Is it really that hard to compromise? You know, we made some mistakes, you made some mistakes, let's meet in the middle and move on. It really shouldn't be but evidently it is as both the NFL and Minnesota's
On one side, there is the league, which should have done a better job making players aware that Starcaps was tainted and contained bumetanide, a banned substance. As a result of their moral error, if not a legal one, the league should be willing to reduce the suspensions for all Starcaps players to two games. I am fully aware of the zero-tolerance policy, and wholeheartedly in favor of it, but it would seem to me that
But it is not just the league office that appears to be relenting from any type of compromise situation.
The facts are laid out and there is plenty of blame to go around. The league should have told the players about the bumetanide. The players should have been more careful with what they put in their body and not tried to take a shortcut for weight loss. Heck, even the teams should shoulder some of the blame for whatever they decided to set the player's weights at for the weekly testing.
I am a proponent of as stringent a testing policy as possible to keep cheaters out of the league. I agree with the league that there is no way to decipher intent and because of that the league can't allow guys to consistently use the "tainted supplement" excuse considering it is as popular these days as "my dog ate my homework." But cooler heads should prevail and with the league failing to release information that they should have, a two-game suspension would be a sufficient enough deterrent going forward.
Email has to be one of the best inventions ever by the way ...
It really depends on the player and their personal preferences. There are certainly some organizations that players historically try to avoid for any number of reasons -- location, size of the market, thriftiness of the ownership, level of talent on the team or the coaching staff. Ultimately, however, it comes down to money and more often than not the player will go to the team that offers him the best contract or opportunity.
Though I think the Bengals reputation is probably well deserved from their history over the past 20 years, most guys who play there that I know really enjoy it and the ownership has changed their tight-fisted ways during the
Hell hath no fury like the wrath of the Pittsburgh Steelers fanbase. I have previously written that they are
The scathing critique of my story from last week went all the way from trying to explain and defend Harrison's statements on the matter, which are preposterous no matter how you try to spin it, to accusing me of being just another member of the liberal media who adores
The truth is I have a problem with any player who refuses to attend any of the events after winning a championship because I think it is a slap in the face to all of the players that so desperately want to experience those truly unique festivities. Harrison just got the brunt of my frustration because he compounded his poor decision with comments that are ridiculous at best. And no, he wasn't joking, as some of you opined. I wish he had been.
This is a very good question that I will probably flesh out into a larger article at some point, but the short answer is that it depends. Most professional coaches are smart enough to realize that if they have a proven veteran they can offer tips and suggestions without asking him to completely overhaul what has made him successful. There are some coaches, however, that are more interested in the player doing it their way even if that ultimately hurts the player and those coaches are usually driven by their own misguided ego. They believe their way is the only way when that is simply not the case. The less-accomplished the player, the more liberties coaches will take with them in terms of a "my way or the highway" mentality. That is why young players can bounce from team to team before finally washing out of the league. If you are constantly changing what you do and how you do it, how can you ever truly get good at it?
I don't think so. I think defensive linemen play the least complicated position in the NFL and that there is a good number of guys wearing numbers in the 90s that would never be able to handle the mental aspect of playing offensive line. By the same token, however, almost no offensive linemen have the physical tools to play along the defensive line so it all evens out in terms of natural gifts. O-linemen may feel smarter but that doesn't mean superior.