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Draft delay invites more meddling

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As the NFL continues to chug through the lull created by the two-week delay in the draft, another dynamic is rearing its ugly head in some cites as the wait continues.

With more time than ever to ponder picks and an ever-increasing glut of opinions and analysis on the Internet and elsewhere, owners are getting more involved in the process.

Not that they’re telling football people what to do, but some (we’re told) are asking questions along the lines of, “What about this guy?” and “Why aren’t we higher on that guy?”

While the experts ultimately should be able to explain the reasoning to the non-expert who owns the team, the experts prefer not to have to deal with the extra questions and added stress that comes with having to consider what the boss may or may not want.

It’s one thing for a G.M. or a coach to have final say over the roster.  It’s quite another to use it in a way that an owner may not prefer.

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36 Responses to “Draft delay invites more meddling”
  1. ottawabrave91 says: May 1, 2014 5:43 PM

    meddling as in those meddling kids in the mystery machine?

  2. Uncle Leo says: May 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    Jerry Jones must be walking around talking to himself.

  3. whatjusthapped says: May 1, 2014 5:46 PM

    This overshadows the fact that Zygi Wilf should be looking over Spielman’s shoulder and asking him not to waste another high first rounder on a bust of a QB.

  4. athwartships says: May 1, 2014 5:48 PM

    This gap has been horrible, period. If for no other reason than it has started to feel like everyone is really reaching hard for writing something newsworthy. Next I want full reports on breakfast habits of punters.

  5. supermadelf says: May 1, 2014 5:49 PM

    Good God, Please…Not in Cleveland.

  6. mclovin07 says: May 1, 2014 5:56 PM

    Some guys are going down in value by the hour on the internet.

    Bridegewater was hands down #1 overall 4 months ago. 1 month ago he was top 5 still…now he might be around in Rd 3 for God’s sakes….

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: May 1, 2014 5:57 PM

    The draft should have been held about a month ago. Never thought I’d start to dislike hearing about the draft, but it’s been waaaaaay overdone.

    This was not one of Goodell’s better ideas.

  8. longtimefanhtr says: May 1, 2014 6:00 PM

    Let me guess. Dan Snyder asking?

  9. scoops1 says: May 1, 2014 6:07 PM

    ….maybe now is a good time to release Draft Day on DvD

  10. citpyrc says: May 1, 2014 6:07 PM

    More meddling and less excitement.

  11. DonRSD says: May 1, 2014 6:20 PM

    Draft should be held on the weekends.
    2 days and lets get it in.
    Do it the 3rd weekend in April.

  12. richardmb52 says: May 1, 2014 6:33 PM

    Anyone wanna bet the draft goes back to April next year, jeez talk about a sure thing

  13. theneedforspeeed says: May 1, 2014 6:34 PM

    I know it’s a slow time for the media, but I fail to see how this extra few weeks drastically changes things.
    If the draft were held last month, we would have heard all this crap in the weeks before, instead we are hearing it now. No difference, in my opinion.
    If your favorite teams’ scout department is worth its salary, there is nothing to worry about, no matter when the draft is held.

    Now, if they were talking about the squeeze it puts on rookie contract negotiations, I’d be all in.

  14. catfanatic1979v1 says: May 1, 2014 6:41 PM

    As much as I hate to say it, it is their team so let them do whateer they want. Some owners can pick talent out. Not all of them are bad like Dan Synder or the late Al Davis.

  15. yooperman says: May 1, 2014 6:45 PM

    I heard the owner and GM of the Cowboys are driving one another totally nuts.

  16. thefiesty1 says: May 1, 2014 6:50 PM

    Well, duh! This delay in the draft only begs for more meddling. Get on with it. Time to SEE who screws up (again).

  17. keltictim says: May 1, 2014 6:55 PM

    This ranks up there with picking Ryan leaf in terms of horrible calls.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: May 1, 2014 6:57 PM

    The NFL should announce an emergency 1 month postponement of the draft, just so we can see what happens to all of these prospects in the 30 days after the scheduled date. Who knows what could happen during that time and with all that hysteria mounting?

  19. Remember Brian Brohm says: May 1, 2014 7:06 PM

    Actually, if Ted Thompson would pay attention to the Packer owners, he’d probably draft a lot better. And most of them are drunk!

  20. flagator07 says: May 1, 2014 7:47 PM

    I am sure Donald Sterling wishes the NFL draft was last weekend. Might have taken some of the media focus off of him…

  21. wringworm says: May 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    If they’re only asking that now based on the new 2 week gap then they should go buy the clippers instead of owning a football franchise.

  22. holographicribs says: May 1, 2014 8:25 PM

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why the draft was pushed into the 2nd week of May.

  23. ytownjoe says: May 1, 2014 8:29 PM

    All of this endless analysis has brought me to the point where I will not watch the draft. I will wait until morning, go online and see who picked who. Get this thing over with.

  24. footballtalk1 says: May 1, 2014 9:46 PM

    Blame Goodell, he’s singlehandedly ruining the league! Can we reincarnate Pete Rozelle?

  25. thereyougo2 says: May 1, 2014 9:56 PM

    Following NFL all the time what’s the big problem with the draft March, April or May . Really. Get over it. Biotch about the Cleveland Indians name.

  26. flyboy69 says: May 1, 2014 9:59 PM

    Its a conspiracy by Godell, trying to get the slumping ratings of the ESPN/NFL Network revenue of the draft by getting some distance days from college/NBA championship and the Baseball finals. Enough said.

  27. wnbasuperfan says: May 1, 2014 10:44 PM

    Well I guess it’s a good time to be a Bills fan.

  28. rodh32340 says: May 1, 2014 11:46 PM

    Draft picks are starting to resemble Beanie Babies futures….make it stop!

  29. orivar says: May 2, 2014 12:58 AM

    I never watch the draft anyways but man this is annoying. HAVE THE DRAFT ALREADY!

  30. azwildcats96 says: May 2, 2014 1:05 AM

    GODdell now wants the draft pushed back to the week before the season starts in order to build more excitement.

  31. sparky151 says: May 2, 2014 1:14 AM

    It’s hardly meddling if the owner (who usually has a title like President or Chairman) asks the GM or director of pro personnel about players. In fact it’s probably a good thing for the boss to supervise his underlings.

  32. ghost26 says: May 2, 2014 9:02 AM

    Goodell can try to spin this anyway he wants but the reality is that this idea backfired. He wanted to make the NFL ‘relevant’ in May & instead put fans to sleep. He’s a pig which is why the owners like him so much.

    I don’t buy this lame Radio City Music Center excuse. That’s nonsense. How could the NFL not have priority over booking before an Easter show (that was cancelled btw) with the Rockettes??? And even if I believed that were true there are DEFINITELY other venues in Manhattan that could have hosted the draft event as well as Radio City. This is NYC not Iowa. Sorry Iowa…

  33. jnbnet says: May 2, 2014 9:04 AM

    This is the start of the NFL’s over saturation. People are slowly stating to loose interest.

  34. ghost26 says: May 2, 2014 9:09 AM

    ‘With more time than ever to ponder picks and an ever-increasing glut of opinions and analysis on the Internet and elsewhere, owners are getting more involved in the process.’

    Does that mean Dan Snyder input??? More Jerry Jones input??? Is that even possible??? Oh yeah…He’s the GM too!!! Ha!!! I can’t wait to see the Cowboys draft. Since they can’t compete this year the Cowboys should just take Manziel to add to Jerry’s circus. I don’t understand how the fans in Dallas continue to pay money to see this train wreck each year.

  35. bobsnygiants says: May 2, 2014 7:01 PM

    NFL OWNERS ARE ASKING FOR TROUBLE, BY DELAYING THE DRAFT.

  36. chazatlas says: May 3, 2014 7:04 AM

    Why did they delay the draft? Is the delay permanent?

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