Saints owner Gayle Benson has weighed in for the first time

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Saints owner Gayle Benson has weighed in for the first time

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Sunday’s overtime loss to the Rams ended her team’s season short of the Super Bowl.Much of the statement released through the team is focused on thanking the fans for their support in a season that was “especially meaningful” because they honored her late husband Tom Benson. The statement opened with a direct and fiery response to the lack of a pass interference call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman in the final minutes of Sunday’s game.The NFL told Saints coach Sean Payton that the call should have been made and Benson said she will be pushing for changes that keep the same thing from happening again in the future.“Yesterday’s result is still difficult to accept for all of us. I am thoroughly disappointed by the events that led to the outcome of yesterday’s game. Getting to the Super Bowl is incredibly difficult to do and takes such an unbelievable commitment from a team and support from its fans. No team should ever be denied the opportunity to reach the title game (or simply win a game) based on the actions Khari Willis Jersey , or inactions, of those charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field. As is clear to all who watched the game, it is undeniable that our team and fans were unfairly deprived of that opportunity yesterday. I have been in touch with the NFL regarding yesterday’s events and will aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again. It is a disservice to our coaches, players, employees and, most importantly, the fans who make our game possible. The NFL must always commit to providing the most basic of expectations- fairness and integrity.”There has already been word that the NFL will discuss allowing replay reviews of possible pass interference penalties as well as for other calls currently not eligible for the review process. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had some strong public comments last week for running back Duke Johnson. Multiple teammates reportedly had some strong private comments for Mayfield.According to Mike Silver of NFL Media Josh Allen Jersey , “several veteran Browns players” approached Mayfield “to register their displeasure.” Silver says that the players and Mayfield “hashed out their differences.”Johnson has been asking for a trade, and he skipped voluntary offseason workouts in order to express his displeasure with his status, given the presence of Nick Chubb and the offseason signing of Kareem Hunt. Said Mayfield at the team’s mandatory minicamp (which Johnson attended): “If we have guys that want to be here, they’ll show that, they’ll voice that. Obviously he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not, it’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us Jawaan Taylor Jersey , so it is what it is.”The comments were more confusing than offensive, because Johnson to get off the train. And for good reason. He’s due to make $1.6 million this year, and the Browns need him given that Hunt will miss the first eight games of the season. Come next year, however, Johnson’s salary doubles to $3.6 million. And the Browns will be less likely to keep him.So Johnson is pushing the issue now, hopeful for a trade to a team where he can prove his worth for 2020, because next year his contract becomes far less attractive for trade purposes.Veteran players took some offense because Mayfield came dangerously close to getting in between a teammate and his financial arrangements Josh Oliver Jersey , under the guise of the kind of rah-rah stuff that simply doesn’t apply to the NFL like it does to college and high school football.The best news for the Browns is that things were quickly hashed out between Mayfield and his veteran teammates. Mayfield is still young and learning, but he has the ability to connect with his teammates in a unique way, and he surely used that charisma to work through the concerns that were brought to him. The mere fact that teammates felt comfortable raising the concerns shows that there’s already a special relationship between Mayfield and his teammates.