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Roger Goodell warns NFL players, coaches on illegal hits

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell distributed a memo to all 32 teams today about illegal hits to the head and neck area, and ordered all 32 head coaches to show a video demonstrating examples of legal and illegal hits, and to read a message about the video to the team.

“One of our most important priorities is protecting our players from needless injury,” Goodell said in comments distributed by the league. “In recent years, we have emphasized minimizing contact to the head and neck, especially where a defenseless player is involved. It is clear to me that further action is required to emphasize the importance of teaching safe and controlled techniques, and of playing within the rules. It is incumbent on all of us to support the rules we have in place to protect players.”

Every team has been warned that there will be enhanced discipline for shots to the head and neck, including, in flagrant cases, the possibility of suspensions for first-time offenders.

And it’s particularly noteworthy that the league’s memo said, “Coaches are expected to teach playing within the rules. Failure to do so will subject both the coach and the employing club to discipline.”

So that would mean, as Mike Florio noted in his Monday 10-Pack, that a coach like Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could be subject to league discipline for plays like the blow to the head that got Browns safety T.J. Ward a $15,000 fine — especially after Ryan said that Ward is “hitting him the way we teach him.”

Per Goodell’s mandate, all 32 coaches have been told to tell their teams the following: “One of our highest priorities is player safety. We all know that football is a tough game that includes hard contact. But that carries with it an obligation to do all that we can to protect all players from unnecessary injury caused by dangerous techniques from those who play outside the rules.”

Only time will tell whether players change their ways. If they don’t, they and their coaches could be suspended.

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  1. flake13 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:17 PM

    Someone ought to go helmet to helmet on Roger Goodell!

  2. flake13 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:17 PM

    Someone ought to go helmet to helmet on Roger Goodell!

  3. SteveMo17 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:17 PM

    Any comment on the selling of the the picture of Harrison yesterday?

  4. SteveMo17 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:17 PM

    Any comment on the selling of the the picture of Harrison yesterday?

  5. Mike says: Oct 20, 2010 6:20 PM

    Roger Goodell: You have about 1% of fans behind you. What the hell are you doing?

  6. Mike says: Oct 20, 2010 6:20 PM

    Roger Goodell: You have about 1% of fans behind you. What the hell are you doing?

  7. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Oct 20, 2010 6:21 PM

    What about “sexting”? Did he remind them about that?

  8. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Oct 20, 2010 6:21 PM

    What about “sexting”? Did he remind them about that?

  9. MizzouRam says: Oct 20, 2010 6:25 PM

    The league needs to be more specific with hat a illegal vs a illegal hit is.

  10. MizzouRam says: Oct 20, 2010 6:25 PM

    The league needs to be more specific with hat a illegal vs a illegal hit is.

  11. oldsouth says: Oct 20, 2010 6:29 PM

    This sub-human is out of control with this foolish rhetoric, treating grown men as if they’re little children. James Harrison may retire as Goodell tries to micromanage a sport that he’s not man enough to play. These fines are extortion and socialist as well. Fire Roger Goodell! And he can take the meanless pink ribbons with him!

  12. oldsouth says: Oct 20, 2010 6:29 PM

    This sub-human is out of control with this foolish rhetoric, treating grown men as if they’re little children. James Harrison may retire as Goodell tries to micromanage a sport that he’s not man enough to play. These fines are extortion and socialist as well. Fire Roger Goodell! And he can take the meanless pink ribbons with him!

  13. pacstud says: Oct 20, 2010 6:30 PM

    Simple question for the “brain” trust:
    Will this rule apply to offensive linemen?
    That’s what I thought, hypocrites.

  14. pacstud says: Oct 20, 2010 6:30 PM

    Simple question for the “brain” trust:
    Will this rule apply to offensive linemen?
    That’s what I thought, hypocrites.

  15. njhitman says: Oct 20, 2010 6:34 PM

    Didn’t Goodell send out a memo about personal conduct . And how many players got arrested for guns dwis ect and nothing happen

  16. njhitman says: Oct 20, 2010 6:34 PM

    Didn’t Goodell send out a memo about personal conduct . And how many players got arrested for guns dwis ect and nothing happen

  17. Clock_Is_King says: Oct 20, 2010 6:36 PM

    Jack Lambert put it best… if you want to avoid contact, put quarterbacks in skirts.
    Only now, Jack Lambert would say put quarterbacks and wide receivers in skirts.
    Better yet, let’s do away with pads all together and go with flags, like Urlacher says.
    Someday, we will all reminisce about the days where defense could set the tone, and make their presence felt, as we watch games where they score 100+ points in a 50 game season…
    We are witnessing the NBA-ization of the NFL.

  18. Clock_Is_King says: Oct 20, 2010 6:36 PM

    Jack Lambert put it best… if you want to avoid contact, put quarterbacks in skirts.
    Only now, Jack Lambert would say put quarterbacks and wide receivers in skirts.
    Better yet, let’s do away with pads all together and go with flags, like Urlacher says.
    Someday, we will all reminisce about the days where defense could set the tone, and make their presence felt, as we watch games where they score 100+ points in a 50 game season…
    We are witnessing the NBA-ization of the NFL.

  19. Phillyfan1 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:40 PM

    Why is Goodell turning the NFL into figure skating?

  20. Phillyfan1 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:40 PM

    Why is Goodell turning the NFL into figure skating?

  21. SteelTown-6 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:40 PM

    Too late Roger. The blood’s in the water and you put it there.
    / Roger on Monday: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

  22. SteelTown-6 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:40 PM

    Too late Roger. The blood’s in the water and you put it there.
    / Roger on Monday: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

  23. Clock_Is_King says: Oct 20, 2010 6:42 PM

    Another point… Harrison was playing within the rules on his two hits, as evidenced by the fact that he was not flagged.
    Some prognosticators say that the hit Harrison put on Cribbs was illegal, while others say the hit he put on Massowhimp was illegal.
    The subjectivity involved is going to cost players and coaches lots of money.
    Why don’t they have a judge and jury on location to decide intent during the game to see who should be ejected when the outcome of a legal hit is somebody suffers a ‘devastating’ injury?
    Pereira says maybe they should play flag football… and he’s an ex-rules interpreter.

  24. Clock_Is_King says: Oct 20, 2010 6:42 PM

    Another point… Harrison was playing within the rules on his two hits, as evidenced by the fact that he was not flagged.
    Some prognosticators say that the hit Harrison put on Cribbs was illegal, while others say the hit he put on Massowhimp was illegal.
    The subjectivity involved is going to cost players and coaches lots of money.
    Why don’t they have a judge and jury on location to decide intent during the game to see who should be ejected when the outcome of a legal hit is somebody suffers a ‘devastating’ injury?
    Pereira says maybe they should play flag football… and he’s an ex-rules interpreter.

  25. winwhenever says: Oct 20, 2010 6:43 PM

    It just sucks that nothing can be done while this guy ruins the league. 6,000 yard passing seasons here we come.

  26. winwhenever says: Oct 20, 2010 6:43 PM

    It just sucks that nothing can be done while this guy ruins the league. 6,000 yard passing seasons here we come.

  27. Osos_Rule! says: Oct 20, 2010 6:45 PM

    Roger GODell has spoken…….
    We are going to see flags left and right now, less forced fumbles/turnovers and defensive players giving up more and more 3rd down conversions, thats all.
    Sounds like the NFL is de-evolving or some shit!
    Make it into a soft sport, NFL will slowly become less appealing.

  28. Osos_Rule! says: Oct 20, 2010 6:45 PM

    Roger GODell has spoken…….
    We are going to see flags left and right now, less forced fumbles/turnovers and defensive players giving up more and more 3rd down conversions, thats all.
    Sounds like the NFL is de-evolving or some shit!
    Make it into a soft sport, NFL will slowly become less appealing.

  29. andyprough says: Oct 20, 2010 6:46 PM

    Well – if they play a video and read a message to the players – that will certainly change things!

  30. andyprough says: Oct 20, 2010 6:46 PM

    Well – if they play a video and read a message to the players – that will certainly change things!

  31. Citizen Strange says: Oct 20, 2010 6:48 PM

    Somebody should warn Goodell that an 18 game season will shorten careers. I mean since he’s all about protecting the players.

  32. Citizen Strange says: Oct 20, 2010 6:48 PM

    Somebody should warn Goodell that an 18 game season will shorten careers. I mean since he’s all about protecting the players.

  33. Raiderfankirk says: Oct 20, 2010 6:59 PM

    BS

  34. Raiderfankirk says: Oct 20, 2010 6:59 PM

    BS

  35. rsa says: Oct 20, 2010 7:04 PM

    I predict an increase in collapsed lungs and broken ribs. Ask Michael Vick how that feels.

  36. rsa says: Oct 20, 2010 7:04 PM

    I predict an increase in collapsed lungs and broken ribs. Ask Michael Vick how that feels.

  37. DailyRich says: Oct 20, 2010 7:08 PM

    The players are just afraid they’ll be exposed for not knowing how to perform a basic tackle. The hit has replaced the tackle, to the detriment of defenses.

  38. DailyRich says: Oct 20, 2010 7:08 PM

    The players are just afraid they’ll be exposed for not knowing how to perform a basic tackle. The hit has replaced the tackle, to the detriment of defenses.

  39. County K 66ers says: Oct 20, 2010 7:09 PM

    Who respects Goodell?

  40. County K 66ers says: Oct 20, 2010 7:09 PM

    Who respects Goodell?

  41. Elyasm says: Oct 20, 2010 7:14 PM

    “Only time will tell whether players change their ways. If they don’t, they and their coaches could be suspended.”
    And if they do, people are going to stop watching. Why doesn’t Goodell just make it two hands touch or flag football, if safety is so important to him?

  42. Elyasm says: Oct 20, 2010 7:14 PM

    “Only time will tell whether players change their ways. If they don’t, they and their coaches could be suspended.”
    And if they do, people are going to stop watching. Why doesn’t Goodell just make it two hands touch or flag football, if safety is so important to him?

  43. Rashard Mendenballs says: Oct 20, 2010 7:23 PM

    I will not be surprise if football in general starts to lose its popularity and starts to become boring to watch….you know just like baseball and basketball has become.
    I am just glad hockey still has some balls and guts.

  44. Rashard Mendenballs says: Oct 20, 2010 7:23 PM

    I will not be surprise if football in general starts to lose its popularity and starts to become boring to watch….you know just like baseball and basketball has become.
    I am just glad hockey still has some balls and guts.

  45. Ran5345 says: Oct 20, 2010 7:35 PM

    let’s just make this simple…….the new rule should be every Lineman/Safety etc. on the defence must bring flowers and girl guide cookies before every game and hand them out before the game starts.
    Now won’t that work for everyone??? LOL

  46. Ran5345 says: Oct 20, 2010 7:35 PM

    let’s just make this simple…….the new rule should be every Lineman/Safety etc. on the defence must bring flowers and girl guide cookies before every game and hand them out before the game starts.
    Now won’t that work for everyone??? LOL

  47. TheWizard says: Oct 20, 2010 7:37 PM

    You all talk pretty tough considering you’re not the one being speared.
    We’re better than ancient Rome. We don’t need our young men hauled off the field on carts.
    Grow and be wise.

  48. TheWizard says: Oct 20, 2010 7:37 PM

    You all talk pretty tough considering you’re not the one being speared.
    We’re better than ancient Rome. We don’t need our young men hauled off the field on carts.
    Grow and be wise.

  49. Steelintn says: Oct 20, 2010 7:38 PM

    Mike says:
    October 20, 2010 6:20 PM
    Roger Goodell: You have about 1% of fans behind you. What the hell are you doing?
    ———————————————–
    I doubt he’s got that many on his side. He’s seems to be on a mission to destroy the NFL. Roger GO-TO-HELL, you suck.

  50. Steelintn says: Oct 20, 2010 7:38 PM

    Mike says:
    October 20, 2010 6:20 PM
    Roger Goodell: You have about 1% of fans behind you. What the hell are you doing?
    ———————————————–
    I doubt he’s got that many on his side. He’s seems to be on a mission to destroy the NFL. Roger GO-TO-HELL, you suck.

  51. toddm6d says: Oct 20, 2010 7:41 PM

    Roger Goodell = Vegas’ little puppet.

  52. toddm6d says: Oct 20, 2010 7:41 PM

    Roger Goodell = Vegas’ little puppet.

  53. Igottz5onit says: Oct 20, 2010 7:46 PM

    “One of our highest priorities is player safety. We all know that football is a tough game that includes hard contact. But after I am done with it, football will be pronounced footyball and will be played with sumo suits on. Defensive players will then have to wait for three steps after a reception before making ‘contact'”
    Then the maniacal laughter begins.

  54. Igottz5onit says: Oct 20, 2010 7:46 PM

    “One of our highest priorities is player safety. We all know that football is a tough game that includes hard contact. But after I am done with it, football will be pronounced footyball and will be played with sumo suits on. Defensive players will then have to wait for three steps after a reception before making ‘contact'”
    Then the maniacal laughter begins.

  55. Patsfansince73 says: Oct 20, 2010 7:52 PM

    Can the fans start implementing fines for every stupid idioc nonsense rule that Good(Bad)ell puts in the books? He is without question the worst thing that has EVER happened to the NFL.
    Please, please, please Goodell, get the hell off the planet – and take Florio with you.

  56. Patsfansince73 says: Oct 20, 2010 7:52 PM

    Can the fans start implementing fines for every stupid idioc nonsense rule that Good(Bad)ell puts in the books? He is without question the worst thing that has EVER happened to the NFL.
    Please, please, please Goodell, get the hell off the planet – and take Florio with you.

  57. topdawg5150 says: Oct 20, 2010 7:53 PM

    James Harrison is threatening to retire,because he can’t play the way he wants to anymore?(dirty,cheap shots). WAAHHH!!! I’m a whiney ass baby because i don’t get my way. Be a man and apologize like Meriweather did. No,you would rather be a whiney pussy like all of the” steeler nation” GOOD RIDDANCE DOUCHE BAG!!!!

  58. topdawg5150 says: Oct 20, 2010 7:53 PM

    James Harrison is threatening to retire,because he can’t play the way he wants to anymore?(dirty,cheap shots). WAAHHH!!! I’m a whiney ass baby because i don’t get my way. Be a man and apologize like Meriweather did. No,you would rather be a whiney pussy like all of the” steeler nation” GOOD RIDDANCE DOUCHE BAG!!!!

  59. sixburghrules says: Oct 20, 2010 7:58 PM

    I enjoy competition as much as anyone! There is going to be way too much gray area here. Who’s making these “judgment calls:”. If I were a receiver and knew a hit was coming over the middle yes I am going to lower my helmet to try and catch the ball. Who’s fault is that? Especially if the defensive player has already launched for the hit!
    I think ejections from the game is a better solution although it is still subject to interpretation. And with the referee crews they have some will and some won’t. If I was a player I’d be pissed off too if I wasn’t flagged or ejected for a penalty but then got suspended later in the week!. If it was a flagrant foul on Wednesday it should have been a flagrant foul on Sunday!
    I still want to know where these fines go? We had $175,000 so far this week. Where does this money go?
    Gone are going to be the days of hard hitting football! This is a dying sport. I am so glad I won’t be around to see it in 2040 if it even exists.

  60. sixburghrules says: Oct 20, 2010 7:58 PM

    I enjoy competition as much as anyone! There is going to be way too much gray area here. Who’s making these “judgment calls:”. If I were a receiver and knew a hit was coming over the middle yes I am going to lower my helmet to try and catch the ball. Who’s fault is that? Especially if the defensive player has already launched for the hit!
    I think ejections from the game is a better solution although it is still subject to interpretation. And with the referee crews they have some will and some won’t. If I was a player I’d be pissed off too if I wasn’t flagged or ejected for a penalty but then got suspended later in the week!. If it was a flagrant foul on Wednesday it should have been a flagrant foul on Sunday!
    I still want to know where these fines go? We had $175,000 so far this week. Where does this money go?
    Gone are going to be the days of hard hitting football! This is a dying sport. I am so glad I won’t be around to see it in 2040 if it even exists.

  61. ham1 says: Oct 20, 2010 8:05 PM

    Along with the memo I wonder is he offered a discount to players who may like to purchase NFL photos of this past weekends hits form the NFL store. Double dipping POS.

  62. ham1 says: Oct 20, 2010 8:05 PM

    Along with the memo I wonder is he offered a discount to players who may like to purchase NFL photos of this past weekends hits form the NFL store. Double dipping POS.

  63. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Oct 20, 2010 8:09 PM

    @ Igottz5onit
    That is funny and right on! This an overreaction by GODell and the league. The plays by Harrison and (?) Falcon defensive dude did NOT look illegal – the ball carriers moved slightly, causing the contacts to be helmet to helmet. That is so subjective – how in the hell are they going to fairly call those type of plays? The play by Merriweather was clearly a launching head shot – clearly illegal and cheap. Yet the dude doesn’t get ejected (rule in place at that time!) Enforce what rules are already there! Fairly! All they’ve managed to do is vaguely threaten, while pissing off a whole lot of decent, hard-working defensive players. SUCKS!!!

  64. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Oct 20, 2010 8:09 PM

    @ Igottz5onit
    That is funny and right on! This an overreaction by GODell and the league. The plays by Harrison and (?) Falcon defensive dude did NOT look illegal – the ball carriers moved slightly, causing the contacts to be helmet to helmet. That is so subjective – how in the hell are they going to fairly call those type of plays? The play by Merriweather was clearly a launching head shot – clearly illegal and cheap. Yet the dude doesn’t get ejected (rule in place at that time!) Enforce what rules are already there! Fairly! All they’ve managed to do is vaguely threaten, while pissing off a whole lot of decent, hard-working defensive players. SUCKS!!!

  65. Big BensaysFYOU says: Oct 20, 2010 8:10 PM

    A strike/Lock out is just around the corner, players getting hit with fines for ESPN worthy hits and now GODdell is changing the games rulings. I agree with blows to the head with a helmet but I also agree that with the speed of the game, sometimes a player cant help it. We, as fan like to see a guy get “blown up”. It wont be long until it is NFFL (national flag football league).
    Letter to Mr. GODdell,
    Stop messin with the game we all love!

  66. Big BensaysFYOU says: Oct 20, 2010 8:10 PM

    A strike/Lock out is just around the corner, players getting hit with fines for ESPN worthy hits and now GODdell is changing the games rulings. I agree with blows to the head with a helmet but I also agree that with the speed of the game, sometimes a player cant help it. We, as fan like to see a guy get “blown up”. It wont be long until it is NFFL (national flag football league).
    Letter to Mr. GODdell,
    Stop messin with the game we all love!

  67. sixburghrules says: Oct 20, 2010 8:13 PM

    In addition, why wait until week 6 before you start dolling out HEAVY fines for this? It should have started week 1 . Goodell is acting like he is King of the NFL dolling out punishments at will. He alone will ruin what we all know as hard hitting football. No more fearsome defenses because they will be reduced to pussycats! AND teams will either have to increase salaries to cover fines or draft pussy players to avoid ejections. Fischer is on the review committee will Finnegan get suspended? Or how many times has he been fined only $5K?

  68. sixburghrules says: Oct 20, 2010 8:13 PM

    In addition, why wait until week 6 before you start dolling out HEAVY fines for this? It should have started week 1 . Goodell is acting like he is King of the NFL dolling out punishments at will. He alone will ruin what we all know as hard hitting football. No more fearsome defenses because they will be reduced to pussycats! AND teams will either have to increase salaries to cover fines or draft pussy players to avoid ejections. Fischer is on the review committee will Finnegan get suspended? Or how many times has he been fined only $5K?

  69. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 20, 2010 8:30 PM

    Ejections, fines, suspensions. It’s going to great for the game. Suspend players, suspend coaches how about suspending whole teams? You’ll show them who’s boss, Roger. My memory fails me, how many players have died from football? Almost 34,000 people died last year on the nation’s roads yet I don’t hear a call for banning cars. The funny thing is the players that defend football are the ones that played when the rules were much worse. Go figure!
    If you want to blame anyone, blame the owners. They are the ones that hired this jerk.
    2010, the year pro-football died.

  70. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 20, 2010 8:30 PM

    Ejections, fines, suspensions. It’s going to great for the game. Suspend players, suspend coaches how about suspending whole teams? You’ll show them who’s boss, Roger. My memory fails me, how many players have died from football? Almost 34,000 people died last year on the nation’s roads yet I don’t hear a call for banning cars. The funny thing is the players that defend football are the ones that played when the rules were much worse. Go figure!
    If you want to blame anyone, blame the owners. They are the ones that hired this jerk.
    2010, the year pro-football died.

  71. conníe says: Oct 20, 2010 8:41 PM

    Hey topdawg5150, I’ll tell you what…
    As soon as Cleveland wins something, ANYthing, come back and maybe, -maybe- I’ll give you permission to talk, IF I’m in a good mood.
    Now run along.
    Nobody gives a sh*t about Cleveland, or anything in it, or anybody from it.

  72. conníe says: Oct 20, 2010 8:41 PM

    Hey topdawg5150, I’ll tell you what…
    As soon as Cleveland wins something, ANYthing, come back and maybe, -maybe- I’ll give you permission to talk, IF I’m in a good mood.
    Now run along.
    Nobody gives a sh*t about Cleveland, or anything in it, or anybody from it.

  73. WingT says: Oct 20, 2010 9:04 PM

    Maybe Goodell can have a poster made up and placed in all the locker rooms – they can put it next to the “Concussion” poster – there, that’ll do it.
    I guess the next rule they will adopt will be ” you can only tackle a player using such force as is reasonably necessary under the circumstances to get the player to the ground. Excessive force will be punishable by fines, evictions, suspensions and use of your lady friend by Goodell for 24 hours.”
    Damn this is getting bad…..oh well, thank goodness for College football . Soccer is on its way up

  74. WingT says: Oct 20, 2010 9:04 PM

    Maybe Goodell can have a poster made up and placed in all the locker rooms – they can put it next to the “Concussion” poster – there, that’ll do it.
    I guess the next rule they will adopt will be ” you can only tackle a player using such force as is reasonably necessary under the circumstances to get the player to the ground. Excessive force will be punishable by fines, evictions, suspensions and use of your lady friend by Goodell for 24 hours.”
    Damn this is getting bad…..oh well, thank goodness for College football . Soccer is on its way up

  75. Joemamma says: Oct 20, 2010 9:33 PM

    While I do not like Goodell I do agree that there should be a punishment for FLAGRANT head to head contact, not accidental. Merriweather went after Heaps head, he even admitted it and apologizeds. I HATE Belicheck and the Pats but this was a solid on their part
    To anyone that thinks Harrisons hits were both legal…read the f ing rule idiots. First hit legal as he was hitting the runner, second not legal and it was a flagrant foul.. It doesn’t make it legal because a flag wasn’t thrown. He is a piece of crap for not shutting his mouth or even apologizing like Merriweather did.
    Ask yourself this. Would we feel any different if Heap or Massaquoi were paralyzed. The NFL and Union really take care of their brain dead retired players right?
    If you think tackling the way you are supposed to is lame ask Dustin Keller how he felt when Ray pummeled him.
    This is all a non story

  76. Joemamma says: Oct 20, 2010 9:33 PM

    While I do not like Goodell I do agree that there should be a punishment for FLAGRANT head to head contact, not accidental. Merriweather went after Heaps head, he even admitted it and apologizeds. I HATE Belicheck and the Pats but this was a solid on their part
    To anyone that thinks Harrisons hits were both legal…read the f ing rule idiots. First hit legal as he was hitting the runner, second not legal and it was a flagrant foul.. It doesn’t make it legal because a flag wasn’t thrown. He is a piece of crap for not shutting his mouth or even apologizing like Merriweather did.
    Ask yourself this. Would we feel any different if Heap or Massaquoi were paralyzed. The NFL and Union really take care of their brain dead retired players right?
    If you think tackling the way you are supposed to is lame ask Dustin Keller how he felt when Ray pummeled him.
    This is all a non story

  77. Wonka 2 says: Oct 20, 2010 9:42 PM

    I never in a million years thought all of the trolls from PFT planet would agree on any topic, but for once we are in 100% agreement. Roger Goodell is a giant douche and is ruining the NFL! he is BY FAR the worst commissioner in pro sports history!
    So go ahead Goondell, ban hitting, fine and suspend players, then add 2 more games, make players play games on Thursdays with only 3 days to recover from a Sunday game, and then say it was all because “the fans wanted it that way.”
    F- ROGER GOODELL~~~

  78. Wonka 2 says: Oct 20, 2010 9:42 PM

    I never in a million years thought all of the trolls from PFT planet would agree on any topic, but for once we are in 100% agreement. Roger Goodell is a giant douche and is ruining the NFL! he is BY FAR the worst commissioner in pro sports history!
    So go ahead Goondell, ban hitting, fine and suspend players, then add 2 more games, make players play games on Thursdays with only 3 days to recover from a Sunday game, and then say it was all because “the fans wanted it that way.”
    F- ROGER GOODELL~~~

  79. DaveyMay says: Oct 20, 2010 9:49 PM

    I wonder if Goodell has paid any attention to NASCAR’s decline due to over-officiating and over-legislating? NASCAR is in the toilet and Goodell is dragging the NFL right in there with them! Good job taking a sport that is wildly popular the way it is and putting your own personal touch on it to ruin it. Just like Brian France has done with NASCAR. Idiot.

  80. DaveyMay says: Oct 20, 2010 9:49 PM

    I wonder if Goodell has paid any attention to NASCAR’s decline due to over-officiating and over-legislating? NASCAR is in the toilet and Goodell is dragging the NFL right in there with them! Good job taking a sport that is wildly popular the way it is and putting your own personal touch on it to ruin it. Just like Brian France has done with NASCAR. Idiot.

  81. Spoonthis says: Oct 20, 2010 10:22 PM

    Why isn’t anyone calling out GODell for not enforcing the new rules that have been set in place for the past 3 years? Ray Anderson is claiming that the rules have been in place since then. So why are they being sporadically enforced after a weekend of hard hitting? GODell is doing great, suspending players that have never been arrested, fining players that do their F*ing jobs and hit hard, the league is close to shutting down for a year, the NFL was selling pictures of legal but finable hits yesterday, Favre suspension isn’t happening. Come on Roger, show why you are geting paid millions. The NFL is the best organized sports league in the world (and probably the most profitable) but under your watch things are falling apart. The players are unhappy, the fans are pissed. What gives? Your job should give.

  82. Spoonthis says: Oct 20, 2010 10:22 PM

    Why isn’t anyone calling out GODell for not enforcing the new rules that have been set in place for the past 3 years? Ray Anderson is claiming that the rules have been in place since then. So why are they being sporadically enforced after a weekend of hard hitting? GODell is doing great, suspending players that have never been arrested, fining players that do their F*ing jobs and hit hard, the league is close to shutting down for a year, the NFL was selling pictures of legal but finable hits yesterday, Favre suspension isn’t happening. Come on Roger, show why you are geting paid millions. The NFL is the best organized sports league in the world (and probably the most profitable) but under your watch things are falling apart. The players are unhappy, the fans are pissed. What gives? Your job should give.

  83. ArtModellsPimp says: Oct 20, 2010 10:59 PM

    Here’s what’s really funny…
    The people whining the most about these changes Goodell is making seem to be the Steeler fans. Hey, Dickwads, it was YOUR freakin’ team that brought all of this on.
    You want to blame someone? Take a look in your mirror.
    You danced…now, pay the effin’ band…dumbasses.

  84. ArtModellsPimp says: Oct 20, 2010 10:59 PM

    Here’s what’s really funny…
    The people whining the most about these changes Goodell is making seem to be the Steeler fans. Hey, Dickwads, it was YOUR freakin’ team that brought all of this on.
    You want to blame someone? Take a look in your mirror.
    You danced…now, pay the effin’ band…dumbasses.

  85. Aaron says: Oct 20, 2010 11:42 PM

    Funny, I for one, don’t like seeing two players knocked out and motionless on the field, you want to see two people try to kill each other switch over to MMA.
    Also, he’s not changing any rules, they’re just going to take steps to see that the enforcement of those rules is taken seriously by the players.
    Count me in that 1%

  86. Aaron says: Oct 20, 2010 11:42 PM

    Funny, I for one, don’t like seeing two players knocked out and motionless on the field, you want to see two people try to kill each other switch over to MMA.
    Also, he’s not changing any rules, they’re just going to take steps to see that the enforcement of those rules is taken seriously by the players.
    Count me in that 1%

  87. Laxer37 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:10 AM

    I lost a lot of respect for Goodell over his handling of this.
    It is not like the NFL to make such rash, knee-jerk reations. That’s what the NBA does.
    A couple thousand hits occured last Sunday and he’s stirred up a bunch of drama because four of them resulted in concussions.
    If these were so bad why did officials standing only a few feet away only throw a flag on one of the hits?

  88. Laxer37 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:10 AM

    I lost a lot of respect for Goodell over his handling of this.
    It is not like the NFL to make such rash, knee-jerk reations. That’s what the NBA does.
    A couple thousand hits occured last Sunday and he’s stirred up a bunch of drama because four of them resulted in concussions.
    If these were so bad why did officials standing only a few feet away only throw a flag on one of the hits?

  89. dundee15748 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:11 AM

    …and the NFL was selling pictures on their website of the Harrison hit because…?

  90. dundee15748 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:11 AM

    …and the NFL was selling pictures on their website of the Harrison hit because…?

  91. contract says: Oct 21, 2010 6:03 AM

    It’s long past time for the owners to rid themselves of this power hungry attention whore. Get rid of him before he destroys a Super Bowl by suspending 1/2 the players from both teams.

  92. contract says: Oct 21, 2010 6:03 AM

    It’s long past time for the owners to rid themselves of this power hungry attention whore. Get rid of him before he destroys a Super Bowl by suspending 1/2 the players from both teams.

  93. contract says: Oct 21, 2010 6:07 AM

    “I tend to agree with Goodell on this one. A paralyzed player is not good.”
    How many guys (hitter or hittee) have you seem paralyzed through the years as a result of high hits? Paralysis is far more likely to result from a tackler/blocker/runner going low.

  94. contract says: Oct 21, 2010 6:07 AM

    “I tend to agree with Goodell on this one. A paralyzed player is not good.”
    How many guys (hitter or hittee) have you seem paralyzed through the years as a result of high hits? Paralysis is far more likely to result from a tackler/blocker/runner going low.

  95. Rafterman says: Oct 21, 2010 6:12 AM

    For the sake of the league, it is time for God-dell to go!

  96. Rafterman says: Oct 21, 2010 6:12 AM

    For the sake of the league, it is time for God-dell to go!

  97. ham1 says: Oct 21, 2010 8:08 AM

    @Artmodellspimp:
    Actually Rodney Harrison is the one who brought the house down. Every team has dished out hits like that. They are all guilty.

  98. ham1 says: Oct 21, 2010 8:08 AM

    @Artmodellspimp:
    Actually Rodney Harrison is the one who brought the house down. Every team has dished out hits like that. They are all guilty.

  99. Rarely Serious says: Oct 21, 2010 8:13 AM

    NFL is learning how to ruin a good thing from the Nascar business model.

  100. Rarely Serious says: Oct 21, 2010 8:13 AM

    NFL is learning how to ruin a good thing from the Nascar business model.

  101. BUNYAN says: Oct 21, 2010 12:44 PM

    The NFL has become a joke. I hope as many players as possible, especially on the defense, lay the wood to any and all ball carriers. Let the suspensions begin. Guess what? There won’t be enough players to play a game that someone would be interested in watching. Most will be suspended. The NFL has turned into the government. More rules , more regulations and the destruction of a once great game as well as a country.

  102. BUNYAN says: Oct 21, 2010 12:44 PM

    The NFL has become a joke. I hope as many players as possible, especially on the defense, lay the wood to any and all ball carriers. Let the suspensions begin. Guess what? There won’t be enough players to play a game that someone would be interested in watching. Most will be suspended. The NFL has turned into the government. More rules , more regulations and the destruction of a once great game as well as a country.

  103. thomas1168 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:20 AM

    To the morons that support this. why are you even involved in this discussion you should be spending time with your boyfriend or marching in a gay pride parade with a pink ribbons
    Leave football alone.
    This is not a sport for wimps
    This is a sport that will cause injuries always has and when you change it to a safe sport its finished
    And to the other idiots that are posting ONLY STEELERS FANS ARE MAD
    DAM right!!!!
    The IRON curtain we are known for our defense always have been
    I agree with one of the comments no more forced fumbles or turnovers
    And the new payers just being drafted the will have to play soft they will not be able to afford the fines then the game is finished like another poster said 6000 yard passing season thats not football that is playing catch
    And this may jsut be my views but while i am typing i am watching espn talking to players around the leauge
    Quote HOW IS A GROWN MAN RUNNING FULL SPEED INTO ANOTHER MAN GOING TO WORRY ABOUT OUR FORM BEFORE MAKING THE TACKLE WE DONT MAKE THE TACKLE IN MONDAYS MEETING WE ARE GETTING CHEWED OUT WE MISS TOO MANY TACKES WE GET CUT
    this is players talking that busted their asses from a young child to play as hard and fast as they can this is also another quote from a player
    I WAS TAUGHT FROM YOUTH FOOTBALL TO PUT MY SHOULDERS AND HELMET DOWN HIT AS HARD AS I CAN
    how do you change this

  104. thomas1168 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:20 AM

    To the morons that support this. why are you even involved in this discussion you should be spending time with your boyfriend or marching in a gay pride parade with a pink ribbons
    Leave football alone.
    This is not a sport for wimps
    This is a sport that will cause injuries always has and when you change it to a safe sport its finished
    And to the other idiots that are posting ONLY STEELERS FANS ARE MAD
    DAM right!!!!
    The IRON curtain we are known for our defense always have been
    I agree with one of the comments no more forced fumbles or turnovers
    And the new payers just being drafted the will have to play soft they will not be able to afford the fines then the game is finished like another poster said 6000 yard passing season thats not football that is playing catch
    And this may jsut be my views but while i am typing i am watching espn talking to players around the leauge
    Quote HOW IS A GROWN MAN RUNNING FULL SPEED INTO ANOTHER MAN GOING TO WORRY ABOUT OUR FORM BEFORE MAKING THE TACKLE WE DONT MAKE THE TACKLE IN MONDAYS MEETING WE ARE GETTING CHEWED OUT WE MISS TOO MANY TACKES WE GET CUT
    this is players talking that busted their asses from a young child to play as hard and fast as they can this is also another quote from a player
    I WAS TAUGHT FROM YOUTH FOOTBALL TO PUT MY SHOULDERS AND HELMET DOWN HIT AS HARD AS I CAN
    how do you change this

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