Jared Allen: If I were commissioner I’d undo everything Goodell did

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Drew Brees says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has “little to no credibility” with players. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen seems to agree with that.

Asked by Jim Rome on Showtime what he’d do if he became NFL commissioner, Allen said his goal would be to do everything he could to reverse the changes to the game that Goodell has supported.

“I’d probably undo everything Roger Goodell’s done,” Allen said. “I’d get football back to its rawest, simplest form, and just take all these, you know, horse-collar tackles, and so-called illegal hits, out. Get football back to its rawest form.”

Goodell has always insisted that his efforts are all about making the game safer for the players. Allen is one of many, many players who have told Goodell they liked the game better before Goodell started trying to make them safer.

99 responses to “Jared Allen: If I were commissioner I’d undo everything Goodell did

  1. I’m sure most everyone loved the game back before Goodell tried to make it safer. It’s not about liking the game if guys continue to get concussions and life altering injuries.

  2. I agree… Goodell is taking it in the direction of flag football… pretty soon every team will make it to the play offs, and we’ll never watch another kick off…

  3. Well good for him. But he’s not the commish so who cares what he thinks? You may not like Goodell (who does?) but to think horse collar tackles and illegal hits are good for football? I hope he doesn’t come back in 20 years to say “The NFL didn’t tell him I was sacrificing my body for the sports and money!”.

  4. I’ll bet Jared Allen does want it at it’s rawest form….where he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Get arrested 3x for DUI…sure, no problem. Hit a QB after the whistle…hey, it’s just football. I’m no Goodell homer, but a lot of these meatheads have a grudge against Goodell because he’s disciplined them for a lot of crappy stuff.

  5. I agree with Allen that the “safety” measures Goodell has installed have gone way to far and are destroying the game. However the horse collar tackle needs to be illegal, that is a very dangerous thing, especially if you have a player whose ONLY way to tackle was to horse collars like Roy Williams did.

  6. Has he talked to any of the players suing the league for not protecting them from themselves or is he just upset the gravy train will be over by the time he get’s a shot at getting free money from the league?

  7. I know this kind of clown. All macho posturing and then if something bad happened, he’d be the first in line to sue the NFL for reckless endangerment…

    I can see what would happen if they mad chop-blocks legal again: “Oh, they shouldn’t have made chop-blocks legal. Now I’m a cripple and can’t play and you owe me $50 million…”

    After all, right now there are DOZENS of lawsuits against the NFL for head injuries. Most of which came before they even understood that it could happen.

  8. Interesting that he doesn’t side with Goodell, especially on issues like “Bountygate” that he took the Vikings side on. As much as I love big hits, some things need to be illegal. Horse collar tackles are cheap and can cause serious injuries very easily. But yes, a lot of the “roughing the passer” or unsportsmanlike conduct hits are total BS.

  9. Now I am an Allen fan. NFL has gotten much worse since Goodell. Take the game back to when men were men. All the millionaires know the risks and that’s why they are millionaires. If kickoff’s change I will drop NFL forever.

  10. Drew Brees (someone I used to have great respect for) has little or no credibility left.
    His own team had a system in place to physically hurt other QB’s around the league. Brees comes off as a chump by being so outspoken on this issue. Wonder what other QB’s privately think of Brees. And why doesn’t the media go after him??

  11. So would I. Especially the hits on WR’s coming over the middle. Any nice hard hit is flagged and the player most likely fined. Last I heard, your head is a part of your neck, which is in very close proximity to your shoulder. Spearing is illegal and should stay that way, but let defenders get a nice bone jarring hit and be proud. This isn’t soccer, its FOOTBALL!!!! Let’s see if the diva Wr’s want that 20 yard catch that bad or if they will get alligator arms. It’s a collision sport in which they get paid a lot of money to entertain us. I want to see some nice hits for my money.

  12. The rawest form?

    I want to think it was Gosder Cherilus, or a different Lions OL, that went low on Allen and it was really ticked about it. So I find his comment ironic.

  13. With Goodell, the players are playing without knowing most of the rules. Then Goodell changes the rules or creates them after the fact and finds and/or suspends the players. It’s no wonder the players don’t like Goodell.

  14. Simple – If all the players agree with Jared (and I do as a fan) – have them all sign a waiver of liability of suing the league later for dangerous hits and tackles – then the commissioner, who is only trying to protect his bosses from litigation, can back off the “trying to make it safer” propaganda.

  15. I’m a realist… That’s not going to happen… The NFL is trying to settle these lawsuits related to the “rawest form” of football. The NFL doesn’t want to have to pay disability to all these players after they made their millions & their careers are over. They are trying to protect the game’s future by making it as safe as they can without completely neutering the sport. I don’t think people understand the magnitude of the problem these lawsuits pose for the owners.

  16. Big fan of JA69, but when new players hate the new rules and regulations, and old players are suing the league because their weren’t certain rules and regulations, then what is Goodell suppose to do?

  17. The players are mad because they are trying to make the safer, yet they are filing lawsuits against the NFL for the game not being safe in the past. Drew Brees and Jared Allen are both whiners that need to zip their ignorant mouths!

  18. Hate the Vikes, but I’ve always respected the humorous Jared Allen. That respect just increased even more.

  19. They need to ask offensive players too. All defensive players want the rules changed back. Of course if you talk to defensive players about cut blocks they all think the offensive players who do it should be suspended and are dirty.

    As a fan, I liked the game better before but as someone who wants to put their kids in football I hope the game is at least safe enough that players can enjoy your life once their short experience with the game is over. Whether that is high school, college or further.

  20. “Allen is one of many, many players who have told Goodell they liked the game better before Goodell started trying to make them safer.”

    These are the same players that will be suing the League after their playing days are over because their bodies and minds are messed up and their quality of life is in the toilet.

  21. Not a Vikings fan, but I’ve always loved Allen. One of the best players and human beings in the NFL. Make him commish.

  22. OK- so do these players actually have a clue how the NFL works? Goodell doesn’t pass any rules or make changes on his own.. that is all done by the competition committee and approved by vote of ownership– of which, Mr. Allen’s boss (and Mr. Brees’) is a member. Then their union can challenge anything they don’t like, unless it’s already been specifically agreed to in the CBA- like the drug testing.

    Allen is free to tell their boss not to support the changes, and they are free to listen.. but to blame Goodell for this is insane. I’m surprised Brees doesn’t recognize this.. although his gripes about the bounty hearings are legitimately on Goodell.

  23. So the Patriots get a 1st round pick back? GREAT! With the 33rd pick of the 1st round the New England Patriots select…

  24. I think the game would be back to “real” faster if they got a tremendous team of lawyers, the right group of judges and shot down the thousands of lawsuits against the league.

    There has got to be a judge somewhere that has the balls to say, “What?? You smashed your head into someone else’s head as hard as you can for 10 years and now you have headaches?? Geez…I wouldn’t do that…unless I was paid 20x the wages as the next guy. Wait, you were. Go away. Not my fault you blew your money.”

  25. Goodell is putting up a nice front.. but you know deep down inside it hurts to be on an island all by yourself.

  26. While I don’t agree with most utterances that come out of Godell’s mouth, Allen is way off base here.

  27. majikbullet says: Dec 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    The players are mad because they are trying to make the safer, yet they are filing lawsuits against the NFL for the game not being safe in the past. Drew Brees and Jared Allen are both whiners that need to zip their ignorant mouths!
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    Oh there’s ignorance going around alright but I don’t think it’s from the players. The reason the NFL is getting sued is not because the NFL allowed certain hits. The reason the NFL is getting sued is because for years they claimed repeated hits to the head don’t cause the kinds of injuries we see now even though they’ve had data for years indicating otherwise. This is similar to the smoking industry who did the same thing with cigarettes. If both had been up front and said this is what we know and play at your own risk the cases against them would be much weaker. But they didn’t. So now anyone that starts smoking likely cannot win a judgement against the tobacco industry because of numerous warnings the industry puts out. Same thing with players entering the league now. The league has just now made an effort to inform its athletes of such dangers and it insulates them. The overboard reaction to hard hits is just a show. The informing is what really counts.

  28. Jared, Roger is employed by the owners…not the players. If you don’t like that then I’d suggest you find another job.

  29. rickastleydancemoves says:
    Dec 13, 2012 2:49 PM
    What about discipline for multiple DUI’s?
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    Ummmmm. Pretty sure he was disciplined for those DUIs.

  30. And Jared Allen would have to deal with all these concussion lawsuit people are filing because at the end of the day..they were forced to play football…….NOT!

  31. Its business at the end of the day guys. Goodell is a business man not a football player. He gets paid to make the tough choices and to protect the league from lawsuits realted to safety becuase the players are now suing from the past and Goodell is cleaning up the former commisioners messes.

  32. bleedgreenation says:
    Dec 13, 2012 3:21 PM
    Goodell is putting up a nice front.. but you know deep down inside it hurts to be on an island all by yourself.

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    Goodell has 20+ millions reasons not to be hurt. He does the job that the owners pay him to do. Be the head guy of the NFL which is a business and to not be a popular mascot. As with any business you have to make the tough choices and they may be unpopular but if the former players get win mutiple billions the NFL would fold fast.

  33. The league has never been more popular and the tv deals based on that popularity are paying Allen’s salary. Good thing he plays the game at a high level because his lack of business acumen is off the charts.

  34. As if anyone but the owners needed validation of Goody’s incompetence. Ocho stinko is probably the only player who likes him. Oh wait, he’s not even in the league, is he?

  35. I can’t dismiss everything Goddell has done. Steve Smith broke his leg and missed an entire season when he was horse-collar tackled in game 1 in ’04. If his career ends without enough stats to get in the Hall of Fame, that one play will be the reason why.

  36. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says:
    Dec 13, 2012 2:56 PM
    I wonder if he would sign a waiver that would prevent him from ever bringing a law suite against the NFL or anyone for anything injuty related.

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    I would bet that he and 90% of the players would not. See NFL players are a greedy bunch as witnessed countless times. These guys make 18times the average salary in this country and many make more. The mismange it and then want to get more back so they sue. Just watch as the players retire and start suing. In ten years the guys complaining about the rule changes will still want to sue.

  37. burnz1379 says:
    Dec 13, 2012 2:42 PM
    I agree… Goodell is taking it in the direction of flag football… pretty soon every team will make it to the play offs, and we’ll never watch another kick off…

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    Goodell is talking about playoff expansion because that is his job to grow the revenue (more playoffs = more revenue) and he talks to get a feel from the fan base of the NFL how they would react to these changes. Anyone that thought Goodell wants to make this game flag football has had there head in a hole the last few year with all the law suits. Besides it is the owners that change the rules by voting not Goodell.

  38. I don’t like roger but these players are so short sighted. Whats Allen going to say 10, 20 years when he is suffering from brain damaged, mental illness, and other injures. Bet you he’s going to jump on lets sue the nfl.

  39. Remember that the Commissioner is not the owner(s) …..The changes to the NFL game are not entirely up to him. Jared Allen is a great defensive football player, but I wouldn’t have him as my quarterback, much less my Commissioner.

    The Commissioner is doing a great job for the owners and the league as a business. Don’t expect changes at that position anytime soon.

  40. This is why everyone gotta love Jared Allen. He tells it like it is and he backs it up on and off the field. His Homes For Wounded Warrior Project is one of the best foundations, especially for what it does for the veterans of OUR country. Allen’s a monster on the field and one of the best guys off the field.

  41. tim2200 says:Dec 13, 2012 2:49 PM

    Drew Brees (someone I used to have great respect for) has little or no credibility left.
    His own team had a system in place to physically hurt other QB’s around the league.
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    Wow! Amazing that the Saints were the first team in the history of the game to invent the concept of physically hurting other QB’s around the league. Truly shocking breaking news!

  42. ….and thats why you are not commissioner! JARED! ANyone that supports these players or the coaches involved are loony. Its this constant blaming of others while taking no responsility for others suffering that was inflicted by you that drives me nuts. Oh Jared, you want to come to my house and play football. I will take up a collection of my buddies and whoever can take a baseball bat to your head wins the pot! Sounds like a good plan, but don’t blame though when you get hurt and walk like a cripple….. I was just an innocent bystander!

  43. Every player wants football back to its rawest form. Then, they wanna sue because the nfl kept it at its rawest form.

  44. patriotsdefense says:
    Dec 13, 2012 3:15 PM
    So the Patriots get a 1st round pick back? GREAT! With the 33rd pick of the 1st round the New England Patriots select…

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    I’d be in favor of giving them an extra pick in next years draft. The “great” Bill Belichick needs to keep his NFL record of drafting defensive back busts in the first two rounds alive.

  45. Horsecollar is a good penalty to have in the mix. When the most frequent result of a certain type of tackle is a severe injury to the person being tackled, its not a good thing.

    Which doesn’t mean Goodell hasn’t done a lot of things that I think are hurting the sport but you also have to ask the question would it be different if another guy was commissioner ?

    If Jared Allen was named commissioner tonight does anyone really thing the league’s attorneys would allow him to reduce any of the emphasis on helmet to helmet hits for example, with 4000 former players suing the league ? Of course they wouldn’t.

    As I said the other day in one of the Toredol articles, might as well change the name of the league to the National Attorneyball League because the more lawyers are involved in making decisions about the league the less the game will resemble actual football.

  46. The league needs a commissioner who actually played the game and understands what its like, not a white collar lawyer on a mega power trip like they got in Goodell.

  47. I don’t necessarily agree with Allen that football should go back to its rawest state … but please Mr. Goodell, show me some data to prove you’ve made the game safer. Please. I’m still seeing just as many guys get concussed as ever. All I’m seeing from you is neutered defenses, absurd fines, and insanely uneven flagging on the field. Please–show me how this had helped protect anyone’s health and safety.

  48. Just an observation:

    I find it interesting that alot of current players are against the rules that protect them while alot of former players are now suing the league for NOT protecting them. This is the leagues best argument in any lawsuit brought against them by players for injuries suffered during their careers and I’m sure the league grabs every one of these quotes and smiles while they put them away for when the time comes to use them.

    Can’t have it both ways fellas…and fans

  49. Its a shame that Goodell has gone overboard with a few very high profile issues as it causes bias against some of the very reasonable changes he has brought to the game. Player safety should be a priority; its a matter of opinion when attempts to improve the safety actually impact the spirit of an aggressive physical sport however. Unfortunately, the rash of over the top fines, the replacement refs, and the whole bounty thing were handled poorly. I personally think that improving equipment, more objective assessment of head injuries and changing rules to decrease the likelihood of severe head and neck trauma are common sense ideas that do not ruin the integrity of the game. If you wanna watch guys try to kill eachother, go watch ultimate fighting championships.

  50. Jared Allen can bluster all he wants, but if he were commissioner, he’d have league lawyers and owners breathing down his neck about the billion dollar lawsuits from concussions, screaming at him to do something to avoid FUTURE lawsuits.

    Jared never even finished his degree. What does he know about liability? Unfortunately, the league is run by lawyers now.

  51. Let me preface this by saying that Jared Allen is an excellent football player. No doubt about it.

    But am I the only one that doesn’t like Jared Allen and his personality? I think his sack dance is ridiculous and he acts like a college frat boy.

    Maybe it’s just me. And it probably is.

  52. Yes, Jared. And then the person who become commissioner after you would undo everything that you did….that is, if you didn’t destroy the league during your tenure.

    Good luck with that, though.

  53. this entire situation is ridiculous. there are a LOT MORE dangerous careers out there that the average joe works on a daily basis. why don’t we outlaw coal mining or welding or other jobs where you can get seriously injured. these players know what they are getting into , just like every person knows the profession they enter with the risks involved

  54. Hey essentialsausage…..why don’t you give us a few examples of that……if he’s one of the dirtiest players in the league you should be able to provide us with lots. I’m sure you’ll start with the block on the Bears O lineman……now prove your point…..go.

  55. “Hey essentialsausage…..why don’t you give us a few examples of that……if he’s one of the dirtiest players in the league you should be able to provide us with lots. I’m sure you’ll start with the block on the Bears O lineman……now prove your point…..go.”
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    Sure, you mean the block on Lance Louis where he launched himself into the air and blasted Lance Louis like he was a guided missile? That was not a block, it was tagging a defenseless player.

    Then there is his cheap shot on Matt Schaub’s knee from behind. Then there are the late hits and facemask grabs that he’s been fined for. Then there are his three DUI’s he got suspended for.

  56. If players don’t like all the hits they take, RETIRE SOONER.

    But MAN UP in the mean time and play the game. There are risks when you agree to play a game with 21 other angry people smashing each other, that’s why a player makes LOTS OF MONEY for working out, traveling, and playing the game.

    Perhaps all players that get a life-altering injury or 3 years of NFL service should be guaranteed $50k per year for life? No, that’s not a lot in CA or NY, but man that will go far in Canton/Akron… I’m just saying… Not bad for a few years of athletics…

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