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« : September 06, 2011, 10:37:11 AM »

Goodell: I don’t want to take away the toughness of the game
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Posted by Michael David Smith on September 6, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT
 


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has heard all the criticism from NFL players who think he’s going way too far in fining them for on-field hits, but Goodell says he doesn’t want to change the nature of the game.

Instead, Goodell said today on ESPN Radio, he’s simply trying to make moderate changes to the game to make it safer — and he said that for every linebacker or defensive back who doesn’t like his emphasis on protecting defenseless players, there’s a quarterback or receiver who does like it.

“It depends on the player and what position they play,” Goodell said. “We want to make the game safer, but we don’t want to take anything away from the toughness of the game and why we love the game. But there are clearly changes that have happened through the decades where techniques have been taken out of the game and they’ve made the game safer, and they’ve made players safer, and hopefully extend their careers. That’s good for them.”

Goodell said players have long resisted the league’s efforts to make the game safer, going back decades before he became commissioner.

“I recognize the reaction — we had it back in the 70s when we put more protection in for the quarterbacks,” Goodell said. “You saw, ‘We should just let the quarterbacks wear skirts.’ It’s just part of the evolution of the game, but we’re going to continue to do that, to make the game safer, to extend careers, and continue to produce high-quality football.”

According to Goodell, the record ratings the NFL has had in recent years prove that the changes he’s making to the NFL are changes the fans support.

“When you look at the ratings, when you look at the attendance, when you look at the passion for the game, they’re all on the rise,” Goodell said. “So it’s obviously working in a positive way.”

But Goodell’s logic there isn’t necessarily sound: Fans love football and are tuning in to NFL broadcasts in record numbers, but that doesn’t mean they love everything about the way the NFL is being run right now. Emphasizing the safety of players is admirable, but Goodell shouldn’t assume the fans are in his corner on this issue — and he shouldn’t assume they’ll agree with his contention that he hasn’t taken away from the toughness of the game.

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« #1 : September 06, 2011, 11:40:09 AM »

too late

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« #2 : March 05, 2013, 04:15:40 PM »

Report: Roger Goodell 'terrified' player will die on field

ESPN The Magazine's Don Van Natta Jr. has written a lengthy takeout on the reign of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, providing some compelling details about what makes the league's No. 1 executive tick.

Van Natta was not granted an audience with Goodell himself but paints an interesting portrait via extensive interviews with people who operate in the commissioner's orbit.

This passage in particular caught our eye:

"One of (Goodell's) greatest fears: An NFL player is going to die on the field.

"Within the past year, Goodell has told friends privately that he believes if the game's hard-knocks culture doesn't change, it could happen again (Lions receiver Chuck Hughes died of a heart attack in a 1971 game). 'He's terrified of it,' says a Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell. 'It wouldn't just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.' "

In a nutshell, that sums up the primary conundrum facing the commish. He and the NFL are constantly seeking ways to make the game safer, a quest that's dually perceived as noble and calculated given the thousands of lawsuits former players have filed against the league.

Some other quotes:

    "Player safety is Roger's No. 1 priority," New York Giants owner John Mara says. "It's something, quite frankly, that he wants as part of his legacy as a commissioner."
    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: "Roger is the best qualified person that I know in this country to do something about player safety."
    Lawyer Peter Ginsberg: "Based on my experience, the commissioner ... doesn't view individual players as anything more than commodities for the business." (Ginsberg also shares an anecdote suggesting Goodell has an explosive temper.)
    NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith, who's never been on the best terms with Goodell, calls his frequent adversary "truly one of the smartest, brightest executives I've ever met" but also accuses him of "diabolically brilliant" schemes aimed at enhancing league revenue while hurting player benefits.

The wide-ranging piece explores Goodell's role in Spygate, Bountygate, the player lockout, referee lockout and much more while consistently portraying a complex man navigating the demands of a difficult job.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/03/05/roger-goodell-terrified-espn-the-magazine-demaurice--smith/1965069/

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« #3 : March 05, 2013, 04:19:28 PM »

cue the NOT SURE IF SERIOUS photo


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« #4 : March 06, 2013, 07:56:57 AM »

Belcher's death could be argued to be football related (concussion/brain injury?). But could you imagine the NFL carting off a top player who is having CPR performed on him?  Depressing even to think about it.

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« #5 : March 06, 2013, 08:46:31 AM »

Lets see. Before his rules were established, was there any directly related deaths?

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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« #6 : March 06, 2013, 09:24:11 AM »

Tatum?


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« #7 : March 06, 2013, 09:26:30 AM »

Fans are like players. We think about now and ignore the countless stories of players suffering injuries 10 years after the game.

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« #8 : March 06, 2013, 09:28:35 AM »

too late

Can't blame it all on the rules.   It's QB's like this who give the game a bad name.   Dude outweighs Deangelo hall by 50 pounds and does that.


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« #9 : March 06, 2013, 09:30:45 AM »

Here's how a man plays the QB position.


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« #10 : March 06, 2013, 10:20:25 AM »

You can't deny that Dilfer was tough.


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« #11 : March 06, 2013, 10:23:46 AM »

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