Bob McNair defends Goodell’s handling of #DeflateGate

AP

As the NFL and the Patriots reportedly dance around the possibility of working out a resolution to the #DeflateGate scandal, other owners will be chiming in on whether the league office handled the situation properly.

Count Texans owner Bob McNair among those supporting Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff.

“The commissioner is concerned about maintaining a level playing field,” McNair said Monday, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “That’s what this whole issue is about, a question of whether someone might have tried to gain a competitive advantage. We don’t want to see that happen, and that’s why he ruled.

“Roger’s doing a fine job. A lot of these issues, there’s no way you can satisfy everybody. They’re complicated, and you try to use your best judgment and do what you think is best for the game. And I think that’s what he’s trying to do.”

But Goodell’s best judgment is only as good as the judgment of those he has hired, and real questions linger regarding the quality of the Ted Wells investigation and the league’s decision to leak grossly false PSI numbers only two days after the AFC title game, giving the controversy a higher sense of urgency and cementing the inaccurate narrative that tampering necessarily occurred.

Ultimately, it’s not about whether the Patriots “might have tried” to gain a competitive advantage, but whether they did indeed violate the rules regarding the integrity of the game. The evidence regarding tampering prior to the AFC title game remains sketchy at best, and the Wells report and its aftermath expose deeper problems with the league’s attempt to set up its own in-house judicial system.

Hopefully the owners will take advantage of their opportunity this week in San Francisco to address a flaw that inevitably could be turned against any of their teams.

60 responses to “Bob McNair defends Goodell’s handling of #DeflateGate

  1. I’m so disappointed that PFT has become a satellite for the patriots. If this was Game of Thrones PFT would be Littlefinger or Varis, and the Patriots the lannisters. We know who Joffrey is.

  2. When you are choosing between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer as your QB, you do what you can to hurt New England.

  3. “real questions linger regarding the quality of the Ted Wells investigation and the league’s decision to leak grossly false PSI numbers only two days after the AFC title game, giving the controversy a higher sense of urgency and cementing the inaccurate narrative that tampering necessarily occurred.”

    BRAVO

    The NFL needs to explain #The Big Lie (“11 of 12 footballs”) and why the lie went uncorrected for 3 months

    #The Big Lie

  4. 3 of their balls were still deflated beyond even the highest estimates of the “ideal gas law”.

    Tom didn’t know the guys involved, but happened to call them 6 times afterwards to offer “support”.

    “I’m not going to ESPN… Yet” was in reference to shoes???

    “Deflator” was a nickname because he was trying to lose weight???
    —–

    While the Wells report has some issues, I’d say the Patriots explanations were “sketchy at best”….

  5. PR man turned judge and a hack lawyer turned special prosecutor make for an interesting court case.

    Bob McNair, “I never read the reports, but I support The Moron Twins (Goodell and Wells)
    .

  6. While I disagree with him, at least he didn’t drop the “integrity” card. This sport has none of that, let’s not pretend that’s why Goodell did this.

  7. Just as I thought. After the Saints & Pats, there are 30 other owners that need this to happen to their teams before they stop backing the Ginger Turd.

  8. Eventually people with some sense will realize that the only time in the Wells report it is ever implied the Brady directed anyone to make sure the game balls were at any specific pressure is when Jastremski sent the text

    “Ugh…Tom was right.”

    “I just measured some of the balls. They supposed to
    be 13 lbs… They were like 16. Felt like bricks”

    Page 90.

    Brady clearly directed the equipment personnel to make sure the balls were within the legal pressure range (12.5-13.5), not over-inflated.

    That and the fact the Walt Anderson’s “best recollection” (page 56) is that he used the “logo gauge” before the game, all of the halftime measurements of the Pat’s balls fall within the expected predicted range based on the Ideal Gas Law.

    P V = n R T

    All of the game balls were within the legal range of pressure at the start of the game and decreased pressure to the degree predicted by the Ideal Gas Law by halftime, when they were measured again.

    What more is there to say?

  9. You aren’t fooling anyone Mike, it’s clear from your sudden overnight reversal that Robert Kraft nakedly bought you off to provide propaganda in favor of the Patriots.

  10. I wonder how he made those comments with a straight face. My guess is that a whole lot of horse trading took place between Goodell and McNair.

    I wonder if we will ever get an answer on the leaks from the NFL office that so predijuced this whole mess. My guess is that Goodell is just going to disappear for a while like he did after the Ray Rice fiasco and will skate by until he screws up the next thing. Given his history it is not a matter if Goodell will overstep, but when.

  11. McNair needs to be careful. The front office is his, but that coaching staff (O’Brien, Crennel, Godsey, Pleasant, Vrabel ) and big position players (Hoyer, Mallett, Wilfork) are Patriots red-white-and-blue. Not saying they aren’t loyal to Texans but would hate to see this be the first fracture in their relationship if things go south.

  12. Uh Bob, not even Roger Goodell’s family think he’s handled this situation well.

  13. Gotta say it appears all the owners are on board with Goodells decision. they have been very quiet. That’s a big statement from them. As a fan, I think the Pats had it coming. But still, no smoking gun. Cant wait till the games begin and we can move on.

  14. “All of the game balls were within the legal range of pressure at the start of the game and decreased pressure to the degree predicted by the Ideal Gas Law by halftime, when they were measured again.

    What more is there to say?”

    Patriots*

    That’s what.

  15. Well….so far I’ve heard just two owners speak publicly about this, McNair and Blank, and both are against Kraft. They know the stuff we aren’t privy to.

  16. This is what people need to REALLY be paying attention to…. the other owners. Hate Rodger all you want, but he is acting on their behalf. So far, not a SINGLE fellow owner has defended the Patriots and 2 have shown their approval.

    #theonlyconspiracyisdeflation

  17. The league just needs to find a way to add new systems in place to help ensure quality control, and to treat this business and partnership of businesses as more of a cooperative. They could invent a new position, perhaps a Cooperative Controller that oversees the quality control mechanisms to help shore up the areas they need help in such as rules and discipline and potentially many other areas to find a more strategic integration when issues are involving multiple entities such as the league and the players and the union and the coaching staffs and the teams. Some kind of structure that solidifies everything together to result in smoothing solutions.

  18. Pats play Houston this year… But it’s not till week 14….
    That’s a long time to wait for a butt woopin’
    Sure hope Houston needs that victory to get them in the playoffs— it will be fun watching Brady & the Pats help knock them out… The idiot should NEVER supported the commish in any way… HUGE MISTAKE… HUGE!!!

  19. The more the owners throw their support at Ex Jet Goodell, the more I’m sure Goodell is “dead man walking”

  20. patriotsdefense says:
    May 18, 2015 10:31 PM
    “McNair needs to be careful. The front office is his, but that coaching staff (O’Brien, Crennel, Godsey, Pleasant, Vrabel ) and big position players (Hoyer, Mallett, Wilfork) are Patriots red-white-and-blue. Not saying they aren’t loyal to Texans but would hate to see this be the first fracture in their relationship if things go south.”
    ===========

    Um, why you think McNair said what he did bruh? He’s got the inside story.

    #stopthewaronintegrity

    #cheaterjustice

  21. There are a lot of NFL owners on this site. Since you guys know so much why don’t you get your legal team together and go assist Mr.Kraft and Mr.Brady. I’m sure they would appreciate your vast knowledge

  22. These owners like McNair and Jones are absolute fools if they think sucking up to Goodell in the press is going to help them in any way. Kraft was his biggest ally and also foolishly stood up for Goodell in the Ray Rice case when he royally screwed up. Now Goodell has royally screwed up this case and these owners for their support will also get screwed by Goodell when it is their turn.

  23. This time tomorrow night we may have a deal to put this mess to rest, then we may not. We fans need to chill and let it play out, they care less about our opinion, it’s all about money. Bill

  24. You can tell two things by the thumbs that most of us who know the Patriots cheated (yet again) dont really care about this story much anymore but the whiny pats fans obviously do. Your team cheats you arrogant chowder heads!

  25. 3 owners have expressed support so far- Blank, Jones and McNair for Goodell.

    I think the other owners are pissed at Kraft. 31 owners really don’t care about PSI, ball boys or even Brady.

    The owners are bottom line types. They want the money machine to keep on going. All they see right now is the possibility of that money machine slowing down.

    It’s all about the $$$

  26. Feels like cliques are beginning to solidify among the ranks of the owners. If it turns out that Roger* plays favorites for quid pro quo type deals, he will be fostering internal strife in the league.

    At $40 million a year it’s a job worth buying a few votes to keep.

    Goodell is a bad, bad, I mean really bad commissioner and he’s got to go. He will wreck the league.

    *Recall that Roger’s daddy is a former US Senator so he’s no stranger to old school politics.

  27. dickjagger says:
    May 18, 2015 11:39 PM
    You can tell two things by the thumbs that most of us who know the Patriots cheated (yet again) dont really care about this story much anymore but the whiny pats fans obviously do. Your team cheats you arrogant chowder heads!

    Ironic that you meantioned your team cheats.

    Your team cheats dot com! Check it out, let me know where your team ranks!

  28. McNair is one of those guys that everything has always gone his way with no real problems so he thinks he is doing everything right…. If Goodell will screw his friend Kraft sucking up to him in the press won ‘t help if he decides to step on you MCNair

  29. Many incorrectly assume that the NFL has a mandate to run its’ internal justice system in line with a regular (corrupt) tort standard. The league needs only to adhere to their own previously agreed upon standards and the parameters outlined in their agreement with the NFLPA. They are a private business, and the standards of justice have been previously agreed upon by all parties.

  30. Pats haters now sounding like sniveling little children in this post. It’s futile to try and reason with them because their minds were made up long ago.

  31. As we all know owners would never give a message of approval right before firing someone.

    Never. Wouldn’t happen.

    Ever.

  32. “Your team cheats dot com! Check it out, let me know where your team ranks!”
    **********
    Every time I type that into Google it takes me to the Patriots team website

  33. Mind u this guy hails from a state in which rival biker gangs shoot each other. Lmao. Looks like they arent very bright in Texas and home of the Enron scandal.

    Your opinion means ZERO McNair. Wait til all the ratings start dropping, then we will see how good of a job Clownshow Goodell is.

    I find it funny the NFL didnt brag about how great the NFL Draftbratings were. Its because they sucked thats why.

    You know if they were good, the NFL would have put out a media release with the ratings saying how great they were.

    The NFL is nothing but a dog n pony show. The game itself declines every year with the 9 million penalties a game, the 9 million commercials you have to wait thru, and wait til the QB position goes rotten, lol, watch these scumbags money go up in thin air just like Enron’s. Theres only 1 to 2 games every week worth watching. The rest are just awful.

  34. Ahh, leave it to an owner whose had his butt handed to him and will
    again week 14

  35. A column of reason. Very refreshing. Can’t wait for the next team to get in trouble.

    Every team should now be on alert. If your players do anything, you will be charged with losing organizational control.

    Ted Wells will rig up a shabby report and you will lose first and fourth round draft picks and a one million dollar fine.

    Ignorance is no longer an excuse.

    #fairisfair
    #15yearsofexcellence
    #NoBradynobanner

  36. Florio spends a lot of time defending the Patriots. Didn’t Kraft himself release an initial statement saying they were prepared to accept the NFL ruling, but thought it was excessive? You don’t “prepare to accept” punishment if you know you’re innocent.

  37. It’s is a matter of they tried florio, and guess what the glove fits. The Facts in this case present a very solid picture and Brady’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation seals it. If we would have seen his phone, punishment would have been worse!

  38. As Kraft immersed himself in league affairs and drove decisions hat sat at the table with the other owners and engaged in cheating and lied to cover it up. Like it was said earlier cheating at poker. What does casinos do to those people? They ban them. Kraft should be made to sell his team….15 years of stacking the deck

  39. The owners will keep roger but move all disciplinary functions outside his control. He sucks at anything related to players.

  40. It’s a tactic of every lawyer to throw stuff against the wall and hope something sticks but “the deflator”? That’s as stupid a response as I have witnessed in a long time. As far as this site Florios sudden reversal is to keep the controversy going and keep the viewership. How many times have we read something one day in an article only to have the direct opposite stated the following day?

    Pat fans are delusional if they think Goodell doesn’t have ownership support. Kraft put himself on an island with his comments and is fighting a losing battle but somehow doesn’t realize it yet.

  41. If I am truly honest, I would say that over the years, I’ve disagreed with the power of punishment that Goodell has set. I also think that what bothers me most about the Patriots is their continued tradition of walking a fine line with rules of the game and fair play, that some times goes over the line (deflategate, spygate, ineligible WR rule (that caused a rule change), communication issues in their stadium, and speculation that they watched the Ram’s final walkthrough before the super bowl). They did not hesitate to complain about the Jets owner about Revis, yet they don’t think twice about their behavior. Teams for many years have had an idea of what the Patriots were doing, and have gotten away with. Now they choose not to cooperative fully with the league in this instance, saying that the league was setting a trap for them. I believe the league actions are related to long term behavior and the penalty is as well. Now we see news that the penalties may be reduced or removed. My problem with this is what does the NFL say to the fans of the Saints, Cowboys, Redskins, and most recently the Vikings, Ravens, and Panthers, whose teams or important players have received heavy punishment, that was not reduced (except in the case of Rice because of an outside court decision). Why are the Patriots getting any benefit?

  42. The Patriots (blame the smiling liar) refusal to acknowledge and cooperate has cost the league a lot of money and damaged the shield. Robert Kraft eventually will find himself persona non grata and a pariah within “the boys club.” He’ll not be on anymore committee. Al Davis is rolling over in his grave laughing at Fauxboro Bob Kraft’s expense.

  43. “might have tried to gain an advantage”

    So “might have” merits huge punishments, suspensions, and fines? Goodell is out of control and these billionaire morons are mostly fine with it. Ridiculous.

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