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Last word on the Foxworth candidacy

We’ve posted a couple of items over the past two days regarding the decision of Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth to run against free-agent center Kevin Mawae for the position of NFLPA President.

Because our assessment of the situation is being misconstrued by some in the NFLPA and in the media, we need to clarify it.  (Even though we think our point already is pretty clear.)

This isn’t about a coup against the current leadership.  And it’s not about whether Foxworth and Mawae are friends.  It’s about whether leadership is truly on the same page — or whether they’re simple trying to create the impression that they’re on the same page for the benefit of the NFL, even if they’re actually not on the same page.

And at a time when the union is trying its damnedest to craft a true sense of top-to-bottom solidarity, the decision of Foxworth to run against Mawae sends a message that all might not be as rosy as it seems.  The fact that Foxworth widely is perceived as a player who is being groomed by Executive Director De Smith for bigger and better things places the move into one of three possible categories, as explained in Tuesday’s PFT Daily.

The first possibility is that Foxworth ran at the behest of Smith because Smith wants “his own guy” in charge.  If so, it suggests that Smith is encountering (or is anticipating) some degree of resistance or opposition from Mawae.

The second possibility is that Foxworth ran against the advice and/or wishes of Smith.  If so, this suggests that there is some type of (wait for it) schism between Foxworth and Smith.

The third possibility is that Smith wanted Foxworth to run now so that it will be easier for him to win when the time comes for Mawae to be replaced.  If that’s the case, Smith and/or Foxworth needed to find a way to get the truth out, so that the NFL and the media wouldn’t read the tea leaves as indicating the existence of some type of friction between Smith and Mawae.

A source with knowledge of the dynamics of the organization but who asked not to be identified given the sensitive and volatile nature of the labor dispute between the NFL and NFLPA believes that Smith decided to try to get “his guy” in, and that Smith simply pushed for it too soon.

The source also said that the departure of four Executive Committee members helped remove some of the men who “weren’t really behind” Smith.  The source believes that it’s possible the unsuccessful attempt to install Foxworth as NFLPA President may have created a new issue.

Whether that’s the case remains to be seen.  And whether Mawae and Smith now have an issue is an issue to be monitored.

For now, though, the union can insist that complete uniformity exists.  To the trained eye, however, that’s simply not the case.  If it were, Smith wouldn’t have tried to get Foxworth in, and in turn to knock Mawae out.

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10 Responses to “Last word on the Foxworth candidacy”
  1. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 16, 2010 9:34 PM

    You obviously think too highly of Smith.
    Hard for anyone to fill Upshaw’s shoes, but Smith isn’t even close.

  2. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 16, 2010 9:42 PM

    Smith=Corruption and the fall of the NFL

  3. VoxVagina says: Mar 16, 2010 9:56 PM

    I disregard any of your articles whose headlines begin “Last word on…” Tomorrow there will be another story about it, haha. You tend to overanalyze some situations. But I guess this is what happens when free agency has slowed down in the offseason

  4. TMI says: Mar 16, 2010 10:16 PM

    It sounds like somebody in the NFLPA is gonna become part of the “foundation” of the new Jaguars stadium in L.A.
    You gotta love union politics!!

  5. UncleTuna says: Mar 16, 2010 10:36 PM

    Do not make this the last word on this story…
    There is/seems to be more going on here than can be confirmed at this time…
    Demaurice Smith will be the worst move on the part of the union and will be the best thing to happen for owners and football fans…

  6. hey-seuss says: Mar 17, 2010 12:45 AM

    hey foxworth…just remember that you’re main job is being a corner for the Baltimore Ravens. You were HORRIBLE for at least half of the season. Showed up against bad teams like the Lions and Bears…then you actually played well vs. the Pats in the playoffs but you were once again torched vs. the Colts in the playoffs. You didnt earn your money last year. The rookie (Webb) looked like a much tougher and faster player overall.

  7. Brewster says: Mar 17, 2010 12:51 AM

    Florio, anytime your headline is “last word on” the informed can bet the ranch that it is not the last story on this subject.
    You’re getting too predictable.
    But your articles on items of this type are well written & interesting.

  8. Terry says: Mar 17, 2010 7:35 AM

    Only an idiot would try to install a new president during this time of uncertainty in the negotiations; on the surface it makes a weak union appear even weaker. Good job “Smitty”!

  9. dietrich43 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:22 AM

    Isn’t it possible that the Union decided they needed a second candidate, and Foxworth was put forward? While it’s nice that Mawae was unanimously re-elected, doesn’t it sound better to be unanimously elected over someone rather than unopposed?

  10. mastablasta says: Mar 17, 2010 8:59 AM

    hey foxworth…just remember that you’re main job is being a corner for the Baltimore Ravens. You were HORRIBLE for at least half of the season. Showed up against bad teams like the Lions and Bears…then you actually played well vs. the Pats in the playoffs but you were once again torched vs. the Colts in the playoffs. You didnt earn your money last year. The rookie (Webb) looked like a much tougher and faster player overall
    …., after all that,foxworth plays on a def that finished 3rd in the nfl,wouldnt say he is overpaid,he got paid market for a starting db last offseason,i would say he played ok in first half[while he was learning new system] then in second half of the season heplayed very good,and about the colt comment,who doesnt get burnt by the colts,,,good day sir

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