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  • Published: Sep 10th, 2014
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Here is why the NFL is rushing to get the new drug testing deal done.

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                                                      Roger Goodell

Clearly fans of any team with a player that has been suspended are excited about the possibility of getting those players back. But understand that the NFL and NFLPA have been working on a new drug policy for more than 3 years. What is the rush go get it done now?

Let me say that I have no inside information about the issue but I do think I know what is going on. And we will know if I am right by what is in and is not in the new policy.

Here is what I believe is driving the NFL to try to get a new deal—As I said here several weeks ago, the new pressure on the NFL is the different results of the Gordon test.

I have a feeling that the NFLPA is pressuring the NFL to get this new deal done or it will explore the cancellation of the entire drug testing program because of unreliable test results. There is no excuse or explanation for a single urine sample yielding two so different results. That is a threat to the weed testing at a minimum or the entire testing policy at a maximum.

The only way that the NFL can walk away from the disaster of two answers to the same question of how much weed was in the sample is to get a new and higher standard for weed. The NFL and NFLPA have been trying to get a deal that would include testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for more than 3 years. A new more realistic measure for weed will be included in the deal. That will give the NFL the door to escape a bad testing system.

So how can we tell if I am right? There will be 3 indicators of who has the upper hand in the final negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA.

3 Does the weed level increase significantly? If it does, there is a very good chance that the Gordon result had a lot to do with the pressure to get this deal done so fast.

2 Is testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) limited to in season testing. Right now a PED does a player no good if taken during the off season. If the new policy has testing for PEDs only from OTAs to the Super Bowl, then the NFLPA won a MAJOR concession.

1 The biggest and most divisive issue between the parties is the power of the Commissioner to handle and decide on appeals from a failure on a drug test. The NFL has stood firm that the Commish must retain that power. The NFLPA wanted a neutral party to make the call on an appeal.

If somehow the NFLPA wins on two of these three issues, I will feel justified in my assumption that the Gordon test debacle has had a major impact on the balance of power between the union and the league. I fully expect the new policy will include wins by the NFLPA on issues 2 and 3. issues.

But either way, there is no question that the NFL in general and Commissioner Roger Goodell are sweating this one out. They screwed up and thanks to Pro Football Talk everybody knows it.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Jul 30th, 2014
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I have a critical question for WR Josh Gordon

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Josh Gordon’s camp is now claiming that the failed test was due to 2nd hand smoke. My question is this: Are you really so needy to be around your peeps that smoke pot that you are willing to throw away your NFL career to stay with them?

I have said before that Gordon may be too stupid to be a Brown. But that was when we all assumed that the failed test was due to him smoking weed. If (and excuse me if I don’t believe a repeat drug abuser) the 2nd hand claim is true, he looks even dumber! If that is the case, not only is he giving up millions of dollars, he is letting down a city that has had very little to celebrate over the last 50 years.

If he is suspended indefinitely I doubt we will ever see him back in the league. Nothing in his background gives me any hope he can stay clean for 12 months and be re-admitted to the NFL. I expect that he will fade away in a cloud of blue-gray smoke.

It would not surprise me to see him more dedicated to weed and his buds than he is to the NFL. He has already given up his college career at 2 schools for it. Now we will see if he is man enough to step up and change his life before he loses his career.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: May 30th, 2014
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Josh Gordon is too stupid to be a Brown.

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Over the holiday weekend, Josh Gordon was ticketed for speeding. Given his current issues with the league, that is not smart. But when the policeman was at the vehicle, he smelled pot. That is just plain stupid.

Gordon’s NFL career is at risk. It is currently spinning around like a leaf caught by the wind suspended by a single strand of a spider’s web. It is clear that he cares more about his friends and smoking weed than he does about his career or his team. That is unacceptable. He clearly does not get what it takes to be a professional athlete. There are rules and to be in the league you have to abide by them. That is true even if the NFL is duplicitous in its weed policy. It hold NFL players to a measure 10 times more strict than the Olympics at the same time it is testing to see if weed can help players recover from concussion syndrome.

He could well be suspended not for a year but for life. He will go back to Houston and likely run again with the same guys that got him into trouble in the first place. After 12 months he is eligible to request reinstatement. Given his actions during the league’s review of his case, what chance is there that he will stay clean long enough to get reinstatement? The answer is clear—no chance whatever.

There is a chance that the NFL and the NFLPA will eliminate weed from testing. But with his proclivity for having bad friends and getting into trouble, he will find another way to violate NFL rules. Stupid is as stupid does.

The bottom line is this. He is just too stupid to be a Brown or an NFL player. He threw away his college career at Baylor. Then he threw away a potential career at Utah. Now he is doing everything he can to destroy his career in the NFL. And even if he is not given the total ban this time, the chances he will stay clean any length of time are slim at best. He will screw up again and will end up just another weed-head without a job or a career. Unless he is willing to give up his friends, I suggest he begins to practice phrases such as “would you like fries with that?”

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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