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Did Goodell help Jets win over Santonio Holmes?

Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 4:40 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It is possible that many people, to this point in Rex Ryan's work as an author, are unaware of the story Ryan describes on page 174 of Play Like You Mean It. In the book Ryan describes how he asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to scream at Santonio Holmes to bring the wide receiver and the coach closer.

Fortunately, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe did notice, and he worked up a nice piece, after talking to Goodell, about the problems that such a story creates.

Quickly, here's what happened (I'm trying to save you $17.00 on Amazon, folks): Ryan wanted to get tight with his new wide receiver, who'd had problems with the league. So, Ryan called Goodell and asked him for a favor. Goodell complied by coming to Ryan's office and chewing out Ryan in front of Holmes. Then he chewed out Holmes directly.

"Then I said [to Goodell], 'I'd like for you to try to bring [Holmes] closer to me.' Goodell said okay, but he wanted to know what I had in mind," Ryan writes in his book, per Bedard. "I said, 'When the three of us sit down, I want you to take the first 10 minutes of the conversation to rip my ass in front of Santonio -- about what I've done off the field, how I've embarrassed the league. That is all true about me.

"Then I asked if he would turn and give both barrels to Holmes. I wanted the commissioner to let Santonio know he hadn’t done what he should, either, in being a good employee of the NFL."
Rex Ryan, Author

Ryan writes that his "goal" was to have he and Holmes "in the same boat" after the talk.

That's totally cool. What's not totally cool? The commissioner of the National Football League playing the role of "pawn" in a scheme cooked up in Ryan's own kitchen.

Bedard requested an interview with Goodell at the NFL owners' meetings in Indy but was given a "71-second walk-and-talk" instead. During the brief interview Goodell defended his actions with Ryan and Holmes. He also said that the conversation with Holmes and Ryan did not give the Jets an additional competitive advantage over other teams.

"I don’t look at it that way," Goodell said. "I look at it as I was asked to try to help a young man who I like very much, and we're going to continue to try to do whatever we can to make sure that he's in the best position to continue his career and do the right things on and off the field."

The problem here, of course, is that Goodell might not necessarily be willing to take a train down to Charlotte (or, as Bedard notes, out to Seattle) and help new Panthers coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled wideout Steve Smith become best friends.

And if he won't do that for the Panthers, then he's inherently given the Jets a leg up over other teams, which won't sit well with 30 other teams (excluding the Giants) who already might believe that New York-area teams get an advantage over other clubs.

That might not have been what Goodell meant to do, but it's how Ryan portrayed it in the book. Although at least that's humorously ironic considering Goodell's favor was ripping Ryan for his public behavior.

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Did Goodell help Jets win over Santonio Holmes?

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Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets win over Santonio Holmes?

Will Brinson, I don't see any problem here.  I would credit Rex Ryan and not Goodell for the Jets being provided "a leg up".  Has Goodell ever turned down any coach's request to straighten out a player in need of discipline?  If so then offer it.  I'm not simply buying into the conjecture that Goodell would tell a non-New York team to go to hell. Part of Goodell's job is to handle the situation with problem players.  The differ
ence here is simply that Ryan was pro-active and came up with this variation of the good cop / bad cop approach to deal with Santonio Holms.  



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets land Santonio Holmes?

This is an appallingly mistitled article. There's nothing in this piece--or in the Globe piece--suggesting that Goodell did anything to help the Jets "land," e.g., trade for, Santonio Holmes.

The story's about what Goodell did after the trade to help motivate Holmes to stay out of trouble. Whether the commissioner should be an active participant in helping teams control their players is a fair question, but there's absolutely nothing here to suggest that Goodell had a hand in orchestrating Holmes's trade to the Jets.

Change the title.



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets land Santonio Holmes?

I think you should learn how to spell sixth-grade words like "guarantee" first. Then you can worry about football.



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets land Santonio Holmes?

"Sanchez sucks anyway...Every year is suppossed to be his big year where he matures.."

"Every year"? HAHAHAHAA! He's been in the league TWO YEARS!



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets land Santonio Holmes?

Sanchez sucks anyway...Every year is suppossed to be his big year where he matures....He will never be great. He may play on a semi winner but that is due to the O line and the coaching....




Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets land Santonio Holmes?

No Matter how much help the Jets get they will never be a winner....We all know that...Lot's of talk and yet no rings. BLAH BLAH BLAH typical NY banter.....The Jets will continue to be an almost team and no better.   Everyone in the country knows this except Jets fans....I like Fatso Ryan will make a Guarentee!!!  The Jsts will never win another super bowl. Only diffrence is my guarenttee will come true LOL

 



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