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Which suspension would cause the biggest impact?


As the 2014 regular season approaches, several players are facing suspensions.  So if/when (in some cases when) the suspension is imposed, there will be a strategic impact for the teams involved.

Which one will have the biggest impact?  Here’s your chance to vote for today’s Pro Football Talk poll.

Do it now, or at the latest by 6:15 p.m. ET or thereabouts.  And tune in to NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch the show and, eventually, to see the results.

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39 Responses to “Which suspension would cause the biggest impact?”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    Easily Josh Gordon. Manziel has to throw to Captian Hamstring and Nate Broke Arm.

  2. clownsfan says: Jun 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    Gordon. He’s huge. Just his presence. Browns need that.

  3. ninerempire says: Jun 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    This is a little rediculous. We have no idea how long most (any?) of these suspensions will be. I voted Josh Gordon because I believe he will be out for the year and I think Aldon Smith is only going to miss 2 games. Equal length, Aldon Smith would be the biggest impact.

  4. niners816 says: Jun 27, 2014 5:17 PM

    We don’t need Aldon Smith, when you see Tank Carradine, you’ll understand why.

  5. wholelottaawesome says: Jun 27, 2014 5:21 PM

    Hardy was a huge force in that D last year and that D kept them in a lot of games.

    But without Gordon you might as well run pop Warner plays in Cleveland this year.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 27, 2014 5:27 PM

    Polldaddy wishes these goofs would stick to the straight and narrow. It just makes more work for him.

  7. tribefromcalifornia says: Jun 27, 2014 5:28 PM


  8. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jun 27, 2014 5:28 PM

    Let’s see: Ray Rice was pretty invisible last year and in Gary Kubiak’s offense in both Denver and Houston they turned no name backs into big time backs, so I won’t go with that one.

    Aldon Smith missed a big chunk of last season and the 49ers were still a badly underthrown pass away from going to the Super Bowl.

    Dareus plays on a D-line that also includes Kyle Williams, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes (10 sacks last year) so they’ll still get pressure on the QB.

    Greg Hardy would be a big loss for the Panthers D, they still have Charles Johnson but he’ll face a lot of double teams (constantly?) without Hardy that’s a big loss.

    Josh Gordon did huge things for the Browns O last year, without him their best receivers are Andrew Hawkins, Myles Austin and Nate Burleson.

    So with all of that in mind I think the answer has to be the Browns will miss Josh Morgan the most.

  9. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 27, 2014 5:32 PM

    Rice was bad last year.

    Smith wasn’t missed by that D last year.

    Dareus is a good not great player.

    Gordon had a great impact but this is Johnny Footballs’ year to “figure it out.”

    Hardy is not well-known but a beast on the D-line. His team can’t replace his production.

  10. ravensrunthenfl says: Jun 27, 2014 5:41 PM

    Ray rice will be back to health next year, and when he’s healthy and going, he’s top 5-10 and no one can stop the ravens.

  11. sonoco says: Jun 27, 2014 5:44 PM

    I doubt Aldon Smith will get any jail time and I don’t see Goodell hitting him with a suspension for “felonies” that are only felonies for players affected by statewide assault weapons bans . . . which isn’t many . . . Calif., NY and Mass. I believe . . . maybe a couple of others and maybe a couple of city ordinances. BTW his guns would have been legal in Calif had he modified them with safety features. Anyway, you get the idea. It’s not nearly as big a deal as it’s being made out to be by some.

    He’ll get popped by Goodell for the misdemeanor DUI charges and likely get some credit for the team/self imposed five game break for rehab last year. Three games max I think.

  12. awol56 says: Jun 27, 2014 5:44 PM

    Wheres marshawn lynch?

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 27, 2014 5:47 PM

    I picked Josh Gordon because the Browns are the team that otherwise should have the highest expectation of winning their division this year.

  14. fanofthegame1 says: Jun 27, 2014 5:56 PM

    And the browns are the one’s that didn’t add any help at his position.

  15. clssylssy says: Jun 27, 2014 6:18 PM

    What most don’t look at is the depth chart and how strong the supporting players are, as well as, the team’s strength overall. There’s a big difference between the role of Gordon, Hardy or Darius vs. Aldon Smith since the 9ers are full of talent and they don’t rely on one or two players to carry the team. None of these players are going to be missed as much as Daryl Washington in Arizona but that’s not to say Arizona won’t survive or even excel because of the challenge!

  16. trollhammer20 says: Jun 27, 2014 6:18 PM

    Write in vote for Daryl Washington.

    On his own it might not be that big, but with Dansby now in Cleveland, AZ will be missing 2/3rds of its inner triangle that helped them lead the league in rush defense last year. That’s not going to be easy to duplicate.

  17. sdsupersean says: Jun 27, 2014 6:32 PM

    You forgot Jim Irsay

  18. don2074978 says: Jun 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Daryl Washington AND NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

  19. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 27, 2014 7:46 PM

    Gordon. Kubiak has taken no-name RBs and made them serviceable and I’m sure that one of the backs the Ravens have can master the skill of not running into O-Linemens’ butts and the Bills, 49ers, and Panthers have multiple quality pass rushers. The Browns have no quality pass catchers outside of Jordan Cameron who is going to be double-covered. A lot.

  20. daltonsdumptruck says: Jun 27, 2014 7:47 PM

    Why hasn’t there been any mention of Marshawn being suspended. He finally got convicted of a DWI fro 2012 and it certainly isn’t his first offense.

  21. teek77 says: Jun 27, 2014 8:39 PM

    I didn’t pick Gordon because it doesn’t matter…….the Browns will be bad regardless of whether he plays. Why? Because they are the Browns. Cleveland is an old Indian word for “Land of Many Sorrows”. At least, that is what my Great Grandfather, an old Indian, told me.

  22. Marshawn Lunch says: Jun 27, 2014 8:46 PM

    If all the suspensions were equal length, then I would still vote for Gordon. He puts up points on the board. And I think he would put up more points than Aldon Smith would prevent. So, Smith is the clear number 2.

  23. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 27, 2014 9:52 PM

    Browns will go 4-12 with Gordon 2-14 without him. Not really a big difference. Regardless they still blow.

    All listed are great players but Greg Hardy could have the biggest impact

  24. descendency says: Jun 27, 2014 9:56 PM

    Marshawn Lunch says:
    Jun 27, 2014 8:46 PM
    If all the suspensions were equal length, then I would still vote for Gordon. He puts up points on the board. And I think he would put up more points than Aldon Smith would prevent. So, Smith is the clear number 2.


    Smith isn’t even a clear number 2. That could arguably be Greg Hardy, who was huge for the Panthers D – which won a ton of games for them.

  25. pancaketaco says: Jun 27, 2014 11:50 PM

    I don’t think Hardy will be suspended. This case is a clear he said she said…Last time I checked Greg made the 1st 911 call, the accusers didn’t show up for a court date, the judge removed the protective order and to top it off her lawyer withdrew from the case.

  26. ariani1985 says: Jun 28, 2014 12:07 AM

    Darren sharper for the pack!

  27. claimersays says: Jun 28, 2014 12:39 AM

    You got the picture correct

  28. dkalev says: Jun 28, 2014 12:47 AM

    The giants will miss will hill, but yeah Gordon is a bad one…

  29. arzcardinals says: Jun 28, 2014 12:56 AM

    D Wash was in the pro bowl…he’s far and away the biggest suspension…he’s gone for the year..not a few games.

  30. oldcracker says: Jun 28, 2014 2:25 AM

    If the Browns weren’t going through yet another regime change, along with completely different coaching game plans, I would say, “Josh Gordon.”

    But, with the Shanahan run-first, zone blocking offense, I just don’t see Gordon putting up the same kind of numbers this year. I believe that’s part of the reason Ray Farmer didn’t panic at the draft.

    Look at the Redskins the last couple of years. That is the Shanahan style of football. I believe the Browns will have a mobile QB, 2 very good RB’s, and a slew of adequate WR’s to keep defenses honest. Even the TE will do more blocking this yr.

  31. dukeblue12 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:40 AM

    Anyone else starting to question the ESPN “report” from “sources” that Gordon failed a drug test?

  32. theauger says: Jun 28, 2014 3:43 AM

    Write in vote for Daryl Washington.

    The only guy that is going to be missing for the whole year that actually plays on a good team.

  33. supercoltfan says: Jun 28, 2014 8:07 AM

    Robert Mathis

  34. mattyc says: Jun 28, 2014 8:55 AM

    Gordon DID NOT Fail a Drug Test. Gordon was summonsed to take his test while in Europe. To get back in time for it, he books a flight & then gets delayed at the Airport, misses the 24 hour deadline, thus Failed by not taking it on time. However, he did take the test less than 8 hours later & passed his test. This is why there has yet to be a suspension given. Drew Rosenhaus is working tirelessly to keep Gordon from even being suspended at all.

    Secondly, the Browns are not as thin at receiver as many believe, considering the offense they will be running. UDFA Chandler Jones from San Jose State is a GREAT add. This kid will be Steve Smith 2.0. Andrew Hawkins from Cincy was also added, in addition to Miles Austin & Burleson. If either are healthy, it lessens the blow drastically. On top of that, the Browns also signed Ball State WR Willie Snead. Snead is a Hines Ward style receiver who blocks, catches everything, wins match ups, & moves the chains. Just Jones/Hawkins/Snead will be fine for Shanny O, along with Tate, West, & Crowell anchoring the run game.

    Please, AFCN….. Sleep on the Browns, you will regret it with the D coming back better & stronger, a much better OL & Scheme, & a much better offensive scheme with the talent there to properly execute that scheme.

    Browns no less than 9-7.

    Biggest Blow on that list: Greg Hardy
    All others have depth to still have effectiveness from the position.

  35. who8mysteak says: Jun 28, 2014 9:12 AM

    Josh Gordon will be a massive miss for the Browns this season if/when he is suspended.
    Gordon is a number 1 receiver and will be missed, but I can still see Johnny football moving the chains without him.

  36. vikingspride says: Jun 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    Gordons suspension could be the biggest blessing to the browns this season. Can you imagine if Gordon and Manziel were allowed to be around each other, you would have a whole circus instead of just a side show.

  37. earlcampbellrules says: Jun 28, 2014 4:36 PM

    The longer Ray Rice is suspended, the better off the Ravens are going to be. Rice is awful, the worst starting RB in football by far. Oh, and he’s a complete piece of trash and beats women. The Ravens should just cut him.

  38. thegrigga49 says: Jun 29, 2014 12:13 PM

    Without question it’s Josh Gordon. The Browns need him in the worst way in order compete. The 49ers are a well oiled machine. 5-0 without Aldon last season. But, he is the best pass rusher in the NFL so so that hurts regardless. I truly believe The 49ers are going to go undefeated and win. The Super Bowl.

  39. jgedgar70 says: Jun 30, 2014 8:52 AM

    If suspended, it would be Hardy. Mario Addison is proving to be a very capable pass rusher, but he’s nowhere near The Kracken.

    Of course, as pancaketaco stated, Hardy is going to easily win his case, so he shouldn’t be suspended. His case is like the one Jon Beason faced a few years back while he was still with the Panthers – in both cases, a citizen of questionable morals and judgment saw a chance to score big money off a football player to avoid ever having to work. The guy who tried to fight Beason failed, and the Professional Celebrity Girlfriend will fail also.

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