The four player suspensions arising out of the bounty program operated by ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should send a firm, clear message to players just the way those of Williams, Sean Payton, Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis should have.You wonder, though.In what has to be one of the great case studies in hypocrisy, Fujita is on the board of the players association. An organization ostensibly committed to player safety has as a leader a player committed to precisely the opposite.And the number of times players mouth the clich about feeding my family and fraternity of players is beyond counting.Best guess is that the coaching side will be scared off; its simply not worth it when the end-game is winning, not body count.Its difficult to be sure that players get the irony of their own actions when the goal is to injure. Cloaking it in some gives us a better chance to win doesnt make it right but the number of defenders of the system was depressing.The guy youre trying to injure is trying to feed his family, too.And hiding behind I was just following orders (in this instance, coaches) doesnt work. Never has. Youre accountable for your own actions. Period.Former SteelerBear and ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge raised a great point here: Why didnt players go to their union and out the bounty system?Anytime there is a try to change a culture, there will be push-back, blow-back, resistance. But its got to start somewhere. Hopefully it has.
Point made? Goodell, NFL sure hope so
May 2, 2012, 5:00 pm