Jones mentioned Dan Burke, the late Capital Cities executive who once told the Cowboys owner to never worry about the marriage of TV and the NFL.
An anonymous Giants player previously told Anderson the team had quit on its coach:
“McAdoo has lost this team. He’s got us going 80% on Saturdays before we get on a plane to play a game, it’s wild. Changed our off day. He’s dishing out fines like crazy. Suspended two of our stars when we need them the most. Throws us under the bus all the time. He’s ran us into the ground and people wonder why we’ve been getting got.”
He said he wanted to remain anonymous for fear of the impact to his status on the team.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green on his fight with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey: “As a player, as a man, as a father, it’s a reflection of me. I should have just walked off in that whole situation. It got the best of me today. But I’ll definitely learn from the experience. It’s never going to happen again. I regret my actions.”
Packers CB Damarious Randall on Green Bay’s defense allowing 417 yards in Monday’s 30-17 loss to the Lions: “We just sthe bed. Point blank. Period.”
As the league continues to spin its wheels, the backlash continues not just with fans amid declining television ratings, but with NFL advertisers worried about being associated with a derisive brand. One of them is Papa John’s. Company founder John Schnatter ripped the league in an October earnings call for “not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction.”
Almost from the beginning, the NFL has seemed to fear not that the game put players at risk but rather that fans would one day perceive that the game was putting players at risk for no cause greater than their own entertainment.