Tag:Roger Goodell
Posted on: January 27, 2011 12:01 am

Goodell will return ANYONE'S message

Posted by Andy Benoit

If you call or email NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, there’s a realistic chance that he’ll get back to you – no matter who you are. Just ask James Owen.

The Broncos fan and amateur blogger sent an email to Goodell voicing his displeasure with the CBA negotiations. (Owen believes the NFL and NFLPA are ignoring the fans.) Goodell returned the email with a phone call.

“He said he got my email and wanted to first off thank me for sending my concerns to him, and wanted to let me know they are always concerned about the fans and wouldn’t be in position where it was if it wasn’t for the fans,” Owen told Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post. “It was the standard stuff we’ve heard from the league, but he added some personal stuff to it.”

Owen and Goodell actually spoke for 15 minutes. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, Goodell returns messages from fans “on a fairly regular basis”.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:43 pm

DeMaurice Smith also willing to take a salary cut

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier Wednesday, Roger Goodell sent a letter to NFL owners indicating that he (and a number of other NFL employees) would take a serious salary cut if there was a work stoppage.

DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, has one-upped him.

"NFL executives reducing salaries in the event of a lockout? If we have a deal by Super Bowl, I'll go down to 68 cents," Smith tweeted Wednesday.

Of course, it's much, much more likely that there's no "work stoppage" (ah, vague rhetoric) than it is that there's a labor deal in place within the next 10 days.

So Smith's salary is pretty safe. But that probably wasn't his point -- what he likely was implying is that, in the big scheme of things, "salary cuts" are pointless PR manipulations designed to curry favor with the fans.

None of that will matter, of course, if there's no football for fans to watch in 2011.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Hot Routes 01.26.11: Fairley certain Cats want DT

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Marty Hurney told Joseph Pearson of the Charlotte Observer on Monday that the Carolina Panthers top two needs are quarterback and defensive tackle. Hurney also mentioned that Jimmy Clausen has the tools to succeed. Oh, and he drafted him. So, provided Nick Fairley doesn't do anything ridiculous between now and April, there's a good chance he's the top pick.
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: January 26, 2011 9:57 am

Goodell to take $1 salary if work stoppage occurs

Posted by Will Brinson

According to a letter that Roger Goodell sent to the NFL owners, there are major financial changes coming to the league office should a work stoppage occur.

Most prominently, according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, is Roger Goodell's salary being reduced to $1 (that's right: one dollar) in the event of a work stoppage.

Additionally, Jeff Pash, the chief negotiator for the league, will have his salary reduced to $1 if there's a work stoppage, upon his personal request.

VP's in the league office, according to the letter, will hold back 10 percent of their bonuses, Senior VP's will hold back 25 percent of their bonuses and Executive VP's will hold back 35 percent of their bonuses -- the amounts won't be paid until a new CBA is reached.

And, finally, annual bonuses for league office staff won't be paid until April.

But what does this all mean? Well, for starters, the lockout is getting close -- you can tell because the PR spinning has gotten ramped up in anticipation of the world's football media being all in one place over the next two weeks (Dallas for the Super Bowl, obviously).

And the word "work stoppage" is very interesting -- does that mean that Goodell's salary will become $1 as soon as the current CBA expires at the beginning of March? Or does that mean "if there's no football in 2011, the Commish only gets paid $1?"

Either way, there's a clear-cut emphasis by the league office to make it known that they too will suffer financially if there's a work stoppage. They just won't suffer as much as the players, who'll get $0 if that happens. Of course, on the bright side, every hard-working, NFL-watching fan will see a significant bump in salary without having to shell out for season tickets, Sunday Ticket, team jerseys, and all the other NFL-related amenities that come with being a fan of the sport.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:07 pm

'Trash-talk' rule changes coming in 2011?

Posted by Will Brinson

The first order of business for the 2011 season is actually making sure it happens (it's not going well, by the way). There might also be some changes with the whole trash-talking "problem" in the NFL that emerged over the past couple of weeks, as well.

Or, at least, Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated as much in his press conference following the owners' meeting on Tuesday "There's got to be respect among people who play the game," Goodell said. "And I want to make sure it's respected throughout the league and it's something we're going to talk about in the offseason."

Asked whether there could be fines, Goodell said no but emphasized he wanted to see "respect for the game."

"I understand the approach of different teams and I think that's great," Goodell said. "I think that's healthy with their different approaches.

"There is also a line you don't want to cross, and we need to make sure we define that and we don't cross that."

The league clearly doesn't care for excessive smack-talking, particularly to the point where it becomes violent and/or threatening in nature.

Oddly enough, there was a significant amount of online discourse before the league commented on the Jets and Patriots comments as to how refreshing the NFL's hands-off approach was, at least compared to the NBA's.

More than likely, Goodell is fine with players keeping things spicy, but he doesn't want a situation in place where something violent actually does emerge from the trash-talking, because that would put an absolutely horrible spin on the league's public image.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:21 pm

Hot Routes 1.10.11 wild card aftermath

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL wild card games averaged over 32 million viewers -- a new record.

Not surprisingly, there are now questions about Reggie Bush’s future in New Orleans.

The Baltimore Sun wants to know….Joe Flacco’s playoff beard: hit or miss?

Michael Oher spent most of Sunday’s game scuffling with KC players.

A fed up Bengals fan is auctioning off his NFL allegiance to the highest-bidding NFL city.

Monday night's BCS National Championship will feature Clay Matthews’ brother (how many Matthews stars are out there?)

Brian Cushing has fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus.

Roger Goodell dressed like Joe Fan and attended a town hall meeting with 60 randomly selected Chiefs season ticket holders Sunday.

As expected, the Bucs exercised their one-year option on GM Mark Dominik.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:48 pm

Stallworth honored by team award

D. Stallworth was given Baltimore's Ed Block Courage award (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This is the time of the year, with the regular season wrapping up Sunday, when we hear the election results. The Pro Football Writers Association gives out its various awards to the league’s various teams – Most Valuable Players and otherwise – and players and coaches help determine the Pro Bowl roster.

We also hear the results of each team’s winner of the Ed Block Courage award, which “honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”

Generally, players are honored and humbled to win this award, because it comes from their teammates. Such was the case with Ravens WR Donte Stallworth – who is Baltimore’s recipient for 2010.

You’ll recall that Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after he killed a Miami construction worker while driving following a night out on the town in 2009. Stallworth spent less than a month in jail, and commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him from the NFL all of last season.

But the way Stallworth handled the aftermath was one reason his teammates voted him for the award.

“It really makes me feel good to know that they see the type of person that I am and the type of person that I'm working on to become,” Stallworth said during a Tuesday news conference at the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum, via the Carroll County Times.

From the story:

The consequences of that incident were significant, costing a family man his life. …

Since that low point, Stallworth has tried to make amends, apologizing profusely to the Reyes family and giving them a confidential multi-million dollar settlement and sharing his personal story about how a poor decision can change lives in an instant.

"I'm going to continue to do what I said I was going to do from the very first day, to honor Mr. Reyes by really speaking out about how when you make bad decisions, the things that can happen," Stallworth said. "Anyone that will listen to my story and what I have to say, if it changes one person's life, I feel like I've done enough."

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:10 pm

NFL targets Jets special teams coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the wake of the Sal-Alosi-tripping-Nolan-Carroll incident, Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff – who came off as a pretty cool guy on “Hard Knocks” – claimed (and rightfully so) that other teams pull similar stunts on their sidelines (though, perhaps not as blatantly as the Jets and not as caught on national TV).

But Westhoff might have gone a step too far when he accused the Patriots of skirting the line on unethical, if not illegal, play.

Said Westhoff during a recent radio interview: "Well, if you watch (the Patriots), their defense when the opponents’ punt team is out there, they’re up there pretty close to the line so it looks like they are trying to do it. Now are they doing anything illegal? Are they tripping anybody? Heck no. I’m not saying that. That’s not the point. But, yeah, they’re lined up there. Is it making a difference? I don’t know.”

Now, the NFL is investigating the comment, because, in the NFL, it’s frowned upon to accuse another team of rule-breaking without producing proof.

"It’s something that we’re looking into, our staff has been looking into and I expect to get a report within the next day or so," commissioner Roger Goodell said, via the Boston Globe.

All of this serves as a reminder. If you mess with the Belichick, you get the horns.

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