More than a week after the NFL clumsily changed its national anthem policy in a way that managed to take a bad situation and make it worse, the NBA won’t be changing its own rules and regulations regarding the anthem.
As a result, the problem lingers. As does the NFL’s reluctance to negotiate the kind of conclusive resolution that would happen if the league and the union would agree that players will stand for the anthem. All because the NFL doesn’t want to give something up to get the outcome it so desperately needs.
He spent all of last season on injured reserve in Carolina due to a back injury. Simonson signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Assumption College in 2014. He appeared in four games for Oakland that season before being waived the following summer.
He bounced between the Panthers practice squad and active roster for much of the next two seasons, appearing in 14 games. The Giants waived defensive back Aaron Davis with an injury designation to clear a spot for Simonson on their roster.
Hey Matthew, what about the increased emphasis on running the ball with new backs LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson?
We’re just trying to get better, man, Stafford said. We’re just trying to figure out who fits where, and just trying to call plays.
Fans are hungering for football tidbits even in early-June, and there’s fascination with the new direction. No team is obligated to be forthright or glib, but this feels like a strategy, and maybe it’s a safe one for a new staff, to avoid any bold proclamations.