He added, It may be like that the rest of the season. Fletcher said, I wanted to play 100 percent, 100 miles an hour the whole ballgame and its tough to do that if youre going to play 100 percent of the snaps also. Just being smart about it, knowing, hey, Ive got a veteran guy here whos been a starter, Nick got some reps in practice so he felt comfortable in the scheme, felt comfortable with what we were doing against Detroit so it made sense to give him some playing time and I felt fresher. Fletcher, who on Sunday had eight tackles and a sack, continued, I understand that Im not 24, either. Even young guys, whether youre how old you are if you want to be 100 percent, 100 miles an hour to the football, youre not going to be able to go that mind-set 60 minutes. Its impossible to do it. I wanted to be able to run to the football better and do a lot more things than I was able to do in the first two ball games, so if that means Ive got to give Nick a few snaps, it helps me, helps us. Basically, helps us win a ball game. Ill do it. Theyre not giving out trophies for playing all the snaps. Were judged on wins and losses. Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Mailbag question for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday. Whats ahead: The Redskins practice at 1 p.m.
London Police Use Super Recognizers to Fight Crime
The 49ers weren’t going there. And so given that they’d dress Smith out for the game, the question became how much he’d play. Brandt: Teams in the danger zone Gil Brandt takes a look at seven teams that surprisingly have struggled out of the gate in 2013. Time to hit the panic button? READ Right or wrong, the 49ers decided it would be unfair to Smith’s 52 teammates to go into the game short a roster spot; this meant he would be available to the coaches in some capacity. My understanding is some inside the organization preferred to limit Smith’s role, to a) send the right message and b) prepare for the looming extended period without him. In the end, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the staff played Smith every snap; on Monday, Smith checked himself into rehab . That part is in the books. The next step might be just as complicated. An NFC personnel executive, an AFC college scouting director and an AFC area scout all used the same word — “immature” — to describe Smith’s reputation coming out of Missouri in 2011. Most chalked his problems up to, as the college scouting director put it, “being 20 years old. He was just young.” There was no out-of-the-ordinary substance issue at Mizzou.
London hardly abuzz over return of NFL
It holds approximately 86,000 fans for American football and never fails to quickly sell out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports London gets a mini-makeover when the NFL comes to town. Matt Dunham, AP NFL-sponsored fan rallies at Trafalgar Square are part of the festitivities. Matt Dunham, AP The games come complete with pomp and pageantry. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Before exporting regular-season contests as part of its International Series, the NFL regularly staged preseason games in England, Germany and even Japan. The league also supported a minor league called NFL Europe. Katsumi Kasahara, AP The International Series actually kicked off in 2005 when the 49ers faced the Cardinals in Mexico City, the first time a regular-season game was played outside U.S. borders. Marco Ugarte, AP S Robert Griffith’s Cardinals trounced the 49ers 31-14 at Azteca Stadium in front of a record crowd that exceeded 103,000. Claudio Cruz, AP Fullscreen The Bills have been farming out one regular-season game per season to Toronto since 2008 in a bid to expand their regional presence outside of Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor. The game was the NFL’s first regular-season foray outside North America. Ben Stansall, Getty Images The contest itself was nothing memorable, plagued by rain and a waterlogged Wembley field that didn’t hold up very well under the damp conditions. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images QB Eli Manning’s 10-yard TD run helped give the Giants a 13-10 win during a season that later produced a Super Bowl XLII victory for them. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Perhaps the most entertaining installment came when the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Chargers converged at Wembley in 2008. Nick Laham, Getty Images Saints WR Lance Moore celebrates a 30-yard TD reception in a game New Orleans won 37-32, the most points ever scored in an international game. Matt Dunham, AP England got a taste of New England football when Tom Brady’s Patriots trounced the Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009. Brady passed for three TDs. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Brits got a full dose of Broncos QB Kyle Orton (8) in 2010 rather than experiencing the play of then-rookie Tim Tebow. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports WR Michael Crabtree and the 49ers were too much for Orton’s Broncos, winning 24-16. Alastair Grant, AP Fullscreen The Buccaneers, who are owned by the Glazer family (they also control world-famous soccer club Manchester United), were back in 2011. But they fared no better against the Bears, who won 24-18 as RB Matt Forte racked up 183 yards from scrimmage and scored one TD. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Brady and the Pats invaded again in 2012. They faced a Rams squad that had initially agreed to play three “home” games at Wembley but later backed out given their tenuous stadium circumstances in St. Louis. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski stole the show in a 45-7 wipeout of the Rams, catching eight passes for 146 yards and two TDs. In his Gronk save the Queen performance, the tight end mimicked a member of the Queen’s Guard after one of his scores — or, in Gronk-speak, “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house. … I like how he just sits there and stays still. It’s pretty cool.” Jamie McDonald Getty Images Fullscreen It would probably be pretty cool for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to put a franchise in London as part of his legacy.
“I looked up and noticed this guy coming out of a university and knew it was him,” Hyland recalled, adding that neither of his colleagues recognized the burglar. Hyland arrested the suspect, who confessed after questioning. “If I’ve met someone before and see them again, I’ll usually know where I know them from, even if I can’t remember their name,” he said. How does Hyland do it? Nobody knows. But since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited to an elite squad of super recognizers. Officials say they have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals and assaults. “When we have an image of an unidentified criminal, I know exactly who to ask instead of sending it out to everyone and getting a bunch of false leads,” said Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard. Neville started the super recognizer unit after realizing the police had no system for identifying criminals based on images, unlike those for DNA and fingerprints. The unit proved especially valuable after riots hit London in the summer of 2011. After the violence, Scotland Yard combed through hundreds of hours of surveillance video.
I still cant for the life of me figure out why commissioner Roger Goodell seems so intent on having an NFL franchise in London one day. I think it would be a logistical nightmare — as does Steelers free safety Ryan Clark who told ESPNs “NFL Live” on Wednesday that he would retire before playing for a London-based team if he had to make that choice. Then there is the reality of how rooted futbol is in Europe. Kovacevic illustrates how a major difference between futbol and football is one reason why the latter has never really caught on across the Atlantic Ocean. The Steelers’ players echoed the sentiments of their coach before the team left for London. There are ample sightseeing opportunities in London, but the Steelers wont take advantage of them since they are focused on coming home with a win . The Steelers need improved play along the offensive line if they are to beat the Minnesota Vikings and avoid an 0-4 start. In their quest to find the right combination up front the Steelers will continue to rotate Kelvin Beachum at tackle with Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. Adams and Gilbert have each struggled through the first three games, and if they dont show marked improvement Beachum will see the field more and more. The Steelers dont have a lot of other options as they try to get better play out of their line, and their hope has to be that some competition will compel Adams and Gilbert to raise their respective games. Kion Wilson has started the last two games at strongside inside linebacker but rookie Vince Williams is on track to make the position his . The sixth-round draft pick played 75 percent of the defensive snaps, considerably more than Wilson, last Sunday night, and it is worth noting that the Steelers list the two as co-starters on their depth chart.