Teams often cancel OTAs voluntarily, showing Ravens’ penalty is no big deal

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The Ravens were punished this week with the loss of two days of Organized Team Activities because they violated the rules related to contact at practices. That penalty is next to nothing.

The reality is, teams often voluntarily cancel their own OTAs for all sorts of reasons, as a June practice or two just isn’t a particularly big deal.

This week, for instance, the Dolphins canceled the final day of their minicamp. NFL teams have canceled June practices to play paintball, to have a barbecue and to race go-karts. Last summer Ravens coach John Harbaugh canceled a practice to tour the Pentagon.

In other words, the Ravens’ punishment (which also included a $50,000 fine for Harbaugh and a $100,000 fine for owner Steve Bisciotti) is a slap on the wrist. If the NFL really wanted to strictly enforce the rules about contact in offseason work, stripping a team of a draft pick would be the way to go. Simply canceling a couple practices doesn’t do much.

30 responses to “Teams often cancel OTAs voluntarily, showing Ravens’ penalty is no big deal

  1. If the Patriots were punished more significantly for Deflategate because of a “history of rule breaking” why don’t the Ravens face a stiffer penalty for continuously breaking the same rules during OTAs? The commish has full discretion to utilize whatever punishment he wants, and after continued violations you’d think they’d receive a real punishment even if it was just a lost 7th round pick next year or something. If these OTA rules don’t matter they shouldn’t exist in the first place.

  2. Why punish overzealous rookies that never practiced in an NFL mini camp before? Get off it New England PEDtriot.

  3. Why punish overzealous rookies that never practiced in an NFL mini camp before?
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    If only there was someone employed by the Ravens at these practices to tell the rookies what to do. Someone to provide guidance, like a teacher, a counselor, a mentor or an instructor. Maybe, some day, the Ravens can hire someone like that for the team. Also, why doesn’t this issue pop up on 31 other teams? What are they all doing that the Ravens can’t figure out?

  4. Seem like PFT could archive this article since it happens every year with the ravens. It would be interesting to see a list of all of the punishments handed out over the last 5 years by team. Might be eye opening.

  5. The Ravens have been cheating for years. Bisciotti is a member at Augusta where he plays with Goodell as a guest.

    It is partially the reason Goodell lied twice during the Ray Rice Fiasco.

    Throw in their involvement with setting up the Deflategate idea with Pagano/Grigson/Irsay and Harbaugh sitting on the Competition Committee, using it to cheat some more by changing rules and eliminating rules.

    Gee, I wonder why ratings are dropping?

  6. I think a slap on the wrist is fine since it was obviously unintentional. Its not like Harbaugh has ever been able to remember whats in the rulebook so no one should be surprised if he goods once in a while.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    June 9, 2018 at 11:25 am
    The Ravens have been cheating for years. Bisciotti is a member at Augusta where he plays with Goodell as a guest.
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    Roger Goodell is a member at Augusta National not a guest.

  8. Ravn Maniac says:
    June 9, 2018 at 11:08 am
    Why punish overzealous rookies that never practiced in an NFL mini camp before? Get off it New England PEDriot.
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    Since the start of the 2012 season, the Ravens have had eight instances of a player being suspended for a PED violation. That ties Baltimore with the New York Giants for the most in the NFL over that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

  9. Roger Goodell is a member at Augusta National not a guest.

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    Maybe he is now, sure. Bisciotti was first.

    And cheating is cheating.

  10. A slap on the wrist seems appropriate for a minor infraction.

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    If the NFL wanted, it would be pretty easy to portray this as a significant violation: “Team A has violated the OTA rules multiple times. They have practiced longer than permitted, held padded practices and allowed contact when it is not permitted. These violations give them an advantage over all the other teams adhering to the rules. Since this is their third violation, fines, suspensions and the loss of draft picks will be forthcoming.”

    The larger issue is the league being inconsistent on what they consider to be minor and what’s not and playing favorites based on what team is involved.

  11. Just another example of the reality that “equal justice” is a concept that is unknown in the NFL. It’s the league where all teams are equal, but Some teams are just more “equal” than others.

    Over the years this sad fact has been proven to be true to a degree that has become an embarrassment both to the league and most of its fan base unless of course, you are a fan of the Ravens, Giants, Jets or Steelers. Then you think everything is just fine.

  12. This has been done several times by the Ravens and Seahawks over the last couple of years except for some reason unlike the Pats, Chiefs, or Saints they were given some wiggle room. Why is that?

  13. Nofoolnodrool says:
    June 9, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    And cheating is cheating.

    And something as a Pat’s fan you are comfortable.

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    Nope, But, I am very comfortable knowing the truth and facts.

    Mike Tomlin is the greatest cheater of them all. The only coach in NFL history to step onto the field and try to affect game action.

    But, mysteriously, no punishment occurred.

  14. The Ravens can’t even cheat competently. At least the Steelers got something out of decades of horse steroids.

  15. Ravn Maniac says:
    June 9, 2018 at 11:08 am
    Why punish overzealous rookies that never practiced in an NFL mini camp before? Get off it New England PEDriot.
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    Since the start of the 2012 season, the Ravens have had eight instances of a player being suspended for a PED violation. That ties Baltimore with the New York Giants for the most in the NFL over that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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    You really wanna go there? New England Patriots have neen suspended a total of 10 games for CHEATING since 2011, more than double any other francise, according to every newspaper in the US. Mike drop.

  16. NFL teams have canceled June practices to play paintball, to have a barbecue and to race go-karts.
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    These are all team-building activities that have similar effects on the team that OTAs have.

  17. You really wanna go there? New England Patriots have neen suspended a total of 10 games for CHEATING since 2011, more than double any other francise, according to every newspaper in the US. Mike drop.

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    Yes, we do want to go there, because we want to show how many times Goodell has cheated in the last 10+ yearrs in various ways.

    Framing teams to steal draft picks by lying to instill an aura of sinister behavior that never existed or allowing other protected teams to cheat over and over again with little or no punishmnet at all, an edcuated honest adult would consider it to be a form of institutionalized cheating by never taking draft picks away, even after numerous offenses.

    So, yes, please let us go there. Pats fans know the real score because people who known the facts share these facts to the NFL customers who want to the truth and pay attention.

    Pats fans are honest, educated and fair. We just want fairness.

    Stop cheating from the team level, please. Baltimore is a notorious ally with Goodel and a partner in this whole thing.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    June 9, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    You really wanna go there? New England Patriots have neen suspended a total of 10 games for CHEATING since 2011, more than double any other francise, according to every newspaper in the US. Mike drop.

    3 8 Rate This

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    Yes, we do want to go there, because we want to show how many times Goodell has cheated in the last 10+ yearrs in various ways.

    Framing teams to steal draft picks by lying to instill an aura of sinister behavior that never existed or allowing other protected teams to cheat over and over again with little or no punishmnet at all, an edcuated honest adult would consider it to be a form of institutionalized cheating by never taking draft picks away, even after numerous offenses.

    So, yes, please let us go there. Pats fans know the real score because people who known the facts share these facts to the NFL customers who want to the truth and pay attention.

    Pats fans are honest, educated and fair. We just want fairness.

    Stop cheating from the team level, please. Baltimore is a notorious ally with Goodel and a partner in this whole thing.
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    Fairness? Check the NFL schedule and tell me who has played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks since Goodell became commish. Also please Google pictures of Goodell at Krafts house. Then tell me why Brady never gets an intentional grounding call (just watch any game where he was getting pressured). I could go on and on and on but I’ve proven my point.

  19. “Fairness”??? Did you sleep through framegate, TB12 is suspended because the NFL didn’t understand cold weather causes footballs to lose pressure?
    Looks like you also missed the last Super Bowl was where 2 TD’s were allowed that weren’t even TD’s!!
    Believe me you didn’t prove anything except ignorance!!!

  20. Ravn Maniac says:
    June 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    Ravn Maniac says:
    June 9, 2018 at 11:08 am
    Why punish overzealous rookies that never practiced in an NFL mini camp before? Get off it New England PEDriot.
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    Since the start of the 2012 season, the Ravens have had eight instances of a player being suspended for a PED violation. That ties Baltimore with the New York Giants for the most in the NFL over that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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    You really wanna go there? New England Patriots have neen suspended a total of 10 games for CHEATING since 2011, more than double any other francise, according to every newspaper in the US. Mike drop.

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    Yeah Ill go there. 10 games total? So thats two four gamers and a two gamer or some similar? Just by the numbers you are throwing down that would make the Pats very very low, I even find it hard to believe they or any team is that low. But maybe your numbers are made up since you are going with that unnamed sources thing that cant verified like the specified source referenced in the comment you are responding to.

  21. keeppounding23 says:
    June 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    NFL teams have canceled June practices to play paintball, to have a barbecue and to race go-karts.
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    These are all team-building activities that have similar effects on the team that OTAs have.

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    Yeah, its actually a pretty good thing to do. I cant frown on that at all.

    So did Belichick race go carts or have them all over for a barbeque? He would get killed going against his players in paintball so Im thinking it must have been one of the other two.

  22. Tortellini genie says:
    June 9, 2018 at 11:34 am
    Ravn Maniac says:
    June 9, 2018 at 11:08 am
    Why punish overzealous rookies that never practiced in an NFL mini camp before? Get off it New England PEDriot.
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    Since the start of the 2012 season, the Ravens have had eight instances of a player being suspended for a PED violation. That ties Baltimore with the New York Giants for the most in the NFL over that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
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    The two NFL teams Will Hill played for…

  23. Honestly, it’s a pretty stupid rule to begin with. Players complain about it almost as much as coaches do. I have no problem with the slap on the wrist the NFL is handing down, because the rulei s dumb and was only formulated at the insistence of the NFLPA. And Belichick hates the rule, for all of the Patriots fans who are commenting.

  24. I still want to know who dropped the dime. My guess is Perriman was getting man handled by the rookies. Yes I’m a Ravens fan, this June and it is OTAs. Its just something for Patriot fans to cry about.

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