Category Archives: nfl

Andy Dalton’s Contract Already Looking Better

A lot of people criticized the Bengals for giving such a big extension to Andy Dalton, in spite of not winning a playoff game in three tries. I was never down on the deal: it really is a fair market deal for a quality starter who has taken his team to the playoffs for three straight years. More importantly, his early success belies his inexperience: it is really exceptional to take a team to the playoffs your first three years. I also hope his game will continue to improve,l and this contract give the Bengals a chance to bet on that improvement and fair market price.

With Ryan Tannehill’s contract extension this week, the deal looks like an even better value for the Bengals. While the contracts differ greatly, the Bengals get a guy with a much greater track record at a comparable price. The Dolphins are high on Tannehill, and have reason to expect that the contract will pay off, but his deal is probably a greater commitment than the Bengals gave Dalton, and Tannehill hasn’t had a winning season to justify it. Tannehill’s rising numbers show progress, but Dalton’s early success should not be grounds for punishment. Give me a guy with a trip to the playoffs every year: he will eventually get over the hump and win some playoff games. This will be a good deal for the Dolphins if Tannehill continues his progress, and an even better deal for the Bengals if Dalton does the same.


The Really Ridiculous Thing About the NFL’s Repeated Mishandling of Disciplinary Measures

The NFL gave Tom Brady a 4-game suspension for his knowledge of Ball Deflation, and for his failure to cooperate with the investigation. Brady, through the NFLPA, as filed for an appeal of the decision. Today, Commissioner Goodell announced he will hear the appeal himself, as authorized by the CBA. The first issue of the appeal is that Goodell mishandled the sanctions in the first place, by handing off authority to Troy Vincent, which the NFLPA alleges is not authorized by the CBA. For that, and other reasons, they intend to call Goodell as a witness: which he KNEW when he decided to hear the appeal himself, because it was explicitly laid out in the notice of appeal. Frankly, for him to keep the appeal, when he is clearly an interested party, is blatantly preposterous.

What’s really sad about this, is how consistently Goodell and the NFL have ignored the basic tenets of Due Process. Goodell’s theme after taking office was to protect the “shield” of the NFL, and nobody has done more to damage that shield than his continuous mishandling of disciplinary issues. Clearly, they need to get someone on board who understands legal process, because Goodell just doesn’t get it.

That’s why a Federal Court threw out the unprecedented suspension of Adrian Peterson: the court found that NFL arbitrator “simply disregarded the law of the shop”. And the Ray Rice situation was handled even worse. That didn’t even get to court, the arbitrator ruled that the league abused their discretion when they issued a second punishment on the same offense. She further found NFL’s action to be arbitrary, chiding that “the Commissioner needed to be fair and consistent in his imposition of discipline.” Ultimately, her decision indicates that the NFL was trying to mislead all of us when they claimed that Mr. Rice was dishonest to them about what happened. He told the truth, and arbitrarily punished, and Goodell lied about it. Rice probably has a defamation suit against Goodell and the NFL. The Bountygate scandal just a few years ago was beset by similar problems.

The way the NFL has repeatedly issued arbitrary and capricious disciplinary action is pitiful. That once again, they have done so, while the Commissioner is inserting himself in the process at precisely the wrong time, is ridiculous. I don’t know if the NFL owners, who are ultimately Goodell’s bosses, are doing anything to straighten him out. But they should, because he just doesn’t get it.

Step one, get a lawyer to oversee and/or set up a new disciplinary system with a semblance of consistency. Or just replace the current hierarchy. The really ridiculous thing is that they keep making the same basic mistakes over and over again.

Catching Up with David Fulcher

The Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with former Bengals safety David Fulcher on the eve of the Super Bowl. They are comparing his hard hitting style to Seattle safety Kam Chancellor. I loved Fulcher when I was little, not only was he a punishing force in the secondary, he had a nose for the ball, intercepting his way to several pro bowls.

Browns Cut Greg Little, Now Have Less Nobodys to Catch Footballs

browns sadness2In spite of knowing that their star receiver had a year-long suspension coming, the Browns failed to draft any wide receivers, even with additional picks. Now they’ve cut Greg Little, who wasn’t great, but was a starter for them last year. It’s gonna be a lot of Andrew Hawkins and UFAs for Manziel to throw to, unless they are smart enough to sit him for a year. (Yes, I know that TE Jordan Cameron is good, but still).–slimming-down-wr-group-before-training-camp-154715232.html

NFL to Change Marijuana Penalties, Browns Still Screwed

browns sadnessThe NFL is going to reduce suspensions fro marijuana violations. The are also going to raise the threshold for positive tests, which will mean that it takes a larger amount in the system to create a positive test. They are not allowing for exceptions for prescribed marijuana at this time, so boo for any players who want to use it to ease their aches and pains.

This isn’t going to help the Cleveland Browns, whose star receiver just got handed a season-long ban for testing positive for pot. The penalty reductions are not going to be retroactive. So, the league recognized that their policy was draconian and cruel, so much that a change was needed, but they’re not going to apply that change to the biggest player to be hurt by it. Oh well, sucks to live in Cleveland.

Browns Extend CD Haden, Still Have No One to Catch Footballs

Not nobody, but the Browns will likely lose their top receiver to a drug suspension this year. Coupled with the fact that they didn’t draft any wide receivers, and now have spent beaucoup bucks extending their cornerback, new Quarterback Manziel is looking at a rough first year. (Or half a year, if they wait a while to put him in, which will be unavoidable if they don’t start him right away, because Weedon sucks).–joe-haden-agree-on-five-year—58-million-contract-extension-170054530.html