Goodell over-punishes Brady for stealing air

by Gary Shelton on May 11, 2015 · 3 comments

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Monday, 11:40 p.m.

There for awhile, he had us.

He was the strong commissioner, the hanging commissioner, the two-fisted commissioner. He can in slapping down suspensions, and everyone thought that Roger Goodell as the right muscle for the job.

But that was long ago, and a great many stubbed toes have passed. Too many players have gone over-punished, or under-punished. His credibility is at risk.

And now, what we have is toughness without judgment, discipline without reason.

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Rick Martin May 13, 2015 at 5:44 am

Several QBs have admitted to deflating the ball, even Bucs QB Brad Johnson has admitted that he had the SB footballs deflated (paid equipment people to do it). To kick Brady out of the game when so many other QBs manipulate the ball would be pretty unfair. It has been the NFL’s responsibility all along to protect the integrity of the ball.

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Cecil DeBald May 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

Thus far it goes unsaid, so I am speculating, but I believe a part of the punishment was driven by the Pats’ history of cheating; part of it driven by Brady’s lack of cooperation with the investigation; and part of it by Goodell’s close relationship with Kraft and concern about favoritism if the punishment was light (I expected Brady to be suspended for the 1st two pre-season games myself). And I still think there will be an appeal on Brady’s part and the suspension will be reduced – and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to find out at some future point that the appeal and reduction were agreed upon ahead of time by the parties involved…

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scott myers May 12, 2015 at 8:05 am

Hi Gary,

To your question – “How long has Brady been draining the air out of footballs?” The answer is 8 seasons.

When you combine the findings of the Wells report with Warren Sharp’s analysis of NFL fumble statistics from 2007 on – see http://www.sharpfootballanalysis.com/blog/2015/the-new-england-patriots-mysteriously-became-fumble-proof-in-2007 – one can logically conclude that Brady and the Patriots have been cheating with deflated footballs for 8 NFL seasons!

And keep in mind the main value of under-inflated footballs is that they are harder to fumble than properly inflated footballs, and every offensive player that touches the ball benefits from that. The effect on Brady’s passing game is secondary. Reducing fumbles reduces turnovers which increases wins.

It is interesting to ponder:
1. Would the Patriots have gone 16-0 for the 2007 regular season without deflated footballs?
2. Would the Patriots have been the first seed in the AFC for the 2012 post-season without deflated footballs? And if not, having to play at least one AFC post season game on the road, would the Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl?
3. Would the Patriots have been the first seed in the AFC for the 2014 post-season without deflated footballs? And if not, having to play at least one AFC post season game on the road, would the Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl?
4. What would Brady’s legacy look like if he had not played with deflated footballs for 8 NFL seasons?
I wish the Wells report would have stated that the footballs would definitely not be tampered with without Brady’s authorization. Whether or not he was too cowardly to directly talk to the ball attendants and instead went through intermediaries is not particularly important.

Since McNally and Jastremski did not throw Brady under the bus, I wonder if they might be getting a big pay day now or in the future from Brady or the Patriots, of course, all under the table. I would certainly keep a close eye on their lifestyles going forward.

Brady should be kicked out of the league. He is a disgrace. And as expected, his parents, his agent, and the Patriots fans are all in ‘jury nullification’ mode, just like FSU and Tampa Bay Bucs fans are likewise for Jameis Winston.

Thanks for listening.

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