That’s not surprising after the ESPN article characterized most of the owners’ concerns as squarely on business, ratings, and sponsorships, and seemed to show the group as dismissive of the concerns of racial inequality that prompted protests in the first place. Leading the way was Jones, who has pushed for a leaguewide mandate to stand during the national anthem like the one he declared for Cowboys players:
He said the owners had to take the business impact seriously, as the league was threatened by a polarizing issue it couldn’t contain or control. To some in the room, it was clear Jones was trying to build momentum for an anthem mandate resolution, and in the words of one owner, “he brought up a lot of fair points.” Jones believed he was one of the few showing any urgency on the matter and seemed to be more frustrated that not everybody was listening than he was passionate about the mandate.
The 49ers can keep the youth movement going and turn to rookie running back Matt Breida along with rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard and rookie tight end George Kittle. The Redskins already have moved on from the disappointing Pryor after signing him to a one-year deal, benching him in favor of first-rounder Josh Doctson in Week 7.
The Redskins want to pound the ball between the tackles to complement Kirk Cousins’ big arm, but coach Jay Gruden has to be fed up with oft-injured Rob Kelley and mistake-filled rookie Samaje Perine providing scarce production in that area. A Buckeye-for-Buckeye deal involving a rebuilding team and a wild-card contender? Boom.
“It’s crazy I was in the proximity for all of them,” he says, though this also means Engelland understands the small roles that sports played after each tragedy. There were the Yankees, welcoming President George W. Bush to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, ultimately falling to the Diamondbacks in seven but winning all three times in front of their home crowd.