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Ziperski: Jerry Jones needs to stand down

Over the course of the NFL’s Ezekiel Elliot domestic violence saga, which finally wrapped up last week when Elliot’s appeal for an injunction was denied (again), another controversy has unfolded in parallel: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ war against Roger Goodell. The contempt that Jones holds for the commissioner is no secret, though I and many others were still shocked when we learned that Jones has been gunning to have Goodell removed from power. Exactly what’s going on is still unclear, but it appears Jones is fighting his fellow owners over Goodell’s proposed contract extension. Unpopular as Goodell is with many fans and players alike, his job security is pretty safe; Jones’ war is not one he will win, and if he knows best, he’ll quit before he gets himself—and his team—into serious trouble.

Ziperski: Belichick finally makes mistake

Bill Belichick has enjoyed one of the most successful tenures ever as a head football coach, having succeeded year-after-year in crafting a contender with top-notch talent on offense, defense and special teams. I have no doubt that he will go down as one of the greatest of all time, and deservedly so. Last week, however, he finally slipped up: the Jimmy Garoppolo trade to San Francisco is one, I believe, that he will come to regret.

Ziperski: Stanford reunion in Indianapolis

At the beginning of the 2017 college football season, a few media outlets—Fox Sports in particular—published pieces suggesting that Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh might leave Ann Arbor and head to Indianapolis to replace the Colts’ Chuck Pagano. Skeptical at first, I’ve become more optimistic as the Colts have struggled. Though Pagano’s battle against cancer several years ago inspired many, he hasn’t performed as a head coach since, and it seems almost certain that he’ll be gone after the 2017 season. Once he’s gone, the Colts will need somebody who’s proven that they can step in and turn teams around. Josh McDaniels of the Patriots has been floated as one possibility, and although he’s a capable play-caller and offensive coordinator, his one stint as a head coach in Denver was a disappointment. Beyond McDaniels, there’s unlikely to be a whole lot of available coaching talent at the professional level. Maybe it’s time to dip into the ranks of the NCAA.