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pauldrulez 19-03-2011 01:58 AM

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Commissioner Roger Goodell’s email to players on Thursday has seemingly only served to inflame the majority of its recipients.

Jaguars fullback Montell Owens had a different take on it. He told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he thought Goodell’s letter was “heartfelt.”

“I read through it and I understand we’re all trying to come to some agreement,” Owens said. “I do know the negotiating table is where this is going to get resolved. I really commend him on that and his efforts of really wanting to get things done.”

Wow, that was a nice change of pace. It’s jarring at this point to hear either side of this argument actually say something giving the other side a sliver of credit. It’s almost like Owens realizes it is necessary for both sides to have folks who are willing to bridge the labor divide.

Goodell’s letter was mostly scorned, but the core message in it is hard to argue: Let’s get back to the negotiating table.

With comments like those from Owens and Mike Vrabel on Friday, maybe it can actually happen before April 6.
Someone with some intelligence and makes some actual smart comments unlike some of the other players.

Where's my Jaguars Owens jersey?

pauldrulez 21-03-2011 05:05 PM

Madden 2012 coverstar to be decided like March Madness.

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/feature/madden2012cover

WOODY! :lux:

pauldrulez 21-03-2011 08:51 PM

Why I love Bill Belichick. Tell me what you found out about the Patriots and Bill in this interview:

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Opening statement. “We’ll make this pretty short. There’s not a whole lot of updates here. I obviously don’t have anything to say about the CBA or anything like that. Just kind of plugging away here on the draft process. Still have a long way to go on that, but we’re making progress. Everything else, we’ll just kind of take it as it comes. Whatever happens, we’ll just adjust to that as it goes along.”

On if he’s had a chance to talk to Brandon Meriweather. “We’re aware of the situation, but I don’t have anything to add on it.”

If he has an idea where Patriots players are training wise. “We haven’t talked to them.”

On a message he left players with before the lockout. “Our last meeting with them was at the end of the season.”

This labor issue vs. past labor issues. “I guess they’re all different. The other two were during the season. Maybe this will be too, I don’t know. They’re all different, but right now I don’t have any control over that. We’re just working on what we can work on, which is our draft [preparation].”

Is he more involved in draft preparation than years past? “In the past, we would have an offseason program going on right about now – on the 21st of March. Whatever this week is, it would start this week or next week. We’d be preparing for it or we’d be in the beginning stages of it. So we’re not.”

How would you characterize this draft? “I got a long way to go on that.”

The importance of draft picks as a commodity compared to other years when there was free agency before the draft. “I think they’re an important part of your team-building process, but they always are. I don’t think that changes.”

Do those picks increase in value? “I don’t know. I think they are important.”

On the team’s No. 28 overall draft pick being available in a trade. “I don’t know. We’ve traded them before. We haven’t traded them.”

His philosophy on trading draft picks. “My philosophy is to try to do what’s best for the football team. Plain and simple.”

On being reluctant to trade up. “We’ve traded up before.”

Why this was the right time to give Bill O’Brien the offensive coordinator title. “I just felt it was the right time.”

What went into the decision-making with Matt Patricia moving to safeties coach? “I just tried to set up things that we feel like is the best way for our staff to operate efficiently.”

On Patrick Graham, the team’s linebackers coach. “A smart guy. A [Yale] Bulldog. He’s been in a good program, worked with [Charlie Weis at Notre Dame]. He’s pretty familiar with our system and has done a great job for us for two years. I think he’s really a good young coach. I’m glad he’s on our staff. He’s done a terrific job for us.”

Did Graham come with a recommendation from Weis. “Of course.”

Harold Nash promoted to head strength coach. “Harold, the same thing, he’s been here six years and done a great job. Works hard. I think he has the respect of everyone in the organization – coaches, players. He works hard. He’s good to work with."

Is he confident in players to be self-motivated in workouts that aren’t supervised? “All 32 teams are in the same boat. We’ll see when we get back.”

Does he view the Patriots as being in good shape to handle the lockout? “I don’t really know about the other 31 teams. I just try to coach our team and whatever we can do we’ll do the best we can with.”

Does he agree that a team not installing a new offensive or defensive system have an advantage? “I don’t know.”

The favorite part of his offseason. “So far, I’d say the owners’ meetings here in New Orleans.”



That's right. Absolutely nothing. I'm just doing what's best for the team. :D

Swanny32 21-03-2011 08:56 PM

That's the kind of interview someone gives when they are on a promise or need the toilet! Thanks for wasting the last 3 minutes of my life Paul, you do realise I'll never get those 3 minutes back, don't you?

peagle 22-03-2011 06:28 PM

I love BB because he gets away with it by being brilliant. If he wasn't such a great coach and what he thought was "best for the team" was wrong he'd be gone in seconds. Top Lad

Benzhiyi 22-03-2011 07:12 PM

Kick-offs moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line.

More touchbacks, less special teams injuries, I guess.

peagle 22-03-2011 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Benzhiyi
Kick-offs moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line.

More touchbacks, less special teams injuries, I guess.

Hate this but what can you do? I find KO returns quite exciting at the moment. Should help the Pats with Gronk coming back from quad injury and Graham not having much distance.

Swanny32 22-03-2011 07:39 PM

It definitely ruins a bit of the excitement but you can understand it, especially after the college player who got paralyzed last season.

saxoneagle 22-03-2011 07:45 PM

Rubbish ruling. How about actually punishing players properly for the over-the-top hits rather than giving them a fine which is like pocket money to them?

pauldrulez 22-03-2011 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by peagle
Hate this but what can you do? I find KO returns quite exciting at the moment. Should help the Pats with Gronk coming back from quad injury and Graham not having much distance.

The Ghost can hit touchbacks from the 30, he'll do it again.

Graham won't be back.

pauldrulez 22-03-2011 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Benzhiyi
Kick-offs moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line.

More touchbacks, less special teams injuries, I guess.

Brad Smith will find it hard to get a new job.

Changes gameday actives as well.

Tate was active because he could return kicks and Price couldn't.

Tate will struggle to make the team because of it.

Hurts the value of Hester, Cribbs, Mariani, Brad Smith and others.

y2rich 22-03-2011 09:52 PM

My limbs still hurt from Sunday... Would write up a proper mini report but I have no Internet and don't fancy doing it on my phone.

jazman 22-03-2011 10:28 PM

Good work fella, look forward to hearing more.

jazman 22-03-2011 10:47 PM

Tweeted by Ravens Insider;

After press conference, Greg Aiello said that team won't enforce conduct policy during lockout, but would log arrests and enforce later on
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Most likely suspects of violations: Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals
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Following press conference, Jeff Pash said that five teams have either been fined or under investigation. Didn't name teams.
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Roger Goodell said that five teams have been contacted about having contact with players that aren't allowed. The teams were fined.
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Goodell said he believes it's important to the league and to the fans that the personal conduct policy is respected.
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Roger Goodell says if a player got in trouble in violation of the personal conduct policy doesn't know how it would apply during lockout.
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Roger Goodell said he hasn't spoken to DeMaurice Smith since the lockout, decertification and antitrust lawsuit being filed.
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Roger Goodell said it's not accurate that the NFL would try to enforce personal conduct policy during the lockout.
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Goodell: 'We certainly recognize our fans want football. They want an agreement and they want it done quickly.'
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Roger Goodell: "We have not had any discussions or consideration of using replacement players. It's not in our plans."
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Roger Goodell: "We are certainly planning on having a full season. Litigation isn't going to solve this problem."
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Roger Goodell: "The owners wanted the players to know what they walked away from in the mediation process."
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Roger Goodell: 'We are prepared for anything.'
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Roger Goodell press conference wrapping up annual owners meetings about to begin. Waiting on NFL Network to come out of commercial break

pauldrulez 22-03-2011 11:45 PM

Schefter believes the season is really in doubt now from what he's heard the last couple of days at the owners meetings.

Marvellous.

Wankers.

Swanny32 23-03-2011 12:26 AM

Time to pick a college team if you haven't already got one, next season is all about NCAA, it's a shame but it looks as though thats the way it's going to be. At least now I'm almost forced to really get into college football rather than just having a passing interest. Go Buckeyes!

jazman 23-03-2011 01:33 PM

Dabbled a little last season in college football and enjoyed the passion from both players and fans. Took a liking to Oregan but my team has to be the Longhorns much to Saxon's disgust :D

oz_da II 23-03-2011 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by jazman
Took a liking to Oregan but my team has to be the Longhorns much to Saxon's disgust :D

The only a's in Oregon are arseholes. ;)

Go Huskies!!! U-Dub! U-Dub! :lux:

saxoneagle 23-03-2011 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jazman
Dabbled a little last season in college football and enjoyed the passion from both players and fans. Took a liking to Oregan but my team has to be the Longhorns much to Saxon's disgust :D

You strike me more as a Red Raider.

oz_da II 23-03-2011 01:45 PM

Not a horned frog?


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