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Gee, thanks Rog

Roger Goodell sends letter to NFL fans
www.nfl.com

I believe in accountability, not excuses. And I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better.

As a lifelong fan, this wasn’t an easy process for anyone involved. I particularly want to commend the replacement officials for taking on an unenviable task and doing it with focus and dedication in the most adverse of circumstances.

Just curious - how do we fans collect on this accountability? Do we get some sort of refund on our Sunday Ticket packages, or on NFL Rewind?

Didn't think so.

Lynch: FOX hoodwinked by NFL re:scabs

John Lynch says NFL “duped” FOX into going easy on replacements
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Per Lynch, the NFL called FOX before the season started and said, ‘We’re close to a deal, so take it easy on these guys.”

With no deal done nearly three weeks later, Lynch has drawn a strong conclusion:  “They duped us.”

Lynch also complained about the folks who aren’t getting nearly enough blame for this situation — the people who own the teams.  “The other night I went to bed angry,” Lynch said. “It just speaks to the arrogance of the owners.”

It will be interesting to see if Lynch is punished or forced to issue some sort of apology for his frankness.

NFL: Point of lockout is to improve officiating

Even after Monday debacle, NFL holding firm in referee negotiations
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

The league believes that the short-term pain of a football nation up in arms will be worth it two to four years down the road if they can improve the overall quality of officiating by adding what would be a taxi squad of three additional crews. In other words, it’s likely that Goodell understands that solving the lockout by abandoning the demand for the extra officials would be a popular move today, but the NFL would still have what it considers the problem of not being able to replace underperforming officials.

The owner$ can't po$$ibly believe what they're $aying, or expect u$ to believe it, can they?

What did you expect them to say?

NFL supports decision to not overturn Seahawks' touchdown
www.nfl.com

While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.

Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.

The result of the game is final.

Surely, these fans will be mollified by the league's response.

Doug Farrar, Kevin SeifertMike Sando, Tom LeyLindsay Jones, and Alex Marvez analyze the league's statement.

Plus, reaction to the call from Bill Barnwell, Mike Lombardi, Mike SilverPeter King, Don Banks, Greg Bishop, Jason Whitlock, and Bill Simmons.

Even bookies are more humane than Roger Goodell

Some Bettors Get Relief on Game Decided by Botched Call
www.nytimes.com

The site, Sportsbook.com, sent e-mails to bettors who had put money on Green Bay, alerting them to the unusual decision that their bets would be refunded in the form of a free play on the site. At least one bettor, writing on a Twitter account said to be that of the Canadian journalist Glen McGregor, posted a picture of his computer screen showing the message and quoted the Web site’s head oddsmaker, Russ Candler, as saying, “I can’t stand winning unfairly.”

Darren Rovell hears the blown call may have resulted in a swing of as much as $250M, as bets favoring Green Bay apparently comprised around 70-85% of the action in Vegas and online.

Now that the scabs are affecting the gambling world, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this thing really might get resolved--and soon.  Despite the fact that the NFL wants you to think they are as pure as Tim Tebow, the truth is much more sinister (see: Mara, Tim and Rooney, Art).

Don't mess with the bookies or you get the horns concrete boots, Roger.

Edit: Turns out Sportsbook.com is only offering refunds to gamblers outside the U.S.

Jerrah doe$n’t care

Jerry Jones thinks you're stupid
espn.go.com

Jones said he hadn’t received any phone calls about the controversy: “I just read a little note in the paper that the Seahawks pulled it out,” he said, quickly switching the subject to praise Seattle’s team.

Pressed further on the matter, Jones made his best sales pitch.

“We can have all kinds of what-ifs,” Jones said. “We’ve played three games and we’ve got 16 to play. It’s exciting. It gives us a lot to talk about on our shows that we have. But fundamentally, when I look at where the league is over the first three ballgames, it’s great. Lot of competition.”

That's pretty much all we need to know about the impact of last night. We'd love to hear where Pat Bowlen stands on this.

It’s just another Panic Monday: Jaws says Manning isn’t spinning the football

Jaws on Peyton: “The ball is not spinning out of his hand”
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

“It’s still a work in progress,” said Jaws. “And we have to remember Peyton is still going through therapy to get his arm strength to 100 percent. The only thing that really bothers me about Peyton right now, is the ball is not spinning out of his hand ala an Aaron Rodgers, a Matthew Stafford, the guys who really spin it. So I think that eventually will come when he gets healthy. But he made some mistakes in his progressions and reads, which is unusual for Peyton Manning. But in due time, all these misreads will be corrected. When I see the ball coming out of his hand, what I see is a little wobble on it. That’s not what you want to see. We like to see that thing spinning really nice, tight on a spiral.”

...One veteran scout was a bit more candid and harsh in a recent back-and-forth with NFL Network’s Albert Breer. “Peyton Manning can’t throw the ball anymore,” the scout observed.

Quick, everybody freak out.  Certainly you should go off on that dude in the next cubicle.

Feel better?  I do.  That guy next to you deserved it.

Now, let's talk about Peyton Manning's arm.  Ron Jaworski is right, of course.  Sometimes the ball isn't coming out of Manning's hand with much spin.  But let's not get into our hyperbaric hyperbolic chambers and write off the season just yet.  The real issue, which Jaworski rightly notes is Manning's reads, which to my eye, have been up and down during these first three games.

I'll take the wobble as long as Manning is making the right reads come Week 5.   

Kyle Shanahan goes erotic free verse with scab officials

Kyle Shanahan chased officials into tunnel on Sunday, reportedly swore at them; league to review
www.cbssports.com

Near the end of the game, Shanahan received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (which was tacked onto a five-yard false start penalty) forcing the Redskins to throw a Hail Mary from 20 yards further back than they expected. Dan Hellie of NBC Washington reports that “after the game Kyle Shanahan followed the refs as they were going into their locker room and had some choice words.”

ESPN 980 radio in Washington had, via a source, a more specific quote attributed to the younger Shanahan.

“You have no f***ing balls, you r a f***ing p***y,” Shanahan reportedly yelled at one of the refs.

After further review, the play near the locker room has been reversed.  Kyle Shanahan was actually saying: "You have no falling balls, you're a ducking posse."

What?  You gonna fine Mini Shanny for his free verse? 

Greg Schiano’s days are already numbered

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano regarded as bully around NFL well before kneel-down incident
sports.yahoo.com

In conversations with nearly a dozen NFL general managers, personnel executives, scouts and coaches familiar with Schiano’s time at Rutgers, I detected an almost unprecedented degree of resentment and disdain for a man who has yet to coach his third professional game. They believe his decision to instruct his defenders to blow up the Giants’ line and lunge at quarterback Eli Manning in a typically uncontested scenario was indicative of the unapologetic arrogance that made Rutgers a notoriously dreaded stop on most scouts’ itineraries during his tenure. In the words of one NFC personnel executive, “It was pure misery.”

It's only a matter of time now until Greg Schiano loses his gig in Tampa Bay.

Don't unpack fully, Greg - if you're not sure about that, see the prior examples of McDaniels, Josh, and TebowTimothy.

Silver coming to town for a feature story would make the Grim Reaper nervous.

Something does not compute here

Peyton Manning, the outsider
espn.go.com

While he continues to knock off the rust from missing all of last season, Peyton Manning should do this: Stay to the outside.

Manning is excelling outside of the painted numbers in the first two games of the season, but he is struggling in the middle of the field.

I don't find this article to be very intelligent, but I wanted to point something out here.  There has been a lot of media howling over the last few days about Peyton Manning's diminished arm strength, particularly from Jason Whitlock, but from plenty of others too.  Then good ol' Pork Chop says that Manning should stick to the outside. 

If Manning's arm strength really is diminished to a significant degree, that should limit his ability to throw outside, and make him most effective inside the numbers.  That's what we've seen from weak-armed guys like Chad Pennington and Colt McCoy, as well as legitimately diminished guys like Carson Palmer.  As NBC showed in week 1, Peyton's fastball to the outside is almost the same as it was in 2010.

What we're really dealing with here is small sample size, and an idiot who thinks he's doing "analysis" by taking numbers within that sample size, and drawing conclusions from it.  When you go 0-for-4 in the deep middle with 3 interceptions in one game, that's ugly, but let's see how it looks five or six games down the road before we start thinking about making pronouncements.