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A Little Truth Serum for Jerry Jones?

At first I saw this video and said, “No way, that’s too blurry.  It’d be way too easy if that was actually Jerry Jones.”  Come to find out Jerry actually called Parcells to discuss the video and try to clear the air between the two.  In case you can’t make out what’s being said in the video, Jones probably had a little explaining to do after he was caught on camera (below) telling a fan, “Bill’s not worth a s***.”  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, as Jones has shown us so many times in the past that he’s not exactly a stand-up act.  Imagine being the fans who videotaped this?  Would you believe one of your friends if they called you up and told you they just videotaped Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hammered ragging on Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow?  Good for these guys for capturing it.  Check out the video of Jerry Jones talking rag time, via Deadspin from YouTube:

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Slurring Jerry Jones Bad-Mouths Bill Parcells, Tim Tebow [Deadspin]
Jones, Parcells talk over video [ESPN]

Brandon Marshall Is Now the Miami Dolphins’ Problem

After months of speculation and a full season and a half of being a malcontent, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was finally traded Wednesday morning from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins. Adam Schefter of ESPN says Denver will receive a second-round pick in this year’s draft as well as a second-round pick in the 2011 draft as compensation. While Marshall didn’t net Denver a first-round pick, the pair of second-rounders is quite a haul. Compare the two second-rounders to what the Steelers received for Santonio Holmes — just a fifth-round pick for a guy a step below Marshall on the receiver totem pole. I would be quite pleased if I were running the Broncos.

While Denver made a nice deal, they have to make the trade worthwhile by translating the picks into serious players. In two seasons they have traded their two offensive Pro Bowlers so they better have something to show for it. On the other side, with the price Miami paid in draft picks for Marshall, one has to assume they plan on signing him long-term; you don’t give up that much for a rent-a-player in the NFL. Bill Parcells must know something I don’t because I don’t trust a guy who kicks balls around the practice field, screams he hates Denver, and puts his arm through a TV by slipping on a McDonald’s bag. He’ll make them better but he’s one risky proposition for a long-term deal, that’s for sure.

Not bad by Phin Phanatic which foreshadowed this trade on Tuesday, and this also explains the report that Ted Ginn Jr. was on the block.

A Third Assault Case for Roethlisberger?

It’s almost like piling on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at this point. On top of the Lake Tahoe sexual assault civil suit allegation Roethlisberger faces and the Georgia sexual assault allegation he escaped, a Boston lawyer now says Roethlisberger had a third similar sexual assault case in Las Vegas. From WEEI in Boston:

“Six months ago I was retained by a client of mine and a close friend to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girl’s story,” said [Boston attorney Harry] Manion, a partner at the firm of Cooley Manion Jones, LLP and a frequent guest of WEEI. “The outcome was that the young woman did not want to proceed, and we did not take any action. There is a history here — and I can’t say any further because we never proceeded with it — but there is a history here that is just super troubling.”

Sounds to me like there was a payoff so that an investigation was not launched, just like I feel there was a monetary settlement reached in the Georgia case, as Mike Florio also felt. Hush money may have protected Big Ben to this point, but as we’ve seen with Tiger Woods, paying people off only protects you to a certain extent. After that point, how you treat(ed) people becomes more of an issue once your status as a hero has been stripped. That’s precisely what happened with Roethlisberger so I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last negative story we hear about him. Lastly, I really don’t see how Commissioner Roger Goodell (or at the very least the Steelers), cannot suspend Roethlisberger at least two games for the negative attention he has brought the League and the franchise. Isn’t that what the code of conduct policy is all about, even if criminal charges weren’t filed?

Of course, the same lawyer is now backing down maybe realizing he’s made slanderous claims.

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Boston attorney on Roethlisberger: ‘There is a history here that is just super troubling’ [WEEI]

Big Ben Does Need to ‘Grow Up’

An urgent message for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: once again, you’re lucky, now start acting like a professional.  Big Ben is now a perfect 2-for-2 in escaping criminal charges against him for sexual assault cases, all within the last two years (the first case never involved a criminal complaint, only civil).  The latest, at a Capitol City nightclub in Georgia, is sort of a mind-boggler given the details that have come out about the night.  Roethlisberger gave the public a very Tiger Woods-like apology Monday night from the Steelers locker room. Here’s part of his apology:

“I’d like to begin by expressing gratitude for the thorough investigation process in Georgia and the Prosecutor’s decision not to bring charges.  I know without a doubt it is the right conclusion.  I am happy to put this behind me and move forward. I am truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I have brought to my family, my teammates and coaches, the Rooneys and the NFL.”

Whether he is guilty or not, this is the second time Big Ben has put himself in a dangerous situation.  This time, it definitely looked like Roethlisberger was in trouble, but due to reasonable doubt, the DA found that there was not enough evidence to pursue to case.  I know in America you’re innocent until proven guilty, and I’m not saying Roethlisberger is guilty, although I must admit the fact that the girl went to the emergency room immediately after the alleged incident only to have a doctor find bruises, bleeding, and DNA is a bit suspect. 

Whatever the case, guilty or not, the DA said it perfectly when he told Big Ben he needs to “grow up.”  The Steelers are too storied a franchise to let this type of thing happen again.  They already proved this week that they aren’t afraid to unload some talent even if it means getting rid of unnecessary luggage too.  That’s not to say Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes are on the same level, but I think the message has been delivered.  We’ll see if Ben takes it seriously otherwise his stay in Pittsburgh will be short.

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Ben Roethlisberger issues apology [Yahoo! Sports]
‘Grow up,’ DA tells Roethlisberger while announcing decision not to prosecute rape case [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Photo Credit: ESPN

Santonio Holmes Joining an Already Animated Jets Team

The New York Jets have had a busy off-season so far.  They’re already signed on to be featured in the HBO original series Hard Knocks, so the new faces that will be joining them in training camp will serve as more than simple additions to their football team.  With the questionable characters they have added so far this off-season, New York might not have even needed to pair up with HBO to give their preparation period a reality show feel.  The Jets traded a fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in exchange for Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Holmes.  Holmes’ services won’t be available immediately, however, as he has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy

Holmes joins Antonio Cromartie, who has in the past admitted that having seven kids in five different states can be distracting to his NFL career, as the second player with off-the-field issues to join the Jets in the last two months.  While it’d be tough to argue that New York is not a more talented team with these two on its roster, I can’t help but think that Rex Ryan is quickly creating a recipe for disaster heading into the 2010 season.  Ryan has enough problems keeping his own name out of the headlines and behaving like a big boy, as he proved to us at an MMA event back in January where a fan caught him on camera giving Dolphins fans the bird.  The mix of characters on this team is going to be worth watching in itself for non-Jets fans.  For the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets faithful, its going to be a complete hit or miss.

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Steelers ship Santonio to the Jets [Pro Football Talk]
NFL to Announce 4-Game Suspension of Holmes [USA Today]

Eagles Shocker: Donovan McNabb Traded Intradivisionally to Redskins

After an entire offseason of speculation, Donovan McNabb was finally traded to the Redskins Sunday. The price tag was somewhat hefty but certainly less than what the Bears gave up to acquire Jay Cutler. The Redskins gave up a second round pick in this year’s draft and either a third or fourth round conditional pick in next year’s draft as compensation for the five-time Pro Bowler. Ever since drafting Kevin Kolb in the second round in ’07 a mini-controversy had been brewing, not to mention the addition of Mike Vick. Once the team was impressed with Kolb’s back-to-back 300-yard games in a starting role weeks two and three you knew they were eager to make him their new quarterback. That time has unsurprisingly finally arrived, but the shocking aspect of the news to me is that the Eagles traded McNabb intradivisionally to the Redskins.

McNabb may be 33-years-old and entering his 12th year in the League but he’s coming off one of the finest seasons in his career and showing no signs of slowing down. The chances of McNabb starring for the Redskins the next four years is quite high and that means Washington will have a very legitimate shot at beating Philly twice a season for the next several years. While many Eagles fans may have grown tired of McNabb and been anxious to launch the Kolb era, they probably are concerned now that he’s on the Redskins. I’m really, truly shocked that they traded him within the division. It really does show me how confident the Eagles are in Kolb’s ability and how little they think of Donovan. Remember the lengths the Packers went to ensure the Jets couldn’t deal Favre to the Vikings? I can’t believe the Eagles didn’t have more reservations about trading him to Washington, regardless of what they received in return.

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McNabb headed to Washington [ESPN]
Photo Idea: Shutdown Corner

About Time NFL Overtime Rules Changed

What the heck took them so long? The NFL has been around since the 1920s but it took them 90 years to come up with a fair overtime system. The League announced that the rules for overtime will be different in the 2010-2011 season, although as of right now it will only apply to postseason play. I still want to see changes for all games like we said a month ago, but for now, some change is better than none.

The new change says both teams will have an opportunity to possess the football unless the first team scores a touchdown. Although it’s not the change I’d like to see, at least it’s something. I’m the type of person who likes to see teams battle it out in overtime. If I were NFL commissioner I’d tell the owners that this new rule is an improvement but it still sucks and they should follow my suggestion: the same rules should apply as if you were coming back from halftime. One team will have to kick the ball off and obviously the other return it. Overtime will be played just like any other quarter except this is your last chance. The first team to score seven or more points will be declared winner of the game and it should be for regular season games too.

Yup, that’s how I’d do it. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the whole one-and-done field goal scoring; I want to see touchdowns in overtime. I want to see hardcore defense so frightening that even while I’m protected by a television set I’m still left shaking. While I’m happy that the NFL is changing its rule I feel that it still needs more tweaking. Thankfully the League has shown they will be proactive with the matter and the new system should provide for more interesting football. For playoff games for now.

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Proposal to change OT rules in playoff games passed by 28-4 vote [NFL.com]