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Morning links: Goodell under the microscope

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 3, 2011 at 8:56 am with 10 Comments »
February 3, 2011 8:56 am
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt).

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.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Goodell’s an interesting guy. On the one hand he does really seem to care about people / players and wants what’s best for them. The fact he’s give second chances to players that have deceived him or reduced suspensions for “good behavior” testifies to that. But he’s a bottom line guy, period. That’s why a dichotomy like taking up for player safety so vehemently while advocating for 18 a game schedule is so puzzling. Well, it makes perfect sense to protect the work force and ask them to work longer hours if your main focus is money. He cares more about actions, as King says, than what one says. Yet he publicly tells teams to talk less and take fewer verbal shots at one another and censors the Rolling Stones at a half-time show (hey Rog, it was 2005 not 1965. I think people can handle the ‘Stones…)

    In any case, leading into this week, I’ve been incredibly disappointed with his lack of public leadership regarding the impending lockout. However, he’s been far more vocal recently, which is good. Ultimately, despite all the glad-handing and baby kissing, I question if he truly realizes that it’s us, the fans, that make this whole thing run. It’s our money that supports this industry. Those jerseys and seats and all the rest aren’t paying for themselves. And I hope he does a far better job of getting the two sides to the table in the next month and keeping us updated with real information, not political sound-bites that don’t actually mean anything, than he has to date. Because as he demands accountability from the players, we ought to demand the same of him. He’s the right man for the job. Here’s hoping he puts the game first, not simply the owners.

  2. Palerydr says:

    I personally think Peter King is a blow hole but I feel he did an excellent job with this article. He paints Goodell as A mediator with backbone. He’s gonna need all that and something else to resolve the differences between the Owners and Players by the March deadline.

  3. Duke – I think that the NFL has become such a big business that they (he and the owners) are oblivious to the fact that the fans count anymore. Sure, they will say it publicly, but I doubt they believe we would ever stop watching under any circumstances. In essense, they feel like they have us by the balls so what’s best for the fans really isn’t anything that concerns them too much. It’s sad, really. It should be about what’s best for the game and its fans, but it’s clearly not.

  4. Duke – couldn’t agree with you more!!! I really thinks as fans we are totally screwed on the lock out

    I am really kind of pissed that the TV’s company are giving the money anyway. I think all that money should be put aside! but the courts say otherwise!

    Damn it!

  5. My Older Brother – 69 years young – has an idea from the 60;s to show the NFLPA and Ownership we are serious about our football.

    IF there is a lockout and strike we should all vow (petition to NFLPA and Comish?) to NOT WATCH T.V. FOOTBALL in 2011!

  6. bigcat63 says:


    We can listen to radio, attend games, watch some high;lights maybe but to heck with T.V. for 2011 if there is a lockout/strike starting 3/4/11. That will threaten T.V. revenue sources, advertisers revenue, etc. Hit them in the wallet if they don’t get it done by 3/4/11.

    We are NOT Pro NFLPA. We are NOT Pro NFL Management.


    Without our eyes on the T.V. sets both players and owners will loose.

    Just an idea.


  7. In theory great idea – in Reality not so much! someone would watch – unfortunately many would watch

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So when has the fans ever really counted as far as the NFL was ever concerned!

  9. They do have us by the balls because some of us would watch. I would.

    However, how’s this for an idea…

    Fans somehow get organized and vowed NOT to buy ANY products from anyone that advertised on any of the t.v. games? That’s where a lot of the t.v. revenue comes from (advertisers). I think that’s something that could be done.

    I like Doritos, am happy with my Chevy Impalla and like to drink Miller Lite… but I can certainly do without those products. If any of those companies were to advertise on an NFL game… done. Don’t buy them. I can handle Ruffles, a different brand of car when it comes time to buy another, and Bud Lite. And if any of those brands also advertised, that’s fine. There are plenty of substitues for any of those products. In this scenario, we won’t have to give up football, but the NFL would lose a hell of a lot of revenue from its advertising partners and, in turn, we all would have the NFL by the balls!

    I think us fans could strike back in this way against the NFL if we promoted this… I’m sure it would be easy to get 49ers fans to work with Seahawks fans to work with Giants fans to work with Cardinals fans (both of them) to work with Dolphins fans, etc. All of us love football and want what’s best for the game, unlike the powerful who take us for granted.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    As long as society has a need to watch a violent sport just like we did back in the gladiator times the NFL will have us by the balls!

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