The NFL Competition Committee proposed thirteen new rule changes and seven other Bylaw proposals last Wednesday. Since, at most, there will only be a handful of these items actually adopted by the league, it’s hard to get excited or depressed by the announcement.
Mostly, I suspect there are some summer vacations taking place at League expense for the members of the Committee. If you have a Committee, you have to seem like you’re doing some work, so 20 public issuancies probably seemed like a good number to heave out there for consumption and discussion. One thing I can’t imagine is these guys actually having any long and intense discussions involving weighty and sensitive matters.
Maybe I’m just being jaded. The Competition Committee consists of the following 9 guys:
- Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons, Chairman
- Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams
- Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys
- Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
- John Mara, New York Giants
- Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers
- Ozzie Newsome, Baltimore Ravens
- Rick Smith, Houston Texans
- Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
And is not to be confused with the Competition Sub-Committee and its 8 members, which reports to the full Committee:
- John Madden, Chairman
- Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
- Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
- John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
- Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins
- Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
- Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
- Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
That’s 17 fellows yammering away about, I guess, competition. Seems a bit much. I’d suspect some lurid behind-the-scenes behavior in this sort of all male gathering, but if you scan the names, there aren’t many party hearty fellows in the group. Stern comes to mind. Buttoned-down types, give or take John Madden. Our own coach, Jim Harbaugh, would certainly be out of place among these fellows.
It’s occasionably fashionable to call the NFL the No Fun League, and perhaps these two groups exemplify that notion.
Such will not be the case Sunday, when the NFL owners gather in Orlando for the annual league meetings. You can bet these deep pockets, secret society types will have plenty of ribald entertainment available. Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay will not be in attendance this year, alas, since his ribaldry went public this week with a good old fashioned DUI, controlled substance bust, and he is currently sequestered in rehab.
We’ll say one thing for Irsay, he didn’t let being a billionaire get in the way of still driving himself around town, instead of taking the limo route. Unfortunately, we commoners will no doubt be deprived in the future of his legendary over-the-top, incomprehensible Twitter rants. I’d say the Indy organization will pull the plug on that toy. Os LOng, jIMblo.