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    Espn:NFL will ask the competition committee to review integrity of the game

    [QUOTE]The NFL will ask the competition committee to review integrity-of-game and competitive-balance concerns with clinching playoff teams that choose to rest starters at the end of the season.

    "This is an issue that we have reviewed in the past. The position of the competition committee, and affirmed by the clubs, when it was reviewed in 2005 was that 'a team that has clinched its division title has earned the right to rest its starters for the postseason, and that preparing for the postseason is just as important as protecting some other team's playoff opportunity.' That is the current policy," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

    "We are aware of the fan reaction and that is a factor to be considered," he continued. "Some teams that have everything clinched, like the Giants and Patriots two years ago, choose to play all out to continue or gain momentum for the playoffs. We expect to continue to review this issue."

    The Colts' recent 29-15 loss to the New York Jets, which ended their shot at an undefeated season, didn't sit well with Colts fans and NFL purists.

    The Colts (14-1) had nothing significant to play for, having clinched their eighth straight playoff berth in late November. In a controversial decision, coach Jim Caldwell chose to sit quarterback Peyton Manning and numerous starters for most of the second half.

    The Jets' win boosted the playoff chances for New York, which can clinch a postseason spot with a victory Sunday against the Bengals. Cincinnati, which has clinched the AFC North, also might sit some of its key players in the game.[/QUOTE]

    Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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    Sorry, but there is nothing the NFL can do about this. IF teams want to rest people, they will. They earn that right. I tell you one thing the NFL should not do, that's expand the schedule to 18 games, you might see even more of this down the stretch.

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    Yeah, I read this article yesterday and immediately thought about what a bunch of crybabies people are. Get over that Colts game already.

    This has been part of football for as long as I can remember. It won't change anytime soon and it shouldn't change.

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    They'll probably be extremely thorough.

    If they want to check for integrity, how about steroids? When's footballs witch hunt begin there?

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    This has been going on for years but now that the jets benefit from it, it needs to be reviewed. What a joke. I almost hope the bengals lay down so people will really be up in arms.

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    Bottom line is teams shouldn't be hedging their bets on other teams losing. This happens every season and it's just part of the game. The league needs to stop trying to control every tiny aspects of every single game.

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    And what exactly are they going to do about it?

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    If they're investigating integrity they should start with the officiating. Why did Payton Manning get pass interference calls that the Jets didn't. Certain players, teams, and their fans are used to preferential treatment.

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    Let's see them institute a rule change (which I think is impossible to police) and then have a star QB go down in a meaningless game. You will hear a fan uproar like no other.
    Here's a thought for the Broncos, Fish, Steelers, Jags, Texans and every other team. Win your games and you will not be in this situation!

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    Non Issue. You cannot force a team to play certain people, as any such rule not only has a litany of potential problems/abuses of it's own, but it is 100% unenforceable. If such a rule passed, a Manning would be "doubtful, lower leg injuury" that week and any week as needed.

    Most they could do is mandate starters play a haf or 3 quarters, and even then, it'd be a lol issue and a huge stink the first time somebody DID get hurt playing when they didn't have to to clinch anything.

    So they can talk, but talk will be all it will be. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

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    Does integrity mean not flooding the field with water?

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;3430211]Non Issue. You cannot force a team to play certain people, as any such rule not only has a litany of potential problems/abuses of it's own, but it is 100% unenforceable. If such a rule passed, a Manning would be "doubtful, lower leg injuury" that week and any week as needed.

    Most they could do is mandate starters play a haf or 3 quarters, and even then, it'd be a lol issue and a huge stink the first time somebody DID get hurt playing when they didn't have to to clinch anything.

    So they can talk, but talk will be all it will be. Zzzzzzzzzzz.[/QUOTE]

    Good points Warfish. There is nothing the NFL can do to keep a head coach from resting his starters. Even if they tried to make it where... Starters must play at least 3 Q's...Well, then, guess what? There would still be a HUGE loop hole for head coaches to get around. Manning would then become the backup player heading into the game, and the backup would become the starter and take the 1st snap...Which means, he's the "Starter".

    There is NOTHING the NFL can do about this, nothing.

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    [QUOTE=DefenseWinsChampionships2;3430226]Good points Warfish. There is nothing the NFL can do to keep a head coach from resting his starters. Even if they tried to make it where... Starters must play at least 3 Q's...Well, then, guess what? There would still be a HUGE loop hole for head coaches to get around. Manning would then become the backup player heading into the game, and the backup would become the starter and take the 1st snap...Which means, he's the "Starter".

    There is NOTHING the NFL can do about this, nothing.[/QUOTE]

    Isn't this exactly what Warfish just said?

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    [QUOTE=Jungle Shift Jet;3430217]Does integrity mean not flooding the field with water?[/QUOTE]

    Not according to Don Shula who was on the competition committee. He flooded the Orange Bowl for a Championship Game.:rolleyes:
    Last edited by 2009fatman; 01-02-2010 at 07:19 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;3430211]Non Issue. You cannot force a team to play certain people, as any such rule not only has a litany of potential problems/abuses of it's own, but it is 100% unenforceable. If such a rule passed, a Manning would be "doubtful, lower leg injuury" that week and any week as needed.

    Most they could do is mandate starters play a haf or 3 quarters, and even then, it'd be a lol issue and a huge stink the first time somebody DID get hurt playing when they didn't have to to clinch anything.

    So they can talk, but talk will be all it will be. Zzzzzzzzzzz.[/QUOTE]

    And not only that, they are wanting to EXPAND the schedule. The NFL thinks "integrity" is a problem now, just wait until they expand the schedule and teams will be clinching divisions and even wild card berths weeks before the end of the year.

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    [QUOTE=Porgyman;3430209]Let's see them institute a rule change (which I think is impossible to police) and then have a star QB go down in a meaningless game. You will hear a fan uproar like no other.
    Here's a thought for the Broncos, Fish, Steelers, Jags, Texans and every other team. Win your games and you will not be in this situation![/QUOTE]


    Agreed... the debate is stupid.

    Had Manning been injured in a meaningless game against a Jets opponent still playing all out, everyone would be saying how stupid the Colts were. Had the Jets all out blitzed him, gotten to him and knocked him into a concussion, the coaches would be stupid and the Jets would be scorned for playing too aggressively.

    Now the league needs to review a teams right to sit their starters?

    Stupid.

    Tell Parcells or Mumbles he cant sit his starters.

    In fact... did the NFL need to review anything the night the Pats sat their starters with six minutes left in the game against the Saints? Yes, the game that they were behind in? Yeah, they were losing, but there was still time left on the clock. What might be considered plenty of time by many "purists" and what might ESPECIALLY be considered plenty of time for the mighty Patriots.

    Did that require any review?

    Nope.

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    the first three steps they can take if they are so worried about integrity in the league

    1) Admit that Walt Coleman threw a playoff game in 2002 and fire him

    2) Forfeit the THREE tainted Lombardis won through filthy cheating

    3) Ban Belicheat from football for life


    then they can start dealing with smaller issues like teams resting

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    [QUOTE=TheMikeIsHot;3430232]Isn't this exactly what Warfish just said?[/QUOTE]

    LOL.

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    [QUOTE=sg3;3430261]the first three steps they can take if they are so worried about integrity in the league

    1) Admit that Walt Coleman threw a playoff game in 2002 and fire him

    2) Forfeit the THREE tainted Lombardis won through filthy cheating

    3) Ban Belicheat from football for life


    then they can start dealing with smaller issues like teams resting[/QUOTE]

    LOL.

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    [QUOTE=ESPN;3430176]The Colts' recent 29-15 loss to the New York Jets, which ended their shot at an undefeated season, didn't sit well with Colts fans and NFL purists. [B]Although other teams have benefited from actions like this in the past, these same fans were outraged that the Jets have now gotten the same break.[/B][/QUOTE]

    What the article didn't say but wanted to, in bold. :rolleyes:

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