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Last word on Jets injury report fine

We’ve got a couple of things to mention regarding the fines imposed last week on the Jets, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and former coach Eric Mangini for failing to disclose the partially torn biceps tendon plaguing quarterback Brett Favre late in the 2008 season.

First, no one asked Favre about the situation after the Vikings-Lions game on Sunday.  So he still hasn’t publicly expressed anything — remorse, satisfaction, regret, etc. — regarding the fact that his decision to keep talking about the situation ultimately forced the league to step in and fine everyone. 

Except Favre.

Second, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that the cumulative fines of $125,000 reflect a deliberate effort by the NFL to toughen up punishment for rules violations in the wake of 2007′s Spygate fiasco.

Third, Mort reported that the league office called the Jets when media reports were surfacing during the 2008 season regarding the possibility that Favre was hurt, and Mangini flat out denied it.  To put it more bluntly, the report is that Mangini lied to the league office.

We’re having a hard time reconciling the last two aspects of the latest developments, especially since Mangini proved the adage that the cover up is worse than, well, the cover up.

If the goal is to smack down cheaters and if Mangini and/or the team had a chance to come clean and didn’t, the penalty should have been a lot more than $25,000 to Mangini, $25,000 to Tannenbaum, and $75,000 to the team.

So why didn’t it happen?  Our guess is that the NFL realizes cheating on the injury report is rampant, since teams desperately want to preserve a competitive edge.  Thus, if the Commissioner pushes the issue too heavily with the 32 teams that have hired him, the Commish might end up getting the Faye Vincent treatment.

Meanwhile, if Favre isn’t asked about the situation during his Wednesday press conference, he likely never will be.

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17 Responses to “Last word on Jets injury report fine”
  1. bearsrule says: Sep 21, 2009 8:16 PM

    Is there any wonder think that certain people and organizations get preferential treatment? This is a complete joke. As time goes on, Goodell is going to be exposed.

  2. Hauschild says: Sep 21, 2009 8:17 PM

    It’s all Favre’s fault.

  3. bullysaint says: Sep 21, 2009 8:18 PM

    You have been writting about this for over a week now. Why don’t you “nut up” (be a man; have some balls, etc.) and ask him yourself. You are now part of the media. Or are you too cowardly or hiding behind the adage you are a semi-legit media source?

  4. BrownsBangedYerMom says: Sep 21, 2009 8:20 PM

    Why do I have a feeling that this is far from the “last word” on the Jets fines from this web site? My guess is that you will write at least three more posts to talk about this stupid non-issue.

  5. Great Smoky says: Sep 21, 2009 8:26 PM

    Favre could be gigged for hiding an injury from his team, but there is nothing to pin on him as regards the injury report. He doesn’t fill it out, he doesn’t file it. He let his team know he was hurt (like we all couldn’t see it anyway), enough said.
    Mangini, on the other hand, has earned his poor reputation.
    I think the injury report should be a private matter between the teams and the league office, and should be used to ensure fair competition and the disclosure of player injuries for health reasons. It shouldn’t be for public consumption.

  6. Brat Favre says: Sep 21, 2009 8:32 PM

    No one beats a dead horse quite like you do Florio.

  7. Facts Domino says: Sep 21, 2009 8:35 PM

    Yeah Goodell missed the boat, when he failed to penalize the Patriots/Cheaters properly.
    He missed the boat, when he failed to publish a list of game tapes they had data on.
    He also missed the boat, when he let the piece of shit, also known as Michael Dumb Ass Vick back in the league.

  8. Al Bundy says: Sep 21, 2009 8:51 PM

    No kidding; beating a dead horse. Next post you’ll type about when Pennington was signed by Miami because Favre went to the Jets. IT’S OLD NEWS! Do you not get that in Shinnston, WV?

  9. Fan of Football says: Sep 21, 2009 10:24 PM

    Is there really a need for a “last word” on this? You mean you haven’t let this go yet like the rest of America, or you just needed another Favre hate filled thread because there was nothing you could pick apart on his game yesterday?

  10. Furious George says: Sep 21, 2009 10:25 PM

    goddell lost all credibility when he over penalized the Pats with that absurd penalty, then didnt properly explain to the frat boy fan base that what they did did not give them any advantage and also by leaking the footage to his wife at fox and destroying the tapes that implicated other teams.

  11. stanjam says: Sep 21, 2009 10:41 PM

    I still fail to see how this is the league getting serious about rule breaking in the wake of Spygate. To me it seems the other way around, or an attempt by PFT to bring up the word “Spygate” one more time.
    The Patriots were fined what, $500,000 and a first round pick for taping in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage. The league, and a few coaches, some ex-coaches who have admitted to the practice, and who have said it is wide spread, have stated that the taping gave them little, if any, advantage on the field. The stats bear this out. There was no second half or second game statistical gain where it should be. The Jets break the rules in order to gain a competitive advantage against their opponents, falsifying injury reports, and they only get a $125,000 fine? That seems a major step backwards to me. A drop in the bucket in money, and no draft pick loss (one of the only things that would likely send a real message that the league is serious).
    Look at how players deal with fines. They pretty much dismiss them out of hand. The money is next to nothing compared to the salaries and endorsement deals they get. What gets their gears going is when the league suspends them. This gets all kinds of reactions. You want to show you are serious? Take away draft picks. Suspend coaches. Hurt them in a way that says “We better not do this,” instead of by doing something that says “We better set aside an incredibly small percentage of our money in case we get caught.”

  12. Phenom says: Sep 21, 2009 10:55 PM

    Florio, aren’t you in the media? Go ahead and ask Favre yourself.

  13. Raw Deal says: Sep 22, 2009 5:19 AM

    And if they ask him you will complain that he just won’t shut up about it. Then you’ll go on a rant about how he’s keeping it going and making excuses for if/when he fails during a game with any other injuries. And then you’ll be daydreaming about his teabags…

  14. gwinn1952 says: Sep 22, 2009 6:52 AM

    Get over the story already. For those of you who think it was Brett’s fault the Jets got fined. Listen to his new conference when he was asked Did the Jets know you had a torn bicep. Was he supposed to lie? That would of been a bigger story for Florio.
    So I’d blame the media for getting this started…but the Jets knew they were wrong right on down to Mangini not telling the truth to the NFL Office back in 2008. They got caught.

  15. sand0 says: Sep 22, 2009 8:41 AM

    This is so retarded. Everyone knew Brett had a torn biceps tendon or whatever it was before he came out and said he did. So why the hell does it matter that he came out and said his arm hurt and he was open to benching if the coaches felt that Brett with a sore arm was going to help them win less than the other dude with a good arm.
    I mean really, what new information did that interview bring to light? Was the league like, “oh wait, he actually did have an arm injury!” Seriously. Did the league forget about the matter until he mentioned it again? Or did the league just figure that since everyone was talking about it now from the interview that they ought to levy a fine? If a fine were to be levied it could have easily been done already.
    Do some digging on this Florio. Also this isn’t cheating because it doesn’t give your team an unfair competitive advantage. It is termed cheating to cover up the real reason for these injury reports. These rules are in place because the gambling community has a ton of clout within the NFL and they don’t want there to be a competitive advantage to individuals with inside information when it comes to gambling. They never address this even though it is so transparent only a flipping moron would think otherwise.
    The Jets were fined because the NFL and Vegas want the bookies to be able to set the lines right. If Favre was hindered and it wasn’t clear the extent of the injury then that has an effect on where the line sets. If Joe schmo knows about the injury he now has a competitive advantage over Vegas. Hell, that is even why there are different levels of hurt, to make the line setting even more accurate for our beloved bookies.
    It does not give you a competitive advantage to have a guy hurt and not tell your opponent. Telling your opponent puts you at further competitive advantage than merely being out a good player alone would do. The real reason is so that Vegas can get the lines just right and maximize their profits. The more information that they have at hand, the more accurately they can get the lines and more profit long term.

  16. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 22, 2009 10:44 AM

    Florio- that last line in your post indicates that once again you are content to rail about something but not motivated to finish the job.
    And stanjam…”the taping gave them little, if any, advantage on the field. The stats bear this out. There was no second half or second game statistical gain where it should be.”
    Because, you know, coaches are infamous for doing time consuming things that give them no advantage. And of course no one would lie about the effectiveness of their cheating to make it seem what they did was minor right? The fine fits the crime…

  17. footballrulz says: Sep 22, 2009 2:33 PM

    Here’s my post from one day last week–Why has this just now become an issure?
    “When did the news about Favre’s torn tendon originally surface? December 2008 I think. Why was the injury report not an issue then? All summer long we had to go throught the will he have surgery, will he not have surgery BS. Still nothing from the NFL concerning the injury reports. Did it not occur to them then that this was a violation of league rules? After he had the surgery then we had the months of will he play, won;t he play? Yes I will, no I won’t. I’m not schizophrenic, neither am I.
    My point is the league has had 3/4 of a year to bring up the injury report issue. Favre opens his mouth & says the Jets should have benched him and all of a sudden the Coach, GM & the club are have lighter wallets.
    When Favre speaks, the NFL listens”.

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