[208]
(Browns)
Phil Dawson[209]
(49ers)
6 Joe Flacco[210]
(Ravens)
Tyron Smith[211]
(Cowboys)
Jurrell Casey[210]
(Titans)
Ezekiel Ansah[211]
(Lions)
Pat McAfee[210]
(Colts)
Chandler Catanzaro[211]
(Cardinals)
7 Peyton Manning[212]
(Broncos)
Aaron Rodgers[213]
(Packers)
Telvin Smith[212]
(Jaguars)
Keenan Robinson[213]
(Redskins)
Chris Jones[212]
(Patriots)
Stedman Bailey[213]
(Rams)
8 Ben Roethlisberger[214]
(Steelers)
Larry Fitzgerald[215]
(Cardinals)
Louis Delmas[214]
(Dolphins)
Anthony Barr[215]
(Vikings)
Knile Davis[214]
(Chiefs)
Kai Forbath[215]
(Redskins)
Oct. Tom Brady[216]
(Patriots)
DeMarco Murray[216]
(Cowboys)
Von Miller[216]
(Broncos)
Everson Griffen[216]
(Vikings)
Jarvis Landry[216]
(Dolphins)
Shayne Graham[216]
(Saints)
9 Ben Roethlisberger[217]
(Steelers)
Jeremy Maclin[218]
(Eagles)
Brent Grimes[217]
(Dolphins)
Junior Galette[218]
(Saints)
Julian Edelman[217]
(Patriots)
Justin Bethel[218]
(Cardinals)
10 Justin Forsett[219]
(Ravens)
Aaron Rodgers[220]
(Packers)
Jaiquawn Jarrett[219]
(Jets)
Patrick Peterson[220]
(Cardinals)
Anthony Sherman[219]
(Chiefs)
Darren Sproles[220]
(Eagles)
11 Jonas Gray[221]
(Patriots)
Mike Evans[222]
(Buccaneers)
J. J. Watt[221]
(Texans)
Chris Borland[222]
(49ers)
Mike Scifres[221]
(Chargers)
Greg Zuerlein[222]
(Rams)
12 Justin Forsett[223]
(Ravens)
Eddie Lacy[224]
(Packers)
Charles Woodson[223]
(Raiders)
Kam Chancellor[224]
(Seahawks)
Anthony Dixon[223]
(Bills)
Josh Huff[224]
(Eagles)
13 Ryan Fitzpatrick[225]
(Texans)
Drew Brees[226]
(Saints)
D'Qwell Jackson[225]
(Colts)
Richard Sherman[226]
(Seahawks)
Josh Scobee[225]
(Jaguars)
Adam Thielen[226]
(Vikings)
Nov. Andrew Luck[227]
(Colts)
Aaron Rodgers[228]
(Packers)
Mario Williams[227]
(Bills)
Connor Barwin[228]
(Eagles)
Justin Tucker[227]
(Ravens)
Matt Bryant[228]
(Falcons)
14 Le'Veon Bell[229]
(Steelers)
Cam Newton[230]
(Panthers)
Elvis Dumervil[229]
(Ravens)
Devon Kennard[230]
(Giants)
Ryan Allen[229]
(Patriots)
Tavon Austin[230]
(Rams)
15 Jeremy Hill[231]
(Bengals)
Dez Bryant[232]
(Cowboys)
Aqib Talib[231]
(Broncos)
Glover Quin[232]
(Lions)
De'Anthony Thomas[231]
(Chiefs)
Chandler Catanzaro[232]
(Cardinals)
16 Philip Rivers[233]
(Chargers)
Russell Wilson[234]
(Seahawks)
Dre Kirkpatrick[233]
(Bengals)
Clay Matthews[234]
(Packers)
Randy Bullock[233]
(Texans)
Matt Bosher[234]
(Falcons)
17 C. J. Anderson[235]
(Broncos)
Aaron Rodgers[236]
(Packers)
Jonathan Newsome[235]
(Colts)
Roman Harper[236]
(Panthers)
Antonio Brown[235]
(Steelers)
Micah Hyde[236]
(Packers)
Dec. Antonio Brown[237]
(Steelers)
Tony Romo[238]
(Cowboys)
J. J. Watt[237]
(Texans)
Bobby Wagner[238]
(Seahawks)
Connor Barth[237]
(Broncos)
Justin Bethel[238]
(Cardinals)
Week FedEx Air
Player of the Week[239]
(Quarterbacks)
FedEx Ground
Player of the Week[239]
(Running Backs)
Pepsi Next
Rookie of the Week[240]
1 Matt Ryan (Falcons) Knowshon Moreno (Dolphins) Kelvin Benjamin (Panthers)
2 Philip Rivers (Chargers) DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) Sammy Watkins (Bills)
3 Kirk Cousins (Redskins) Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) Kyle Fuller (Bears)
4 Philip Rivers (Chargers) DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)
5 Peyton Manning (Broncos) DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) Branden Oliver (Chargers)
6 Joe Flacco (Ravens) DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) Branden Oliver (Chargers)
7 Peyton Manning (Broncos) DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) Sammy Watkins (Bills)
8 Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) Mark Ingram (Saints) Sammy Watkins (Bills)
9 Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) Jeremy Hill (Bengals) Jeremy Hill (Bengals)
10 Aaron Rodgers (Packers) Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) Chris Borland (49ers)
11 Aaron Rodgers (Packers) Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) Chris Borland (49ers)
12 Tony Romo (Cowboys) Justin Forsett (Ravens) Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
13 Ryan Fitzpatrick (Texans) C. J. Anderson (Broncos) Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)
14 Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) Derek Carr (Raiders)
15 Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) Jeremy Hill (Bengals) Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
16 Philip Rivers (Chargers) Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
17 Joe Flacco (Ravens) Lamar Miller (Dolphins) Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
Month Rookie of the Month
Offensive Defensive
Sept.[241] Kelvin Benjamin
(Panthers)
Kyle Fuller
(Bears)
Oct.[242] Sammy Watkins
(Bills)
C. J. Mosley
(Ravens)
Nov.[243] Odell Beckham Jr.
(Giants)
Chris Borland
(49ers)
Dec.[244] Odell Beckham Jr.
(Giants)
C. J. Mosley
(Ravens)

Head coach/front office personnel changes

Head coach

Offseason
Team 2013 head coach
(at start of season)
2013 interim head coach Reason for leaving 2014 replacement Notes
Houston Texans Gary Kubiak Wade Phillips Fired Bill O'Brien[245] Kubiak was fired on December 6, 2013, after accumulating a 61–63 record in just under eight seasons as the Texans' head coach. Wade Phillips was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season.[246] Kubiak joined the Baltimore Ravens as offensive coordinator. O'Brien spent the past two seasons as the Penn State head coach and previously as a New England Patriots assistant.
Cleveland Browns Rob Chudzinski Mike Pettine Chudzinski was fired on December 29, 2013, after going 4–12 in his only season as Browns head coach.[247] Chudzinski joined the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant to the head coach.[248] Pettine was the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator last season.[249]
Detroit Lions Jim Schwartz Jim Caldwell Schwartz was fired on December 30, 2013, after a 1–6 stumble to end the 2013 season despite having led the NFC North earlier in the season. He finished with a 29–51 record over five seasons.[250] Schwartz joined the Buffalo Bills as defensive coordinator. Caldwell was hired as head coach on January 14. He had been head coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011 and finished with a 26–22 record. For the last year and a half, he was the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.[251]
Minnesota Vikings Leslie Frazier Mike Zimmer Frazier was fired on December 30, 2013, after more than three seasons as Vikings head coach, ending 2013 with a 5–10–1 record, and his tenure with Minnesota at 21–32–1.[252] Frazier joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as defensive coordinator. Zimmer was hired on January 15 and this is his first head-coaching position. He had been the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2008. He was also the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and the Dallas Cowboys from 2000 to 2006.[253]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Greg Schiano Lovie Smith[254] Schiano was fired on December 30, 2013, along with GM Mark Dominik. Schiano was 11–21 as head coach over two seasons.[255] Smith, a former Buccaneers assistant, served as the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2012.
Tennessee Titans Mike Munchak Ken Whisenhunt Munchak was fired on January 4, 2014, after three seasons as Titans head coach, ending his 32-season tenure with the team. He was 22–26 as head coach.[256] Munchak joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive line coach. Whisenhunt was previously the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 to 2012, compiling a record of 45–51, and served as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers in 2013.
Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan Jay Gruden Shanahan and his staff (except for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett) were fired on December 30, 2013, after a 3–13 record in 2013 and a 24–40 career regular season record with the Redskins.[257] Gruden, who had spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, had previously served as head coach of the Florida Tuskers of the UFL and Orlando Predators of the AFL.[258]
In-season
Team 2014 head coach Reason for leaving Interim head coach Notes
Oakland Raiders Dennis Allen Fired Tony Sparano Allen was fired on September 29 after an 8–28 record as Raiders head coach, and an 0–4 start to the season.[259] Sparano was named interim head coach on September 30. Sparano previously served as the Miami Dolphins' head coach from 2008 to 2011,[260] amassing a record of 29–32.

Front office

Offseason
Team Position 2013 office holder Reason for leaving 2014 replacement Notes
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik Fired Jason Licht[261] Dominik was fired on December 30, 2013.[255] He was replaced by Licht who had been the vice president of player personnel of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Prior to that Licht had served as the Cardinals director of player personnel and had also worked in the front offices of the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. He got his start in the NFL as a scout with the Patriots, Panthers and Dolphins.[261]
Cleveland Browns GM Mike Lombardi[262] Ray Farmer[263] Lombardi and Banner were fired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on February 11 after a lengthy coaching search revealed discord between the two executives.[262] Farmer was promoted from assistant GM to replace Lombardi[263] while no replacement for Banner as CEO was named.[264]
CEO Joe Banner[262] not replaced
Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland[265] Mutual agreement Dennis Hickey[266] Ireland and the Dolphins announced on January 7 that he was leaving the team in the "mutual best interest" of both parties, although it was reported that Ireland was to have been stripped of powers had he remained with the team.[265] He had been in the role since 2008.[265]

Dennis Hickey was hired to replace Ireland on January 27.[266] He had been the director of player personnel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2011. Prior to that he had been the Bucs' director of college scouting after starting with the team as a scout.

Denver Broncos CEO Pat Bowlen Resigned Joe Ellis Bowlen resigned his post as CEO and relinquished control of his team on July 23, 2014. Since 2010, he had previously moved most of his duties to team president Joe Ellis and executive vice president/general manager John Elway, following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.[104]

Stadium changes

  • Levi's Stadium, the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers, opened in July 2014.[267] The stadium is located in Santa Clara, California, directly west of the 49ers long-existing team offices and practice facility, and hosted Super Bowl 50 in early 2016.[268] In November 2013, stadium and team officials requested that the NFL not schedule any weekday home games during the preseason or regular season — including Monday and Thursday Night Football — due to parking issues within the area. The plan was to borrow parking facilities from nearby businesses and a community college, but the concern was that those entities would have the parking needs on weekdays.[269] Two months later (January 2014), the Santa Clara City Council approved a two-year deal with the Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club that would have opened up 10,000 additional parking spaces within walking distance of Levi's Stadium, as well as reimbursed the club $250,000 for each year, which also would have enabled the 49ers to host Monday and Thursday night games for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.[270] However, the NFL decided not to schedule the 49ers for any weeknight prime-time games at Levi's Stadium during the 2014 season until traffic flow within the area is figured out.[271] An exception was made for Thanksgiving, when the regular work traffic and parking would not be an issue.[272]
  • Reliant Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, was renamed NRG Stadium. Reliant Energy, which held the naming rights to the Texans' home field since their inaugural 2002 season, was previously purchased in 2009 by its parent company NRG Energy.[273]
  • The Minnesota Vikings played their first of two consecutive seasons at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, as they awaited the construction of a new stadium at the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.[274] Due to an agreement with the University of Minnesota, the Vikings did not host any Monday or Thursday night games at the stadium. The only exceptions would have been during Thanksgiving (in which the Vikings were not scheduled), Week 16 (which occurs after the university's academic finals), or times when the university is in recess in order to minimize the disruption of on-campus operations, and the Vikings also would have had to plan around the Gophers' home schedule and other UM events, including student move-in week and academic finals.[275]
  • The Oakland Raiders' lease on O.co Coliseum expired after the 2013 season. The Raiders played at the stadium for seven of their 2014 home games under a one-year emergency extension but its future after that remained unclear.[276] Prior to the season, the Raiders had announced their eighth home game was to be played at Wembley Stadium as part of the International Series.[277]

Uniforms

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled a new logo and helmet on February 20, 2014,[278] as well as a new uniform on March 3.[279] The team also wore a patch with the initials of late owner Malcolm Glazer who died on May 28 at the age of 85.[280]
  • The Philadelphia Eagles wore their alternate black jerseys during a preseason game against the New England Patriots as well as for their Week 6 game vs. the New York Giants, the latter of which marked the first time in franchise history that the team wore all black.[281] This was the result of the team upgrading their uniforms to take advantage of the "Elite 51" technology from Nike, which most teams had been using since 2012. The team's standard "midnight green" jerseys did not become available until their Week 10 game vs. the Carolina Panthers, because midnight green was considered a custom color and took longer to produce.[282][283]
  • The Detroit Lions wore patches with the initials of late owner William Clay Ford, Sr. who died on March 9 at the age of 88.[284]
  • The Buffalo Bills wore patches with the initials of late owner Ralph Wilson who died on March 25 at the age of 95.[285]
  • The Tennessee Titans wore their white jerseys for every game during the 2014 season, for the exception of their Week 8 game vs. the Houston Texans, in which the Titans wore their alternate navy blue jerseys.[286] The team did wear their standard light "Titans blue" jerseys for both of their preseason home games. Tommy Smith, who was named the new Titans' president and CEO following the death of longtime owner Bud Adams in 2013, indicated that the light "Titans Blue" jerseys, which had been the team's primary colored jersey since 2008, were being phased out. The navy blue jerseys, which were the Titans' primary colored jerseys from 1999 to 2007, returned as the team's primary home jersey beginning in 2015.[287][288]
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers honored the 40th anniversary of their first Super Bowl winning team, Super Bowl IX, during their Week 13 game against the New Orleans Saints at Heinz Field on Sunday, November 30 by wearing a special patch and honored the players at halftime. As it also served as the team's annual alumni weekend,[289] the team wore their standard home uniforms for the game, opting instead to wear their alternate 1934 "Bumblebee" throwbacks against the Indianapolis Colts on October 26.[290]
  • The New York Giants wore a patch commemorating their 90th season.[291]
  • The Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars wore patches to commemorate the 20th season of play for both franchises.[292]

Media

2014 was the first season under a nine-year television contract with CBS (almost all AFC afternoon away games), Fox (almost all NFC afternoon away games), NBC (Sunday Night Football games, Thanksgiving night game, and the Kickoff game); and an eight-year contract with ESPN (Monday Night Football games).[293][294] Among the changes from the previous TV contracts, NBC broadcast a Divisional playoff game, and their Spanish language sister network Mun2 simulcasted select NBC games, with Spanish language graphics and play-by-play during the Thanksgiving game; Mun2 will change their branding to the more sports-centric NBC Universo with their Spanish simulcast of Super Bowl XLIX. The contract also allows ESPN to televise a Wild Card playoff game (which, like other NFL games carried on cable, was simulcast on an over-the-air station in each of the team's primary market).[293] In addition, ESPN will exclusively televise all Pro Bowls for the next eight seasons.

Under a new, one-year contract, CBS also took over the production of Thursday Night Football and aired the first eight games of the package, plus half of a Week 16 Saturday doubleheader, in simulcast with NFL Network. The arrangement was meant to bring more prominence and higher production values to TNF, which had historically hosted the league's least-watched primetime games.[295][296] As part of the arrangement, CBS affiliates were given the right of first refusal to air the required local simulcasts of TNF games solely broadcast elsewhere by NFL Network.[70][297] The agreement was renewed for the 2015 season.[298]

CBS made several personnel changes following the retirements of Don Criqui, Marv Albert, and Dan Dierdorf from the NFL broadcast booth. Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy joined as play-by-play announcers, while Chris Simms (Phil Simms' son) and Trent Green joined as color commentators, both of whom come over from Fox Sports. CBS used a three-man announcing crew of Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker on select regional NFL games, a departure from the typical practice of reserving three-man crews for national and high-profile contests.[299] Mike Carey joined the broadcast team as the network's in-house rules expert.[300] Jim Nantz and Phil Simms handled play-by-play for the Thursday Night Football games.[295] There were also changes to The NFL Today, as Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino both left the panel, replaced by Bart Scott and Tony Gonzalez.[301]

On Fox, the most notable personnel change was the demotion of Pam Oliver, the network's top sideline reporter for nearly 20 years, to the second broadcast team as Erin Andrews took over the spot on the first broadcast team. 2014 was Oliver's last year covering NFL games for Fox.[302] Other personnel changes include the additions of Donovan McNabb, David Diehl, Kirk Morrison, and Brendan Ayanbadejo to Fox's stable of color commentators, replacing outgoing commentators Tom McCarthy, Brian Billick and Tim Ryan.[303] Brady Quinn also joined the Fox stable. Also briefly joining Fox's play-by-play stable was UFC announcer Mike Goldberg; Goldberg's time doing NFL telecasts was cut short after one game, and he was replaced by Tim Brando, who came over from CBS.[304]

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

  • DH = doubleheader
Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[305] Window Significance
1 November 27, 4:30 ET Philadelphia Eagles 33 Dallas Cowboys 10 Fox 32.0 14.2 Thanksgiving Cowboys–Eagles Rivalry
2 November 30, 4:25 ET New England Patriots 21 Green Bay Packers 26 CBS 30.9 17.6 Late DH[a]
3 October 12, 4:25 ET Dallas Cowboys 30 Seattle Seahawks 23 Fox 30.0 17.4 Late DH[b]
4 November 27, 12:30 ET Chicago Bears 17 Detroit Lions 34 CBS 29.4 14.2 Thanksgiving Bears–Lions Rivalry
5 November 2, 4:25 ET Denver Broncos 21 New England Patriots 43 29.1 16.8 Late DH[c] Broncos–Patriots Rivalry
6 December 28, 4:25 ET Detroit Lions 20 Green Bay Packers 30 Fox 28.5 15.6 Late DH[d] Lions–Packers Rivalry
7 September 7, 4:25 ET San Francisco 49ers 28 Dallas Cowboys 17 28.0 15.7 Late DH[e] 49ers–Cowboys rivalry
8 September 21, 4:25 ET Denver Broncos 20 Seattle Seahawks 26 CBS 27.3 15.8 Late DH[f] Super Bowl XLVIII Rematch
9 October 19, 4:25 ET New York Giants 21 Dallas Cowboys 31 Fox 27.0 15.6 Late DH[g] Cowboys–Giants rivalry
10 September 4, 8:30 ET Green Bay Packers 16 Seattle Seahawks 36 NBC 26.9 15.5 Kickoff game

*Note — Late DH matchups listed in table are the matchups that were shown to the largest percentage of the market.

  1. ^ NE/GB was shown to 98% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  2. ^ DAL/SEA was shown in 69% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  3. ^ DEN/NE was shown in 92% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  4. ^ DET/GB was shown in 87% of the markets in the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  5. ^ SF/DAL was shown in 89% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  6. ^ DEN/SEA was shown in 89% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  7. ^ NYG/DAL was shown in 92% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.

Playoff games

Rank Game Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[305]
1 Super Bowl XLIX February 1, 2015, 6:30 ET New England Patriots 28 Seattle Seahawks 24 NBC 114.4 47.5
2 NFC Championship January 18, 2015, 3:05 ET Green Bay Packers 22 Seattle Seahawks 28 Fox 49.8 27.4
3 Divisional Round January 11, 2015, 1:05 ET Dallas Cowboys 21 Green Bay Packers 26 44.4 24.9
4 Wild Card Round January 4, 2015, 4:40 ET Detroit Lions 20 Dallas Cowboys 24 42.3 23.6
5 AFC Championship January 18, 2015, 6:50 ET Indianapolis Colts 7 New England Patriots 45 CBS 42.1 22.5
6 Divisional Round January 11, 2015, 4:40 ET Indianapolis Colts 24 Denver Broncos 13 41.8 23.3
7 Divisional Round January 10, 2015, 4:35 ET Baltimore Ravens 31 New England Patriots 35 NBC 34.1 19.6
8 Divisional Round January 10, 2015, 8:15 ET Carolina Panthers 17 Seattle Seahawks 31 Fox 31.0 17.2
9 Wild Card Round January 4, 2015, 1:05 ET Cincinnati Bengals 10 Indianapolis Colts 26 CBS 28.3 17
10 Wild Card Round January 3, 2015, 8:15 ET Baltimore Ravens 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 NBC 27.9 15.8
11 Wild Card Round January 3, 2015, 4:20 ET Arizona Cardinals 16 Carolina Panthers 27 ESPN 21.7 12.5

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