admin / June 16, 2018

Bears chairman: Players should stand, but we should listen to each other

Bears Chairman George McCaskey stuck to the party line, saying he agreed with the NFL’s policy that all players on the field should stand for the national anthem.

But he also clearly has been listening to the concerns of players (and/or reading Malcolm Jenkins’ signs) that the original intent of players who took a knee during the anthem have been misconstrued.

The quote was later clarified to explain that Johnson was simply marveling at the talent level difference between college and NFL players. Which means he wasn’t complaining about the coach treating his players like something other than grown men. Which is what Monarrez surely hoped to imply.

Frankly, the quote should have been removed; the clarification makes the underlying take seem like even more of a stretch. Without it, however, the column would have come off as even kookier.

But during his talk with Rudolph, while considering Minnesota’s monumental contract offer, Cousins uncharacteristically let his guard down.

He told me, ‘You guys made it to the NFC championship last year! I don’t want to mess that up,’ Rudolph recalled to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, the first day of the Vikings’ mandatory minicamp.

I explained to him, ‘Yeah, but we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal. We want to win championships, and you’re going to be a big part of that.’

Minnesota officials agreed: Cousins would not disrupt the flow of a team that went 13-3 in 2017 (while relying on journeyman quarterback Case Keenum) before falling one victory shy of the Super Bowl. Vikings brass believed Cousins, who’s eclipsed 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons and is known for his accuracy and quick release, would elevate the franchise to championship level. Washington’s 26-30-1 regular season record under Cousins and 0-1 postseason mark mattered not — the red-carpet welcome and the three-year, fully-guaranteed, $84 million contract serving as evidence.

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