Goodell says bounties are no longer part of the NFL culture

AP

Many (the person typing this article included) believe that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came down hard on the Saints for their alleged or actual bounty system in order to ensure that bounties would be forever eradicated from the game.  The rampant reports and accounts of past bounty programs, coupled with an unwillingness by the NFL to explore the depths of the rabbit hole, serve only to strengthen the perception that Goodell’s plan is to plug the opening and declare victory.

If that’s the plan, Goodell delivered a speech under the “Mission Accomplished” banner on Thursday.

Per the Associated Press, Goodell said during a press conference the actions he took in response to the bounty situation “speak very loudly,” and that the teams have gotten the message.

I heard that from our clubs, from our personnel,” Goodell said.  “They recognize it’s not part of the game.  It doesn’t need to be part of the game.  And I don’t think it’s going to be an issue going forward.”

That’s a little premature, frankly.  Coaches surely won’t be involved in bounties moving forward, but there’s no guarantee that players are out of the bounty business.  Especially since they can manage their own bounty pools beyond earshot of coaches, on their own time and in their own man caves, garages, and/or watering holes of choice.

Moreover, with the penalties imposed against four players still pending on appeal, it’s possible that the final message won’t be very loud at all.  And that players will continue to use cash to provide the kind of immediate recognition from their peers that no paycheck or contractual incentive payment ever can.

Of course, if the action against the Saints pushes the process so far underground that no one ever gets caught in the future, then no one ever will know it’s happening in the future — and the Commissioner’s proclamation will seem to be accurate.

Even if it isn’t.

39 responses to “Goodell says bounties are no longer part of the NFL culture

  1. Yes Roger, pat yourself on your dictator back.
    You’ve saved the game.
    What an arrogant putz.

  2. Oh i guess well Forget about it all, let by gones by gones like it Never happened…oh well….Training camp time…as for the bounties i never knew and i dont know what your talking about…Rip Sean Taylor Hail Skins!

  3. There should be finacial “Effort Bounties” in the Pro Bowl.

    Problem solved.

  4. What a fraud. He refuses to investigate any other teams because he got his scapegoat.

  5. That is a cynical approach to a simple problem. I don’t think this is like prohibition. I think most guys just want to play football. Money is not an issue when the play starts, most players need to stay focused or they might be the guy getting hurt.

  6. There’s a big difference between a few players doing something secretly in their “watering holes” and payouts being made by coaches in team meetings. You can’t stop the watering hole payouts but their effect is minimal when they can’t be done in front of the team. People love to rip Goodell for everything but I think he did right on this one.

  7. I’m sure that, according to Goodell, tackling is no longer part of the NFL culture either. Play nice, boys!

  8. What do you expect him to say?… “I am fully aware that no matter how shocked and appaled players and coaches pretend to be, bounties have been and will continue to be a part of the game. The actions taken against the saints will not change how players play the game, but in order to protect my ass from every moronic player currently suing the league because they were too stupid to know that getting hit extremely hard on a semi regular basis could have lingering negative consequences, I have to make it look like I have tried and succeeded in doing everything possible to keep these idiots safe”?… No I don’t think so.

  9. lolb23 says:
    May 31, 2012 7:41 PM
    More proof the Saints were told to stop, and didn’t. And now they’re paying for it. GOODell!
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    more evidence huh? where’s the 1st of the evidence? i know you hate the saints and don’t need any. you already believe what you want anyway

  10. Vilma just made a tweet that Goodell has been given a extension till July 5th to answer his lawsuit. Why is that? Where’s all this evidence he has? Or does he need more time to try and find some real evidence? A man with 500,000 pages of proof and Vilma being a ” ring leader “what’s he scared of? The Actual Truth!

  11. So, how long before we find out it never stopped but just took on a new form?

    And will it be the Saints again – since they still refuse to acknowledge they did anything wrong.

  12. So Goodell admits it is the culture of the NFL, and his solution is to single out 1 team, and completely destroy their reputation, and punish them more severely than any team has ever been punished in the history of the NFL. Yeah thats fair.

  13. They cheated and played dirty classless football, they will be remembered for winning the SB that way forever now,just like the baseball players who juiced

  14. saintsfan26 says:
    May 31, 2012 8:57 PM
    So Goodell admits it is the culture of the NFL, and his solution is to single out 1 team, and completely destroy their reputation, and punish them more severely than any team has ever been punished in the history of the NFL. Yeah thats fair.

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    I am not a Saints fan, but I’ve always maintained Goodell’s punishments have been arbitrary and seemingly dictatorial.
    Every subsequent action that he takes reinforces my belief.
    Given that he is stupid enough to penalize his employers, i.e. the owners (Jerrah and Danny boy), the day will come when he’ll piss off a larger portion of the owners and that will be his downfall.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer man.

  15. So easy it is to second guess and criticize the actions of another. In the end, and as stated by Theodore Roosevelt, “It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.”

  16. saintsfan26 says:May 31, 2012 8:57 PM

    So Goodell admits it is the culture of the NFL, and his solution is to single out 1 team, and completely destroy their reputation, and punish them more severely than any team has ever been punished in the history of the NFL. Yeah thats fair.
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    The comment above makes me think that the Saints crybaby fans are moving from “we didn’t do it” to “yeah, we did it but so does everybody else”. If you’re stupid enough to get caught, you deserve the punishment.

  17. According to the evidence on the field there never was any bounty stuff. In the end, THAT is the only thing that matters, and the ONLY thing that offers proof. This “thought police” thing of Goodell’s is not right, because he can throw fantasy flags at will with no way to show a replay as proof. Keep it on the field like it’s always been, and for good reason.

  18. He is afraid of all of the lawsuits by former players that have ailments. All of you will be happy when NFL games start to mirror the Pro Bowl.

  19. sysi45 says:
    Jun 1, 2012 12:13 AM
    He is afraid of all of the lawsuits by former players that have ailments. All of you will be happy when NFL games start to mirror the Pro Bowl.

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    I’ll be happy when every retired player who has mismanaged his money doesn’t come after the NFL looking for a handout by way of lawsuit. Many of the changes that players don’t like are coming about are because of that. How many players dating back several decades have joined the latest money grab?

  20. As long as Goodell requires coaches to identify injured players and the location of their injury, vulnerable players will be targeted.

    By putting gambling interests ahead of player safety, Goodell has made his own bed and is partly to blame for past bounties – and now largely to blame for all future bounties.

  21. Wait… What??? I thought there was no such “culture”, only the Saints did it? How could it be a “part of the NFL culture” if it was one isolated team doing it??

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