Tag:Roger Goodell
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:48 pm

Givin' Em the Business: Preseason Edition

Posted by Will Brinson

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed us from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

Rank Who Why


Albert Haynesworth
If Haynesworth's offseason performance were judged on the same merits that we judge actual play on the actual football field, he would absolutely justify his $100 million salary. Instead, he's simply the most obnoxious figure in the NFL since we last left real football. Think about: he gets paid 9 (NINE!) figures and yet he still whined about the fact that he had to change positions in a new defense, he still couldn't pass a physical that every other TV reporter in the D.C. area could and he even tried to pretend like he was sick of the 'B.S.' and just wanted to play football. To top it all off: he's still  on the trading block. 


Brett Favre
Were we to do a retroactive "Givin' 'Em the Business" column for the past five or so offseasons, Favre would probably rank No. 1 every time. He managed to lock the entire world in for a full day of rehashing "Favre's Greatest Hits" even when he didn't retire, he made us watch helicopter cams follow an SUV down the highway O.J. Simpson style, and he forced several of his teammates to travel from Minnesota to Mississippi just to get a commitment from him. In fact, it's a testament to just how horrible Haynesworth has been that Favre, even though he forced us to suffer yet another wishy-washy media nightmare this season, somehow didn't win this "award."


Darrelle Revis
Somehow, someway, Revis managed to eclipse all the crap that the Jets have produced during the offseason (and it's a lot) en route to holding out up until the very last minute for a deal that wasn't really what he wanted. Look, I get that as a young superstar someone would want to get paid now and not worry about injury derailing a serious boatload of cash from being delivered to his house, but you signed a contract when you became a working professional/adult. Deal with it like you were one.


Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have complained recently that they don't get fair treatment from the media, because they're vilified even though they've done nothing wrong. That's actually a very salient point, but that doesn't excuse the two of them having three reality television shows between them. The Versus one, which will debut in October, actually might end up being awesome, but at that point in time, we'll have seen enough insanity flowing out Cincinnati that it's all but certain the whole "zany wideout" thing will be played out. And if the Bengals are actually winning, it'll only get worse. On the bright side, we're less than a week away from one of them getting fined for a hysterical touchdown celebration. 


Looming Lockout
Really, this should be first overall: remember that we're discussing a large group of really rich men fighting with a smaller group of even richer men about who will be getting more richer in the future. All of this comes directly from the pocket of the fan, and if the lockout happens (as it certainly appears it will), the only people that will be really  harmed are fans. And that's fairly criminal. The only good news is that it seems pretty likely (at least I think so) that this could end like Revis' deal where we see a last-minute cave. Unfortunately, that will probably mean no preseason.


Tony Dungy
Yup, that's right. I'm gonna be the guy ripping Tony Dungy, who just happens to seem like one of the nicest human beings on the planet. My beef? Him sticking his nose where it doesn't necessarily belong. Look, it's swell that he's an "ambassador" for the league and everything, but that doesn't mean that every single one of his beliefs are correct. For instance, if Rex Ryan wants to tell his players to get a &#%$%$ snack on their $%$^ing time away from the field, in my opinion he can sure as $%^@ do so.


Tim Tebow
My reaction to Tebow is quite similar to my reaction to the preseason: "I don't hate it, but, MAN, does it get old quickly." Tebow was all we talked about this offseason in terms of rookies, even though he pretty clearly won't be the "guy" in Denver for some time. I'm actually optimistic that he'll eventually be good, but that doesn't mean I want to sit in the stands in Jacksonville on Sunday amid a ton of people wearing Gator jerseys while they (as Andy pointed out) wonder when Tebow will get in the dang game!   


Matt Leinart
Honestly, Leinart's situation is more humorous than anything else. Imagine being really bad at your job (and overpaid, to boot) and then imagine walking into your boss' office and demanding that you -- yes, you of the awful performance thus far in multiple years on the job -- get a promotion. Your boss would laugh in your face and probably fire you. Oh, wait. That's what the Cardinals did with Leinart. 


The Jets
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Jets are kind of on here twice. I wasn't going to include them as a team (mainly because "Hard Knocks" has been so freaking awesome) until Antonio Cromartie decided the Jets were the "Miami Heat of football." And Mark Sanchez (who's like totally my podcast BFF) decided to add that they're building a "dream team." Come on, people. Look, their coach is brash, angry, loud and hysterical. And he inspires confidence. That's swell. But this team shouldn't have even made the playoffs last year! DO NOT CROWN THEM. THEY WILL BE WHO WE DID NOT REALIZE THAT THEY WOULD BE. Or something.


Vincent Jackson
And by extension, "holdouts in general," although that kind of got covered in Revis' section. Basically, this is annoying because I'm a Philip Rivers fan and there's nothing more annoying than seeing him possibly lose a huge window to make a run at a title because the CBA got blown up, Jackson lost some time in free agency, the Chargers decided to play hardball, and then even maybe/possibly refuse to trade him. It's impossible to find one side where you can say "alright, this is absolutely so-and-so's fault" because both sides have a reasonable case to be made, but seeing every single contract and holdout and discussion of anything football-related circle back to the fact that it might be gone in a year makes me want to pull a Spewell on someone. On the bright side, it's here now!
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 4:22 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Posted by Will Brinson

Of all the frustrating offseason storylines , there's one that's perhaps most annoying: the impending NFL lockout in 2011. DeMaurice Smith, the union leader for the NFLPA, confirmed his belief on Wednesday that he think a lockout is coming.

“I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” Smith told Bloomberg Sports .

Smith's biggest point of contention is the NFL refusing to actually provide financial information relating to their claim that they're not pulling in enough cash. (Enough here, of course, is relative.)

“If this model is not working, i.e. teams are losing money, then we’re willing to see the evidence of that and make the changes,” Smith said. “But prove it. If not, what’s the justification for getting a billion back from us?”

Smith, along with most players, doesn't care for the also-impending possibility of an 18-game season.

“We don’t look at two extra games as being divorced from the health, medical and safety standpoint,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to divorce one part of this from the whole.”

That may be true -- however, it seems pretty likely that the league will get its 18-games one way or another. Also likely, as expressed by Smith's quotes, is the NFL locking its players out.

Owners and players are just too far apart right now, and because the 2010 season is beginning and because 2011 seems so far away (regardless of whether it's true or not), the urgency to really sit down, negotiate and hammer out a deal just isn't out there for either side.

Which is why there's a pretty good chance that the most important people, the fans, will end up suffering the most.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 10:59 am

Goodell 'not proud of' Ryan's HBO language

Posted by Will Brinson

Rex Ryan has caught hell from everyone -- it feels like, anyway -- for his language on "Hard Knocks." His mother, Tony Dungy ... only his players (including Mark Sanchez who we recently interviewed, in case you missed it) seem to understand.

Dungy even wanted to get NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to weigh in on the issue. Well, via USA Today's The Huddle, he did just that on Mike & Mike this morning.

"Obviously at times you're going to get language that's not appropriate for all ages," Goodell said. "And it's something that I guess we're not proud of. But it is a reality of what happens in those camps. And that's why that show is so popular."

In other words: thanks, Tony Dungy, for making me discuss this. Since, you know, clearly Rex Ryan's language is way more important of a topic than the lockout or rookie wages or anything else important to the NFL.

That's not to dog Dungy all that much, but Goodell's point is dead-on -- swearing is a reality of the NFL. It's going to happen, even if cameras are hanging around, filming players and coaches.

And, frankly, I'm pretty certain Dungy's in the minority -- I'd be willing to be that the vast number of people who watch "Hard Knocks" prefer the reality of the training camp situations being shown, even if it involves lots of four-letter words. He also has the freedom to wait until the next morning and watch the edited AM version of the show, if his ears burn too much from Ryan's f-bomb prowess.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 1:13 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Roethlisberger -- even before his suspension was reduced to four games today -- knew how costly his off-the-field actions were to the Pittsburgh Steelers. So much so that he had a pretty emotional (and tearful) moment with his teammates following the Steelers' final preseason game.

According to Steel City Insider's Mike Prisuta (subscription, FYI), Roethlisberger "wept" while speaking with his teammates -- for the last time until over a month from now --on Thursday night.
“He broke down,” wide receiver Hines Ward reported late Thursday night in the bowels of Heinz Field.

“The reality sets in. He’s feeling the pain because now it’s hitting home.”
This is the exact attitude -- a repentant one -- that prompted Roger Goodell to reduce Roethlisberger's suspension, and it seems as if it could be the type of thing that really galvanizes the team.

Art Rooney, at the very least, is supportive of his franchise quarterback.

“Commissioner Goodell informed us today that Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension has been reduced to four games," Rooney said in a statement issued by the team. "Ben has done a good job this summer of growing as the person that he needs to be, both on and off the field. I am confident that Ben is committed to continuing in this positive direction. As a team, our focus is now on preparing for the regular season and getting off to a good start on opening weekend."

It's fun to make sarcastic comments about Ben's behavior and to question whether or not he legitimately grew as a person in the offseason. That being said, seeing the comments from the commissioner, his teammates, his owner and now the emotional outpouring from Roethlisberger himself is pretty impressive.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 11:10 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 11:27 am

Roethlisberger's suspension reduced to 4 games

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Roethlisberger met with Roger Goodell this morning -- not at the NFL's offices, reportedly in order to avoid the press -- and his suspension was reduced to four games.

The NFL released this statement, after the news was initially reported by Jason LaCanfora on Twitter .

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello released a statement from the NFL in which Goodell warned Ben that the reduction in suspension is "contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the Personal Conduct Policy."

Additionally, Roethlisberger cannot "e at the team’s practice facility, attend games, represent the club publicly in any way, have contact with any member of the coaching staff or other football operations personnel, or engage in any team football-related activities or discussions with teammates away from team facilities."

"You have told me and the Steelers that you committed to making better decisions," Goodell told Roethlisberger, according to the NFL. "Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment."

There was some speculation that Roethlisberger would seek a three game suspension to bring him back in time for the Steelers' home game against the Ravens in Week 4, although that notion was refuted earlier this morning .

It's impossible to say whether or not Big Ben did ask (until we hear a comment from his camp or Goodell's office), but it's clear that Goodell believes his behavior warranted a reduction in suspension.

The Steelers certainly welcome the news: Byron Leftwich suffered a second degree MCL sprain meaning Charlie Batch will likely make the roster and Dennis Dixon will likely start in Week 1 for Pittsburgh.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:21 pm

Report: Roethlisberger's reps want 3 games

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com is reporting that Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger’s representatives will ask commissioner Roger Goodell to reduce his six-game suspension to three games when the two sides meet Friday.

If granted, that number would be a huge surprise to virtually everybody who covers and follows the NFL.

It’s been common thought that, because Goodell has said he’s pleased with Roethlisberger’s response to violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, he would reduce the suspension to four games. If Goodell really cuts the original number in half, that must mean Roethlisberger worked his behind off to get back in the commissioner’s good graces.

Oh, and Steelers fans would rejoice.

One paragraph from the story that might interest you, explaining why Roethlisberger’s people have the cojones to ask for such a big reduction:

Some in the Roethlisberger camp have argued since Roethlisberger is the first player suspended by Goodell under the personal conduct policy who has not been arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime, he should not be suspended more than two games. His camp has always considered the six game suspension too harsh. But few believe Goodell will go that far, and some in the Roethlisberger camp do not want to anger the commissioner by asking for too much.

Anybody else out there think the original suspension was too harsh? Considering Roethlisberger's history, I'm not sure that I do.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: August 31, 2010 3:45 pm

Shaun Rogers avoids suspension

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cleveland got some good news today when it was decided DL Shaun Rogers would be fined but not suspended for his arrest on a gun charge during the offseason. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com first reported the story.

Sources tell Schefter that the fine could be as much as $300,000.

Rogers has entered a diversion program to avoid trial on the charge that he carried a gun through an airport. He also recently helped police stop a driver who was operating a vehicle under the influence in a Cleveland suburb, a decision that won him praise from commissioner Roger Goodell.

Now, Rogers - who's still feeling the effects of offseason ankle surgery - hypothetically can go back to stuffing the run and manhandling double teams for the Browns, who are desperately in need all the talent they can get.

UPDATE (3:16 p.m.):
According to a Browns release, Rogers has been fined one game check - which equals about <del></del> $405,000. Rogers is appealing the fine.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 9:47 pm

Big Ben has one more meeting

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You can file this in the “didn’t we already know this, and if we didn’t know this, didn’t we assume this” department.

Various Internet reports have emerged that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell after Pittsburgh finishes its preseason slate this week. I thought we knew that if Roethlisberger was to get his six-game suspension reduced to four games – by the way, this is almost a certainty to happen – he’d have to meet with Goodell again.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote on Twitter, “We are not confirming specifics of the commissioner's upcoming meeting with Ben but it has always been part of the plan.”

So, there you go.

Keep it moving, folks. Nothing to see here.

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