The Ravens were punished this week with the loss of two days of Organized Team Activities because they violated the rules related to contact at practices. That penalty is next to nothing.
The reality is, teams often voluntarily cancel their own OTAs for all sorts of reasons, as a June practice or two just isn’t a particularly big deal.
This week, for instance, the Dolphins canceled the final day of their minicamp. NFL teams have canceled June practices to play paintball, to have a barbecue and to race go-karts. Last summer Ravens coach John Harbaugh canceled a practice to tour the Pentagon.
Why should he now want to go to Canton and shake hands and smile and act like he has no problem whatsoever with how things went down? Owens’ refusal to submit to external expectations reflects the rarest kind of integrity and courage. He’s being true to who he is, and he’s brave enough to take the criticism from those he knew would be criticizing him, because they didn’t want him in the Hall of Fame in the first place, they still don’t, and they’re using the exercise of his prerogative to not show up as justification for trying to apply an asterisk to his bust.
So under Ira’s five-tool standard, plenty of the folks gleefully calling out T.O. are batting far worse than .200.
This Raider team really respects me, Johnson said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. Once I say something, they kind of get it. My style isn’t too aggressive. It’s not that guy that’s in their face. I’m a big guy of lead by example, of course. But at times you have to speak up. You have to let them know what you’re thinking. You have to demand some things at times. Everybody is different, with different personalities. You can’t talk to everybody the same. I have to talk to [second-year pro] Nick Morrow different than [veteran] Bruce Irvin. It’s just a different type of deal.