ok, its off-season so stupid speculation like this thread is ok, right?
I know BB and Kraft would never do it
(a. Goodell doesn't like to be challenged
b. they wouldn't want to stir the pot up. they would prefer to let it just go away.)
But should the Pats appeal their penalty and ask for a compensation #1 or at least a #2 to make up for the IN RETROSPECT obviously overly harsh and INEQUITABLE punishment (considering the # of clubs [see Jets etc.] who did the exact same thing after the 2006 reminder letter and were never punished at all)?
Goodell leaves a bit of hope for Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Yasinkas says the Saints have been told they can ask for the 2013 pick back again if they are good boys and get down on their knees to pray to the god-ell.
In the release announcing the rulings had been upheld, there was some language that suggested the Saints can lighten their punishments a bit.
The club and the individuals will be expected to cooperate in any further proceedings and to assist in the development and implementation of programs to instruct players and coaches at all levels on principles of player safety, fair play, and sportsmanship, the release said. If they embrace the opportunity and participate in a constructive way, commissioner Goodell said he would consider mitigating the financial penalties on the individuals. In the case of the team, the commissioner would consider whether there are factors that would support modifying the forfeiture of the team's 2013 second-round draft choice.
So, well well well. Headhunting and pay-for-injury it seems is not as important as 'THE NFL FIELD PROCEDURE GUIDE'. After all only one two is certainly less than a #1.
As I said BB and Kraft would never do it; but a successful appeal would maybe bring the facts to the table and force people to admit that it was if not a travesty, at least an over-zealous prosecution (particularly in the media). I guess the fans could always instigate an appeal under the basis of something similar to friend of the court type-lawsuit briefs.