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In rare tweet, Goodell says NFL has “bright future”

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a Twitter account.  But he doesn’t use it very often.

On Friday, he dusted it off for the first time since September 5, the first day of the 2013 regular season.  And he sent five total messages.

The first two focused on Friday’s fundraising event at the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa, where Goodell appeared and spoke to the media.  He then pointed out that, on Thursday, the Commissioner visited with the Associated Press Sports Editors to discuss the “future” of the NFL.

Goodell capped that with these two back-to-back sentiments:  (1) “We have a bright future due to strength & quality of the game, players, coaches & fan interest”; and (2) “We always have our challenges but we are excited to meet and exceed them.”

It’s not clear what motivated the spontaneous display of confidence.  MDS thinks it’s a subtle response to the Mark Cuban theory that the fat hog will soon be slaughtered.  It’s also possibly a reaction to the widespread frustration regarding the two-week delay of this year’s draft, which is now parked on Mother’s Day weekend (and which will compel scouts and coaches and other football operations people to spend Mother’s Day chasing undrafted free agents).

With more than 15,500 votes cast since Friday on our poll regarding draft timing, an improbable 96.33 percent prefer the draft to be held in April, not May.

The league remains incredibly strong, and the NFL constantly strives to get better.  But it remains important when pushing forward to be willing to revisit past decisions that may need to be adjusted — and to learn from those mistakes when considering more changes that may be more luxury than necessity.

For now, the NFL’s biggest looming potential shifts relate to the expansion of the playoffs, the contraction of the preseason, and the relocation of team(s) to London or Los Angeles.  The 18-game regular season also continues to simmer, but with no real effort by the league office currently to make it happen.

The NFL is hardly broken.  But in an effort to climb even higher, there’s always a chance the league will slip.

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49 Responses to “In rare tweet, Goodell says NFL has “bright future””
  1. thepftpoet says: Apr 26, 2014 1:19 PM

    Goodell is right.

    The NFL will always be the greatest sports organization of all time.

    Just as the historic Minnesota Vikings are the greatest sports franchise of all time.

    It’s interchangeable.

  2. smackingfools says: Apr 26, 2014 1:20 PM

    Keep messing with the rules and you might not.

  3. damcmp says: Apr 26, 2014 1:20 PM

    The NFL makes enough money now to block out the Sun! What he means with the money grab proposals he keeps making his future is bright!

  4. dalcow4 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:23 PM

    “We have a bright future!”– I think that tweet was supposed to have been a direct message to Robert Kraft.

  5. fissels says: Apr 26, 2014 1:28 PM

    Keep playing tricks on the fans, like moving the draft back , and your bright future may not be so bright

  6. 3yardsndust says: Apr 26, 2014 1:30 PM

    Too many changes to the game under Goodell. The fans don’t want to guess what the rules are each year. SMH

  7. football025 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:33 PM

    Is he retiring then

  8. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 26, 2014 1:55 PM

    I wonder what Goodell’s approval rating among fans stands.

  9. wawa33 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:55 PM

    Fidel Goodell can’t help himself; a dictator-like “dear leader” proclamation every day. It’s wearing thin.

  10. bennyb82 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:56 PM

    I. cannot. wait. for. the. draft.

  11. 8drinkminimum says: Apr 26, 2014 1:57 PM

    As if he would say anything else.

  12. mackcarrington says: Apr 26, 2014 1:58 PM

    Everything looks bright when you’re viewing through $40 million dollar lenses.

  13. jkampel20 says: Apr 26, 2014 2:23 PM

    This man is slowly ruining the NFL.

  14. bscoberlay says: Apr 26, 2014 2:25 PM

    I think the NFL has to think about making more money than distrupting the sked and the legacy. They have to think about non traditional revenue streams that would add to the fan experience.

  15. wantcheesewityourwhine says: Apr 26, 2014 2:25 PM

    The salary cap keeps going up & up. The game is not played until Sept!Draft & decisions, gets anticipation like no other.. The playoffs in other sports are going on & i see more NFL! So I’m to believe in this slaughter? The Nfl is genius! Scared of change are we?

  16. charger383 says: Apr 26, 2014 2:39 PM

    Has anybody ever seen him and Brian France, the head of NASCAR together?

    I think they are both the same person, they are both hellbent on ruining their sport

  17. ghost26 says: Apr 26, 2014 2:40 PM

    In rare tweet, Goodell says NFL has “bright future”

    Not if he continues to be Commissioner. The play on the field has started to get watered down for a number of reasons;

    1) Most teams aren’t ready until Week 3. The first two weeks are sloppy due in part to the changes to how much the players can practice. Getting rid of two a days in training camp is a disservice to the players & the coaching staffs. Shame on the Player’s Union for this nonsense.

    2) Too many personal fouls & fines for hits that are unintentional. This is a Goodell & league office disaster. They need to relax these penalties b/c it’s ruining the games.

    3) With the NFL’s focus on higher scoring the rules for DB’s make it nearly impossible. While this is great for people who play ‘fantasy football’ the real football on the field is being diluted.

    4) QB’s are WAY too protected. They might as well wear red jerseys b/c it’s a joke if you touch someone like Brady. Plus you have more & more QB’s who are calling for the penalties & crying to the refs which is just beyond lame.

    I can think of three teams that had defenses that played well throughout the year–the Seahawks, the Niners, & the Panthers. Other than that it’s hit or miss for everyone else each week.

  18. corky2141 says: Apr 26, 2014 2:41 PM

    Every time this guy says something it makes me think more and more that he studied under Vince McMahon. He is the head heel that everybody loves to hate and he just smiles and smiles and counts his cash

  19. rockstart42 says: Apr 26, 2014 2:44 PM

    Not if they don’t move the Draft back to where it was…

  20. sterling7 says: Apr 26, 2014 2:57 PM

    I used to be a Roger Goodell fan………………but, if you could please return football back to the way it was “before” he was named commissioner with kickoffs, the draft held the last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in April and stop prostituting and ruining this game by saying fans want the playoff system expanded (which they do not, I’ve never met a person who wanted the playoffs expanded), then maybe by going back we can have a future to look forward to in NFL football! P.S. And stop running overseas for games also!!!

  21. j0esixpack says: Apr 26, 2014 3:29 PM

    If this new playoff system were in place in 2013 the two additional wild card spots would have gone to a 10-6 team and added another 8 win team to the playoffs

    Same thing in 2012

    In 2011 a 9-7 team and another 8-8 team would have gotten in – again, no different than the current system… Not the best teams but we have seen 9-7 teams get hot and win the SB before and no one said the game was ruined

    In 2010 under the CURRENT PLAYOFF STRUCTURE a 7-9 team went to the playoffs. Two 10-6 teams from the NFC stayed home and watched along with a 9-7 AFC team

    In 2009 two more 9-7 teams would have made the playoffs (joining the 9-7 teams already there)

    And of course in 2008 fans were treated to watching a 8-8 team in the playoffs rather than an 11-5 team that was left out

    If fans actually stop to think they’d see that mediocre teams are ALREADY in the playoffs…

    The only thing that will change is now you’ll have more 11-5 and 10-6 teams.

    Everyone said expansion was going to ruin the NFL in 1990 as well folks. Wake up.

  22. 1sttimepftcomment says: Apr 26, 2014 3:36 PM

    Football025 beat me to the punch! When is Goodell retiring! He,s an absolute TOOL!

  23. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 26, 2014 3:42 PM

    Roger is in denial.
    If Goodell really wanted to improve his product, he’d convince the owners that a third of their teams’ payrolls ought not go to quarterbacks, which would free up more money to be spend on quality players. Cutting five starters to pay one guy is insane.

  24. ariani1985 says: Apr 26, 2014 3:42 PM

    Funny that Roger hasn’t sold “stock” to fleece the fans, works for some other sheep in the league!

  25. staffordsyear says: Apr 26, 2014 3:48 PM

    This ship is sinking..at least i will get a kick at the draft when he gets booed. This year should be pretty loud.

    Come to think about it if i was getting booed by the people who basically pay my salary i would think something isn’t right. This guy just doesn’t seem to get it or maybe he just doesn’t care. I wish we still had Tagliabue as the commish.

  26. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 26, 2014 3:51 PM

    … but the fans agree with all of his changes.

    You know how I know this… because he said so, so it must be true! He’d tell you the fans are excited about moving the draft to May too.

  27. thethunderofgunns says: Apr 26, 2014 4:02 PM

    His tweet was to himself in the third person, he couldn’t care less about the fans or what they think.

  28. brownsfanincali says: Apr 26, 2014 4:43 PM

    Goodell made around 44 million last year alienating just about everyone who plays, coaches, or watches pro football… how in the hell is that even possible ? And even worse, what does that say about us as fans that we continue to tolerate it ? If this guy was the CEO of any Fortune 500 company in the country, with the kind of approval rating he surely must have, he’d be out the door in a heartbeat. The owners need to wake up and show him the door before Mark Cuban becomes a prophet.

  29. youhurtmyfeelings says: Apr 26, 2014 4:44 PM

    Do a Redskins name change poll, and then send it to him! Then he can see how much momentum our movement has made!!!

  30. realdealsteel says: Apr 26, 2014 5:02 PM

    The owners and Goodall will care when they start losing money. The only message Billionaires understand is when you start taking money away from them. Then they listen.

  31. remyje says: Apr 26, 2014 5:03 PM

    who cares if they have to work on mother’s day weekend… players play on thanksgiving… i’m just saying

  32. uglydingo says: Apr 26, 2014 5:15 PM

    Roger sleeps well every night knowing that he cannot make a mistake (never has). All is good in the NFL and we are lucky to have a genius who is blessed with perfect wisdom and knowledge. He earned every cent of the $44M last year – but shucks, he’s still just a regular guy.
    To the guys who start booing when he strides triumphant to the stage to announce that the Houston Texans are on the clock, like every other NFL fan, I’m with you in spirit. Make this year the loudest and best boos that Roger has ever heard.

  33. jamarcusgabbert says: Apr 26, 2014 5:21 PM

    Does that mean that Goodell will get fired?

  34. thethunderofgunns says: Apr 26, 2014 5:35 PM

    May Goodell become even more rare than his own tweets. :)

  35. beartastic45 says: Apr 26, 2014 6:11 PM

    Mark Cuban is right. As long as the NFL cartel of lord Goodell and the greedy owners continue to alienate the fans the NFL will implode in 8 years! I look forward to seeing that day arrive.

  36. joe400e says: Apr 26, 2014 6:36 PM

    Goodell is the first comissioner that I can remember in 45 years of watching sports that is more concerned with his legacy than the game, the players and most importantly, the fans.

  37. pancaketaco says: Apr 26, 2014 6:58 PM

    Seems whenever a leaders proclaims things are great then in reality they aren’t…

  38. gt40bear says: Apr 26, 2014 7:00 PM

    Not if he’s there long!

  39. c297201d says: Apr 26, 2014 7:02 PM

    we all need to begin watching rugby – he hasn’t ruined that yet…

  40. doggeatdogg says: Apr 26, 2014 7:14 PM

    Roger is starting to act like an elitist. I love chocolate ice cream but I can’t eat it everyday and I’m OK if I don’t have it for a year. Same for NFL. Wise up. And bring the draft back to April.

  41. hollymolley says: Apr 26, 2014 7:31 PM

    Get real. The NFL is in a decline. As sure as can be, when they start to even talk about it, rest assured, it’s already a HUGE problem. Raise prices a little more, expand the season, license more Tee Vee games, try more play off games, new teams in Europe, schedule more games in Europe, anything to bring in new revenue, send the Bills to Canada , anything to make money…….

  42. usdcoyotesfan says: Apr 26, 2014 7:40 PM

    I’m not buying any merchandise as long as goodell (lowercase intentional) is the commissioner.

  43. fifthmaze says: Apr 26, 2014 7:48 PM

    The NFL is not in decline!

    As Roger Goodale fully understands fans that love to wager, and play fantasy football, will keep NFL football king of the sports mountain for decades to come.

  44. jeanoroid says: Apr 26, 2014 7:52 PM

    The Nike Football League is alienating old fans in favor of the younger crowd. It is definitely more of a ‘product’ than it ever was and I don’t think much of the younger generation know the difference between Hot Topic and the real thing..

  45. j0esixpack says: Apr 26, 2014 9:00 PM

    Ok so to sum up – if you want more mediocre teams in the playoffs and fewer good teams, you’ll want to keep the playoff system as is

    If you want more 10-6 and 11-5 teams, you should be in favor of expanding the playoffs so that the good, non-conference winning teams can get in, and not just the 7-9 winners from a weak conference

  46. theshivusregall says: Apr 26, 2014 10:12 PM

    As much complaining as I read in these comments about rule changes, playoff expansion, and how much money Goodell makes, the solution is simple. You don’t have have to consume it, don’t buy the Manning jersey, or tune in. Regardless of how I feel about potential changes, you can be damn sure I am watching every Sunday. Watch the NBA instead, and enjoy the fact that the Heat win again, and that no parity exists. Seriously, I have never seen so many complaints about more football……

  47. johnnyb216 says: Apr 27, 2014 2:38 AM

    Ooh. He must’ve sensed the minions were getting restless…

  48. footballrulz says: Apr 27, 2014 2:39 PM

    Goodell played out his “rookie” contract in 2011 & is now on his first “big money” contract. Maybe the NFL will get smart and not pick up his option for the 4th year.

  49. pittsteelers101 says: Apr 27, 2014 6:16 PM

    Mara has to stop talking!i don’t see the Rooneys making comments !

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