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Owners wants to see more relaxed, less evasive Goodell at press conferences

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The excellent, revealing (largely in a bad way) look at the NFL from Mark Liebovich of the New York Times Magazine contains plenty of great nuggets and insights about the dominant American sports league. One of them relates to the assessment of one of the Commissioner’s most conspicuous job duties: dealing with the media.

Liebovich writes that Goodell “can come off as tight, smug and sanctimonious” during press conferences. Texans owner Bob McNair confirmed that thinking indirectly, by listing a couple of things that Goodell’s bosses would like to see when the Commissioner is speaking extemporaneously and/or trying to make talking points seem spontaneous.

“We’d like to see him more relaxed and smiling and answering the questions,’’ McNair told Liebovich. ‘‘You know, he’s got all these legal advisers telling him you can’t say this or you can’t say that.’’

McNair’s assessment meshes with the perception that Goodell gets millions in part to be the public face of potentially unpopular decisions made behind the curtain by the billionaires who run the sport, and it’s one of the rare instances in which the men who employ and compensate Goodell have had anything but praise for him.

Which really isn’t bad for Goodell, given that he’s in the awkward spot of enforcing the rules against the people who supervise him.

“How many jobs do you have where you actually can end up disciplining your boss?” Goodell said.

Not many, but perhaps that dilemma speaks to deeper problems with the overall structure of a league that expects an employee to police his supervisor. Which suggests that, ultimately, the league would benefit from a truly independent body that oversees the sport.

But that’s the last thing the Commissioner wants. Because it’s the last thing his bosses want.

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  1. flamethrower101 says: Feb 3, 2016 8:46 PM

    I can’t help but laugh at this post.
    The owners created the monster in Roger Goodell today, and now they want him to be more relaxed?
    So what are they gonna do when he’s not? Punish him?
    This entire piece speaks to the failure of the structure of the NFL, all because Goodell does not have the tenacity to stand up to 32 bosses who run absolutely amuck and force him into situations where basically he takes all the blame when sometimes he doesn’t even deserve it.

  2. mmack66 says: Feb 3, 2016 8:49 PM

    That’s what you get with a Goodellbot.

  3. rhamrhoddy says: Feb 3, 2016 8:51 PM

    Pretty tame stuff but during the last 10 years, still probably the harshest public criticism he’s faced.
    This guy is a human shield for the owners. These guys pay well over $1 million a year each to this guy so you know they sit back in the boardrooms during Goodells press conferences laughing maniacally, pushing each other into the credenzas…

  4. mmack66 says: Feb 3, 2016 8:52 PM

    flamethrower101 says:
    Feb 3, 2016 8:46 PM

    I can’t help but laugh at this post.
    The owners created the monster in Roger Goodell today, and now they want him to be more relaxed?
    So what are they gonna do when he’s not? Punish him?
    This entire piece speaks to the failure of the structure of the NFL, all because Goodell does not have the tenacity to stand up to 32 bosses who run absolutely amuck and force him into situations where basically he takes all the blame when sometimes he doesn’t even deserve it.
    ——————

    Goodellbot serves at the whim of the owners, and does their bidding. They don’t want someone with a spine in that position.

  5. 6ball says: Feb 3, 2016 8:54 PM

    .
    McNair made his money via the Enron fraud. ‘Nuff said.
    .

  6. jchipwood says: Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM

    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.

  7. patsfan says: Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM

    Let’s be honest, part of his job description is to be the pinata between the fans, media and owners.

    To be more honest, I enjoy making him fulfill that job description.

    His persona makes it fun to do so.

    Everybody walks away happy.

  8. luckyforus says: Feb 3, 2016 9:20 PM

    The cheaters and criminals are the biggest Goodell haters and whiners. Don’t cheat or break the law and you’d rarely hear from Goodell.

    Seriously there’s no with hunt. Quit spewing hate at Krafts buddy.

    You cheated so own up to it like a man. So much circumstantial evidence you’re ignoring.

  9. tmcb7 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:24 PM

    fans just want to see a whole lot less of Goodell. Like 100% more of less Goodell. Get the clown out of office!

  10. jimmybrock says: Feb 3, 2016 9:31 PM

    Goodell = POS

  11. icebowler says: Feb 3, 2016 9:31 PM

    Don’t tell me that the owners have actually heard a bit of what we’ve been saying here of pft for the last few years. Will wonders never cease!

  12. vottorific says: Feb 3, 2016 9:32 PM

    His job pays enough to justify all this crap on his plate. Sucks to be him, right? I would trade places in a heartbeat. You guys would too.

  13. sportnik2 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:39 PM

    These owners will never get their wish. Pathological liers and men that start witch hunts to gain power, are never relaxed or non-evasive.

  14. charger383 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:50 PM

    they want him to tell more lies?

  15. forthegoodofthegame says: Feb 3, 2016 9:51 PM

    Roger Goodell is a public relations guy. He doesn’t know how to tell the truth. The owners are slackers. If they want a real commissioner, then go find one. This one is doing the only thing he knows how to do (lie).

  16. terrier92 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:55 PM

    42 million dollar a year puppet Nice gig if you have no integrity

  17. evrybdyhas1 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:56 PM

    It’s all bs. Goodell has delivered year over year extraordinary revenue growth and that is what really matters.

  18. getyourownname says: Feb 3, 2016 10:03 PM

    Goodell certainly has his faults, but I would like to see how all these media critics would react if they were subjected to the same public scrutiny and criticism that they so freely heap on others.

  19. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:06 PM

    If he ever spoke the truth, being relaxed would come natural.

  20. rootpain says: Feb 3, 2016 10:09 PM

    “tight, smug and sanctimonious”, yeah that sounds a lot like Goodell the Narcissist. Hopefully that’s the first leak indicating that the owners are tired of their boy.

  21. intrafinesse says: Feb 3, 2016 10:21 PM

    Huh?!?!
    Why should the owners cede power to someone else? It’s THEIR property. THEY own the teams and the league, why would they not want full control?

    >>Not many, but perhaps that dilemma speaks to deeper problems with the overall structure of a league that expects an employee to police his supervisor. Which suggests that, ultimately, the league would benefit from a truly independent body that oversees the sport.

  22. truthprofessor says: Feb 3, 2016 10:30 PM

    I think it would be great if Goodell told the truth more often.

    Two federal judges appear to agree with me there.

  23. tylawspick6 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:30 PM

    Is this for real? What do you expect when you lie every single time you step in front of a mic?

    1. He never answers simple questions.
    2. He lies when he does answer something directly, which is rare, but that is how you know it’s a lie.
    3. Fire Goodell.

    This is becoming more embarrassing by the day.

    Is this why the study on PSI by Goodell and his phon cronies, went from an actual study to a “spot check”?

    Here’s how the NFL described its plan for checking footballs back in August:

    “At designated games, selected at random, the game balls used in the first half will be collected by the [kicking ball coordinator] at halftime, and the League’s Security Representative will escort the KBC with the footballs to the Officials’ Locker room. During halftime, each game ball for both teams will be inspected in the locker room by designated members of the officiating and security crews, and the PSI results will be measured and recorded. Once measured, those game balls will then be secured and removed from play.”

    What’s the matter Roger, did the Ideal Gas Law conflict with what you wanted to bash the Pats one more time before you headed into court?

    You just know if the Pats beat Denver, they were planning on lying about the data they had, to yet again lie and try to distract the Pats.

    It would be the 4th SB where someone with an agenda was intent on trying to sabotage the Pats in a Super Bowl due to jealousy:

    1. Jets sneaking around trying to hire Parcells, without permission from Pats in Jan 1997.

    2. Walkthrough tape lie story on eve of SB 42.

    3. Last year in SB 49.

    Jealousy is a very, very ugly thing in life, folks, but it all comes from losers, money, power and greed at its core.

    Fire and arrest Goodell.

    End it already!

  24. mullman76 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:30 PM

    Eff Rooney, Mara and Kraft.

    Eff the other 27 owners and the cheese eating, beer swilling owners of the packers.

    Al Davis was the greatest thing to happen to the NFL and the game in which we all follow.

    The NFL is the national pastime of this great country.

    Logical conclusion: Al Davis and his impact is the greatest thing to happen in the history of sport in this great country.

    McNair and the other buffoons that own NFL teams will never reach the heights of the late, great Al Davis.

    “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth”
    ~Mahatma Gandhi~

    RAIDER NATION

  25. kev86 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:32 PM

    His name is still on the football and he is raking it in.

  26. tylawspick6 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:36 PM

    Goodell sold his soul. He can sleep in the bed he made for himself.

    He’s a disgusting human knowingly lying to appease jealous owners/GMs/coaches who use him behind

    As a Pats fan, I’ve know this for years.

    Spygate wasn’t cheating either. BB mocking Mangini is not cheating. It’s just so simple. Pats fans know the truth, but Goodell got caught trying to smear a player in the union. Belichick is part of the owners, so Kraft told him to take it up the old cornhole and move on. But, it wasn’t cheating.

    Why could teams film my teams hand signals, but if NE did it, it was only then considered cheating?

    The general public has been had.

    I just looked: Goodell is so evil, he pulled the 1992 live game broadcast from You Tube where John MAdden openly announces teams film one another and study one another’s hand signals. It’s not there anymore. This is CREEPY.

    Give us our picks back, apologize and fire this failure.

    THe owners also need to apologize for this. You’ve messed with the wrong people. New England will bury you.

  27. peoplegoinahate says: Feb 3, 2016 10:51 PM

    Kraft’s puppet =lose 1st round pick,fined 1 mill,try to suspend brady, 5 mill on wells report OK hater

  28. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 3, 2016 11:02 PM

    Dude comes across as totally coached and incapable of extemporaneous thought.

    I could respect him if not for the outrageous lies like “our fans demand an 18 game season” and “expanded playoffs.” Replace the word “fans” with “owners” and I might agree.

    I still hope Condeleeza Rice gets the commissioners job. She is everything Goodell is not.

  29. machobob says: Feb 3, 2016 11:20 PM

    Lying is stressful. Allow him to be honest and he might relax.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:23 PM

    Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell and his cronies must go

  31. ebdug says: Feb 3, 2016 11:24 PM

    The owners definitely wanted somebody who would take the heat off them, but the Goodell thing was just a huge stroke of luck for them.

    No one could expect to find an animal like that on this planet. Goodell is the unnatural offspring of an occult sexual engagement between Sirhan Sirhan and Satan himself.

    Ted Bundy couldn’t lie to the American public, eliminate kick returns and slander entire organizations and somehow manage to sleep through it.

    That’s Goodell’s superpower. Sleeping. He can sleep even when the sports greatest atlhetes are leaving their brains splattered on his desk. Not one of us could do the same. The man is amazing.

  32. sellout1983 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:30 PM

    I’m sure he’ll earn his 44 Million dollar contract.

  33. trina16 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:35 PM

    How do you suppose he do that if he’s always lying?

  34. youdrivemenutseagles says: Feb 3, 2016 11:58 PM

    “…seeing as how we’re paying him 43 million dollars” – is how the title to this thread is supposed to end.

  35. seriously423 says: Feb 4, 2016 12:18 AM

    goodell is a vile and horrible human being!

    we hate you!

    football fans

  36. upperdecker19 says: Feb 4, 2016 1:16 AM

    I think Goodell’s press conferences are quite informative and he’s very personable.

    Regards,
    Andy Reid

    PS. Time’s yours

  37. pantherfan1973299 says: Feb 4, 2016 1:50 AM

    Never heard of a credenza…guess I just showed my tax bracket..thanks for learnin me!

  38. realpatsfan says: Feb 4, 2016 4:56 AM

    They created the monster and now the owners are losing control.
    The inmates are running the nut house
    Like any liar he is having a hard time remembering the lies.
    Good luck keeping the SHIELD polished.

  39. mt10425 says: Feb 4, 2016 6:20 AM

    He could be that image if his decisions were; consistent with written rules, don’t seem to be personal vendettas and explanations weren’t arbitrarily vague or nonsensical.

  40. yette1 says: Feb 4, 2016 6:37 AM

    Translation: McNair and some other NFL owners would like to see Goodell come off as a little less obvious while he’s lying about the Patriots. Can’t you just smile while claiming the greatest player of all time is cheating even though there is no evidence at all?

  41. rcosborne59 says: Feb 4, 2016 7:09 AM

    Well if Goddell and the league didn’t lie so much he wouldn’t have to be so defensive.

  42. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 4, 2016 7:25 AM

    just speak the truth Roger…..it will free your soul

  43. weepingjebus says: Feb 4, 2016 7:26 AM

    Worst commissioner in sports, by a large margin. But if the owners don’t care then clearly we have bigger problems.

  44. marima07 says: Feb 4, 2016 7:30 AM

    Just set Goodell up in a the dunk tank already… league would make millions off Patriots fans alone.

  45. proudchowdahead13 says: Feb 4, 2016 7:38 AM

    Maybe he’s nervous because he can’t remember the lies he told previously, and doesn’t want to get caught changing them!

  46. bullcharger says: Feb 4, 2016 7:50 AM

    Goodell and some of the owners ran a scheme to convince the fans and the media that intentional deflation of the football can be an advantage to a QB over and above all the crazy ball prep they are actually fully allowed to do while simultaneously not being noticed by the officials who touch the ball every play.

    That scheme worked and whether people think Brady and the Patriots did it or not, it is widely believed that it matters.

    However, historically if the ball felt soft I am sure the ref just grabs a new one and asks for air to be put into the other one. Like every other game of football we have all played in our lives.

    Just like no one knows what a catch is now, the league is creating controversy and purposely polarizing fans to drive popularity.

    It is absolutely a coordinated effort to sensationalize the game and not some byproduct of real concerns about the game’s integrity.

  47. sidepull says: Feb 4, 2016 8:19 AM

    Wishful thinking. Goodell would actually have to :
    Have integrity, which he does not.
    Quit lying, which is impossible.
    Be likable which is never going to happen.
    Good luck with that.

  48. dsigrey says: Feb 4, 2016 8:23 AM

    Then maybe he should stop lying every time he opens his mouth. Hard to be relaxed when you’re constantly trying to make sure your lies connect properly.

  49. justintuckrule says: Feb 4, 2016 8:25 AM

    No other commissioners have been this incompetent. A monkey can run the NFL. If goodell was comm’r of the nhl, he’d be gone in a week

  50. dsigrey says: Feb 4, 2016 8:26 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM
    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.

    _________________________________

    Can we get over this Kraft’s puppet crap??? The guy has handed down the 2 largest fines in NFL history to Kraft, that’s not something a puppet is going to do. It seems everyone claiming this is a puppet following some BS they no nothing about or care to learn anything about.

  51. bigredgoog says: Feb 4, 2016 8:30 AM

    I like Goodell.

  52. A sample of some of the dumbest people on the planet: JChipwood, ReligionIsForIdiots, Factsman66, VancouverSportsBra says: Feb 4, 2016 8:32 AM

    I absolutely despise his smug responses. Listen to a press conference, every other answer starts with “well (reporters name), as you know…” No dinkweed, we don’t know, that’s why the question was asked.

    And every hard question is met with one of the following:
    “I cant discuss that because there is an ongoing legal matter”
    “I have already discussed that” (even tho there was never anything more than just blabbering about nothing when he was asked before)

    This is a guy that would take 15 minutes to answer “yes” if he was asked if his name is Roger. And even then, when he stops talking, you would look at the guy next to you and say, “so is his name Roger?”. And that guy would shrug and say, “I think so”

  53. hgamatt says: Feb 4, 2016 8:34 AM

    I bet once upon a time, soccer thought they would benefit from an independent body to govern the sport. And FIFA was born.

    Give me the circus of the NFL any day.

  54. rams41 says: Feb 4, 2016 8:39 AM

    wonder when this whole NFL cartel will implode?

  55. cafetero1075 says: Feb 4, 2016 8:47 AM

    Goodell is the puppet for the owner’s greed. Goodell needs to go. A chimpanzee can do Goodell’s job and make billions.

  56. daveydawg says: Feb 4, 2016 8:54 AM

    Hard to relax and not be evasive when you sit on a throne of lies

  57. boyso3 says: Feb 4, 2016 9:03 AM

    How about instead of relaxed and less evasive he just tells the truth for once. I know it’s crazy of me to want the Commish to actually be honest but something tells me that if he did that he wouldn’t have to be so uptight and evasive. Just a thought

  58. steelerben says: Feb 4, 2016 9:09 AM

    The reason that Goodell looks like Nixon in the 1960 presidential debate every time he has a presser is that he needs to stand in front of a crowd of reporters and defend indefensible positions. From the botched handling of the Domestic Violence situation, to the concussion issue, to #Deflategate and Ted Wells, to the LA power move, to totally incompetent officiating he needs to stand up there and explain why. Add to that the fact that you have a legal team that parses every single word and phrase to ensure that there is nothing actionable and the guy has no chance.

  59. irongoats says: Feb 4, 2016 9:13 AM

    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.
    ———————————————————-

    Yeah it’s worked out real well for NE…idiot.

  60. dannyabramowitz says: Feb 4, 2016 9:14 AM

    How’s this for a start, STOP LYING!

  61. bstngrdn says: Feb 4, 2016 9:18 AM

    The problem with Goodell is that he comes across as a know it all, don’t ask me questions type of person. That combined with the many instances where he has been caught in lies completely undermines any credibility he might have.
    The answer to this is that there needs to be more transparency to what happens and also much more consistency, fairness and logic behind the decisions that get made. If those things happened it might not make everyone(owners players, fans ) happy, but they would at least feel like they got equal treatment and understand better why decisions are what they are.

  62. bubbahotepp says: Feb 4, 2016 9:23 AM

    He relaxes at home while he’s counting his loot.

  63. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 4, 2016 9:25 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM
    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.
    —————-

    So did the tin foil hat come with the lead lined dolphins footie pj’s or is it purchased separately?

  64. newpairofsox says: Feb 4, 2016 9:27 AM

    Tight, smug, and sanctimonious? When did my wife become commissioner?

  65. massappeal12345 says: Feb 4, 2016 9:30 AM

    I wonder if goodell kept any emails from any incompetent owners telling him that they need league office help in beating the Patriots.

    He could produce them during his impeachment.

  66. outlaw53 says: Feb 4, 2016 9:35 AM

    Goddell is just what the owners want…a stiff, lying, robotic fool….who deflects the public from asking questions about what goes on behind the “curtain” of “The Shield”. For twenty or more years they did everything in their power to suppress the concussion investigation…now they have a “protocol” ( that B.S. “NFL cares” philosophy ) to lessen the impact of the lawsuits. They have a very active section of the league office to develop ways to force local governments to build new stadiums, led by Goddell… just in case the heat gets too much so they will have a fall guy. They act like they dislike him ( but he could be fired at any time ), but the truth is that he serves their purposes quite well. If the public liked Roger…then any vitriol would be pointed at the owners…and they wouldn’t want that. So folks…get used to ole stiff Roger. He knows his role..and he plays it well ( to the tune of $44 million a year in compensation )

  67. imodan says: Feb 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    dsigrey says:
    Feb 4, 2016 8:26 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM
    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.

    _________________________________

    Can we get over this Kraft’s puppet crap??? The guy has handed down the 2 largest fines in NFL history to Kraft, that’s not something a puppet is going to do. It seems everyone claiming this is a puppet following some BS they no nothing about or care to learn anything about.
    —————————————————-
    You just described Chippy to a tee.

  68. rportkid says: Feb 4, 2016 10:01 AM

    Goodell is a serial liar…he can’t help himself…lying is all he knows how to do.

  69. imodan says: Feb 4, 2016 10:07 AM

    Maybe, hopefully, this is the beginning of a crack in the wall of owners who purposely set out to ruin the patriots due to petty jealousy and as a by product of their entitled personalities. Maybe McNair had an epiphany and finally realizes that if three or four organizations can be chosen as victims of poorly orchestrated witch hunts it’s simply a matter of time before his team is on the defensive from BS allegations. Obviously there is a core of powerful owners pushing the agenda, and yes Kraft was among them. That’s why he was shocked and I mean shocked when the league didn’t play nice. I’m a Pats fan and lost a lot of respect for Kraft when he folded like a house of cards. I want those draft picks back and the million bucks too. Anything less is a total injustice in light of the facts that came to light during court appeals which showed the league knowingly lied and had zero proof. Let’s hope the sheep owners who followed those rodent owners have seen the light and band together to, gasp, return some semblance of real integrity to the league.

  70. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 4, 2016 10:09 AM

    Anyone watch the 30 for 30 on the Bills??? Notice Goodell on the field talking to Roselle before the Giants/Bills super bowl in ’91…. I bet he was promised to be future commissioner back then… His senator daddy must have lots of pull….

  71. luckyarmpit says: Feb 4, 2016 10:55 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM
    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.

    —————————————–

    *stands up and applauds* How very true.

  72. bigbits2 says: Feb 4, 2016 11:08 AM

    Owners are out of touch to the day to day minutiae that doesn’t directly affect them, so Goodell constantly gets a pass for the pitiful job he has done.
    The money rolls in and they are happy as long as it’s not them being wrongly attacked by him and/or other owners.
    They know little to nothing about details of so-called scandals, bit will speak with confidence about what result is expected.

    As for the lawyers who whisper to Goodell what to say or not, clearly they are very poor attornies. When did the NFL last win in an actual court? I guess careful isn’t really being careful at all.
    Transparency?? Non-existant in the Goodell regime.

  73. roninscribe says: Feb 6, 2016 1:27 AM

    A howler monkey with a frontal lobotomy could do a better job running the NFL than this sniveling gasbag.

  74. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Feb 6, 2016 1:10 PM

    they need to give whoever chooses the companion photos a raise

  75. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Feb 6, 2016 1:35 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2016 8:56 PM

    Its hard work being Kraft’s puppet and making the other owners think you have the best interest or same interest in every team.
    //////////////////////////////////

    someone is seriously delusional

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