Especially at this time of year, reporters and fans must sift through what NFL owners say and decide what’s fact and what’s fiction.
There certainly are some facts, but sometimes it seems there’s more fiction.
Just last March, a mere nine months ago, Jets owner Woody Johnson said Eric Mangini absolutely, unequivocally would be the Jets coach this season and next season. Now Mangini is the latest worker to be laid off.
Just this past fall, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his team was set at wide receiver and it would not be in the market for Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams. A first-, third-, and fifth-round choice later, Williams was a Cowboy and Jones sounded like Johnson.
This is not a new phenomenon. A few years ago, Al Davis said he had no plans to fire Art Shell — only then to fire Shell. It happens every year in different forms with different owners. Owners and general managers and coaches who aren’t fired say what sounds good, not necessarily what’s real.
We’re now in the time of year when jobs are on the line, when firings and hirings come with more regularity than injury reports. A reminder should be served that there are facts, and there is fiction.
This is a fact: As much as they might like to, not everyone in the NFL keeps it real.