- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
ARLINGTON, Texas – Oh, can the Cowboys talk.
It started with owner Jerry Jones, walking down the long hallway to the locker room after an impressive 38-17 throttling of a Saints team that wrecked his team last year in the bayou.
"Yes, yes, yes," Jones said. "Yep. It's a long way to New Orleans, isn't it?!" A few moments later, he was saying Sunday's first half "might have been the best since I've been with the Cowboys."
Then came cornerback Orlando Scandrick down the same hallway: "You can take that [expletive] to the BANK!" he said.
Then came Dez Bryant, jogging and throwing out a steady stream of chatter. "Who Dat!? We dat!" the wide receiver said. "I'm gonna say it! We dat!"
He continued in the locker room, telling a tale of a loud Saints fan who talked trash to him at an area Pappadeaux restaurant. "I'm talking real right now. This lady disrespected me."
Tony Romo was right there with a well-timed quip: "Well Dez, I'm sure she tuned in."
NFL gets advice on personal conduct from Texas' Charlie Strong; 'He's taking a stand on the front lines'Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
DALLAS – The NFL has reached out to several leaders in response to its current conduct crisis, from former players to a former sex crimes prosecutor to domestic violence experts. On Sunday, a more unlikely voice found an audience with commissioner Roger Goodell.
University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong.
Goodell and NFL vice president Troy Vincent met with Strong in Austin on Sunday to share ideas and seek input on discipline issues, but the appreciation for the coach's leadership has built for a while.
"He's setting a precedent," Vincent told Yahoo Sports. "He's taking a stand on the front lines."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
ARLINGTON – All Johnny Football could do was watch. And scream.
"You got this!" former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel yelled at his replacement, Kenny Hill, as the Aggies desperately tried to save their playoff hopes. "You got this! Lead this team!"
Hill led. He led in a way that championship quarterbacks lead. An 86-yard pass to Edward Pope cut an Arkansas fourth-quarter lead to seven. A 59-yard-pass to Josh Reynolds tied it at 28. Then, in overtime, a 25-yard throw to Malcome Kennedy won it. Bang, bang, bang. The Aggies fans here leapt up in one delirious motion when the game finally ended. Players flooded the field, screaming, "We in there! We IN there!" Head coach Kevin Sumlin hustled from the mob to the locker room, stopped to congratulate more of his players, then ripped off his visor and whipped it into the Jerryworld stands. Even a cool customer of a coach had let himself go a little nuts.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
There is a 100 percent chance Steve Smith lobs some trash talk from the field to the Panthers’ sideline this weekend in Baltimore.
There is also a 100 percent chance someone on that sideline will love it.
“It’ll bring a smile to my face for sure,” said Carolina wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl. “I’ll smile the first time I see his face.”
Smith will face his old team for the first time on Sunday, and he’s already promised “blood and guts everywhere” when that happens. That comment encouraged longtime Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams to wear goggles during his media session on Thursday. Carolina safety Roman Harper was fined $15,000 for a hit on Smith in 2011, when Harper was with the Saints, and this week he didn’t seem at all remorseful. “I’ve never once apologized for what I did, nor will I,” Harper said. “I’ll leave it at that.”
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
The walls are closing in on the most powerful man in sports.
There are sharper questions for commissioner Roger Goodell after the Associated Press reported the name of the NFL executive to whom a law enforcement official allegedly sent a tape of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in a casino hotel elevator.
Jeffrey Miller, the league's head of security, was the reported addressee, according to the AP.
"I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he's their head of security," the anonymous law enforcement official told the AP. "I attached a note saying: 'Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It's terrible.' I provided a number for a disposable cell phone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands."
At the very least, it landed in the hands of a woman at NFL headquarters who left a voicemail saying the video was "terrible."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
One comment from Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Monday perfectly captured where the NFL is on its sudden learning curve from the domestic violence dark ages toward a place of responsible awareness.
It was when he was asked about Janay Rice.
"She's still the one who's suffering the most," Bisciotti said. "She's still suffering because now she has an unemployed husband."
Yes, Ray Rice's wife is definitely the one who is suffering the most. But no, she is not suffering the most because she has an unemployed husband. She is suffering the most because she was punched in the face by the man she says she loves.
This isn't the first tone-deaf, borderline misogynistic comment we've heard from a member of the NFL community lately. It's just the latest, and perhaps the most revealing.
The good news is that the league and its owners have realized – to their credit – that domestic violence has been ignored for too long. That's part of what Bisciotti's words made clear on Monday. "The league never elevated domestic violence to the platform it should have been on," he said.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
Somehow Jameis Winston remains both a sideshow and a centerpiece.
Saturday's entire primetime game was all about the Heisman winner, even though he didn't play a down. From the moment Winston showed up for warm-ups in his helmet and pads for no reason to the moment he barreled into the victorious Seminoles mob in his just-bought-it-at-the-souvenir-stand cap, TV cameras had a reason to swivel to him.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell answered question after question at his news conference Friday, gesturing continually and repeatedly referencing his carefully concocted statement, he appeared more and more like a lawyer and less and less like a leader.
He failed to answer pointed questions in a transparent way. He failed to show an awareness of the length and depth of his league's cultural ignorance on the topic of domestic violence. He failed to bring a sense of compassion where compassion is sorely needed.
He said he was sorry, but he didn't make it clear why he was sorry. He said, "nothing is off the table" going forward, but he had not thought of resigning or even censuring himself.
Goodell protected himself and his office. And that's a shame, because this entire crisis is about women and children who cannot protect themselves in their own homes.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports11 days ago
One of the saddest and most revealing details about the Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations/indictment is this reported text exchange with the mother of one of the children who was whipped.
"… toughest of the bunch," Peterson wrote. "He got about five more pops than normal. He didn't drop one tear! So that was another indicator I'll have to try another system with him. SMH he's tough as nails …"
The mother replied: "Well you can't hit him til he cries! That's just mean. He's trying to be strong for you. He's afraid of you. He's 4, he's not playing mind games with you …"
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports12 days ago
Good luck, Lisa Friel.
Amid the maelstrom of a crisis spinning out of control, commissioner Roger Goodell turned to the former New York sex crimes prosecutor as a conduct czar – assigned to advise him on criminal and behavioral issues, including Adrian Peterson's case. "Friel's emphasis will be on the evaluation process of incidents of alleged domestic violence and sexual assault," Goodell wrote to owners this week. "She will advise me and our staff on disciplinary matters involving violations of law or of the Personal Conduct Policy."