Tuna regrets 'misunderstandings' with Pats


Tuna regrets 'misunderstandings' with Pats

By TomE. Curran

I guess the current term you'd use for the way Bill Parcells exited New England in early 1997 is that he "wishes he had that one back."During a conference call Monday morning discussing his nomination for induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame, Parcells reflected on his messy departure from New England after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to Green Bay. "As you know we had domestic misunderstandings with ownership I do regret," he said. "Those things since have been resolved. I think retrospectively, I would have handled things substantially different than I did. I was always saddened by the fact I had to leave there. In all honesty, I really didn't want to. I'm sure (owner Robert Kraft) would say something along those lines. We have talked about that. I did regret that. That's life. You learn from things as you go on."

Parcells left the Patriots in a huff after the 1996 season after months of closed-door feuding with ownership over - basically - who had final say over player acquisition and the philosophy the team would employ in team-building. That led to the infamous "if they want you to cook the dinner, at least they should let you shop for the groceries" line. Rankled as Parcells was over what he saw as a challenge to his power, he sullied his legacy in New England by negotiating privately to take over the Jets as the Patriots were preparing to play the Packers in Super Bowl XXX. There are plenty of people who don't fully forgive him for that around here. And that swath of folks will quite likely be dismissive of Parcells' epiphany over the things he did wrong. Parcells says there was never any one air-clearing meeting with Kraft.
I dont know if there was any definitive time (that the two men spoke)," Parcells explained. "We just kind of ran into each other a few times. You know, you cant help but talk things over a little bit. We never had a lengthy conversation about it. Certainly I know, I would have probably handled things differently." The irony is, had Parcells handled things differently, the succession pattern of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick would have been drastically altered. And there's a lot of reason to believe the banners and excellence that followed wouldn't have been the same.
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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.