|Mike Florio on Kirk & Callahan: Bill Belichick may be using Adam Schefter to increase Jimmy Garoppolo’s value||03.09.17 at 11:01 am ET|
Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent shockwaves through the football world when he said the Patriots aren’t expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this year. In an interview with WEEI’s OM&F, Schefter doubled down on his report, saying he guaranteed Garoppolo would be with New England next season.
On Kirk & Callahan Thursday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said he doesn’t share Schefter’s certainty. While he thinks it’s possible Garoppolo could stay with the Patriots, he’s not ready to dismiss the possibility of a trade.
“It’s one thing to say, ‘I guarantee you that Garoppolo will be on the Patriots.’ It’s another thing to say they’re not expected to trade him,” Florio said. “When you say ‘not expected to trade,’ that very well may be true at the time, but a message that is being sent by Bill Belichick through Adam Schefter to the rest of the league that ‘I am not going to enter into any negotiations from a position of weakness. I am going to enter into those talks from a position of strength.'”
When informed about Schefter’s guarantee, Florio brushed it aside.
“I think that it’s a safe guess to make. What’s going to happen? Are they going to fire him if he’s wrong about that?,” he asked.
Later in the interview, Florio floated out his own Garoppolo theory. He says he can envision the 2014 second-round pick signing a contract extension with the Patriots and waiting to take over for Tom Brady –– even if it takes several more years.
|Deion Sanders says Colts stole signals; Tony Dungy responds to claim||02.08.17 at 7:58 am ET|
In the wake of the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Falcons, Deion Sanders of NFL Network said that the Colts stole signals and no one said anything about it.
The statement from Sanders was made after the discussion — one sparked by LaDainian Tomlinson — that some critics will try and put an asterisk next to New England’s run of success because of Spygate.
“Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals,” Sanders said after the game on NFL Network. “Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. LT knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”
On PFT Live Wednesday morning, former Colts coach Tony Dungy responded by saying that Sanders was referencing the hand signals that were sent in from the sidelines; opposing players were able to see those, learn those, and then, realize what was coming.
“Stealing signals, you can go back to 1800s in baseball. You can go back to anywhere signals are done, people are watching an trying to get signals,” he said. “It’s been done legally for years.”
Dungy said teams have done various things over the years to try and combat that. There have been players who will run the play in. (Dungy recalled that his old coach Chuck Noll was a “messenger guard” with the Browns in the 1950s.) Some defenses use wristbands to call a play. And there are college teams who try and combat that with various signal callers and different types of signals from the sidelines.
“Deion, I’m sure on every scouting report that he ever got, the first thing that’s on there on the defensive scouting reports: Who is the live signal caller? Who signals the personnel groups in. And that’s what happened,” Dungy said. “And you looked over there because you wanted to know as a defensive player: Is it going to be three wide receivers? Is it going to be two tight ends? Who’s in the game? There’s a person over there signaling and Deion Sanders and every other defensive player would look at the offensive sideline to get that signal. So that is football. And I’m not sure what Deion is referring to, really.”
Dungy said the difference is there was no videotaping done.
“That’s all part of the game, but doing it legally and illegally, that’s the difference,” he said. “I hope Deion is not saying we did something illegally. Of course we got signals when we had an opportunity to do that. And so did Deion.”
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|Mike Florio on OM&F: ‘I don’t know under what circumstances [Roger Goodell] comes back to New England’||01.13.17 at 3:23 pm ET|
NBC Sports’ Mike Florio checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday to talk about Saturday’s Patriots-Texans game and Roger Goodell. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.
Goodell hasn’t been at a game in New England since Deflategate began, and it doesn’t look that will be changing this weekend, either.
“I’d be surprised,” Florio said. “I mean, if they win the Super Bowl and he has to hand the trophy over — now, he doesn’t hand it directly to Tom Brady. He hands it to Bob Kraft, but maybe after that, after giving them a trophy following Deflategate does that become that palate cleanser? Does he say all the right things then? I don’t know what makes it OK for him to come back to New England.
“I don’t know if he’s been back to New Orleans since Bountygate, but they were every way of which mad at him, if not madder. Well, he was probably there for the Super Bowl that year, but they probably kept him in a pupmobile the whole time.
“I don’t know under what circumstances he comes back to New England because I really do think the Patriots fan base isn’t going to forget this one and I don’t think they should. Every fan out there should remember this one because every other team is subject to the same arbitrary and unfair treatment the Patriots endured.”
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|Mike Florio on OM&F: Large New York Giants bias in NFL league office||12.23.16 at 1:54 pm ET|
NBC Sports’ Mike Florio checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria with Pete Sheppard and Tom E. Curran filling in to discuss the recent developments with the Giants’ walkie-talkie situation. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.
The Giants were fined $150,000 and coach Ben McAdoo $50,000 for their roles in illegal walkie-talkie use during their Week 14 win over the Cowboys. Also, the Giants’ fourth-round pick in next year’s draft will be moved to after compensatory picks in that round, but no more than 12 selection spots from where the Giants finished in the draft order in that round.
Given the clear violation, this penalty is considered to be letting the organization off easy by many people. Florio said this is likely because of a Giants bias within the NFL league office.
“My understanding is that folks inside the Giants organization, they generally win the jump balls,” Florio said. “They have that working in their favor. The John Mara connection. Look, it’s a league where the commissioner formally answers to the owners so the most influential owners are going to have the greatest influence on the commissioner. Teams realize [they] don’t have any juice with the commissioner and other teams do. They Giants do. It’s not a surprise.”
Florio also noted things would have been different if another team was involved and he pointed to a recent case with the Chiefs.
“I think it absolutely would have been handled differently,” he said if there was another team involved. “The Chiefs lost a third-round draft pick this year because it turned out in 2015 they spoke directly to Jeremy Maclin during a period of time they were only allowed to negotiate with Jeremy Maclin’s agent. Never mind the fact people brazenly brake the tempering rule all the time. It felt like too much for a clear violation, but a common violation. There is a sense different penalties apply to different teams.”
|Mike Florio on OM&F: NFL protocol issues this week prove there was ‘persecution’ against Patriots with Deflategate||12.16.16 at 12:43 pm ET|
NBC Sports’ Mike Florio checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday to discuss a few NFL matters, most notably Deflategate 2.0 and the Giants’ walkie-talkie situation. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.
On Sunday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported the Giants went to the NFL after they were suspicious of the Steelers using under-inflated footballs in their matchup the week before. The league quickly put out a statement squashing the report and then during the week the owners of the two teams said it was “much ado about nothing” and Roger Goodell said no rules were broken.
Now, the Giants are reportedly being investigated for using walkie-talkies on the sidelines Sunday night against the Cowboys, which is illegal. Reportedly they are just facing a fine for the violation.
Florio noted how the two cases haven’t received much attention and what would have happened if the Patriots were involved?
“How is it then that it’s not a bigger deal and how big of a deal would it be if the it was the Patriots? I think those are fair questions,” Florio said. “I think there’s a lot of people out there that say it’s Patriots fans again, they are persecuted, but it’s getting to the point where there is a persecution. The way Deflategate was handled was so shameful and now they are running scared from it 23 months later.
“They are never going to be able to convince — I think anybody who looks at this in a fair-minded, critical way that it was handled property, it wasn’t handled properly. It wasn’t handled fairly. It was a rush to judgement that was made [by people] who didn’t understand how the Ideal Gas Law worked and they worked backwards to come to the conclusion they wanted to reach. I firmly believe nothing that anyone from the league says is ever going to change my mind. I probably will keep talking about it until I get myself in more trouble.”
Florio was asked why the media hasn’t been all over the events of this week like they were when it was Deflategate and the Patriots two years ago.
|Mike Florio: Disputed footballs in Giants-Steelers case were at 11.4, 11.8 PSI||12.11.16 at 10:10 pm ET|
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the two under-inflated footballs that were reportedly measured by the Giants in their game last week against the Steelers came in at 11.4 PSI and 11.8 PSI. That’s below the league minimum of 12.5 PSI.
“The league moved very quickly to move forward on this to say that the Giants made no formal complaint about anything the Steelers did,” Florio said Sunday night on NBC before the Cowboys-Giants game. “But I’m told what Jay Glazer [of Fox Sports] reported is accurate: the Giants raised the concern, two footballs involved, I’m told, one was measured at 11.4 PSI, one was measured at 11.8 PSI by the Giants. The minimum is 12.5 PSI.
“I don’t expect any anything to come of this, but the Giants definitely let the NFL know about it.”
Earlier today, the league issued a statement on the initial report.
“The officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain of command issues,” the statement read. “All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office.”
The Steelers appeared to brush off the news after Sunday’s win over the Bills.
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|Mike Florio on D&C: ‘I would be shocked if Tom Brady and the NFLPA doesn’t take this [to Supreme Court]’||07.14.16 at 8:46 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning to discuss the latest with Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With the Second Circuit denying Tom Brady and the NFLPA’s request for a rehearing on Wednesday, if they want to the next step and keep the case going, their only option is to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Florio, a former lawyer, was asked what his advice would be to Brady and the NFLPA.
“Nothing to lose, everything to gain. Let’s keep going,” Florio said. “Why stop? Ted Olson, who joined the party fairly late representing Tom Brady and would not have added if they weren’t planning on going to the Supreme Court. He was the solicitor general, the solicitor general’s job is to present cases on the behalf of the United States government before the U.S. Supreme Court. They have their U.S. Supreme Court barrister already on the team. They are ready to go and Olson told me on May 24, that they are committed to doing everything they can to get justice for Tom Brady. Now, they were not making any decisions until they had to and at that point they didn’t have to make a decision about the Supreme Court. I would be shocked if Tom Brady and the NFLPA doesn’t take this thing to the next level, especially because beyond Tom Brady this is a question of how much power does the commissioner have?
“If they ever want to try and bargain away that power in the context of the CBA they need to know exactly how much power is there and knock it down. Right now it’s too much power. It’s going to be hard to get it away from Goodell. They are going to want too much to give up this power.”
Brady could request a stay in order to play the beginning of the season. The only problem is if that stay is granted and then the Supreme Court decides not to hear the case, the suspension would be imposed right then, which could be in the middle or end of the season. Obviously, the Patriots would rather have him miss the first four games.
Florio says that would be more of a team consideration, rather than Brady and the NFLPA.
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