Jay Cutler suffered a brain injury and stayed in the game, getting hit in the head again on the very next play. Tim Dobbins was ruled by officials to have cheap-shotted Cutler with a helmet-to-helmet blow, and stayed in the game. Can we try to stay focused on what matters here?
It won't be easy, because Roger Goodell and the NFL are working a little magic trick, using smoke, mostly. It has been brilliant: On Monday, Goodell cleared the Bears in their handling of Cutler, saying they had followed the league's concussion protocol perfectly. Then on Wednesday, the league fined Dobbins $30,000 for the hit.
See the diversion? In the days after the nightmare of Concussion Sunday, when quarterbacks Michael Vick, Alex Smith and Cutler were all knocked out of games, Goodell has decided to go on a PR campaign instead of a brain-saving one.
Let's break it down: First, the NFL is pointing out that it has a protocol, a safety plan that one of its teams followed. Then, it is blaming...