Peter King of Sports Illustrated offers this riveting profile of league commissioner Roger Goodell, which is a must-read if you have not already cruised through it.
King gives us a comprehensive look at the league’s most powerful man, showing what makes him tick as he enters what likely will be the defining moment of his career – how he handles the current labor unrest between the players and the owners.
King shows how Goodell’s values were shaped growing up as one of five sons of a politician, former U.S. Congressman Charles Goodell. And he also explains the beginnings of his tough-guy image in terms of how he has handled discipline in the league, earning players’ respect like Michael Vick and Tank Johnson.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers a compelling case for former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy being inducted in the Hall of Fame. Sando takes over for Clare Farnsworth as Kennedy’s presenter in this year’s meeting in Dallas on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Seattle Seahawks defensive assistant Rocky Seto is expected to be hired as UCLA’s defensive coordinator.
Qwest Field earns marks as the No. 1 green stadium in the league because of its use of solar panels to offset rising electric bills.
Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe reports that the league will allow teams to use franchise/transition tags beginning Feb. 10.
The list of players invited to the NFL scouting combine in a couple weeks is out, and you can check it out here.
Doug Farrar takes a closer look at the top offensive tackles in this year’s draft for Football Outsiders.
Derek Stephens of The Blue Bird Herd writes that according to the numbers the 2009 team was better than this year’s team.
Adam Caplan writes that Isaiah Trufant, the younger brother of Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant, has been claimed off waivers by Philadelphia. Trufant played the final month of the season with the New York Jets.