NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explained to reporters on Wednesday that all of the proper protocols were followed during the game between the Giants and Steelers, despite New York contacting the league about Pittsburgh potentially deflating footballs.
“We went back to look to make sure the protocols were followed properly. They were,” Goodell said, via Pro Football Talk. “The Giants had asked us about it during the game. We went back, we checked that. They were properly followed. All of the league protocols being properly followed, there’s no further followup on that. The teams didn’t follow up, we didn’t follow up any further because we were comfortable that the protocols were followed.”
Giants owner John Mara attempted to down play the fact that they informed the NFL that two footballs used by the Steelers were under-inflated.
“Much ado about nothing,” Mara said when asked about the situation.
Meanwhile, Steelers owner Art Rooney said he agreed with John.
- Eliot Shorr-Parks writes that the Eagles should place a waiver claim for former Cardinals WR Michael Floyd.
- Parks mentions that Floyd is still in his prime and his best days could still very well be ahead of him. By claiming Floyd, the Eagles would have a chance to take a look at him before he tests the free agent market while also giving them an exclusive negotiating period in case they want to re-sign him.
“It’s not a thought process right now,” Bowles said, via ESPN.com. “It’s something we might talk about in the offseason. It ain’t gonna happen over the next three games.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said there’s no timetable for a decision regarding OLB Aldon Smith‘s reinstatement, despite their recent meeting.
Alden Gonzalez of ESPN writes that it appears as though the Rams will keep GM Les Snead in place and have him aid their search for a new head coach. However, Gonzalez admits that Snead remaining with the Rams may ultimately depend on who is chosen as the new coach.
“We sat down with Les, and, again, this team is not where it needs to be, and we need to own up to that from a coaching perspective, from a personnel perspective, from an administration perspective,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said. “I think all of us need to get better, and I think Les will be the first person to tell you that his department can get better, as well. And I think we need to analyze that department, the decisions that have been made, collectively, how we improve the roster and see where it goes.
“It would be a mistake to say that anybody in the building is guaranteed to come back next year because now you’re starting to set criteria for where we’re at.”