Goodell: Titans didn’t “willingly” violate COVID-19 protocol

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Less than a week after the league was making it known that the Titans would be hit hard with punishment for violating COVID-19 protocols, the Commissioner is sending a far different message.

Jay Feely of CBS said prior to kickoff of the Bills-Titans game on Tuesday night that Goodell told Feely no one from the Titans “willingly” violated the league’s rules and regulations regarding the pandemic.

This comment meshes with the dramatic change in the league’s posture regarding the Titans. Late last week, the league was making it known to other teams that the Titans would face potentially historic punishment. Last night, PFT reported on the existence of an emerging sense that the league would take no action against the Titans.

It’s possible that the league simply wanted to scare all teams straight. It’s possible that the Titans privately made it clear to the league office that appeals and/or litigation would ensue in the event of crippling sanctions, creating an unwanted distraction for the NFL at a time when the focus is on getting the games played.

Regardless, Goodell’s comment to Feely becomes the clearest signal yet that the Titans will indeed be getting a pass. Although this stunning change in tone will confuse those teams that heard a far different message last week from the powers-that-be, at this point it should confuse no one if the league simply moves on without taking any action against the Titans.

15 responses to “Goodell: Titans didn’t “willingly” violate COVID-19 protocol

  1. Umm, first of all, anyone with half a brain knows Goodell will protect AFC teams except for NE. He’s been doing it for years, going as far as to frame them when the cheating owners want it.

    If you are a franchise in the AFC and don’t completely suck, he helps cover up for you. Rice in Baltimore, Hunt and Hill domestics in KC, etc, but he forces NE to release Antonio Brown for less. The facts are there.

    The Ravens cheated 3 times in the last 2 years and they got some piddly fine that Bisciotti probably gave to Goodell while playing golf at Augusta together.

    I could go on for days with examples.

    I know what he will do based on his pattern of behavior.

    But, if this was NE who had 24 people test positive, you can bet picks would be stolen and they’d make information up to make it seem like it
    was deserved.

  2. touchback6 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 8:16 pm
    Umm, first of all, anyone with half a brain knows Goodell will protect AFC teams except for NE. He’s been doing it for years, going as far as to frame them when the cheating owners want it.

    If you are a franchise in the AFC and don’t completely suck, he helps cover up for you. Rice in Baltimore, Hunt and Hill domestics in KC, etc, but he forces NE to release Antonio Brown for less. The facts are there.

    The Ravens cheated 3 times in the last 2 years and they got some piddly fine that Bisciotti probably gave to Goodell while playing golf at Augusta together.

    I could go on for days with examples.

    I know what he will do based on his pattern of behavior.

    But, if this was NE who had 24 people test positive, you can bet picks would be stolen and they’d make information up to make it seem like it
    was deserved.

    —————-

    But just a few days ago, you said it’s a virus. Things happen. You dig your own grave always. Lol.

  3. I clicked on this article knowing that that the first comment would be from some Pats fan with a tin foil hat claiming conspiracy theories against the team that actually had the rules changed when their star player got injured and benefited from so many on the field calls. I wasn’t let down.

  4. @jimmythepin416 – he always does is right. Touchback6 was the same troll who posted in every article in the offseason how there wouldnt be any football then once training camps started he changed to there wont be a full season. Hes always changing the bar.

  5. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    “but he forces NE to release Antonio Brown for less.”

    I’m pretty sure that release was Kraft’s decision, after Brown mentioned his massage parlor escapade [which has mysteriously vanished BTW]

  6. So, all the reports of not following protocol and practicing off-site were lies? Come on, man! If I were the owner or GM of any team that gets a fine for anything covid related, I would not pay it. The NFL has fined coaches and teams substantial amounts of money for not wearing the mask properly on the sidelines, how do they do nothing with the Titan situation?

  7. Thought Goodell set the punishment for disobeying a league memo back in 2007.

    One more example different standards for different teams.

  8. To me it’s pretty clear the league realizes they didn’t communicate well in the beginning of this outbreak. They shut down the building but didn’t tell players not to gather until after the practice. I don’t think it was smart on the players part but they’re football players, trying to get ready for a football game that was still happening at that point.

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