Maybe bad behavior's good for business after all.
Hear me out. As a former player, I'm typically highly critical of the few NFL players who fail to abide by the standard of conduct the league and legal system set forth, thereby casting a cloud of negativity over the league. When guys like
But writing this column and hosting a show for Sirius NFL Radio has given me new perspective. The NFL is a machine that hums 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The league likes it that way, and it should, because that non-stop humming is good for business. The more people read, listen and watch NFL-related items, the better.
The reality, however, is the transgressions and drama of a select few fuel that machine in the offseason. I can't stand most of the "me first" personalities like
Same goes for the annual
And the fact is, the same goes for criminal behavior.
Lately, Burress, Stallworth and, most notably, Vick have been in the headlines. All three made poor choices. All three faced the legal and league music. But all three also kept the NFL in the news during what are otherwise the slowest months of the year.
The NFL's concerned about its image, and it should be. But people aren't paying less attention to the NFL because of questionable player behavior. They certainly won't refrain from watching their teams once the season rolls around because of a few objectionable incidents. Even the corporate sponsors haven't shied away. If anything, the boon in coverage has had a positive financial impact.
This isn't what the image-conscious league wants. This isn't what responsible, respectful players want. But it's what those like Cowboys owner
Now, onto the mail and the Tweet of the Week...
Smith's more than equipped to make the move. He showed tremendous versatility at Baylor, but that's not the point. The point is there's no reason to move him in the first place. He played well at left tackle the last two years in college. The Rams drafted him at No. 2 and are going to have to pay him a lot of money. Why start off his career by making him uncomfortable?
Not a bad thought, but the league could also take
The league wouldn't send out a DVD because the messages delivered and questions asked at the symposium aren't for public consumption. The fear that a rookie could lose or misplace his DVD would water down the content and the message, thereby minimizing the impact on everyone involved.
You're not the only one who feels that way. The Ravens played
Those teams use what's called a "scout" or "look" team, which is made up of the back-up defensive players and practice squad guys. Their job is to imitate the schemes and personnel of the opposition to the best of their ability. Some teams take their scout team performance more seriously than others, and it shows. It is critical that those guys give a great effort so that the starters have a good feel for what to expect on Sunday. It isn't easy for a 4-3 Tampa Two defensive tackle to pretend he's
The main point of the no-huddle is to prevent the defense from substituting. That's how the offense gains its advantage. The offense can line up in different formations, but the defense has to use the personnel it has on the field. To your other point, playing defensive line is absolutely more tiring than offensive line. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to generate the force necessary to rush the passer, and the physical exertion it takes to push another 300-pound man backward is significant.
There are certainly others who feel the same way you do, Dave, but I think we can all agree McNair's apparent infidelity doesn't justify murder.
Thanks, Fred. But to be honest, it was probably worth making the mistake to know the famed producer of NBC's
(And, yes, I had to look up pejorative because I wasn't sure what it meant.)
Now, the Tweet of the Week:
I was only in Cleveland for about a month, but that was enough time to become aware of the issues the organization was having. Warning signs were posted all over the building, especially in areas players might be the most susceptible (like the training room and hot tub). I still think, however, I should have been more cautious given the team's recent history.