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Kubiak frets about suspended Cushing

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07:46 AM ET 07.16 | Between the news of a suspension and a star skipping OTAs, Gary Kubiak had has had his hands full with bad news this offseason, and he admits the suspension may be more affecting to a team that ended 2009 on a positive note. "A player missing a whole month? I think that was a big blow, a big shock to this football team. It's something we have to get over and move on." Kubiak acknowledges the challenge of temporarily replacing Cushing. "We're facing adversity before we even get started," he says. "We're going to miss him for a month. He's as good a player as we got on this football team. I don't know who's going to be stepping in. Time will tell."

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July 16, 2010  08:44 AM ET

Goodall's choir boy effect has one in three teams with a suspended player to start the season. It's getting ridiculous. We need a new commissioner and a new policy. First offense for PED's a warning, second offense, lifetime ban. Felony charge and you out. The rest is none of the league's business.

July 16, 2010  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Goodall's choir boy effect has one in three teams with a suspended player to start the season. It's getting ridiculous. We need a new commissioner and a new policy. First offense for PED's a warning, second offense, lifetime ban. Felony charge and you out. The rest is none of the league's business.

I disagree. Too many kids idolize these over paid clowns and they get a free pass for just about anything, i.e. Michael Irvin or Lawrence Taylor in the Hall of Fame with their problems with drugs etc? They get paid way to much to act the way they do.

July 16, 2010  09:15 AM ET
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I disagree. Too many kids idolize these over paid clowns and they get a free pass for just about anything, i.e. Michael Irvin or Lawrence Taylor in the Hall of Fame with their problems with drugs etc? They get paid way to much to act the way they do.

I don't much care how they act, and if it weren't for the cap implications I wouldn't care how much they're paid. Goodell is all over this personal conduct stuff because he's trying to keep the talking heads from talking. It isn't working. In fact, it's doing just the opposite.

Take the time Rog spends talking to Big Ben and Vick and spend that time with the NFLPU, and we might be closer to a labor agreement. Let the legal system do its job. We the fans are going to bash who we want to bash either way.

July 16, 2010  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I disagree. Too many kids idolize these over paid clowns and they get a free pass for just about anything, i.e. Michael Irvin or Lawrence Taylor in the Hall of Fame with their problems with drugs etc? They get paid way to much to act the way they do.

So teach the kids about real life, sometimes it's messy and Roger Goodall isn't going to change that even on a minuscule level. People are just animals and animals will be unpredictable. Not very many out there worthy of the title "hero". Just seams that word is thrown around like beads at Mardi Gras these days.

July 16, 2010  10:21 AM ET

The League had to suspend Cushing. Heck, the League knew about his steroid use before the draft. I doubt this was any surprise to the Texans or anybody else.
Next time it will be for a year.

July 16, 2010  10:24 AM ET

In fact, the "performance" enhancing drug stuff goes back to his High School days in New Jersey.

July 16, 2010  11:50 AM ET

With a history like that and they drafted him anyway, that's just dumb. Did the Texans think they had a system for beating a drug test. Maybe Kubiak is the one who should be drug tested.

July 16, 2010  01:21 PM ET
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With a history like that and they drafted him anyway, that's just dumb. Did the Texans think they had a system for beating a drug test. Maybe Kubiak is the one who should be drug tested.

They took their chances. He had passed testing until then, a lot of them do.
Not a bad pick. Hey, look how long Merriman got away with it? And he is still out there playing.

July 16, 2010  01:34 PM ET

Kubiak has had a YEAR to plan. The test cushing failed was in September 2009. The truly amazing feat is that he never missed a game last year after showing up out of USC pis##ng green streams.

July 16, 2010  01:47 PM ET
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Kubiak has had a YEAR to plan. The test cushing failed was in September 2009. The truly amazing feat is that he never missed a game last year after showing up out of USC pis##ng green streams.

Just doing his bit for the environment, 50.

Still amazed he got away with it since HS like you said.

July 16, 2010  11:29 PM ET
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Goodall's choir boy effect has one in three teams with a suspended player to start the season. It's getting ridiculous. We need a new commissioner and a new policy. First offense for PED's a warning, second offense, lifetime ban. Felony charge and you out. The rest is none of the league's business.

All of the players have already had a warning. It's not like they haven't heard the league policy on PED's.

 
July 17, 2010  08:57 AM ET

Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.

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