Tag:Roger Goodell
Posted on: July 23, 2010 7:31 pm

Equipment rules starting to take center stage

The NFL and NFLPA have concluded a study looking into the safety of helmets. The study found that all 16 of the commercial helmet styles manufactured by Riddell, Schutt, Protective Sports Equipment and Adams “met the current National Operating Committee on Standard for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification to protect players against severe traumatic skill and brain injuries,” according to league documents.

More helmet safety tests are expected in the future. The more immediate equipment issue is players wearing the proper padding – something that happens with less and less regularity these days. The NFL needs to do a better job of enforcing equipment rules. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports wrote an excellent piece that puts this in perspective.

Only 50 percent of players wear every major piece of protective padding at their disposal, according to statistics given the league by the NFL Players Association.

Even though it may lower concussion risk, one quarterback (Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck) and two centers (Kansas City’s Casey Wiegmann and Washington’s Casey Rabach) surveyed by FOXSports.com said they don’t use mouth guards largely because of verbal communication concerns and discomfort. Wide receivers and defensive backs are known for eschewing any protection between their knees and torso. Some remove the actual padding and use only the thin plastic shells.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith agree that changes need to be made. Any new rules regarding equipment could easily be enforced by referees. Players are already required to buckle their chinstraps. If they repeatedly fail to do this, the referees can bar them from the field. Broadening the scope of this rule to include additional equipment would be simple.

--Andy Benoit 

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:05 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 9:06 am

Shaun Rogers helps bust drunken driver

Shaun Rogers learned the hard way that it's not legal to take handguns into airports. (Who knew, right?) His actions landed him in a 12-month diversion program and while he won't get jail time, he's probably facing a suspension from the NFL .

Unless, of course, Roger Goodell thinks that him helping local law enforcement catch a drunken driver cancels out his recent actions.

Rogers noticed "an erratic driver" on I-71 Thursday and called 911, telling them that the "occupants appear to either be very sleepy or drunk." The defensive lineman even went the extra mile(s) : he stayed on line with the dispatcher until the driver pulled over.

When that finally happened, the drunken driver left the tail end of the car in the fast lane. Fortunately, Rogers handled that as well:

"Mr. Rogers positioned himself behind that vehicle and turned his emergency flashers on to notify other drivers that there was an emergency on the road, and I don't know what would've happened had he not done that," Middleburg Heights Police Chief John Maddox said
Police eventually arrived and busted a 20-year-old with driving under the influence and operating an unsafe vehicle (while also sticking his underage passenger with a drinking ticket).

Rogers' actions probably won't negate his suspension, but it's a pretty solid little haul of karma points to put in his back pocket.

-- Will Brinson

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Posted on: July 21, 2010 12:01 am

Benson to meet with Goodell

Pro Football Talk reports that Bengals RB Cedric Benson is slated to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday.

Benson, you’ll recall, was arrested last month and was charged with assault after an incident at a bar in his hometown of Austin, Texas in May. Benson’s attorney, David Cornwell, later said that Benson was the one who was attacked at the bar. Benson obviously hasn’t been convicted of anything, but that might not matter in Goodell’s eyes.

From Mike Florio’s article: “It’s possible that the league office regards Benson as a repeat offender under the Personal Conduct Policy, even though two prior arrests (drunk driving, drunk boating) resulted in no conviction or guilty plea.”

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:34 pm

Making the game a little more safe

In a move that almost surely will face resistance from the players, the NFL tells USA Today that the league wants its participants to be more safety conscious during games. As in, wear more padding.

On the surface, it sounds like a no-brainer. Of course , the players should be wearing helmets and shoulder pads and thigh pads and back pads and hip pads and brake pads .

But that’s not what the players want, because, for much of the time, safety isn’t a player’s first priority. Being successful, no matter the cost, is what’s No. 1. So, the skill positions – wide receivers, defensive backs, and linebackers – forgo the extra protection so they can move faster.

From USA Today;

But Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to make the game safer for players — and help teams avoid man-hours lost to otherwise preventable injuries. The league also wants to set a safety example for college and high school players, Anderson said.

The NFL will ask players from 12 of its 32 clubs (from the East Coast to allow for easier access for league personnel) to experiment with newer, lighter knee, thigh and hip pads during training camps and preseason games this summer. The players can use the equipment during the regular season if they want.

The NFL rulebook recommends players wear knee, hip and thigh pads, but only uniforms, helmets and shoulder pads are mandatory.

"It's not mandated for 2010. But we anticipate we'll need to mandate it going forward," said Ray Anderson, the NFL's Executive Vice President of Football Operations. "We're not going to relinquish on player safety. Particularly when we know we can prevent lost workdays and help players stay on the field. That's to their benefit and the club's benefit."

Yet, if Goodell really wanted to make the game safer – which is probably a near-impossible notion in the current NFL – he would be sympathetic to the players’ needs if the owners try to implement an 18-game schedule (I’m not necessarily saying that he isn’t sensitive to those needs. I guess we’ll see during labor negotiations).

Less contact during the week and less hitting during the season is a start. That would almost certainly be safer than mandating that everybody wear thigh pads.

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 17, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: July 17, 2010 11:28 am

Goodell, Madden training camp tour schedule

Via Twitter from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, Roger Goodell and John Madden are scheduled to hit the road in the Madden Cruiser on August 2 for a quick training camp tour.

Their first stop will be Saints camp. They’ll drive up to Philadelphia for Eagles camp August 3, then hit the beltway for Ravens and Redskins August 4. The Steelers and Browns will be August 5. On August 6, it’s Canton for the Saturday night Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Then, Colts camp August 7.

Goodell's schedule is tentative. The intent of the trip is to meet with players, coaches and fans to "hear what's up".

--Andy Benoit

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.
Category: NFL
Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:10 pm

Vick won't be charged in shooting case

It looks like Eagles QB Michael Vick is off the hook regarding the shooting that occurred during his birthday party last month. Now, he’ll wait to see what commissioner Roger Goodell has to say about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, the Virginia Beach police have closed the case without filing charges. The police said they identified the assailant who shot a former Vick associate a few minutes after Vick left the party – all of this falls under the “alleged” category, because details were sketchy and conflicting – but because the victim was uncooperative, they couldn’t charge anybody.

Don’t expect the Eagles to release Vick from the roster with this latest bit of news. But we’ll still have to wait to see if Goodell will suspend Vick.

--Josh Katzowitz

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Posted on: June 30, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 6:22 pm

Recent De Smith and Goodell Meeting

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports is reporting that De Smith and Roger Goodell recently met and discussed, among other things, the idea of an 18-game schedule. Smith told Fox Sports that the Union is looking for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that would run through 2016. The last CBA was also for six years.

Smith also took advantage of the opportunity to call on the NFL to release more of its financial information. Marvez offers the details:

Such information is especially important to the NFLPA because Smith claims the league is demanding an 18 percent reduction in player salaries. NFL executive vice president/legal counsel Jeff Pash has said Smith’s contention is a “misrepresentation” of the league’s proposal. Pash said the $1 billion generated by a new split of applied revenues between the two parties would be reinvested toward business stratagems designed to produce more money for both sides. Pash also said that player salaries wouldn’t necessarily be affected. The league generated roughly $9 billion in 2009 with a 52-to-48 percent overall revenue split between the NFLPA and NFL.

R.Goodell (US Presswire)
--Andy Benoit

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:04 pm

Goodell to meet with Vince Young

Roger Goodell has plans to speak with Vince Young, though it won’t necessarily be in a face-to-face meeting. This, according to NFL VP of communications, Michael Signora. It was originally reported that Goodell said a suspension for the Titans quarterback was “unlikely”. However, according to Pro Football Talk, Signora clarified that what Goodell was saying was that a suspension for conduct policy violations usually pertain to repeat offenders. Young is not a repeat offender.

Don’t expect a suspension, or even a high-profile meeting. At the same time, don’t expect the media to simply let this story blow over.

--Andy Benoit

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter.

Category: NFL
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com