Chase Daniel

New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel (10) stands with his hand over his heart during the national anthem as other Saints players sit on the bench before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ORG XMIT: NCCB132

Bob Leverone

They call the NFL a copycat league, because any time a team finds a new wrinkle, the other 31 franchises see the film and start doing the same thing.

That also seems to be the case with demonstrations, as it looks like the Saints now plan to copy the Dallas Cowboys’ strategy for dealing with protests roiling the league.

Now, the Saints say they will kneel before the national anthem of Sunday's game in a show of solidarity, then stand for the playing of the song.

Ten Saints disrespected the national anthem by sitting last week at Charlotte. Fans were not amused, and perhaps this week’s action is a way for those players to walk back their poorly received protest.

Players are entitled to their opinions, and perhaps they felt like they were defending their prerogatives after President Donald Trump waded into the controversy.

The voters who supported the president would probably prefer that he concentrate on more concrete threats, like Kim Jong Un.

And the customers who buy the tickets and jerseys and $10 beers would probably prefer the players spend less time thinking about the best way to protest and concentrate on watching film of the Dolphins.