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Dec 30, 2008

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  1. Harry Jacobs
    January 2nd, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    Harry Jacobs

    Just because Roger Goodell doesn’t think like me, does not mean he might not have the same concerns that I have. He just comes from a different viewpoint.

    If I really want to communicate – say so he HEARS – not just say over and over again what I believe in the way I see it, then I must really understand why I ‘m not getting my message across and then change the way I communicate.

    If I do not move forward with this attitude and behavior, there is no HOPE for a common understanding.

    My definition of common understanding is that both parties have warm hearts and open minds to want to understand each other so that we can come to an understanding and thereby a conclusion that we all can live with.

    Your old teammate,
    Harry Jacobs

  2. Robert
    January 2nd, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Diplomatic comments, Harry. But I do want to point out an old saying: The Definition of Stupid is doing the same thing over and over and over and over again hoping that the results will come out differently.

    We’ve now had three closed-door players-only meetings with absolutely no change in approach or any acknowledgment of new points of view. The Commissioner even had a New York Times reporter confront him with one of the most prominent and qualified spouses before going into his meeting in Baltimore. The majority of the websites, blogs and now even the mainstream media are all calling for a more open approach in these meetings (as well as in all of their general dealings). And yet, the retired players are still waiting for that little glimmer of respect to acknowledge their wishes. Duh!

    Let’s put it into football terms: You’re the coach of a losing team and your quarterback keeps running the same play each and every time and he keeps getting sacked. Do you look at the other team and think of them as simply not seeing your point of view and hoping that they’ll eventually get it so you can run your play? Or do you look at yourself and decide you’re failing so you need to adjust your playbook (or kick the quarterback in the butt?). A lot of coaches have been sacked for being stuck on stupid over the years. Ask Al Davis.

    In real life, doing the same thing over and over unsuccessfully is dysfunctional. In the battle for a working disability program, I suspect the management of both the NFL and the NFLPA have shown themselves to be dysfunctional for a long, long time.

  3. Chidi Ahanotu
    January 2nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Chidi Ahanotu
    Actually the definition of INSANITY is failing by doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    The behavior & practices of the NFL & NFLPA fits the deifinition of INSANE. God help us.

    – Chidi
    St. Louis Rams
    Buffalo Bills
    San Francisco 49ers
    Miami Dolphins
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  4. Robert
    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Yes, you’re right, Chidi! I guess I was just trying to be kind.

  5. Chidi Ahanotu
    January 12th, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    Chidi Ahanotu
    Some folks in our union have issue with members of the NFLPA airing out their feelings and expressing their thoughts about the state of the union. I guess we’re all supposed to be good little soldiers and fall in line. For God’s sakes – even President-elect Obama has surrounded him with a staff that’s not full of “Yes men.” Strong characters who voice their opinions elicit change & betterment. If we all kept quiet, nothing would ever improve.

    Believe me – the NFLPA has done some great things! But the NFLPA has also done some things that could use improvement. Let’s all keep working together to make OUR union a better place.

    God Bless
    Chidi