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Troy Vincent sitting down with NFL’s repeat offenders

Mike Grant, Troy Vincent AP

The NFL has tried to fine and suspend the illegal hits out of the game.

Now, theyr’e delivering personal messages to those players before the season starts.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent has identified 21 players as being “at-risk,” and has already met personally with 16 of them. The rest will be visited before the start of the regular season.

The group included six players who have been suspended over the past two seasons: Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson, Titans safety Michael Griffin, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, Raiders defensive lineman Antonio Smith, Chiefs linebacker Joe Mays and Colts linebacker Erik Walden.

The rest were players who “were close to escalated discipline.”

“The objective was to sit down, review the tape, watch the games, and let’s see what’s taking place — from a coverage standpoint, up front, every scenario,” Vincent said. “How do we assist in making sure the player, the coach, the agent, everyone is on the same page in regards to what we expect and what they expect? A lot of it was casual conversation, put on the tape and say, ‘Take me through this play progression.’”

Not everyone is immediately receptive to the message, but Vincent said Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (who was first on Vincent’s dance card) set the tone.

“He was very receptive, he understood, he cared about the perception, his reputation, and I told him we’re not trying to take the edge he plays with away,” Vincent said. “I said, ‘We’ve seen you adjust, we’ve seen an adjustment in your play, let’s keep that going.’ . . . We met for hours, talking about the example he sets, the role model he’s become, and emphasizing his adjustment. What he did was set the bar with his approach, since he was first.”

Having a respected former player such as Vincent probably helps get the message through, but until all the players agree they’re doing something wrong, it might not be enough.

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11 Responses to “Troy Vincent sitting down with NFL’s repeat offenders”
  1. gojags says: Aug 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    Troy – It would be great if you can sit with Justin Blackmon as well.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    What exactly was wrong with the way Suh was playing and what adjustments has he been making that have appeased Vincent, can he clarify with specifics? And did Suh adjust because of what Vincent was looking for, or who did he adjust for and why did he choose to adjust is something that would be interesting to learn from Suh.

  3. minnesoulja says: Aug 8, 2014 2:28 PM

    Suh adjusted his dirty play and his “play through the echo of the whistle” mentality. Duh.

  4. clssylssy says: Aug 8, 2014 2:44 PM

    Sounds like the NFL has it’s own “profiling” going on. Fans hate the way the game is being”wussified” with all the rule changes plus the discretionary and unchallangeable calls by the refs, and long for the old days of a good ground and pound game. Perhaps the franchises should take it upon themselves to stress safety and sportsmanship, proper technique, etc. and be held responsible rather than the player. If a team started racking up fines, you can be sure that there would be a trickle down effect and players would adjust accordingly or be out a job. It’s possible to have a physical, ground and pound game without cheating and playing dirty.

  5. melikefootball says: Aug 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    Isn’t this just like he NFL today. God-del has sure taken the game backwards the way he addresses things.

  6. whysomanylosers says: Aug 8, 2014 3:50 PM

    Sign Icognito up too (for his onfield issues) if/when he comes back…

  7. mackie66 says: Aug 8, 2014 3:59 PM

    This is main reason ,why I no longer watch the NFL. Besides being boring, Id rather go fishing to the outer Islands.

  8. mushroommike says: Aug 8, 2014 4:20 PM

    We’ve seen an adjustment in your play Suh, you don’t stomp on as many heads as you once did.

    Congrats,

    Troy Vincent

  9. babygaga19 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:27 PM

    Goddel answers to the owners and the owners are sick and tired of the class action health related lawsuits. The NFL is smart enough to know, they can turn the game into flag football and they wont lose ratings, only lawsuits. Pity.

  10. amaf21 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:44 PM

    He should just sit down with Suh 21 times.

  11. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 8, 2014 11:03 PM

    Where’s that hypocrite politcallyincorrect?

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