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Joe Haden would give Goodell an “A”

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At a time when it has become fashionable for players to gripe about Commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns cornerback Joe Haden has a different view.

We know that because he shared it with Pro Football Talk on Friday.

“I would say for me I would give him an A, just ’cause I’m doing my thing, making my checks, playing the sport that I love, and everything’s going pretty good for me,” Haden said.

Not a bad assessment from a guy who was suspended four games last season, reportedly for taking Adderall.

Haden realizes that other players have concerns about the Commissioner, such as Haden’s teammate, Scott Fujita, but Haden’s focus for now is on his own backyard, where things are pretty good especially in light of the fact that he was a top-seven pick in 2010, the year before the labor deal restricted the money paid out at the top of the draft.

It’s not uncommon for young players to feel that way.  Or, in the NFL’s case, for most veteran players to feel that way.  Still, Haden’s views on Goodell depart from those of most of his peers.

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15 Responses to “Joe Haden would give Goodell an “A””
  1. clownsfan says: Mar 9, 2013 5:54 AM

    Luv this kid. Straight up baller. Would like to see the draft D-Mill @ #6 if he’s there to compliment Joe.

  2. daburgher says: Mar 9, 2013 6:01 AM

    I couldnt care less about what Joe Haden”s opinion is on anything

  3. marcinhouston says: Mar 9, 2013 6:15 AM

    Every time a Steeler or Raven makes a big tackle Goodell fines them 50k. Haden figures that by kissing up to the big man and being thankful, he can secure even more advantage. It’s too bad the kid doesn’t have the heart to ever be a champion.

  4. daburgher says: Mar 9, 2013 6:16 AM

    Thanks for your insightful opinion there Joe! – said no one, unsarcastically

  5. mec693 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:23 AM

    hadens a pretty stand up guy. The way he’s talked about the revis-sherman situation and his commissioner are very respectful

  6. z0inks says: Mar 9, 2013 8:29 AM

    If you’re looking at it from an owner’s perspective, then Goodell is doing a great job. The league is making money hand over fist, and owners are constantly finding new revenue streams and ways to squeeze a few more dollars out of fans.

    From a business perspective, Goodell is doing a great job of promoting the growth of the National Football League.

    It’s just a shame that they’re ruining the game of football in the process.

  7. gbmickey says: Mar 9, 2013 8:59 AM

    Zoink you really don’t get it do you? By eliminating drugs and illegal hits its ruining the game? Quite the contrary, its preserving the game. Unless the NFL took a stance on safety the upcoming lawsuit for concussions might wipe out the game. This is not something to be taken lightly. I like most love the old school football but it is evolving whether we like it or not.

  8. kampfire90 says: Mar 9, 2013 9:15 AM

    z0inks says: Mar 9, 2013 8:29 AM : “…It’s just a shame that they’re ruining the game of football in the process.”
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    The problem is that if the NFL does not implement these strict rules (esp. for player safety), they get sued for not caring. If they do enforce strict rules, they get chastised for ‘ruining the game’. If frivolous lawsuits got thrown out & players had to take accountability for knowing that ‘football’ comes with physical risks, then we could still have the game we love played the way it should be played. Unfortunately, that is not how things work now adays. Don’t hate the player (Goodell/NFL), hate the game (CYA b/c of lawsuits).

  9. keylimelight says: Mar 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    I think that had to be one of the most candid interviews I ever heard from a player.

    He’s watching film of other CBs–his “competition”–as he strives for self improvement.

    He took an optimistic view of his quarterback without pretending that Wheeden would set the world on fire.

    He sized up his teams chances for 2013 as .500–no rose-colored glasses there.

    I can see him becoming a coach after his CB career is done.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Mar 9, 2013 9:37 AM

    Joe Haden would give Goodell an “A”
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    Haden sees the “big picture”. His macroscopic point of view is more intelligent and in direct opposition to the view of most players, those who lack Haden’s perspicacity. Commissi0ner Goodell is both saving the game as well as the players from themselves.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Mar 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    gbmickey says:Mar 9, 2013 8:59 AM

    Zoink you really don’t get it do you? By eliminating drugs and illegal hits its ruining the game? Quite the contrary, its preserving the game. Unless the NFL took a stance on safety the upcoming lawsuit for concussions might wipe out the game. This is not something to be taken lightly. I like most love the old school football but it is evolving whether we like it or not.
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    Well expressed, gbmickey. Too many fans lack your forward thinking.

  12. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 9, 2013 9:59 AM

    The Big Picture??? Saving the game??? He’s commenting from a very limited viewpoint. So Goodall gets an A because he gets to play & cashes his paychecks. Really???

  13. 4thqtrsaint says: Mar 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    You really want to know why he gave Goodell an A? BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO GET SUSPENDED EVER AGAIN. He’s scared he’ll have to flip burgers. It has nothing to do with a “big picture”. Some of you people are so blind.

  14. CKL says: Mar 9, 2013 11:00 AM

    Haden’s a stud. Most people don’t know that because they don’t watch the Browns, but he’s the real deal. He’s also a good kid who is very involved with the community in Cleveland. He’s really embraced being a Brown.

    I loved his comeback when he was asked about Richardson’s profits too, “I guess he would give Goodell an A+”. :)

    Don’t hate on him because he cares about playing the game he loves and getting paid. How many other players do you think feel exactly the same way? A lot, I would wager. The militants like Brees aren’t the majority (and he got paid to boot). Just like in the real working world, most people just want to do their job, hope it’s something they love doing, and get paid. Why should football players have a higher standard than us regular people?

  15. yajas says: Mar 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    I can’t believe the comments and thumb responses I’m seeing on this article. Normally everyone is complaining about everything Goodell does saying he doesn’t care about player safety but whining about everything he does to try to make the game safer. It’s refreshing to see a few other people agree with me that Goodell really isn’t the spawn of satan.

    Maybe the moderator that always seems to delete any comment I make supporting Goodell has the day off.

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