Lions coach Jim Caldwell wants to avoid election talk, like most of the NFL has (Shutdown Corner)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick talking down a question about Donald Trump by repeating “Seattle” and quarterback Tom Brady blaming his wife for him not being able to talk politics kind of summed up the reaction of the NFL to an election everyone else is talking about. The NFL is accused of taking itself too seriously at times, and that mostly rings true. The term “distraction” gets tossed around very easily, like a coach answering two questions about a presidential election would affect his players’ ability to run a slant route on third-and 3.