Will Optics Last Desion Control Watson’s Rule? Or will the NFL get its unprecedented ban? – Wed News

The appointment of Roger Goodell in the Deshan Watson appeal, former NJ Attorney General Peter Harvey, could this week impose an indefinite suspension on the Cleveland Browns quarterback and a hefty fine.

or marginally extend Harvey Watson’s six-game suspension, Assigned by Neutral Judge Susan RobinsonAnd reveal the process to be more of a negotiated settlement than is portrayed by the league and union.

Miami-based attorney Brad Sohn, who has prosecuted several cases covering football’s collective bargaining agreement, thinks it will be the latter: something like an 8-to-10 game and a hefty fine.

“I look at this situation as a case study in optics,” Sohan told the Daily News Saturday morning.

Essentially, from a legal standpoint, while Watson’s alleged behavior is punished, imposing an indefinite suspension on a league appeal could be regarded as Goodell’s giving a coercive rebuke of Robinson and, therefore, personal There’s this whole new collectively bargaining arrangement with the union collectively. conduct policy.

Goodell had already hired Harvey to hear the league’s appeal, rather than serve as the final judge and jury himself, which the CBA empowers him to do.

The NFL made no secret is still pushing for an indefinite suspension, as well as a monetary fine and mandatory treatment. But the appointments of Robinson (jointly by the NFL and the NFLPA) and Harvey (by the league) distance both the NFL and the union from a final decision.

So a middle ground on Watson—league negotiations stalled before Robinson’s rule—the building process allowed both the NFL and the NFLPA to walk away, claiming it worked.

“Doing this — essentially brokering through a public display of the arms-length process with various people who have been brokered — makes the NFLPA look as good as it can say the new CBA is in the works,” Sohn said. “And the NFL looks like they are respecting that process but also infusing discipline. So assuming it goes that way, both sides can claim a modest victory.”

According to multiple reports, Watson’s side were willing to accept 6-8 games in talks with the league, before Robinson ruled for a six-game suspension. Meanwhile, the NFL will face no less than a 12-game ban and an $8-10 million fine.

If Harvey extends Watson’s suspension indefinitely, the union can sue in federal court, but it will not challenge the original six-game suspension, and precedent has shown that in NFL cases generally, which Delays the inevitability of time.

Sohan doesn’t think it will come to that, though. He says that Watson’s case is not black and white from a legal point of view. Her pattern of alleged sexual assault clearly warrants discipline, but even a Texas grand jury failed to find enough evidence to indict her on criminal charges.

“The NFL is susceptible to legitimate criticism if it doesn’t act,” Sohn said. The opinion of an experienced lawyer, however, is that the action will fall short of rhetoric, as it is more conversation than it appears.

Cardinal Circus

Fresh off their embarrassing Kyler Murray contract drama, the Arizona Cardinals turned in a second straight week of high-profile dysfunction.

Wide receiver Marquis Brown was arrested for driving 126 mph in a 65 mph zone. The team placed running back coach James Saxon on administrative leave following news that he had been charged with two counts of domestic violence.

And coach Cliff Kingsbury offered an interesting explanation of why in one exercise he called Murray from the sideline to the backup quarterback.

“I just wanted him to know, ‘Hey, this shit isn’t easy,'” Kingsbury told reporters. “He starts shaking his head every time I’m calling him there. I’m like, ‘Okay, go ahead, big dog.'”

Wonder if Murray gets credit for this as homework. The Cardinals QB had to be in quarantine for five days after testing positive for COVID-19.

Just another week in Arizona.

Conditioning? sounds familiar

Giants coach Brian Dabol mentioned twice after Friday night’s practice at MetLife Stadium that his team needed to improve its “conditioning”.

“I think we have to improve our conditioning level,” Dabol said. “That’s why we did those two long drives [for the first-string offense and defense], And I think everyone can get a feel for where they are personally. But collectively, that will be the point of emphasis this week.”

Former coach Joe Judge put a premium on conditioning. Brian Flores, former Dolphins coach, interviewed the Giants for the vacancy. Both Judge and Flores have been known to have regular conditioning periods and mistakes in practice followed by penalty laps or sprints.

Dabol’s spring and early summer schedules haven’t been particularly grueling by comparison. The Giants’ medical staff’s plan for managing players focused primarily on rest during the spring.

Sometimes in both spring and summer, Dabol encourages players to run sprints in between plays to simulate playing significant downs when fatigued. He’s a Bill Belichick disciple, like Judge and Flores, so he values ​​conditioning and knows it’s important.

But Dabol also said in June that he doesn’t believe in conditioning for the sake of conditioning.

“Just to say we’re conditioning, that is — we really have a mapped out plan for when we do it and why we’re doing it,” Dabol said during the OTA.

At the time, the Giants’ first-year head coach offered this qualifier, however: “If we’re not doing a good enough job in practice, with the ball in their hands or chasing downfield as an offensive lineman, or Running after people who are trying. To get down there and get an extra block, then you have to make up for it by doing something else.”

Now Dabol says conditioning will be a “point of emphasis” near the Giants’ first preseason game in New England at Foxboro on Thursday night.

It will be interesting to see Dabol navigate any plans to increase the team’s conditioning work internally, and to see how different the Giants’ next few practices may look.

around the league

Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that Jimmy Garoppolo’s market just got more interesting this week with the news that Rams QB Matthew Stafford is suffering elbow pain in his throwing arm, which is “a bit unusual for a quarterback.” Is.” McVay said the injury is similar to a “pitcher tackle” in baseball. “It’s something I’ve never navigated as a coach with a quarterback,” he said. The Cleveland Browns seem like Garoppolo’s most likely landing spot, with Watson expected to miss most or all of this season after Goodell’s appeal. But if the 49ers fail to find a business partner and are forced to leave Garoppolo in free agency, can Jimmy G sign in-division with La Ram? If the reigning Super Bowl champs need reinforcement or insurance, why not? ,

I like the Las Vegas Raiders to win the competitive AFC West provided they strengthen their offensive line. Right guard Lester Cotton was impressive in Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but with left tackle Colton Miller resting, reserve left tackle Brandon Parker (especially) and right tackle Alex Leatherwood weren’t up to snuff. The Raiders have high hopes for Josh McDaniels’ first season as head coach. They need a line that matches their aspirations…

Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton is buried on the team’s wide receiver depth chart. He saw significant timing in Friday’s practice with a third wire offense. Other teams know, but with Slayton projects continuing, Giants GM Joe Scion doesn’t have much leverage to execute the trade. It is more likely that the teams will wait for the Giants and rely on Slayton to cut and kill free agency, where they can sign him without giving the Giants assets. It’s early in the camp, so it’s always possible that other players’ injuries could save Slayton. But it doesn’t feel good…

Schoen and the Giants require more depth in situations such as offensive tackles, corners, tight ends and running backs, so Schoen will be heavily involved around the final cut on August 30, being exempt from the other 31 teams. An offensive tackle reportedly available through trade is the Chicago Bears’ second tackle of the year, 24-year-old Teven Jenkins, who had surgery as a rookie in 2021, played just six games with two starts last season, and this New coach Matt Eberfluss sat outside under camp all year. The Bears probably won’t be able to get more than a late-round pick for the former second-rounder out of Oklahoma State. But it’s still unclear how healthy he is, and NFL front offices will mostly have to go by his pre-draft evaluations to judge his fit.

he said this

“Mr. Watson’s pattern of conduct is stronger than any reviewed by the NFL.” — Retired Judge Sue L. Robinson in her 16-page decision on Watson

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