Elliott suspension latest example of NFL making up laws as they go along


Elliott suspension latest example of NFL making up laws as they go along

So Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension has finally been determined by Sheriff Rog, and it’s 38 percent of the Dallas Cowboys’ season.

Now we know better than to assume that this is because his act was exactly six games’ worth of heinous, because we know than NFL discipline has no guidelines at all. In fact, sometimes NFL discipline is denied by the NFL – see Kaepernick, Colin, for an example of this phenomenon.

All punishments are political, you see, and the NFL has to preserve Sheriff Rog’s prerogatives to keep the players from knowing what’s good, what’s bad, what’s actionable and what falls under the universal talent-tolerance scale. A definitive and enforceable scale for transgressors ties the league’s hands if it wants to hammer someone it doesn’t like, or wants to forgive someone it does. That’s why suspensions are for different periods for relatively the same transgression.

And sometimes punishments aren’t called that at all, but “the market at work.” See Kaepernick, Colin, for an example of this phenomenon.

It isn’t that Elliott’s domestic violence incident shouldn’t be punished, and maybe more severely. Maybe even by termination.

But enforcing the law is what we thought we had the law for, and the NFL operates on the theory that it is the law more than the law. Moreover, it has been allowed to get away with it because it is the world’s only source of the NFL, which America has voted in overwhelming numbers to consider its addictive opioid of choice.

See its long-standing arrangement with National District Attorneys Association for an example of this phenomenon.

So Elliott gets six games, though his appeal may reduce it because, well, you never known when the league will feel like it needs another quality running back on a team that gets big ratings.

In the meantime, we amuse ourselves with tales of starting quarterbacks who can’t get out of their own way because we prefer to be distracted from the harder questions as quickly and comprehensively as possible.

One last time, see Kaepernick, Colin, for an example of this phenomenon.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”