Frankly Frankel: September 20, 2014

20 Sep

Roger Goodell digs himself an even bigger hole, the Vikings drastically miss-read the Adrian Peterson situation, and the Jets next game will show the teams true character. This is Frankly Frankel on this September 20, 2014.

  • I’ve been saying for weeks that Roger Goodell needs to step down as the commissioner of the National Football League. His performance during yesterday’s press conference changed absolutely nothing.
  • The hypocrisy he’s shown is laughable. Every time an NFL player makes a mistake, Goodell is all over it handing down some sort of punishment (aside from the domestic abuse cases of course).
  • But when Goodell makes a mistake, he accepts responsibility, but doesn’t think he should face any consequences?? It’s the same process every player goes through when they address their mistake publicly.
  • Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said it best on Twitter.
  • The best part of the press conference was when Howard Stern show writer “Benjy interrupted Goodell by screaming, “Don’t take me to an elevator”. At first I thought it was some random heckler who was trying to attack Goodell, but it turned out to be a known press conference heckler. Still, it was priceless.
  • After the press conference, an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report came out detailing how Ravens ownership, led by Steve Bisciotti, pushed for lenient punishment against Rice throughout this whole process. Ravens coach John Harbaugh requested for Rice to be cut, but was overruled. Team ownership plead for a 2-game suspension from Goodell, even after knowing all the details in this case, which is exactly what happened.
  • This only makes Goodell look worse in my mind. He acted like a true “puppet” of an owner, doing whatever he was told. Goodell should have put his foot down in this situation, but utterly failed to do so.
  • As far as how this affects the status of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is unknown at this time. What I do know is that this doesn’t reflect well on him, and sponsors may soon let Bisciotti know how they really feel.
  • The Minnesota Vikings swing and missed hard on Monday when the team re-instated Adrian Peterson after deactivating him for last Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
  • The Vikings thought the out-rage over Peterson’s child-abuse allegations had passed. Boy were they wrong. First, Radisson Hotels suspended its partnership with the Vikings, then the Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton came out and said Peterson should be suspended until the accusations against him have been resolved, and Peterson’s sponsors started jumping ship, and fast.
  • Nike suspended its partnership with Peterson, Castrol dropped him, as well as several other local Minnesota based sponsors.
  • Only when faced by enormous outside pressure did the Vikings place Peterson on the exempt list. The amount of reactivity the NFL and its teams have shown is embarrassing.
  • It’s like the real commissioner is the sponsors, not the teams. The sponsors actions determine what actions the NFL and its teams make. That’s not the way it should be.
  • Onto what should be the main headlines, and that’s the play on the field. The New York Jets suffered a brutal loss last Sunday at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.
  • The way the game played out was extremely frustrating. Once the Jets took a 21-3 lead, there was only one way the game could go for Gang Green, and that was backwards.
  • Three plays come to mind as game-breakers. The first one was the first play after the 2-minute warning. The Jets had a 1st and 10 at the Packers 27-yard-line when Geno Smith’s pass to Zach Sudfeld was intercepted by Tramon Williams. I had so many problems with this play. First and foremost, Sudfeld needs to realize that he’s 6’7, and go up and get that ball. He let Williams have a clear path, which is unacceptable.
  • Why the Jets took a shot at the end-zone there is beyond me. The Jets should have used clock, ran the ball, and called high-percentage passing plays. There was no reason to take the chance when they did. Aaron Rogers responded by driving the Packers 97 yards in 1:44 as Green Bay went into half-time trailing by just 5-points after being down by as many as 18.
  • The next play came with :40 seconds left in the 3rd quarter when David Harris picked off Rogers deep in Packers territory. The Jets would have gotten the ball at the Green Bay 20-yard line, but the team was caught with 12-men on the field nullifying the play. The Packers had just taken the lead and had all the momentum. A Harris interception would have swung the momentum back to the Jets.
  • The 3rd and final play came when someone on the Jets sideline (Marty Mornhinweg was signaling timeout, Sheldon Richardson took the heat for it), called for a timeout taking away what would have been a game-tying Jeremy Kerley touchdown.
  • The communication has to be better. The only person that should be calling a timeout on the sideline is Rex Ryan. It’s that simple.
  • Earlier, after Green Bay took its first lead of the game, Muhammad Wilkerson started punching Packers guard Josh Sitton and was ejected. As he left the field, Wilkerson showed no class whatsoever. He should have walked off the field with his head down. He’s too important of a player to lose his cool like that and him being kicked out was a major blow.
  • What the Jets need to do on Monday night is come out, and take care of the Chicago Bears. They need to put everything that happened against Green Bay behind them, and move forward. The Jets can’t let the timeout play affect how they play on Monday night. These games are too important.
  • I would like to think the Jets bounce back on Monday, but Jay Cutler eats up the Jets every time he plays them. I will never forget how the Jets were the talk of the NFL during the 2008 season, until Cutler came into the Meadowlands and torched the Jets for 357 yards and 2 touchdowns. Then in 2010, Cutler led the Bears to a 38-34 win over the Jets. For whatever reason, Cutler is just a bad match-up for them.
  • The Jets cannot under any circumstance let Santonio Holmes have a big game on Monday. Yes, Holmes had his moments in New York, but he quickly wore out his welcome becoming a major locker room cancer.
  • Along with Jets Bears, week 3 in the NFL has some high-profile match-ups, including last year’s Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks. Conventional wisdom says Denver will get revenge, but Seattle just doesn’t lose at home. This is a must-see game.
  • Another game I have my eye on is the Chargers taking on the Bills in Buffalo. The Bills are 2-0, but San Diego just beat-down the Seahawks last week. If Buffalo can win this game, they are for-real.
  • I’m just not a fan of Thursday Night Football. I’m a believer that the only time NFL games should be played on a Thursday are on Thanksgiving. The latest Thursday night game was a disaster with the Falcons embarrassing the Buccaneers 56-14. The quality of play is significantly during Thursday games than it is on Sunday. Then again, Thursday is another day where the NFL can make some money, so it’s not going to be leaving us any time soon.
  • How amazing was Gatorade’s: Made in New York Derek Jeter tribute video? I don’t think it was as good as Jordan’s “RE2SPECT” tribute video, but it really hit home for me that this is it for Jeter. I can’t imagine watching the Yankees without him. He’s all I’ve known.
  • I would be surprised if Jeter played those final 3 games in Boston if the Yankees are already eliminated from post-season contention. Of all the amazing stats Jeter owns, the most amazing one could be that Jeter has played just 1-game in his career in which the Yankees were out of the playoff race. That’s amazing, and there’s no need to trot him out there in Fenway Park. As long as the Yankees are out, his last game should take place in the Bronx. Sorry Boston.
  • Several playoff tickets were punched this week in Major League Baseball, including the Baltimore Orioles taking the AL East for the first time since 1997, the Washington Nationals winning the NL East for the 2nd time in the last 3-years, and the Angels clinching the AL West for the first time since 2009.
  • The Orioles began to turn everything around when the team traded Erik Bedard prior to the 2008 season in exchange for Adam Jones, and Chris Tillman, along with 3 other players. Since that trade, Bedard has fallen off hard, while Jones has emerged as one of the games premier center-fielders, and Tillman has established himself as the ace of the Orioles staff.
  • That’s all for this edition of “Frankly Frankel”. Make sure to tune back in next Saturday, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
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