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Vikings’ Ray Edwards: I don’t like Goodell

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The NFL and its players have made peace, but that doesn’t mean every player is happy with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Ray Edwards, a free agent after spending five years with the Vikings, said on ESPN Monday that he could never have a good relationship with Goodell.

I don’t like him,” Edwards said, via Scout.com. “He looks at us like – he is the power above us – but he looks like he’s never done anything wrong. And that’s how we feel about him towards us – like we’re just kids or something. We’re all grown men and we’re looking to better ourselves and the lives of our families and him taking money out of our pocket, we just don’t like that.”

Edwards made clear that he thinks Goodell has treated players unfairly, and as a result, players don’t like Goodell.

“He came in trying to change the whole game around, trying to leave his mark on the game,” Edwards said. “I guess that’s where a lot of the hatred comes from. We feel sometimes he treats us unfairly due his rules that he [enforced] upon us.”

So while football is back, peace and harmony between Goodell and all the players will be harder to achieve.

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64 Responses to “Vikings’ Ray Edwards: I don’t like Goodell”
  1. thesport78 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:24 AM

    Okay and…we really don’t care.

  2. darthvader89 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:26 AM

    awww the poor man has to play in a league with someone he doesn’t like…….

  3. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 7:32 AM

    Man, I wish I understood why you guys feel the need to talk about Ray Edwards so much…

  4. footballdog says: Jul 26, 2011 7:33 AM

    So, I guess the players demanding no more two-a-days is in no way changing the game. It’s hypocritical players like this that made this whole lockout thing the mess that it was.

  5. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 7:33 AM

    Can’t we all just get along. Football’s Back

  6. tim1999 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:33 AM

    Jeez I hope Goodell can sleep after receiving this news.
    BTW I don’t believe there is any great wave of hatred toward the commish among the majority of players.
    Despite the media spin by Mikey Smith and his ilk, a few D players whining doesn’t make a majority.

  7. oscojoe says: Jul 26, 2011 7:34 AM

    Welcome to the real world Edwards, like the rest of us common people we are held accountable on & off the job.

    When are you guys going to get it; Goodell is the Boss! Get use to it or go play in the CFL!!!

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 26, 2011 7:34 AM

    Why is Ray Edwards talking? Can this guy just go unsigned so he can have his ego check? He is your boss you fool. We have all had bosses that have come in and tried to change things that we may not have agreed with. That’s life. Keep your mouth shut, show some respect and do your job.

  9. dutchman1350 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:34 AM

    Goodell treats the idiots like children. His job when he came into the league, was to be the enforcer, due to the NFL crime record. It’s worked.

  10. daburgher says: Jul 26, 2011 7:36 AM

    Goodell clearly has a thing against defense.. he just wants to see points on the board.. its not about safety.. i hate that guy too

  11. bonniebengal says: Jul 26, 2011 7:36 AM

    So you don’t like your boss. Booo Hooo. There are a lot of people who would trade places with you in a heartbeat.

  12. jjrs89 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:37 AM

    If you’re grown men then act like it.

  13. jnbnet says: Jul 26, 2011 7:37 AM

    Many of the players ARE kids. Look at the mature players. do they get in trouble? Do they shoot their mouths off? Do they complain about everything?

  14. billinlouisiana says: Jul 26, 2011 7:37 AM

    “He came in trying to change the whole game around, trying to leave his mark on the game,” Edwards said. “I guess that’s where a lot of the hatred comes from. We feel sometimes he treats us unfairly due his rules that he [enforced] upon us.”

    ———————————————–
    The Personal Conduct Policy was agreed to by the NFLPA. Now they are complaining about having to live by that? These players are acting like a bunch of spoiled teenagers complaining about a parent putting their foot down and actually punshing them for breaking a rule.

  15. purplehaze55335 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:39 AM

    ray edwards is an idiot..

  16. doworkci says: Jul 26, 2011 7:40 AM

    Ray Who? I understand the players think Godell over reacts…I do too, but not the smartest move to publicly criticize someone who possibly will be making a decision about your future one day…just using you as an example Ray….You don’t like him, fine…we r all fine with that…but be smart and keep your trap shut…cause of ALL that money your losing! #minimum wage!

  17. jerlee7 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:40 AM

    Can’t the hypocrisy and hyperbole stop? I guarantee Ray Edwards wont make a dime less than he would have under the old CBA.

    This was supposed to be about protecting the future players right? Well it sure seems that the NLFPA sold those guys down the river in a huge cash grab. Then members come back and bitch about having money taken away. Childish.

  18. Knightlines says: Jul 26, 2011 7:43 AM

    ummmm……

    HE IS THE POWER ABOVE YOU, HE IS THE COMMISSIONER! HOW MANY IGNORANT COMMENTS ARE THE PLAYERS GONNA CONTINUE TO MAKE! THE PLAYERS HAVE DONE NOTHING TO HELP THEIR REP DURING THIS LOCKOUT, JUST SHUT UP AND PLAY FOOTBALL. WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR VIEWS ON THE GUY WHO CAN BREAK YOUR CHECK BOOK, WE JUST CARE ABOUT HOW WELL YOU PLAY.

    ….that is all.

  19. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:43 AM

    If you want to be treated like a grown man stop making stupid, childish remarks. Oh, by the way nobody cares what your opinion is just how you play.

  20. tomsd1 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:45 AM

    LOL. Some players just don’t know when to shut up. The guy is a free agent – as in – other GM’s/Owners have to wonder – do we want such a loudmouth in our organization?

  21. jimphin says: Jul 26, 2011 7:45 AM

    The sissy girls are crying again.

    Edwards appears to come from a generation that doesn’t accept personal responsibility for their own actions.

    If you screw up, you will get punished. If you break the rules…you should not be surprised the resulting punishment. If the punishment didn’t hurt…then it wouldn’t be a punishment now would it?

  22. kom2k10 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:46 AM

    hmm… I wonder why he treats you guys like kids? considering you players are constantly getting DUI’s, “making it rain”, beating women, and simply act like spoiled brats who have a problem with authority just like a 16 year old girl…

  23. notrelated says: Jul 26, 2011 7:46 AM

    Thumbs up if you’re sick and tired of these rich, spoiled athletes whining about Goodell.

  24. kingmj4891 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:49 AM

    Ray Edwards STFU your overrated from playing with Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. They are the true talent you were just along for the ride….

  25. jtfris says: Jul 26, 2011 7:49 AM

    Really…If players act like grown men, they don’t have problems with the commish. The only time he takes money out of their pockets is when they act outside the rules or the conduct policy. Mr. Edwards needs to grow up.

    Another problem with Mr. Edwards comments is what poor family men many NFL players are. Many of them have multiple children with multiple women and don’t take responsibility for the children. Again, act like family men and you can be treated like such.

    In all, his statements sound like a child lashing out at a parent. Seems appropriate to treat him as a child.

  26. weswelkerspornstash says: Jul 26, 2011 7:49 AM

    And yada, yada,yada Edwards get less money being a freeagent this year bc he has a target on his back. League office isn’t going to keep quiet anymore. Keep your mouth shut

  27. seneca1ss says: Jul 26, 2011 7:51 AM

    Goodell has poor social skills and demeanor (what’s not to love)

  28. billybats says: Jul 26, 2011 7:54 AM

    That’s funny–I don’t like Ray Edwards.

  29. jmclarkent says: Jul 26, 2011 7:54 AM

    When in a position of authority, if everyone likes you odds are you are doing it wrong.

  30. deljzc says: Jul 26, 2011 7:56 AM

    In my experience when adults feel like they are being treated like a child, they actually are acting like children and just don’t know it.

  31. justwaittilnextyear says: Jul 26, 2011 7:57 AM

    Goodell is the commissioner and you are just a player. Get over you crying and whining and either go back to work or just go away! I believe he will still be here long after you are just a memory.

  32. rgb2425 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:57 AM

    You mean Eagles DE Ray Edwards.

  33. robschwartzberg says: Jul 26, 2011 7:58 AM

    This proves how ill-informed and immature some of these players are. The rules are proposed by the competition committee and voted on by all teams, then enforced according to the CBA. You may not like the man’s personality- and he can like or dislike anyone he wants- but ranting about this is silly.

  34. robschwartzberg says: Jul 26, 2011 7:59 AM

    His beef should have been with his bosses and with Gene Upshaw.

  35. fargovikesfan says: Jul 26, 2011 8:03 AM

    That’s ok Ray, alot of us don’t particularly care for you either. If you’re gonna be a loudmouth punk, at least have the skills to back it up. But hey, at least you can take solace in the fact that you made good on your promise to set the single season NFL sack record a couple years ago. Oh, wait…

  36. pigskin28 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:04 AM

    Yeah, tell that to your counterparts suing for damages over concussions.
    The man did what has been necessary to cclean up the game. Shut up and sstart acting like men on and off the field.
    Everyone has commented well on the way he has interacted well with fans and players alike upon taking office. The man has been humble. You all players just hate discipline and think you are too important to be told what is expected of you by a multi-billion dollar company.

  37. irisht53 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:04 AM

    Let’s be honest, most of the off the field things Goodell has punished players for is something RESPONSIBLE grown men shouldn’t be doing in the first place. Perhaps Edwards is referring exclusively to the on field changes (which I would partially agree with), but it sounds to me a little like the off field stuff is bothering him as well.

  38. bradentonbuc says: Jul 26, 2011 8:09 AM

    Goodell has a job to do and 32 of the most powerful men in the business world as bosses, each one he must please. I think he does an impossible job well.

  39. thetechnocrat says: Jul 26, 2011 8:10 AM

    Newsflash, he is above you. Also it’s the NFL rules he enforces not “his rules.”

    He’s the head of your sport and the be all end all. His job is to dish out suspensions for violations on and off the field. Just what the players were asking for. Until it hit their girly pocket books. Now everyone hates him because he’s protecting the image of the game and safety of players. Go play football for 4 more years and fade away like all ignorant, loudmouth players.

    Guys like him and Harrison are like the dying out old timers who can’t adjust to the way the league is changing.
    A meteor is coming and all the dinosaurs are raging against the night.

  40. jjrs89 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:19 AM

    It’s only a matter of time before they start calling to goodell a racist

  41. bleedgreen says: Jul 26, 2011 8:24 AM

    While I may not agree with what he said, this is a much more tactful way of expressing your opinion than James Harrison did. Edwards said he didn’t like the guy and explained why with at least arguable reasons.

  42. favrelous says: Jul 26, 2011 8:29 AM

    Dude, you are as smart as a box of rocks, great way to increase FA value.

  43. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:35 AM

    Goodell proved how worthless he was when he investigated spygate and then destroyed all the evidence and didnt tell anyone what he found!! Both MLB and NFL have the worse comish’s in the history of each respective sport and thats just not right. They both need to go ASAP before they ruin the games more

  44. ejmat2 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:41 AM

    As a Viking fan all I can say is I will be glad to see Edwards go. He’s a solid player but nothing special. He definitely benefited from playing next to 3 probowl linemen.

    His mouth is what gets him in trouble. He has no clue of reality what-so-ever. I am not a Goodell fan by any means but to say he took money out of their pockets? Really????

    I’ll tell you what. If taking money out of my pockets means getting a 7 figure salary and a share of 48% of the league’s total revenue I will ask my company to take money out of my pocket everyday. I only hope someone is stupid enough to give up draft picks for this guy.

  45. klunge says: Jul 26, 2011 8:56 AM

    In other headline news:
    “Ray Edwards Is Overrated!”

  46. jimmysee says: Jul 26, 2011 9:01 AM

    Goodell has also pushed a safety program to help you keep your brains intact when it’s time to hang ‘em up.

  47. vikefan says: Jul 26, 2011 9:06 AM

    1. name any employee that actually does like their boss…..and

    2. last i heard Ray didn’t much like anything bout his current job from his immediate employer in Vikings to corporate umbrella employer in NFL, only thing he has enjoyed since day 1 and has been after is the $, his mind is wired so he gets what he wants or is a whiner. Good luck with your next team, oops, sorry, dont like you and dont care!!! let your next team deal with you ya locker room parasite. your next contract will make you happy for a week then u will be bitchin again bout how much more the guy next to u got paid. just an overpaid big mouth.

  48. sterling7 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:07 AM

    Ever notice Ray Edwards is always in the news for anything but football…………………….that’s because he’s a lousy player!

  49. greengob1in says: Jul 26, 2011 9:13 AM

    Oh great, the Eagles are interested in this POS

  50. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 26, 2011 9:19 AM

    ejmat2 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 8:41 AM
    As a Viking fan all I can say is… I only hope someone is stupid enough to give up draft picks for this guy

    _______

    Ah, he’s an unrestricted free agent, isn’t he? I’m pretty sure that means anybody can have him without giving the vikings anything. So, the only team stupid enough to give up draft picks for nothing [see Randy Moss trade(s)]….would be the vikings.

  51. MichaelEdits says: Jul 26, 2011 9:27 AM

    Grown ass men, Ray. You’re grown ass men.

  52. ejmat2 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:37 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 26, 2011 9:19 AM
    Ah, he’s an unrestricted free agent, isn’t he? I’m pretty sure that means anybody can have him without giving the vikings anything. So, the only team stupid enough to give up draft picks for nothing [see Randy Moss trade(s)]….would be the vikings.
    ——————————————-
    Good point. Last I heard and maybe I’m wrong here, the Vikings tendered him. I need to check into that regarding ray edwards. As to the Moss debacle, see Brad Childress. He is no longer part of the organization.

  53. Deb says: Jul 26, 2011 11:28 AM

    I don’t know where you people get that Goodell is their boss. They’re employed by their respective teams. They are grown men who’ve worked hard to attain their professional status and don’t deserve to be treated with condescension by anyone. Most of them do their jobs and stay out of trouble. I doubt you’d be thrilled if your employer followed your activities 24/7, telling you how to conduct yourselves in your personal lives. And I imagine you’d resent it if they praised your performance one day, then fined you the next for doing exactly the same thing.

    The players have good reason to resent Goodell. And unlike Harrison in the Men’s Journal article, Edwards managed to express that resentment without being disrespectful. So you don’t care how he feels and think he should just shut up and play? Guess what … I doubt he cares what a bunch of loudmouth louts on a blog think about him, either.

  54. ejmat2 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:01 PM

    @Deb

    I am no fan of Goodell and think he’s totally unfair or even nonconsistent with some of the punishment he dishes. I’m not sure how much you know about Ray Edwards. The problem with him is that he has no clue on the real world. He made a comment last year he should be paid more than Goodell. This guy opens his mouth and sticks his foot in it at least once if not twice a year talking trash in which he can’t back up.

    He totally overrates himself thiking he’s much better than what he is. He doesn’t even meet or come close to his own expectations. For example when the Vikings acquired Jared Allen he made a prediction he would break the single regular season record for sacks. Well, he hasn’t even broken into double digits for the regular season.

    Bottom line is he’s not a bad player but he definitely benefits from working next to 3 probowl linemen. Put him on a line where he is the #1 pass rusher and he won’t do squat.

    Yet he continues to open his mouth and spout off a bunch of crap. If it were a one time thing, that would be okay. The fact of the matter is it’s continuous.

  55. thephantomstranger says: Jul 26, 2011 12:07 PM

    Ray Edwards strikes me as the kind of guy who will dog it as soon as he gets his big payday. He played just well enough to put himself in the position to get the money. Dumping him will be addition by subtraction, which will be the theme of the 2011 Vikings (Favre, Chilly also gone).

  56. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    Edwards is still angry over being suspended for steroid use. As a known substance abuser he has been targeted for greater monitoring.

    This is the same loudmouth who did not want Brett Favre on the vikings because he is a middle aged white guy from Mississippi taking the job from Tarvaris Jackson.

    I’m not calling Edwards a racist but he has never done anything to prove he is not.

  57. Deb says: Jul 26, 2011 1:24 PM

    ejmat2 says:

    @Deb

    I am no fan of Goodell and think he’s totally unfair or even nonconsistent with some of the punishment he dishes. I’m not sure how much you know about Ray Edwards …
    ————————————————-

    Thanks for a thoughtful response. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know anything about his off-field behavior or his history of goofy comments. But what he said in this case was fine (especially in light of the way Harrison mishandled himself).

    It just gets old reading the way most of PFT’s commenters respond to everything players say as though these men are chickens at a c*ck fight–brainless animals with nothing else to offer. Yeah, some players are jerks–but the majority are not. It’s not necessary to vilify all players every time one opens his mouth.

  58. fmwarner says: Jul 26, 2011 1:41 PM

    Between this, and the way Vikes fans talk about this guy, and the way his stats are probably inflated by playing with the Williams Wall and Jared Allen, I hope the Eagles stay the F away from this dude. Get Charles Johnson or Cliff Avril instead.

  59. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jul 26, 2011 1:51 PM

    I wanted to Edwards side, but instead he just reinforced every negative thing I think about the players. Fact is, and the players say this all the time, the NFL is a business. The players are the EMPLOYEES of the owners and Goodell. We all feel so sorry for you Edwards and all the players out there crying about money issues. None of us in the real world have money issues or have issues with not caring for our bosses or our bosses letting us know that we have bosses. I almost wish the season had to be canceled so these messed up babies had to get real jobs, with real world pay and real bosses. Maybe then they would understand how a business, like they claim the nfl is, works.

  60. ejmat2 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:51 PM

    @Deb
    It just gets old reading the way most of PFT’s commenters respond to everything players say as though these men are chickens at a c*ck fight–brainless animals with nothing else to offer. Yeah, some players are jerks–but the majority are not. It’s not necessary to vilify all players every time one opens his mouth
    ——————————————-
    Understood and agreed. I also understand no one that isn’t a Viking fan really knows a whole lot about this guy. He had one great game against Dallas in the playoffs and all of the sudden people think he’s a superstar.

    Like I said solid player but not as good as HE seems to think he is. he says a lot of stupid crap and he just doesn’t get how the world works. Even in this scenario he talks about how Goodell enforces these rules upon them. Well, that’s right. These are the same rules agreed to by the league and the NFLPA. Again, I am no fan of Goodell.

    My thought on Ray Edwards is if you don’t the the rules of the NFL there’s always the CFL, AFL, UFL or the LFL (j/k). Or…..he can find another job all together.

  61. Deb says: Jul 26, 2011 2:06 PM

    @ejmat2 …

    That’s true, but I do wish the league would get a grip regarding the rules. I’m fine with expecting defenders to use proper tackling technique–but everyone needs to get together and decide what proper technique is. The officials don’t flag something, then the league fines it. What good does that do? It might hit a player in the wallet, but it doesn’t help a team that got screwed on a play once the game is over. If a hit is bad, it should be flagged on the field. But if it’s not, I don’t want them disrupting play.

    To me, it all comes back to poor officiating, which has been the NFL’s Achilles heel for years and something Goodell has never properly addressed. That’s one of my biggest gripes with him. The league should be implementing the NCAA’s booth review system, but it sounds like they’ll be going with some convoluted thing that will just slow down the action. We’ll see. Anyway … I never mind when players are complaining on this issue :)

  62. thephantomstranger says: Jul 26, 2011 3:25 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM
    This is the same loudmouth who did not want Brett Favre on the vikings because he is a middle aged white guy from Mississippi taking the job from Tarvaris Jackson.

    I’m not calling Edwards a racist but he has never done anything to prove he is not.
    ___________________

    That’s a disgusting comment. So everyone is a racist until they prove they’re not? I’m no fan of Edwards but I hate it when someone calls a person racist just because they don’t like him or agree with him. T-Jack happened to be Edwards’ best friend on the team so I don’t think he was against Favre just because he was white.

  63. thephantomstranger says: Jul 26, 2011 3:26 PM

    @ejmat2 & Deb -

    Get a room.

  64. uncensord says: Jul 27, 2011 1:06 AM

    did you know that ray edwards backup has been getting paid more. this would make me mad and question management. It’s not like he was lude and respect is not a factor, if you were all to respect a disconnected boss we would all be unemployed.
    I’m actually with the owners on a lot of salary issues but some players actually have legit concerns and ray is one of them. I don’t listen to the pro veterans or rookies, but late draft pro players are the ones everyone should listen to, they get the starting position but the first round draft pick backups are garunteed more $$$.

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