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NFL Getting Desperate as Ezekiel Elliott Decision Looms

Jess Haynie

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Roger Goodell Getting Desperate as Ezekeil Elliott Decision Looms

We should know by the end of the day if a federal judge will grant Ezekiel Elliott an injunction against his six-game suspension from the NFL for domestic violence. Over the last 48 hours, it appears Roger Goodell is doing everything he can to try and improve the NFL's legal footing. His attempts have been comically hollow and desperate.

Let's start with the biggest clown show in this circus:

Adam Schefter on Twitter

NFL is suspending former Giants kicker Josh Brown six more games for domestic violence, sources tell ESPN.

Read that again...

"... former Giants kicker Josh Brown"

Yes friends, a guy who currently has no job in the NFL has been suspended six games. The NFL suddenly decided to drop this Fisher-Price hammer the morning before Elliott's injunction will be decided. It's painfully obvious, but what really hurts is the insult that Goodell and his team thought it wouldn't be.

We're not nearly as stupid as the NFL thinks. And if we're not, you know who especially isn't? Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas. If you and I find the NFL's tactics insulting, imagine how he will feel.

Of all of the domestic violence cases heard by the NFL since Ray Rice's, Josh Brown's was the league's biggest fumble. The initial one-game suspension was met with severe public backlash, prompting Roger Goodell to panic and then give Brown the equivalent of an indefinite suspension. A guy you'd definitely want to play cards with, Roger consistently doubles down on his own incompetence.

It's also convenient that the NFL went after Josh Brown given the conspiracy theories that were swirling about Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and the Cowboys' meeting this Sunday with the Giants. Brown's case was the one that everybody pointed to for comparison; admitted domestic violence over an unproven accusation, one-game and six-game bans respectively. The imbalance and inconsistency couldn't have been more egregious.

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Michael Irvin

Two days ago, a story began to circulate that the NFL would be investigating legendary WR Michael Irvin for a previous domestic violence accusation. Irvin has been retired since 2000 but is an employee of the NFL network as a studio analyst.

While the league certainly has the right to consider its employees personal conduct, the timing of this story was incredibly convenient. "Look, we aren't just focusing on players. Everyone associated with the NFL is held to the same standard." Even if this is genuine, broadcasting it two days before Judge Mazzant's decision is hardly a coincidence.

Basically, the NFL is trying to whip up some quick legal precedent like a contestant on "Chopped." Somehow, they think that this laughably transparent maneuver will impress a seasoned federal judge. It's yet another time that Roger Goodell has failed to read his audience and shown his inadequacy.

Say what you want about the NFL's increasing revenues during Goodell's tenure, but many would argue that these were natural developments that had no basis in his influence or involvement. Whenever Goodell is truly front and center of an issue or a decision, it's almost always come with a hit to the league's reputation.

I recently went into even more detail about the NFL's blooper reel when it comes to domestic violence cases. This week is just more of the same; Goodell's reactionary decisions and make-up calls. They've thrown the Hail Mary, and hopefully Judge Mazzant swats it down.



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8 Comments
  • Charles

    One word…. unbelieveable!!!

  • ArmyVet78

    The NFL surely screwed up the way that they classified the 6 game suspension on Ezekiel Elliott. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE was never the case because they lacked solid proof that it happened. CONDUCT UNBECOMING there is plenty of proof of that. The suspension should have been classified as CONDUCT UNBECOMING. This a major screw up on behalf of the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to do their job correctly. On the other hand Jerry Jones has on his hands the Worst Pathetic and Powerful Ticking Time Bomb and it’s getting ready to Explode if Jerry Jones doesn’t do something about it real fast. Ezekiel Elliott thinks that he is above the LAW. All Elliott is a Very Pathetic and Immature A**hole that lacks a Thinking Brain. There is nothing up there but hot air. Someone needs to teach him the FACTS OF LIFE or everyone will be reading the Down Fall of What Could Have Been a Super Running Back. Right now Elliott’s plane is on a Nose Dive getting ready to Crash. Thank goodness I have not spent my hard earned money on Elliott. Only time will tell if Elliott will learn his lesson and Mature.

    • Herman Taft

      What law (other than Speeding/Reckless Driving, which is indeed serious) did Elliott break?

  • Jones1983

    Why not suspend OJ while you’re at it??? The NFL doesn’t even care anymore.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      The NFL is currently investigating Michael Irvin on DV allegations as well. What’s next, gonna suspend Junior Seau for conduct detrimental to the league? Brown suspension is useless.

  • Bee

    The worst culprit here is the NFL team owners – well, the really stupid bylaws they had written and adopted. If these guys had their heads on straight, they would never have created an employee position (Commissioner) with the authority of any “Hitier” wannabe.
    It’s ridiculous for any single person to have total authority over everything, but that is what the NFL Constitution & Bylaws provide.
    I know the NFL owners really like the financial benefits their employee is supposedly responsible for generating (although most of that was their own doing, via game interest, not their employee’s), but geesh! There is no accountability – at least when there is an actual crime there are multiple safeguards in place that are supposed to prevent a miscarriage of justice, separating investigations from prosecutions and then requiring an adversarial presentation of the facts to a supposedly impartial jury, with a judge whose job it is to insure fairness in the search for truth.
    Goodell (NFL employee) is the whole ball of wax – investigator, prosecutor, jury, and judge – and not even a requirement that “something” actually happened before punishment. No separation of powers, and not even a hint of accountability.
    What an utterly sweet job — KIim Jong-un would be jealous if he knew.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      It’s the CBA, it gave Goodell too much power in the Personal Conduct Policy, which he used to create the Domestic Violence and impose enforcement as he sees fit. The NFLPA is responsible for that policy giving the commissioner so much power. They should never have agreed to that.

  • Russ_Te

    Because the NFL is on such bad footing with it’s allegations against EE, I expected it to cave at the arbitration, down to 3 or 2 games. It’s own investigator has since outed their overreach, by saying her interviews with the accuser turned out less-than-believable.

    EE already had enough to gut the NFL’s findings in a court of law. Now with the above, his legal team has enough to eviscerate them. I doubt he serves a game of it, will go after lost endorsements $ which the accusations caused, and the case might even lead to Goodell being fired.

    You could get a guy off the street to do the job better than he does.

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NFC East Showdown: Cowboys Offense Primed to Dominate Redskins

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Will Dallas' Recent Offensive Success Continue Against Washington?

The Dallas Cowboys are probably as confident as they have been all season as an offense after completely manhandling the Jacksonville Jaguars defense last week. They were able to put up 40 points on the Jaguar's top-ranked defense and now have to do the same against their division rival, the Washington Redskins.

I don't think there would be any argument if I were to say the Washington Redskins defense isn't nearly as talented as the Cowboys faced last week with the Jaguars. In fact, the Redskins are ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every defensive category, which should have Dallas' offensive players primed for this matchup.

As things stand right now, the Washington Redskins are giving up 21.2 points per game which ranks 24th in the NFL. They are also giving up 344 total yards (25th in the NFL) and 227.2 passing yards a game (24th). The lone bright spot of their defense is stopping the run, where they are currently ranked 12th in the NFL and are only allowing 116.8 rushing yards to opposing running backs.

Luckily, the Dallas Cowboys and Quarterback Dak Prescott looked to have found a groove with their passing game last week against the Jaguars top-ranked passing defense. With the Redskins ranked near the bottom of the league in passing defense, I think the Cowboys should and probably will build upon the success they had last week.

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

Now, I fully expect the Cowboys passing game to find success once again against the Redskins, but I also believe Running Back Ezekiel Elliott to dominate on the ground like he has in the past against Washington.

Zeke only played in one game against the Redskins last season, but absolutely dominated in that contest. He rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns a year ago and I wouldn't be surprised if he is close to that milestone this week as well, even if it is against the strength of Washington's defense.

I'm really hoping I'm not a being a little overconfident here, but I guess I'm just buying into the success the Cowboys had on the offensive side of the ball last week. The offense finally started to do the things that have made them successful in the past and I'm expecting that to carry over into this week.

I believe we will see Prescott using his mobility once again, although I don't know if he will rush for 83 yards. I'm also expecting to see Wide Receiver Cole Beasley heavily involved in the passing game again because Washington doesn't have a defensive back who can cover him. Of course, let's not forget Ezekiel Elliott. I'm expecting him have a big game as well.

Overall, I really don't see the Washington Redskins defense giving the Dallas Cowboys any problems on the offensive side of the ball as long as they execute the way they did last week. I know when these two teams square off against one another it's usually a slobber knocker, but I think the Cowboys are the better team and is the one that comes away with the victory.

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Can Dak Prescott Continue His Washington Domination On Sunday?

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Dak Prescott, Redskins

There has been a lot of change within the Dallas Cowboys since 2016.

Veteran playmakers like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are no longer around, Tony Romo lost his starting quarterback job, and Dallas has jumped from league best to worst to average seemingly every week.

One thing hasn't changed these past two years, however, and that is the Cowboys beating the Washington Redskins. In fact, since Dak Prescott took over as the starting quarterback in Dallas the Cowboys are 4-0 against Washington. Even as the sky was falling in Dallas a year ago, and the Cowboys offense looked like the worst in football, they still found a way to dominate Washington 38-14 and snap their then-three game losing streak.

In his four career games against Washington, Dak Prescott has quarterback ratings of 103.7, 108.9, 82.2, and 93.4. To put this into context, Prescott's average quarterback rating this season is 85.5 and that is really driven by his outlier positive rating of 118.6 against the Detroit Lions. To be fair, however, his 54.5 rating against Seattle was also a heavy outlier.

Prescott isn't the only Cowboy who has exercised this dominance over Washington, though. As Staff Writer John Williams has pointed out, Jason Garrett is 11-4 against the Redskins since becoming the Cowboys head coach, and Dallas has won six of their last eight against Washington since 2014.

So heading into Sunday's rematch with their division foe, history says the Cowboys should be feeling rather confident, right?

Well there's another streak occurring the Cowboys will actually be looking to break on Sunday. That, of course, is their winless start on the road this season.

Ironically the Dak Prescott-led Cowboys have actually been a good road team until now, going a combined 12-4 the past two seasons. And, since the new stadium opened in 2009, the Cowboys have been historically better on the road than at home, making this year's 3-3 start even more bizarre.

To put it simply, "somethings gotta give" on Sunday. Either Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will continue to beat up on the Redskins and get a leg up in the NFC East, or this horrendous road start will continue for another week.

Either way, I'm sure the takes will be hot on Monday morning.



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Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins

Sean Martin

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Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars feels like just the introduction to this season's story. Whether or not the body of this story tells a disappointing tale or one of triumph can be revealed as early as this Sunday.

When the Cowboys travel to Washington, they'll be looking for their first road win of the season, and with it the NFC East lead over a Redskins team that would fall to 3-3 and 0-1 inside the division.

Early season losses at the Panthers, Seahawks, and Texans do little in predicting the Cowboys faith at the Redskins. These three teams are a combined 6-2 at home this season, with the Cowboys most recent loss in Houston falling much more on coaching than it did on-field execution.

Making their week six win over the NFL's top defense look extraordinarily easy, the Cowboys continued on a seemingly timeless trend under Jason Garrett. Returning to AT&T Stadium at 2-3, the Cowboys won their 12th game at one under .500 under Garrett.

Their 378 total yards on offense against the Jaguars brought their average in three home games up to 363.3, nearly 88 yards better than their road performances this season. The Redskins have allowed 326.2 yards per game this season, ranked fifth in the league just behind the Cowboys at 315.2 yards a game.

Garrett has gone 11-4 in his head coaching career against the Redskins, winning his last five at FedEx Field by an average of less than 10 points a game. The Redskins have turned the ball over just five times this season and allow a stout 90.2 rushing yards per game, meaning this game has all the makings of another classic between historic NFC East rivals.

In an ongoing effort to learn just who these 2018 Cowboys really are, a close win on the road would go a long way, beyond the slack they were afforded earlier this season to tighten up their game and make a serious push for the division.

The Cowboys will be on their bye week following Sunday's game. It comes at the perfect time for players like Sean Lee, Chidobe Awuzie, and Tavon Austin. With Austin struggling to make a sustained impact in the Cowboys offense, Awuzie conceding snaps to Jourdan Lewis, and Lee looking on at Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch dominate at LB, these three Cowboys among plenty of others know how important this game is for remaining relevant down the stretch.

Shortening this rivalry's history to just the games quarterbacked by Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are 3-0 with Prescott completing 65.3% of his passes - easily his highest mark against any NFC East foe.

The Cowboys confidence in getting to 4-3 should rest in Prescott using both his arm and legs to give the Cowboys the lead, than force Alex Smith to beat this defense.

The Redskins aren't a team that will beat themselves, leaving this one for the taking of a Cowboys team buried after week five's loss and crowned NFC East leaders 'elect' by week seven. A funny game this NFL is, and one the Cowboys don't want to play around with too much when considering Sunday's opponent - as well as the task at hand of earning a win on the road the latest in a season since 2013 for Dallas.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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