Mac Attack 03/22/12: Randy Cross of CBS and NFL Radio joined Mac to discuss his thoughts on the NFL coming down hard on the Saints and Tim Tebow as a New York Jet.
Cross felt the NFL came down harshly on the Saints but felt the program deserved the rough shakeup it received because it tried to cover up something the league already had proof of.
“I wasn’t surprised at all…not so much for exactly from the bounty…they lied to the league and tried to cover up what they had done…the league was sitting on 50,000 pages of stuff…game plans or notes…it is the classic, you do something when you are a kid and your parents know what the answer is, and they failed that test…they were slapped pretty severely but …this will definitely last for awhile…”
Cross says the game of football has changed considerably since he played and with the recent occurrences with the Saints, the NFL will definitely have to rethink where the game goes in the next few years.
“[The NFL, they] are really having to address this as an industry…the game has changed considerably over the last 10-20 years and it is going to change more and more…That old style of football is such a liability, it is going to cost the league.”
Cross believes there are parts of play and be rewarded systems that work-in between the players, bets on who will have the most interceptions, sacks, catches and carries. He said positive spins, not focusing on causing injuries, can make pay for play systems acceptable.
“I wouldn’t have fined these guys much at all for the content of the system…part of what made it so severe is in those materials they got…literally was put in there if you knock out player A or player B, in this pool we put together, you will get a bigger piece of the puzzle…the ideas of players getting together and putting in $50 and divvying it up based on interceptions and sacks, that is competitive…sort of like that weekly round of golf on Saturday mornings! …that targeting an individual player, that is what was dealt with most severely. “