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Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 12:45 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

When Roger Goodell announced during a Thursday press conference that the owners had voted 31-0 on a proposed settlement to end the lockout, the jubilation -- and the sense of relief that accompanied it -- was palpable. It was also fleeting.

In the hours after Goodell's announcement, many players said they felt blindsided. Some called the owners "arrogant" and their proposal a "power play." Still, there was optimism that the lockout wouldn't drag on much longer.

"We are going to get a deal done," Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison said late Thursday night.

Bengals tight end Reggie Kelly, an alternate player representative, sounded equally upbeat, though he recognized that players were initially concerned.

"I think guys at first were angry [Thursday] because the first time we heard about the proposal was on TV when they voted on it," said Kelly, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. "You need to negotiate and do it the right way.

"People have started to cool off. It's not about egos and personal feelings. It's a business. All in all it's going to work out and we're going to be ready to play."

In related Bengals-lockout news, the organization emailed season-ticket holders Thursday announcing that the lockout was over. We applaud the the team's confidence, although its credibility takes a hit when you read sentences like this: "This year — like others before it — we will focus our energies on returning to the Super Bowl again."

Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar sums it up nicely. "The fact that the Bengals' organization (long known as one of the league's most parsimonious and least competent, though we certainly don't include Marvin Lewis in that equation) is out there with this one will just provide a bit of comic relief in what has been a very arduous and unnecessarily dramatic process."

So, yes, thanks again for the laughs, Cincinnati.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:39 am
 

Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

"I think guys at first were angry [Thursday] because the first time we heard about the proposal was on TV when they voted on it," said Kelly,


The owners voted on THURSDAY.  Every fan of the NFL was aware on TUESDAY that the players were possibly going to vote on WEDNESDAY.

Everyone, it seems, except the players themselves.  Attention NFL players:  NOW do you understand why you were supposed ATTEND CLASSES in college?  If you were anyone except football players, I wouldn't believe you could be so clueless.  Except ... you ARE football players.  

Leave the negotiating and doing REAL business to the business people (i.e., owners), and stick to the only thing you ARE qualified to do; play football.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

I just have to say this, the players said they hadn't seen or were aware of what was in the document. Now is everyone out there thinking like me,  didn't the players have lawyers and JUST WHAT IN THE H*LL HAVE THEIR LAWYERS BEEN DOING FOR 4+ MONTHS. THAT AT THIS LATE PERIOD THEY (THE PLAYERS) HAVE NOT REVIEWED THE DOCUMENT KNOWING THAT WERE TO VOTE ON WEDNESDAY.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

So happy the players are starting to cool off ... maybe if they understood what it means when the owner's ratify their own proposal, then the problem does not exist in the first place.

The sad (and FUNNY) thing is that the "smart" players ... who are the team representatives ... actually know very little of what is taking place.  My guess is that DeMaurice Smith is just the conduit between NFLPA Lawyers and player reps.  Style over substance.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

They only won their division two years ago. Arguably the most difficult division to play in considering the Juggernauts of Baltimore and Pittsburgh are in that division. Then Cleveland is starting to show some signs of improvement. They are no longer the Laughing stock of the AFC but they still have a long way to go before they become a playoff Contender.

I also find it funny coming from a Bronco fan, what has the bronco's done since elway left. Bud me and you are in the same boat, because I'm a dolphin fan. Two Years ago when Miami went 11-5 and won the AFC East was the best i've seen in a long time.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Bengals TE says 'people have started to cool off'

Wow, it's amazing what bad drafts and very little attempts in free agency will get you. Have they done anything since I was a kid watching Esiason, Munoz, and Collinsworth? I feel for the fans of any team that continues to trip over it's own shoelaces over and over.


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