Condescending Goodell, Daly care about might, not right


Condescending Goodell, Daly care about might, not right

Roger Goodell and Bill Daly are trying to kill their P.R. people. Theres no other way to put it.Goodell is calling the job his replacement officials have done through two weeks admirable, which speaks loudly and clearly to the following things: One, that he is trying to make the case that monkeys on bicycles could be NFL officials. Thats hes stopped even trying to lie convincingly. Three, that his bosses are fine with the concept of charging people more money for poorer services. Four, that this is really why he makes so much money because he must defend the patently indefensible so his bosses dont have to.Daly, the second-in-command to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, has the same problem, only he got caught saying that the 2005 CBA his bosses now want changed was actually a good deal that needs only a massive pay cut to players to work better. This, in its way, speaks loudly to the following things: One, that he is trying to make the case that in a growth industry the people who make the money should be the ones who dont actually do the work people pay to see. Two, that hes lying in such a way that makes Goodell look like George Washington. Three, that his bosses are fine with the concept of never being open for business just to teach the players a lesson. Four, See NFL Item Four, with this addendum: He is defending the indefensible so his boss and his boss bosses dont have to.What Goodell and Daly are saying are plainly idiocies, they know they are idiocies, they dont care that everyone else knows them, and they are going to repeat them because they rely on fan and media fatigue to make their case for them by no longer listening.Its an insidious and cynical form of argument, the automatic repetition of a debating point so that the debate becomes too tiresome to listen to. It makes the arguer look like a dunce, or worse, a tool, but thats really why they make the big money. So that their superiors dont have to.Goodell could say, The officials arent what we hoped for, but you keep watching, so we have no reason to care. When you stop, thats when we will. It would be politician-level condescending, but it would at least be true, and it would have the added benefit of being an argument he does believe.But Goodell is of the new school of debate right or wrong, truth and falsehood are just two sides of the same coin. The point is to defend a position already given you, whether it can be defended or not, because the real point isnt to be right, its to be might.Dalys problem is worse, because he knows having been in the owners meetings that the 2005 system hasnt worked for two-thirds of the membership. Not just the incompetent and underfunded, for whom no system would make them truly profitable, but for the leagues middle class of owners either. This is a league in which the top third makes much more money than the bottom two-thirds lose, and that is not in any way a sustainable system. Therefore the 2005 deal wasnt good except for the top third.But the top third is the commissioners office power base, so the leagues offer to the bottom two-thirds is to have the players pay for their losses, or enhance what money they do make. It is a temporary fix, as the 2005 deal was, because it isnt meant to fix the game but to buy time for the league office until the next CBA.Buy time, because the leagues power brokers cant afford to pay six teams to fold, and dont want to move four teams to places where their own interests might be impinged. That leaves only revenue sharing and squeezing the players, and the second is only a temporary fix until the top ten owners start circumventing the new CBA as they have done all the past ones.Daly knows all this, he knows he cant say it and keep his job, so he goes with option C The 2005 deal was great, except that the players got too much of it. It is a laughable fiction but he says it because that is his job. How Goodell hasnt farmed out his defense of the officials to an underling is, given the NHL example, rather amazing.But the effect is still the same. Something indefensible and even lard-headed is defended with full throat and relentless repetition because its more important to make strident noise than sensible policy. And because nobody who follows sports seems to mind condescension any more in fact, they rather expect it the bar is exceedingly low.Except to the P.R. people, who just hold their heads to keep the migraines from leaking out their eyes. Hey, they have to get paid, too.

Notes: Del Rio wants Raiders to reflect inward after ugly loss in Washington

Notes: Del Rio wants Raiders to reflect inward after ugly loss in Washington

ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio gives his players Monday off. Tuesday is generally an in-season rest day, but the Silver and Black get the day after a game to be away from the facility.

“There’s some raw emotion on the day after the game, so I think that helps you maybe teach a little better,” Del Rio said in his Monday press conference. Things need to be taught. That’s one of the biggest benefits to the structure.”

Del Rio called this a "miserable Monday," where his team will be widely criticized for a disatrous 27-10 loss to Washington. 

They’ll spend one more day reviewing it during what Del Rio dubs “Tell the Truth Tuesday." It won't be terribly fun, especially after getting outplayed and outcoached.

It’s a day for corrections, development and one last look back before pouring focus forward the Denver Broncos.

The Washington loss only counts as one. It can become two if that game’s hangover lasts all week. Del Rio is good keeping his players locked on the next task.

He’ll also have to keep them from pressing like they did in Washington.

“We were really looking for that spark, probably pressing early in the game,” Del Rio said. “Offensively, we got out of rhythm. We threw, in the first four drives, two picks and two three-and-outs. We weren’t in rhythm, obviously. They executed. It really wasn’t anything overwhelming. They played some solid, basic coverage and we didn’t execute and they did. It’s just one of those days. It’s an opportunity to learn. Recognize what went wrong.”

Explaining what went awry will be key this Tuesday. There was a lot. Quarterback Derek Carr tried to put the team on his back, to no avail. Carr had a rare dud, and took full responsibility for the loss after the game.

“That’s good for all of us,” Del Rio said. “To me, that’s what we need to do. It starts with me, obviously there are a lot of things that each guy can look at and say ‘this is what I can do better.’ That’s what I want. I want us to reflect inward and see how we can do things ourselves better and then pull together as a team. Stick together, pull together and go forward. That’s what you do.”

Keeping an eye on Crabtree:
Receiver Michael Crabtree took a big hit to the chest from Montae Nicholson on Sunday night and did not return to the game. That leaves his availability in some question.

“We’ll take a close look at him and make sure there’s nothing significant going on,” Del Rio said. “I know the doctors cleared for him to travel with us coming back which was good. He took a good shot. It was a clean hit, a good shot. Crab’s a tough guy so I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”

More Marshawn?
Raiders lead running back Marshawn Lynch only touched the ball seven times at Washington. He had six carries for 18 yards and an eight-yard catch. That isn’t enough for this Raiders offense to function well, but Sunday was a unique circumstance. The Raiders fell behind early and couldn’t sustain drives.

“When you have as many three-and-outs and you only take 50 snaps of offense, you can talk about all the things that you left on the drawing board that you would have liked to have gotten to,” Del Rio said. “Certainly, there was a lot of offense that we had designed to get to, including touches for him, but 0-for-11 on third down says all you need to know. When you’re talking about, does your running back get a chance to run it as much as you’d like, when you’re 0-for-11 on third down you’re not going to get a lot of opportunities anywhere with your offense.”

Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss


Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss

Josh Norman isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially about opposing receivers who he feels slight him in some way.

Raiders wideouts Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were his latest targets, subjects of a postgame rant following Washington’s 27-10 victory over the Silver and Black.

Washington’s premier cornerback said the duo talked trash to him during pregame warmups about big numbers they planned to post against Washington’s secondary.

That didn’t happen in an awful day for the Raiders offense. Crabtree had one seven-yard catch on the night and two drops. Cooper was even worse, with a six-yard catch on five targets and a crucial drop.

That gave Norman license to fire at the typically reserved Raiders receiving corps. Norman says he took the pregame exchange personally.

"What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?" Norman said, with quotes via "I mean, first and foremost, you don't come up in here and say what you're going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? (Crabtree) didn't catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you're a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I'm telling you, we are here and we are waiting.

"Don't come out here and tell me what you're going to do. Show me. You're going to have to run through me to get that."

It’s hard to imagine the quiet, often stoic Cooper inciting a rivalry with words. Crabtree has had a previous squabble with Seahawks corner Richard Sherman back when he was with the 49ers, but even he's typically quiet during the course of a game.

"Sherm was right,” Norman said. “(Crabtree) ain't going to say he's sorry, but I don't think he's sorry," Norman said. "He sucked, to be honest with you. You don't come out here and do that extra stuff, man. We don't play that out here."

Norman had several public exchanges with rival receivers, and may find motivation from these beefs.

"Whatever that young cat said, Coop, go and take it back," Norman said. "Crabtree? I have nothing to say to you. Yes, I may be Cover 2, but I'm Cover 1 too. I'm Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4. All of them. All of the ingredients to make a perfect attack. We do all the extra stuff. When you come out on this field, you going to see about us."