Power over player discipline: Jones didn’t seem to mind when Goodell suspended New England quarterback Tom Brady four games for his role in the Deflategate scandal despite questionable conclusions from the findings of the investigative unit he oversees. It was a different story when the league cracked down on one of the Cowboys’ own for even murkier circumstances.
While Jones may claim one has nothing to do with the other, it’s no coincidence his objections to Goodell’s extension surfaced around the same time star running back Ezekiel Elliott was given a six-game NFL suspension under its domestic-abuse policy. Jones was insistent that Elliott should be cleared and the investigation wasn’t done “in a fair way,” per comments he made on 105.3 FM in Dallas.
Browns rookie DeShone Kizer also struggled with a pair of picks and two lost fumbles in a 19-7 loss to the Jaguars. While the Jaguars improved to 7-3 to take sole possession of first place in the AFC South, the Patriots, Vikings and Saints joined the Steelers at 8-2 while the Eagles remained the NFL’s best with a 9-1 mark.
But Jones made it clear in his halftime message to the fans, and again after Sunday’s 37-9 loss to the Eagles, that he plans on rattling plenty more cages before he’s done. “I meant what I said, in that I’ve strived in every way to make [the NFL] better, and that’s what I do,” Jones said. “And that’s what I’m going to be doing.”
Mo Hurst, DT, Michigan Michigan was going to have a hard time beating Wisconsin with the state of its quarterback position, but Hurst did all he could to try to make it happen. The 6-2, 280-pound senior defensive tackle had five tackles, including half a sack, in the 24-10 loss to the Badgers. Wisconsin was on the ropes for much of the game, and that’s because the Wolverines’ rush defense was stout.