2014 NFL 시즌 - 2014 NFL season
|지속||2014 년 9 월 4 일 – 12 월 28 일|
|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|
|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 시호크스 가 그린 베이 패 커스를 주최하는 연례 킥오프 경기 로 시호크스가 36-16으로 승리했습니다. 시즌은 2015 년 2 월 1 일 일요일 , 애리조나 글렌 데일 에있는 피닉스 대학 스타디움 에서 리그 챔피언십 게임 인 Super Bowl XLIX로 끝났으며 , New England Patriots 가Super Bowl 역사상 가장 가까운 경기 중 하나 인 Seattle Seahawks , 28–24.
2014 년 리그 연도는 미국 동부 표준시 기준 3 월 11 일 오후 4시에 시작되어  리그의 FA 기간이 시작되었습니다.  당 사용 팀 샐러리 캡을 설정 하였다 US $ (133) 만,  로부터 $ 10 만 달러 증가 전년도 .  소위 "법적 변조 "기간  이 기간 동안 제제한되지 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. 
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. 
- 쿼터백 Josh McCown (시카고에서 탬파 베이), Mark Sanchez (뉴욕 제츠에서 필라델피아), Michael Vick (필라델피아에서 뉴욕 제츠)
- 러닝 백 LeGarrette Blount (뉴 잉글랜드에서 피츠버그), 도널드 브라운 (인디애나 폴리스에서 샌디에이고), Toby Gerhart (미네소타에서 잭슨빌), Chris Johnson (테네시에서 뉴욕 제츠), Maurice Jones-Drew (잭슨빌에서 오클랜드), Ben Tate (휴스턴-클리블랜드)
- 와이드 리시버 케니 브릿 (테네시-세인트루이스), 에릭 데커 (덴버-뉴욕 제트), 데빈 헤스터 (시카고-애틀랜타), DeSean Jackson (필라델피아-워싱턴), 제임스 존스 (그린 베이-오클랜드), 하킴 닉스 ( 뉴욕 자이언츠-인디애나 폴리스), Andre Roberts (애리조나-워싱턴), Emmanuel Sanders (피츠버그-덴버), Steve Smith (캐롤라이나-볼티모어), Golden Tate (시애틀-디트로이트)
- 타이트 엔드 오웬 다니엘스 (휴스턴-볼티모어)와 브랜든 마이어스 (뉴욕 자이언츠-탬파베이)
- 브랜든 앨버트 (캔자스 시티에서 마이애미로), 오스틴 하워드 (뉴욕 제츠에서 오클랜드로), 마이클 오어 (볼티모어에서 테네시로), 자레드 벨 디어 (오클랜드에서 애리조나까지) 공격 태클
- Guards Zane Beadles (덴버-잭슨빌), Shawn Lauvao (클리블랜드-워싱턴) 및 Geoff Schwartz (캔자스 시티-뉴욕 자이언츠)
- 수비 태클 Jason Hatcher (댈러스-워싱턴), Arthur Jones (볼티모어-인디애나 폴리스), Linval Joseph (뉴욕 자이언츠-미네소타), Paul Soliai (마이애미-애틀랜타)
- 수비 종료 제러드 앨런 (미네소타-시카고), 라마 휴스턴 (오클랜드-시카고), 타이슨 잭슨 (캔자스 시티-애틀랜타), 마이클 존슨 (신시내티-탬파베이), 줄리어스 페퍼스 (시카고-그린 베이), 안토니오 스미스 (휴스턴- 오클랜드), 저스틴 턱 (뉴욕 자이언츠-오클랜드), DeMarcus Ware (댈러스-덴버), 윌리 영 (디트로이트-시카고)
- 라인 배커 Karlos Dansby (애리조나-클리블랜드), D' Qwell Jackson (클리블랜드-인디애나 폴리스), Wesley Woodyard (덴버-테네시) 및 LaMarr Woodley (피츠버그-오클랜드)
- Cornerbacks Brandon Flowers (캔자스 시티-샌디에이고), Corey Graham (볼티모어 -Buffalo ), Captain Munnerlyn (캐롤라이나-미네소타), Darrelle Revis (탐파 베이-뉴 잉글랜드), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (덴버 - 뉴욕 자이언츠), Aqib Talib (뉴 잉글랜드-덴버) 및 Alterraun Verner (테네시-탬파베이)
- Safeties Antoine Bethea (인디애나 폴리스-샌프란시스코), Jairus Byrd (버팔로-뉴 올리언스), TJ Ward (클리블랜드-덴버) 및 Donte Whitner (샌프란시스코-클리블랜드)
4 명의 선수는 팀별로 비 독점적 인 프랜차이즈 태그 를 할당 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.  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 재규어 와 5 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 . 
하나의 제한된 자유 계약 선수는 2014 년 팀을 전환 : 와이드 리시버는 앤드류 호킨스 의 벵갈는 에 의해 서명되었다 브라운 .  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.  Hawkins는 최소 수준에서 입찰되었으며, 이는 Bengals가 드래프트 보상을받을 수 없음을 의미합니다. 브라운스는 그에게 1,360 만 달러, 4 년제 제안에 서명했고, 벵갈은이를 거부했다.  성도의 안전 라파엘 부시 는 팔콘 의 제안에 서명 했지만 성도들은 그 제안에 맞춰 부시를 유지했습니다.  
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 .
2014 NFL 초안은 2014 년 5 월 8 일부터 10 일까지 뉴욕 에서 개최되었습니다 .  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 .  초안에는 기록적인 수의 비 고령자 98 명이 포함되었습니다 .  이벤트 인해에서 일정 충돌 하순 4 월에 NFL 일정에 전통적인 위치에 비해 약 2 주 연기되었다 라디오 시티 뮤직 홀 ,  이후 초안 개최지었던 2006 . 초안에서 Houston Texans 는사우스 캐롤라이나 대학의 수비 지금 외부 라인 배커 제이드 베온 클라우 니 첫 번째 전체 선택 . 
1965 년 부터 개최 된 뉴욕시에서 행사의 미래에 대한 초안에 이르는 논의가있었습니다 . 지난 10 년 동안 드래프트에 대한 관심이 높아짐에 따라  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. 
심판 Scott Green 과 Ron Winter 는 2013 시즌 이후 은퇴 했습니다. 지난 4 시즌을 부심으로 보냈던 Ron Torbert 와 지난 11 시즌을 현장 심사로 보냈던 Craig Wrolstad 가 심판으로 승진 해 그린과 윈터를 대신했다. 2014 년 6 월 25 일 NFL 은 Mike Carey 의 심판 은퇴를 발표했습니다 . Fox Sports의 Mike Pereira 를 담당했던 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 . 
2014 년 3 월 26 일 오너 회의에서 2014 NFL 시즌에 대해 다음과 같은 규칙 변경이 통과되었습니다. 
- 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 Bowman 이 2013-14 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. 
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 )  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. 
새로운 부업 기술
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. 
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 암페타민 에 대한 실패한 테스트의 재 분류가 포함됩니다 . 변경 사항은 2014 년 리그 연도에 지급 된 정학에 대해 소급 적용되어 Wes Welker 및 Orlando Scandrick을 포함한 일부 선수가오프 시즌 동안 암페타민 사용으로 테스트에 실패한 그는 이전에 4 번의 게임 금지 선고를 받았음에도 불구하고 즉시 복귀했습니다. 
2014 년 사망
- 윌리엄 클레이 포드
디트로이트 라이온스 의 소유주 인 윌리엄 클레이 포드 (William Clay Ford, Sr. )는 89 세 생일을 2 주 앞둔 3 월 9 일 사망했습니다.  Ford는 1963 년에 라이온스를 인수했으며 1961 년부터 팀의 회장이었습니다.  사망 당시 그는 Buffalo Bills의 소유주 인 Ralph Wilson에 이어 NFL에서 두 번째로 긴 소유주였습니다.  팀은 Ford의 소유하에 단 한 번의 플레이 오프 승리 ( 1991 년 )를 달성했습니다 . 
- 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 합병 에 1970 . 그는 원래 8 명의 AFL 소유자가 지명 된 것처럼 Foolish Club 중 마지막으로 남은 NFL 소유자였습니다 . Wilson은 2009 년에 프로 축구 명예의 전당 에 헌액 되었습니다.  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.  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. 의 메이플 리프 스포츠 및 엔터테인먼트 .   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 캠페인 을 지지 했습니다. 정치 요원 마이클 R. 카푸 토 .  팀은 결국 14 억 달러의보고 가격에 Pegula에 매각되었습니다.
Wilson을 기리기 위해 Bills는 2014 시즌 내내 유니폼에 그의 이니셜이 새겨진 패치를 착용했습니다. 
- 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 . 
Glazer의 미망인 Linda Glazer와 Glazers의 여섯 자녀는 계속해서 팀을 소유하고 운영 할 것입니다. 
- 척 놀
전 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 Harris 등 여러 명예의 전당 선수를 감독했습니다 . Noll은 Pro Football Hall of Fame의 회원 이었습니다. 
- 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 Dolphins 팀 의 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 올해 의 컴백 선수로 선정 되었습니다 . 
- 기타 2014 년 사망
위에서 언급 한 것 외에도 NFL (또는 AFL ) 과 관련된 다음 사람들 이 2014 년에 사망했습니다.   전 코치였던 Harry Gamble , Hal Hunter, Sr., Steve Little, Jim Myers , Anthero "Nick"Nicolau 및 Pete 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 .
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 자이언츠 와 버팔로 빌스가 출연 했으며 자이언츠가 17-13으로 승리했습니다. 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.  목요일, 8 월 28 일 정규 시즌이 시작하기 전에 일주일에 싸서 65 게임 프리 시즌 일정. 
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 더블헤더 를 포함 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. 
- 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.
2014 년 일정의 하이라이트는 다음과 같습니다.
- 국제 시리즈 : 세 가지 게임이에서 연주했다 웸블리 스타디움 (Wembley Stadium) 에서 런던 , 영국에 2014 년 오클랜드 레이더스 받는 손실 마이애미 돌핀스 28 일 38-14의 애틀랜타 팰콘 받는 손실 디트로이트 라이온스 이 26 일 22-21,  그리고 Jacksonville Jaguars 는11 월 9 일 Dallas Cowboys 31-17에패하여국제 시리즈 재규어 4 연속 출전 중 두 번째로패했습니다.   CBS 는 Dolphins–Raiders 게임을 방영했으며 Fox는카우보이-재규어 및 라이온스-팔콘 경연 대회를 방영했습니다. 
- 추수 감사절 게임 :이 게임은 2014 년 11 월 27 일 목요일에열렸습니다. 디트로이트 라이온스 는동부 표준시 오후 12시 30 분에 시카고 베어스 를주최하고CBS에서 방영되었으며, 달라스 카우보이스는동부 표준시 오후 4시 30 분에 필라델피아 이글스 를주최했습니다(댈러스 Bounty Bowl )으로 알려진 25 년 전 추수 감사절에 필라델피아를 마지막으로 개최했으며 Fox에서 방영되었습니다. 전년도 NFC 챔피언십 게임 의 재 대결에서 시애틀 시호크스를 주최하는 샌프란시스코 49ers가 등장한 황금 시간대 NBC 게임은 동부 표준시 오후 8시 30 분에 선보였습니다. 사상 처음으로 추수 감사절에 AFC 팀이 나타나지 않았습니다.
2014 년 3 월 4 일, Buffalo Bills 의 공식 라디오 플래그십 ( WGR )은 Bills Toronto Series 가 2014 년에 열리지 않을 것이며  , 그렇지 않으면 2017 시즌을 통해 진행될 예정이었던 시리즈의 미래를 확인했습니다.  아직 확실하지 않았습니다. 이 시리즈는 2014 년 12 월 3 일에 공식적으로 종료되었습니다.  
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).   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 계산서 와 시카고 베어스 에서 군인 필드 대신 CBS의 폭스에서 방영; 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 .  Carolina Panthers 와 Seattle Seahawks 간의 모든 NFC 대결 이 CBS에 주어졌습니다.  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. 
시즌 일정 변경
다음 게임은 유연한 일정 , 악천후 또는 기타 이유로 이동되었습니다.
- 주 6 다음 애국자 - 청구서 게임이었다 "크로스 근육이 수축"에서 CBS 에 폭스 그동안, 베어스 - 팔콘 게임은 오후 1:00 오후 4시 25분로 이동되었습니다 ET (여전히 폭스). 
- 8 주차 : Seahawks – Panthers 게임은 Fox에서 CBS 로 "cross-flexed"되었고 Texans – Titans 게임은 CBS에서 Fox로 "cross-flexed"되었습니다. 
- 11 주차 : Vikings – Bears 게임은 Fox에서 CBS로 "크로스 플렉스"되었으며 Eagles – Packers 게임은 동부 표준시 기준 오후 1시에서 오후 4시 25 분으로 변경되었습니다 (여전히 Fox에서). 
- 12 주차 : Jets – Bills 게임은 11 월 23 일 일요일 오후 1시 (동부 표준시) 에서 11 월 24 일 월요일 오후 7시 (동부 표준시) 에 디트로이트의 Ford Field 로 이전되었습니다. "Knife"호수 효과 눈보라 로 인해 지난주 버팔로 지역. 이 게임은 WCBS-TV 와 WIVB-TV 에서 각각 현지에서 방영되었으며 , 이전에 예정된 Ravens와 Saints 간의 월요일 밤 축구 경기는 예정대로 방영되었습니다. 
- 14 주차 : Colts – Browns 게임은 CBS에서 Fox로 "교차 플렉스"되었습니다. 
- 15 주차 : Bengals – Browns 게임은 CBS에서 Fox로 "크로스 플렉스"되었으며, Vikings – Lions 게임은 ET (여전히 Fox)에서 오후 1시에서 오후 4시 25 분으로 변경되었습니다. 
- 16 주차 : 11 월 30 일, 리그는 12 월 20 일 토요일 두 경기의 최종 시작 시간과 네트워크를 발표했습니다. Eagles – Redskins 경기는 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25 분에 진행되었으며 NFL Network에서 방영되었으며 Chargers – 49ers 경기가 방영되었습니다. 동부 표준시 오후 8시 25 분에 열렸으며 CBS에서 방송되었습니다. 
- 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. 
- 재규어 - 텍사스 원래 CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 1시 예정 게임은, "크로스 근육이 수축은"폭스에 (같은 킥오프 시간을 유지)이었다. 
- 원래 Fox에서 오후 1시 (ET)로 예정된 The Panthers – Falcons 게임은 CBS에서 오후 4시 25 분 (ET)까지 "크로스 플렉스"되었습니다. 
- 라이온스 - 티켓 원래 폭스 오후 1 ET 예정 게임, 4:25시 (여전히 폭스) ET로 이동했다. 
|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|
|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||삼||13||0||.188||1 ~ 5||2 ~ 10||.514||.313||L1|
|15 [e]||오클랜드 레이더스||서부||삼||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 [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|
|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]|
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 .  It was televised in the U.S. by NBC with kickoff around 6:30 p.m. EST.
|Jan. 4 – Lucas Oil Stadium||Jan. 11 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High|
|4||Indianapolis||26||Jan. 18 – Gillette Stadium|
|Jan. 3 – Heinz Field||4||Indianapolis||7|
|Jan. 10 – Gillette Stadium|
|3||Pittsburgh||17||Feb. 1 – University of Phoenix Stadium|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 4 – AT&T Stadium||A1||New England||28|
|Jan. 11 – Lambeau Field|
|6||Detroit||20||Super Bowl XLIX|
|3||Dallas||24||Jan. 18 – CenturyLink Field|
|Jan. 3 – Bank of America Stadium||2||Green Bay||22|
|Jan. 10 – CenturyLink Field|
- * Indicates overtime victory
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.
|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. Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft with the 249th overall selection. 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." However, Sam stated after the draft that he felt he "should have gone in the top three rounds easily" and there was speculation that his announcement of his sexuality caused him to fall in the draft. Sam was the first ever SEC Defensive Player of the Year to not be selected in the first round of the draft. 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."
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.
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.
- 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. 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. Most controversial was the Jills' "Jiggle Test" that became public knowledge. The Jills suspended operations indefinitely in response to the lawsuit. 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, though the Cleveland Browns are considering adding cheerleaders to the team.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
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. Irsay entered a rehabilitation facility shortly after his release from jail. Irsay had undergone treatment for prescription drug addiction previously in the early 2000s. Irsay returned to the Colts shortly before the draft in May.
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.
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.
- 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. The Ravens issued a statement following TMZ's release of the video, calling Rice's domestic violence arrest a "serious matter."
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. Rice and Palmer were married the day after his indictment. 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. 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.
Rice was suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season on July 25. 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.
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.
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.
- 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, 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."
- 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. 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.
- 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.
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.
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. It was also reported that the group had conducted a feasibility study in early 2013 on the construction of an NFL stadium in Toronto. Following protests by Buffalo area fans against the Toronto group, including radio stations banning Bon Jovi's music, 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", though it noticeably did not promise to keep the team in Buffalo. The group claimed it had plans to meet with developers in the Buffalo region to discuss the construction of a new stadium. However, there was widespread skepticism about the sincerity of the group's pledge to keep the team in Buffalo, 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.
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. Trump described his chances of being the successful bidder as "very, very unlikely because I'm not going to do something totally stupid." 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. 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. 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.
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. 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, though this could be offset by an increase in franchise value in a larger market. Goodell has said the two votes would be held separately. 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.
- 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. 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.
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. The team's lease at the O.co Coliseum was expiring after the 2014 season.
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. 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.
- 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.
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.
- Allen Hurns became the first player in NFL history to have two TDs receiving in the first quarter in his NFL debut.
- In Week 1, quarterbacks completed 64.3 percent of their passes, an NFL record.
- Week 2
- Bill Belichick became the sixth coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins.
- 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
- Devin Hester set an NFL record with 20 total returns for touchdowns. The previous record was held by Deion Sanders, who had 19 touchdowns.
- The Philadelphia Eagles became the first NFL team to start a season 3–0 after trailing by 10-plus points in each game.
- Peyton Manning threw his 100th touchdown pass in his 35th game with the Denver Broncos, becoming the fastest quarterback in NFL history to achieve that feat with a single team. The previous record was held by Dan Marino, who did so in 44 games with the Miami Dolphins.
- Week 4
- The Green Bay Packers became the second NFL franchise to record their 700th regular-season victory, joining the Chicago Bears.
- 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.
- 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.
- Week 5
- The Cleveland Browns overcame a 28–3 deficit in their 29–28 win at Tennessee which was the largest comeback victory by an away team in NFL history.
- Peyton Manning became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw 500 touchdown passes, joining Brett Favre.
- Jason Witten became the third tight-end in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards, joining Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez.
- Tom Brady became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards.
- Wes Welker became the NFL's all-time leader in career pass receptions amongst undrafted wide receivers.
- No team started the season 4–0. This is only the third time that this has happened in the modern era; the others were 1970 and 2010.
- Week 6
- The Chicago Bears became the first NFL franchise to reach 750 total wins.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Joe Flacco tied a league record set by Tommy Kramer in 1986 by recording 4 touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reggie Wayne became the ninth player in NFL history to reach 14,000 receiving yards.
- 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.
- 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.
- Week 10
- Michael Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 6,000 career rushing yards.
- 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.
- Aaron Rodgers tied the NFL record with six touchdowns in a half that was set by Daryle Lamonica in 1969.
- 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.
- 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.
- Week 12
- The Atlanta Falcons became the first team in NFL history to lead a division while being three games below .500.
- Week 15
- The Denver Broncos won their 12th consecutive divisional away game, tying an NFL record that the San Francisco 49ers set from 1987 to 1990; John Fox became only the second head coach in NFL history to win four division titles in the first four seasons with a team, joining Chuck Knox.
- The New England Patriots set a record of 14 consecutive seasons of winning at least one game against all of their divisional opponents. The previous record of 13 seasons had been set by the 1971–83 Dallas Cowboys.
- Week 17
- Antonio Gates became the fourth tight end in league history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards, joining Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, and Shannon Sharpe.
- J.J. Watt became the first player in league history to have two separate seasons with 20 or more sacks.
- Matt Forte set the league season record for receptions by a running back, finishing with 102.
- The Seattle Seahawks became the first team since the 1969–1971 Minnesota Vikings to lead the NFL in fewest points allowed in three consecutive seasons.
- Drew Brees tied Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino for the league record for most seasons leading the league in passing yards, with five.
- Joe Thomas became the first offensive lineman in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight seasons.
- The Carolina Panthers became the second team in the modern era to win their division with a losing record (7-8-1), joining the 2010 Seattle Seahawks.
Regular season statistical leaders
|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)|
Individual season awards
|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|
|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:
Player of the Week/Month
Player of the Week/Month
|Special Teams |
Player of the Week/Month
|1|| Julius Thomas |
| Matt Ryan |
| Cameron Wake |
| DeAndre Levy |
| Dan Carpenter |
| Matt Bryant |
|2|| Antonio Gates |
| Darren Sproles |
| Chandler Jones |
| Kyle Fuller |
| C. J. Spiller |
| Ted Ginn, Jr. |
|3|| Andrew Luck |
|Matt Ryan |
| Corey Liuget |
| Kam Chancellor |
| Justin Tucker |
| Devin Hester |
|4|| Jamaal Charles |
| Aaron Rodgers |
| J. J. Watt |
| Antoine Bethea |
| Nick Novak |
| Darren Sproles |
|Sept.|| Philip Rivers |
| DeMarco Murray |
|J. J. Watt |
|DeAndre Levy |
| Pat McAfee |
| Jon Ryan |
|5|| Demaryius Thomas |
| Russell Wilson |
| Marcell Dareus |
| Julius Peppers |
| Tank Carder |
| Phil Dawson |
|6|| Joe Flacco |
| Tyron Smith |
| Jurrell Casey |
| Ezekiel Ansah |
|Pat McAfee |
| Chandler Catanzaro |
|7|| Peyton Manning |
|Aaron Rodgers |
| Telvin Smith |
| Keenan Robinson |
| Chris Jones |
| Stedman Bailey |
|8|| Ben Roethlisberger |
| Larry Fitzgerald |
| Louis Delmas |
| Anthony Barr |
| Knile Davis |
| Kai Forbath |
|Oct.|| Tom Brady |
|DeMarco Murray |
| Von Miller |
| Everson Griffen |
| Jarvis Landry |
| Shayne Graham |
|9||Ben Roethlisberger |
| Jeremy Maclin |
| Brent Grimes |
| Junior Galette |
| Julian Edelman |
| Justin Bethel |
|10|| Justin Forsett |
|Aaron Rodgers |
| Jaiquawn Jarrett |
| Patrick Peterson |
| Anthony Sherman |
|Darren Sproles |
|11|| Jonas Gray |
| Mike Evans |
|J. J. Watt |
| Chris Borland |
| Mike Scifres |
| Greg Zuerlein |
|12||Justin Forsett |
| Eddie Lacy |
| Charles Woodson |
|Kam Chancellor |
| Anthony Dixon |
| Josh Huff |
|13|| Ryan Fitzpatrick |
| Drew Brees |
| D'Qwell Jackson |
| Richard Sherman |
| Josh Scobee |
| Adam Thielen |
|Nov.||Andrew Luck |
|Aaron Rodgers |
| Mario Williams |
| Connor Barwin |
|Justin Tucker |
|Matt Bryant |
|14|| Le'Veon Bell |
| Cam Newton |
| Elvis Dumervil |
| Devon Kennard |
| Ryan Allen |
| Tavon Austin |
|15|| Jeremy Hill |
| Dez Bryant |
| Aqib Talib |
| Glover Quin |
| De'Anthony Thomas |
|Chandler Catanzaro |
|16||Philip Rivers |
|Russell Wilson |
| Dre Kirkpatrick |
| Clay Matthews |
| Randy Bullock |
| Matt Bosher |
|17|| C. J. Anderson |
|Aaron Rodgers |
| Jonathan Newsome |
| Roman Harper |
| Antonio Brown |
| Micah Hyde |
|Dec.|| Antonio Brown |
| Tony Romo |
|J. J. Watt |
| Bobby Wagner |
| Connor Barth |
|Justin Bethel |
Head coach/front office personnel changes
|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||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. 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. Chudzinski joined the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant to the head coach. Pettine was the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator last season.|
|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. 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.|
|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. 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.|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Greg Schiano||Lovie Smith||Schiano was fired on December 30, 2013, along with GM Mark Dominik. Schiano was 11–21 as head coach over two seasons. 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. 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. 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.|
|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. Sparano was named interim head coach on September 30. Sparano previously served as the Miami Dolphins' head coach from 2008 to 2011, amassing a record of 29–32.|
|Team||Position||2013 office holder||Reason for leaving||2014 replacement||Notes|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||GM||Mark Dominik||Fired||Jason Licht||Dominik was fired on December 30, 2013. 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.|
|Cleveland Browns||GM||Mike Lombardi||Ray Farmer||Lombardi and Banner were fired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on February 11 after a lengthy coaching search revealed discord between the two executives. Farmer was promoted from assistant GM to replace Lombardi while no replacement for Banner as CEO was named.|
|CEO||Joe Banner||not replaced|
|Miami Dolphins||GM||Jeff Ireland||Mutual agreement||Dennis Hickey||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. He had been in the role since 2008. |
Dennis Hickey was hired to replace Ireland on January 27. 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.|
- Levi's Stadium, the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers, opened in July 2014. 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. 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. 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. 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. An exception was made for Thanksgiving, when the regular work traffic and parking would not be an issue.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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. 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.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled a new logo and helmet on February 20, 2014, as well as a new uniform on March 3. The team also wore a patch with the initials of late owner Malcolm Glazer who died on May 28 at the age of 85.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- The Buffalo Bills wore patches with the initials of late owner Ralph Wilson who died on March 25 at the age of 95.
- 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. 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.
- 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, 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.
- The New York Giants wore a patch commemorating their 90th season.
- The Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars wore patches to commemorate the 20th season of play for both franchises.
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). 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). 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. 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. The agreement was renewed for the 2015 season.
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. Mike Carey joined the broadcast team as the network's in-house rules expert. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms handled play-by-play for the Thursday Night Football games. 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.
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. 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. 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.
Television viewers and ratings
Most watched regular season games
- DH = doubleheader
|Rank||Date||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV Rating||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.
- ^ NE/GB was shown to 98% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
- ^ DAL/SEA was shown in 69% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
- ^ DEN/NE was shown in 92% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
- ^ DET/GB was shown in 87% of the markets in the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
- ^ SF/DAL was shown in 89% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
- ^ DEN/SEA was shown in 89% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
- ^ NYG/DAL was shown in 92% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
|Rank||Game||Date||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV Rating|
|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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