Melvin Ingram sacked Trevor Siemian in the second quarter of the Chargers’ matchup with the Broncos. He was flagged for roughing the passer, even though it was a clean hit.
Inside the conference room, Goodell kicked off the session by asking each of the 11 owners to give his account of the players’ meeting. Nearly all offered slight variations on the same theme: It was a very good session; the players were passionate and very impressive; we’ve got a lot of work to do to address their concerns and to use the NFL platform to address these difficult social, racial and justice issues. The mandate to stand wasn’t mentioned. Goodell didn’t interrupt anyone, and he summed it up by saying that the two sides were on a good path to a partnership.
Trailing 13-10 with 1:27 remaining, Cousins had a first down at the Giants’ 43, but he tried to force a throw under pressure to Pierre Garcon while running to his left and without setting his feet. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily stepped in front of the pass. A win would have put Washington in the playoffs. Instead, the pick fueled an entire offseason of criticism.
The Chargers have a top-five pass rush this season, with 18 sacks so far. But Ingram’s didn’t count because of the penalty.
Guys will stand up if you hear them, Davis told the owners.
Cody Kessler replaced DeShone Kizer and completed 10 of 19 passes for 121 yards and one interception in Week 7. The second-year passer was hot out of the gate, but he couldn’t dodge a brutal pass rush once Joe Thomas left the game with an injury. Though Thomas’ season is Jermey Parnell Womens Jersey over, Kessler will be a name to watch if he’s under center in Week 8. As a rookie, Kessler completed 65.6 percent of his throws and was off target only 10.8 percent of the time, which trailed only Drew Brees (9.7 percent) for best in the NFL.
TWO HOURS LATER, those 11 owners joined their counterparts and league executives in a third-floor conference room at the Conrad Hotel in lower Manhattan. It was uncertain and tense. Most pro-stand owners, like Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins, had been purposefully excluded from the players’ meeting.