NFL transfers Mike Kensil to international operations

Getty Images

Last August, amid speculation that perceived #Deflategate instigator Mike Kensil had been removed from NFL Football Operations, the league said that Kensil’s status has not changed. At some point since then, it has.

Multiple sources tell PFT that Kensil has been transferred from the position of V.P. of football operations.

The NFL has confirmed the move, explaining that Kensil’s new title is “V.P. game operations-international.”

“We needed a senior executive to work exclusively in this priority area,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT. “He’s been in Mexico City and China the last few weeks.”

Kensil, according to the league, specifically will be responsible for game day operations for contests played in other countries, along with ensuring that the stadiums on foreign soil are NFL-ready. Kensil will ensure that the venue, the locker rooms, the field surfaces, and the coaching communications systems will be ready. He also will meet with the teams that will be playing internationally in the months and weeks leading up to the game.

This likely ensures that the Patriots won’t be playing internationally during Kensil’s tenure in the job. The Patriots (and their fans) continue to believe that Kensil was directly responsible for the #Deflategate fiasco, pouncing on the complaints from the Colts prior to and during the January 2015 AFC title game and presuming cheating based on halftime PSI readings below 12.5 PSI — without considering the potential application of the Ideal Gas Law.

95 responses to “NFL transfers Mike Kensil to international operations

  1. So, this is evidence that the league does realize, at least internally even if they will not admit it publicly, that Kensil screwed up with the way he handled the deflategate fiasco. Going from VP of all football operations to just the VP of a handful of overseas games is a serious demotion.

  2. .
    ” 11 out of 12 balls were more than 2 lbs under game weight. Those are the facts and we’re sticking to them ”

    .. The professionals at ESPN
    .

  3. “… without considering the potential application of the Ideal Gas Law.”

    No I guess not. He was probably concerned with the Patriots application of their “Its Ideal to Cheat Law”.

  4. This is like ESPN issuing there apology about there improper reporting on the Patriots at 3am est while the worlds asleep……Patriots and there fans dont forget anything.dealing with Kensil will be no different

  5. “I want him manning a radar tower in Alaska by the end of the day. Just mail him his clothes.” — Mission Impossible

  6. He is as much a pats hater as Spike Lee is a Knicks fan. There is no question he was behind deflategate, and I like the part in this peice that says only patriots fans believe he was responsible for deflategate. When ESPN and most media outlets never even mention this guys name throughout deflategate tends to push the narrative one sided don’t you think?

  7. WEEI tried to get him on their morning program but he wouldn’t go on to talk about the discrepancies in a story. The people running the NFL have no integrity.

  8. He can’t even spell PSI, never mind understand it. Europe and China are in big trouble!

  9. He is as much a pats hater as Spike Lee is a Knicks fan.
    ———-
    Yep. Had a grudge against him ever since Belichick – rightfully – told Kensil’s Jets to go pound sand and joined the Patriots.

    Spiteful little fella isn’t he.

    🙂

  10. China isn’t far enough, let’s send him to explore the feasibility of games on Mars…

    … Oh wait, you’d actually have to have a basic understanding of physics to pull that off…

  11. Kensil has done nothing in his life other than football. Low intelligence, no skills, and bitter from 3 decades with the Jets. AKA, he’s the perfect NFL front office employee.

  12. Another transfer? The plot thickens.

    Kensil worked for the Jets as did his dad for decades. Goodell also worked for the Jets and is a Jets fan.

    If I was Kessler and involved in the upcoming defamation suit, he would be 7th on my list to examine on a federal stand with phones and emails available after the discovery process. I would go in chronological order to show the public how this all broke down:

    1. Harbaugh
    2. Pagano
    3. Grigson
    4. Irsay
    5. Goodell
    6.Vincent
    7. Kensil

    Mortrensen would likely be 8th since he was the media conduit to get he lies out to the public that Sunday night.

    But, start with John Harbaugh, as it was clearly his idea after his blow up at the podium and Brady suggesting he “check the rulebook” after blowing 2 14 point leads to the Pats.

    The Krafts know how this happened, BB and Brady do, Pats fans do, some of the media does, but moron NFL fans jealous of the Pats, don’t want to. They’d rather believe a creepy, lying commissioner who wants to go from 44 million per year to 88 million per year.

    Oh, boy is this deep. Oh, yes it is.

    And, the Feds are watching.

    Corruption, Collusion, Fraud, Conspiracy, etc.

    Bye Bye Goodell.

  13. I’m sure the NFL has aspirations of playing a game on the moon sometime in the next 50 years….can’t they send Kensil there now in order to start the preparations?

  14. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Apr 28, 2016 10:56 AM
    What former Jet employee will be filling his previous position?

    1 0

    Hope it’s Rex.

  15. Oh good, now he can lie and fabricate things about other countries, not just the Pats.

    What a piece of human filth this guy is

  16. Ship him to China where they are all too familiar with lying, strong arm, railroading tactics.

  17. trailerparkking says:

    One thing has been consistent about Pats fans. They will blame anyone except their team or QB no matter the situation or facts.
    ===========================

    Fact, he was demoted.
    so here is your first chance to be objective, why do you think he was demoted?

  18. 1. Harbaugh
    2. Pagano
    3. Grigson
    4. Irsay
    5. Goodell
    6.Vincent
    7. Kensil

    —–
    1A. Wells
    1B. Pash

    This is going to be delicious. 🙂

  19. trailerparkking says:
    Apr 28, 2016 10:55 AM
    One thing has been consistent about Pats fans. They will blame anyone except their team or QB no matter the situation or facts.
    ———————————————————
    One thing about Patriots haters is they have consistently disregarded facts and science and replaced them with their own. Sort of how Goodell did in his handling of the appeal hearing. I suppose birds of a feather lie together. They never met a fact they couldn’t ignore.

  20. You know that some disgruntled NFL employee is writing a book now about how this all went down plus other things about “integrity” in Goodell’s NFL.

    It will be kind of like Salisbury’s book on ESPN except MUCH juicier.

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy! 🙂

    Funny though… nobody has ever written a book about the Patriots supposed “cheating”. I wonder why that is.

    #IKnowWhy

    🙂

  21. Funny how everything coming from the NFL on Framegate sounds like a Marshawn Lynch post game presser. Same non-answers from the gutless wonders on Park Ave.

    But hey, mission accomplished, right?

    Phony PSI information leaked to our Tweet Monkey, check!
    Gag order in place, check!
    Abuse of Article 46, check!
    Refuse to release random PSI readings, check!
    Haternation swallowing whatever we serve up, no brainer, literally.

  22. Mike will be a great addition to the expanded NFL and will surely do a great job representing America and it’s interest in sports abroad. Good Luck

  23. goodellMustGo says:
    Apr 28, 2016 11:21 AM
    You know that some disgruntled NFL employee is writing a book now about how this all went down plus other things about “integrity” in Goodell’s NFL.

    It will be kind of like Salisbury’s book on ESPN except MUCH juicier.

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy!:)

    Funny though… nobody has ever written a book about the Patriots supposed “cheating”. I wonder why that is.

    #IKnowWhy

    I know, right? You’d think that with what, 400 or so players dumped by the hated Patriots that one of them would have spilled by now.

    Guess it isn’t so bad up here after all.

  24. This is like when they transferred John Hurt’s character to the London branch in Broadcast News and he thought it was bad…

  25. FYI, Kensil, here’s the range you’re looking for now: 0.8788 kgf/cm² to 0.9491. Gotta make sure the integrity of the international games are on par with the domestic ones…

  26. I know, right? You’d think that with what, 400 or so players dumped by the hated Patriots that one of them would have spilled by now.

    —-
    Exactly!

    And many of them leaving on not exactly the best of terms either so you’d think at least one would be happy to talk about anything nefarious going on…. and yet silence.

    Hmmm. Go figure. 🙂

  27. Oh, brother… somebody better explain the metric system to this moron, pronto!
    Otherwise he’ll force teams to play on 100m fields with balls enflated to 12.5 kPas.

  28. What an absolute joke the NFL is. We will continue to pursue this at all costs regardless of where the evidence is pointing. Lets even demote one of the conspirators.

    A sad day for all of us fans of the game.

  29. First thing he’ll do is go running to the police in London, screaming “YOU GUYS ARE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD. YOU’RE ALL IN BIG ******* TROUBLE!!!”

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    Apr 28, 2016 10:57 AM
    Another transfer? The plot thickens.

    Kensil worked for the Jets as did his dad for decades. Goodell also worked for the Jets and is a Jets fan.

    If I was Kessler and involved in the upcoming defamation suit, he would be 7th on my list to examine on a federal stand with phones and emails available after the discovery process. I would go in chronological order to show the public how this all broke down:

    1. Harbaugh
    2. Pagano
    3. Grigson
    4. Irsay
    5. Goodell
    6.Vincent
    7. Kensil

    ————————————————————

    Good list, but I’m guessing the League is sending Kensil to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

  31. @GoodellMustGo

    Oh yeah..Although, something tells me Wells might be on Brady’s side at this point. I don’t think he was very happy that Jeff Pash manipulated his work.

    I just wonder if Wells might flip since the NFL will clearly never use him ever again after this framejob attempt.

    Another key figure that gets lost in the shuffle is Indy’s equipment manager, Sean Sullivan. He said in an email, mind you, that “everyone knows that the Pats deflate footballs..”

    Umm, if that was the case, how on earth was this not discovered sooner and why were 4 of them over-inflated at a home game on 10.16.14 where Bill Leavy was the ref?

    Was Mike Kensil in Foxborough for the Jets/Pats game on 10.16.14 trying to over-inflate Brady’s footballs to cheat the Pats?

    Why was Bill Leavy, demoted in 2013, worked the Jets/Pats game on 10.16.14, only to be completely demoted off the field and moved into some ref “consulting” role on Park Ave after being demoted for poor officiating?

    Hmmm.

    Fact: The Refs don’t really check the PSI as a standard protocol. They just submit them after feeling them and barely pay attention to the PSI. They likely only check for PSI if it feels off.

    I want Sean Sullivan on the stand being asked if Ryan Grigson asked him to send him an email saying “everyone knows the Pats deflate footballs”…

    1. How would he know that if McNally doesn’t travel for road games.

    2. How could it be well know with NE watched like a hawk by teams and the commissioner, scouring for ways to sell the idea NE somehow cheats so Goodell can level the playing field?

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

    Said it before and will say it again:

    Knocking NE down a peg with fake violations is Goodell’s attempt to promote parity to expand into Europe and now apparently, China.

    The Jaguars will be in London within 3 years.

    You heard it here.

    The biggest story with all of this is that Goodell cheats the Pats with lies and he’s doing it to make the league more money overseas.

    No investment group is going to back an NFL franchise in London, especially the Jaguars, a team in the AFC>

    Ever wonder why Goodell jumped through hoops to try to avoid Baltimore cutting Ray Rice, and lying TWICE?

    Baltimore is ALSO in the AFC.

    If NE keeps dominating, the AFC becomes stagnant and we know the entire league is over-saturated in N.America.

    Goodell is defrauding the Pats for international expansion and to make he and his fellow owners more money.

    Juiciest story, quite frankly, since Bernie Madoff.

  32. If he goes to China, the Government there knows how to do a proper frame job, same with Russia. The NFL can send Kensil around the world to try to find better and more believable ways to frame its teams and players when it suits the Commish’s mood in the future. Think of it as an international internship for the questionably ethical.

  33. This is laughable how transparently corrupt the league is. It’s time for a civil suit by Brady to go after this guy and Goodell for defamation of character. Time to check their cell phones. For the owners to turn a blind eye to this type of dispicable behavior is deplorable.

  34. Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone when asked to have it examined in a room WITH HIM PRESENT.

    A guy’s nick name was the deflator.

    The chain of custody for these balls was broken because Refs put air back into deflated balls.

    BUT THE IDEAL GAS LAW

    I swear some of you all lack common sense. Ray Rice hit his wife, Big Ben assaulted that woman, the Saints were out there trying to kill people on the field for bounties and, yes, the Patriots had a ball deflation scheme.

    Sorry, not sorry.

  35. pay attention to jax this year. goodell will throw games to try to get them into the playoffs to show london investors jax is now a winning team.

  36. Red Card for Kensil…looks like he got a send off. I just hope that he can make himself understood when he’s not stateside, and starts talks talking about “football”…watch the hilarity ensue!

  37. Great Promotion for Kensil. His career is skyrocketing. This is the same guy who was in charge when the Referees left the game balls at a Boston Hotel, and then the Mass State police had to drive them to Foxboro for the Play-off game. Hope he learns Chinese quickly. When he screws up this assignment, he can always open up a Chinese Restaurant outside of the Meadowlands.

  38. Someone of Kensil’s intellect and calm under pressure is a perfect candidate to head the launch of NFL Antarctica.

    The best thing about Kensil is that his involvement in manipulating Deflategate was so obvious that he’s the only person in the league office that gets punished. From his cursing out of the equipment staff before he even had any evidence, to the PSI misinformation leaks, to the fact that between he and Grigson neither of them could even keep a straight story about who told who about what (read the original appears hearing transcripts, they’re a riot) Kensil did literally every single thing wrong. When he was finally outed by a Boston sports radio station as being the cause of the misinformation they didn’t even have a source. They just threw it out there and Kensil couldn’t even deny it. He’s an absolute gem of a human being and Goodell deserves him.

  39. It’s funny, you can tell from the up/down votes which “demographic” predominately reads each story: pats fans or pats haters.

    This story is the perfect example, it’s obvious pats fans read this about 25 to 1. Why? The headline doesn’t have any obvious deflategate link, unless you’ve driven yourself crazy with this story for the last 1.5 years and know that Kensil was a big reason the whole thing snowballed. But Kensil, with his personal grudge against Belichick, has been left out of the mainstream media’s story line. So only those of us that know the whole story would instantly recognize the significance of this demotion.

    I’ve always suspected Kensil as the one responsible for the “11 of 12” leak. It’s possible Goodell was fully aware how idiotic this thing was from day 1 and it got out of control as Goodell tried to protect the entire front office. Or, probably more likely, Kensil ranted and raved to Goodell (and others) who then flew off the handle demanding a pound of flesh.

    I’ve never believed in the organized sting theory, thinking the old rule of thumb apples: “‘Do not attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.” It’s like watching a child try to explain his way out of a lie only to dig himself deeper.

    Grigson may have started the ball rolling (playing with small balls), but Kensil is the one who rolled it into TNT.

  40. Pats fans are embarrassing. The NFL won the appeal, and that’s the end of it. What exactly is accomplished by “demoting” him? Go ahead and keep cherry-picking events to make your case that Brady did nothing wrong, and keep ignoring other events like, for instance, Kraft accepting the consequences, equip guy nicknamed the deflator and having to leave the team, destroyed cell phones, etc.

    Years from now you won’t find Krensil’s name anywhere in the NFL record books, but you will find record of the Pats losing multiple draft picks and levied multiple fines for multiple cheating violations. Enjoy your tarnished legacy, homers.

  41. Crownhelmet : Tom didn’t do anything wrong! If you actually paid attention you too would know that there as NO TAMPERING !
    Looking @ record books all we will see are 4 super bowl wins!!

  42. Years from now you won’t find Krensil’s name anywhere in the NFL record books,….

    …but you will find the Patriots historic winning percentage and Super Bowl victories. They will be remembered as a great team, coach, and quarterback for the generational dominance they’ve earned.

    Sorry guys–there was never a “scheme” to do anything underhanded here. The facts haven’t changed. The NFL and Goodell tried hard to create some “evidence” out of thin air, but it just didn’t happen for them.

    That’s what we’ll remember.

  43. Mike…you’re now the VP of Jack Squat.

    But he’s no doubt still pulling down a Half Mil in pay or more, so he couldn’t care less. I wonder if he wore knee pads to his job interviews ?

  44. crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 28, 2016 4:00 PM

    Pats fans are embarrassing. The NFL won the appeal, and that’s the end of it. What exactly is accomplished by “demoting” him? Go ahead and keep cherry-picking events to make your case that Brady did nothing wrong, and keep ignoring other events like, for instance, Kraft accepting the consequences, equip guy nicknamed the deflator and having to leave the team, destroyed cell phones, etc.
    ________________________________________

    Funny, the “events” we ignore are just a few of the shiny bobbles Goodell continues to dupe the weak minded, willfully ignorant with. Not our fault we can read documents and can expose the liars with their own documents. You obviously are a Headline Reader/Sports Center fan. Embarrassing. You keep getting all pumped up over the dream of “*” and “tarnished legacy”. Yay! Public Opinion Bowl! Neat!

    We’ll keep celebrating Super Bowls & 20+ Years of NFL Dominance.

  45. Any chance the NFL could send him to North Korea to explore having some games there?

  46. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:

    What former Jet employee will be filling his previous position?
    —————————————-
    Dear Lord, I hadn’t even considered that part yet. Yeesh.

  47. Funny though… nobody has ever written a book about the Patriots supposed “cheating”. I wonder why that is.
    ——————————————————-

    There are a few books about the Pats that explain exactly why. The making of a coach, and patriot reign, both show that the front office, the coaching staff and of course BB are just that much better. As someone who has been around sports his whole life, what is shocking about the Pats compared to others is..shock of shocks…all the ‘football’ culture stuff isn’t what drives the Patriots. They are run like great companies. They respect the players, they cultivate good ideas, they look at the schedule ‘market’ and see where they can be better than everyone else. The whole ‘bending the rules’ crap is just that crap. That they actually look at the rulebook as part of gameplanning is probably more than 75% of other coaching staffs..in football anyway. Baseball has been doing this for years.

    Here is a few examples of just being ahead of the curve.
    No Huddle- not just no huddle, but snaps under 20 seconds. This blew defenses away…so much they adjusted how refs deal with lining up teams. Notice the Pats no longer use this.
    Ineligible rec- this was nothing new, and has been used before. Rule change. Ravens still pissed.
    Shift to 3-4– wha? This isn’t revolutionary..true, but BB was running the 3-4 when most of the league was 4-3…now that most have moved to 3-4 the Pats have shifted to mostly a 4-3/4-2 system. Really it depends on the opponent- when facing Martz teams the Pats run mostly Dime. Flexibility over talent and repetitive. This is partly why BB picks apart teams like Pitt that are dogmatic about what defense they run, year in and year out.
    Offense playcall- Pats are west coast–sort of. As it was explained to me, there is a base call, then the WR and Tom have to be on the same page- each play has has 3 options to the route, and Tom and the WR all have to guess the same. Think how crazy that is. That is why former QB’s work so well with Tom…they are seeing the same thing. It’s also why some WR’s never grock the system in NE..it is not just complex, but it’s pre-snap thinking. As a defense…how the hell do you cover this successfully. The teams that have done it have done it with the front 4. Giants, Denver, Ravens. Get Tom. Zone, pick you apart. Man, DBs guess wrong enough that the good ones get away.

  48. More low hanging fruit served to the pat legion ended with the ideal gas law hammer. The funny thing is after 16 months nobody can prove the nfl wrong without using the ideal gas law . The ideal gas law is not a law it is a hypothesis based on a hypothetical gas.

  49. pressytodd says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:20 PM

    More low hanging fruit served to the pat legion ended with the ideal gas law hammer. The funny thing is after 16 months nobody can prove the nfl wrong without using the ideal gas law . The ideal gas law is not a law it is a hypothesis based on a hypothetical gas.
    ________________________________________

    Right…Science is wrong and Goodell is right…

    And yeah, plenty of people have proven the NFL wrong, repeatedly in fact. Let’s start with the 56 exposed lies of the Wells report and other supporting documentation. You don’t need to lie and fabricate information if you have a solid case. And still, could only come up with the pathetically WEAK, “More probable than not” and “Generally aware”…Proving nothing. Embarrassing…for you.

    You wouldn’t know that, having only read the headlines and only viewing Sports Center. Embarrassing…for you.

    We win again!

    20+ Years of NFL Dominance

  50. pressytodd says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:20 PM

    More low hanging fruit served to the pat legion ended with the ideal gas law hammer. The funny thing is after 16 months nobody can prove the nfl wrong without using the ideal gas law . The ideal gas law is not a law it is a hypothesis based on a hypothetical gas.
    ————————————-

    I guess we can add you to the growing list of ignorant bozos that don’t believe that air contracts in cold temperatures and expands in warm temperatures.

    All you need is the ideal gas law to prove the NFL perpetrated a fraud.

    What is a hypothetical gas?

  51. “The ideal gas law is not a law it is a hypothesis based on a hypothetical gas.”

    Well, if the year was 1700, your attitude would be considered reasonable.

    I’m serious. This stuff was all resolved a long time ago. Also, the Ideal Gas Law is simple enough that it can be verified by high school students. And that happens all the time.

    For me, the question is why people who are so utterly wrong about an issue don’t recognize that fact.

  52. Hoping that Kensil is sent to explore expansion opportunities in Outer Mongolia. Or perhaps Tierra del Fuego.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.