Given what we now know about concussions, CTE and the trauma from big hits, Gruden and McDonough would have pilloried if they had not decried the on-field violence we watched on ESPN Monday night.
Moving forward, more NFL announcers are going to be placed in these damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t positions. Where’s the line between celebrating hard-hitting, clean football and worrying on-air about the brutality and health impact of an inherently violent game?
Of the three, Jenkins is the most likely to be released. He was suspended by the team this year, and the secondary has struggled all season. Of the big contracts the team signed, this was the most questionable, and while Jenkins lived up to it in 2016, he is nowhere near that player this season. The Giants would create $7 million in cap room by cutting him.
Vernon is the most interesting decision. He was able to create a ton of interest in free agency to drive up his price to a level hard to justify with performance, but he is still an above-average player. Vernon has been injured most of the season, so his numbers are way down. The question: Do the Giants chase one more year and hope he stays healthy, or do they cut ties?
Perry looked like he might have another long touchdown run, but he stumbled and fell at the Navy 11 early in the third quarter.
“I’m not sure if I hit his foot or not,” Voit said. “But I think I got enough where he slipped slipped in the snow and thank God he went down down.”
Army then held Navy to a Moehring’s second field goal, from 24 yards, to make it 13-7 and allow for their fourth quarter comeback.
“There was never a moment our guys doubted we were going to win the game,” Monken said. “When you love a group of people like I love them, I can tell when their emotions change. We never lost momentum.”