Skip to content

Goodell open to changing league discipline procedures

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference Getty Images

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he’s open to change on the way the league handles player discipline.

Goodell noted on Friday that the owners and the players’ union negotiated for the current rules that give the commissioner wide latitude on discipline, and that any changes would have to be renegotiated. But Goodell said he’d at least consider that.

“We’re open to changes in the way we do discipline, but we negotiated for a system in 2011,” Goodell said. “It was a system that was quite similar for decades prior to that in collective bargaining agreements prior to that. It is almost exactly the same when it comes to protecting the integrity of the game and the Commissioner’s authority. I am certainly open to that.”

Still, Goodell believes the current personal conduct policy is working, as evidenced by a reduction in player arrests.

“We’ve had a tremendous focus in recent months on the Personal Conduct Policy, but it is working,” Goodell said. “We’ve had a 40 percent reduction in player arrests just through the 2015 calendar year. Forty percent. Our arrest rates for our players are far below the average for males of that age, and it reflects for me on the quality of our players off the field. They’re great young men. There’s a lot of attention when people violate the rules. You don’t put as much attention on the finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year. That’s what we’re trying to do, but if we can find a better system, I’m all for it.”

Ultimately, Goodell and the owners may be open to change only if they get something from the NFLPA in return. And that won’t be an easy negotiation.

Permalink 49 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Rumor Mill, Top Stories
49 Responses to “Goodell open to changing league discipline procedures”
  1. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 6, 2016 6:19 PM

    ” Can we discipline you Roger? “…….”ah well if needed yes and more probable then not but yes ”
    …..” ok well then the owners have voted to fire you “……

  2. trustno1 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:21 PM

    who disciplines Roger?

  3. exsquidao says: Feb 6, 2016 6:22 PM

    Good Lord, I would just love to smack that smug look off his face just once.

  4. Cap'nJackpot says: Feb 6, 2016 6:23 PM

    “We negotiated a system in 2011”– one that you keep violating, which is why your suspensions keep getting overturned

  5. rportkid says: Feb 6, 2016 6:24 PM

    Nothing but lies come out of this imbecile’s mouth. Nothing.

  6. patsfan says: Feb 6, 2016 6:25 PM

    tough to tell what Goodell actually means when his lips are moving, but I’ll give it a go:

    “Since this is one area where I have proven my incomptence time and time again, I am willing to let some other schmuck handle that and relegate myself to cackling when new TV contracts and franchise moves get announced.”

  7. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 6, 2016 6:26 PM

    Who cares what Goodell says?
    He’s what’s wrong with the NFL. He can’t be the steward. He’s the problem.
    As soon as the 32 detached billionaires figure it out, he will be gone.
    He’s costing then money, you’d think that matters.

  8. factman66 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:30 PM

    This is the problem with the NFLPA… they poorly negotiated the CBA and instead of living by the mutually negotiated labor contract they take everything to court. It’s pathetic, it’s a burden on the court system and taxpayers. DeMaurice Smith needs to man up and live by the contract he negotiated and signed, and stop involving the courts because he’s bitter.

  9. cinzano08 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:30 PM

    How about some equity in the discipline. Chargers get a 25k fine for putting stickum on a ball and then refuse to turn the ball over when asked by NFL. Vikings get caught warming up balls on the sideline and get a letter of warning from league. Jets kicker doctoring up ball no fine but equipment guy gets fired. Then deflate gate with its over the top discipline for something that may or may not even happened. All of these violations were to get a better grip on the ball so all should be dealt with equally.

  10. jrossizzle says: Feb 6, 2016 6:33 PM

    The day before the Super Bowl when team do their final walk throughs.

    Or as New England calls it “Film Day”

    Regards,
    Marshall Faulk

  11. trina16 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:34 PM

    You can start by firing yourself. That will definitely help with discipline procedures and the integrity of the game.

  12. tedmurph says: Feb 6, 2016 6:36 PM

    Our arrest rates for our players are far below the average for males of that age.

    What a cogent stat. This just in: NFL players aren’t poor, aren’t unemployed, have some education, most don’t have any extended record and are subject to drug testing. It just never ends with this guy.

  13. redrew says: Feb 6, 2016 6:36 PM

    Three sure bets.
    The sun rises.
    The sun sets.
    Roger lies.

  14. trina16 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:46 PM

    factman66 says:
    Feb 6, 2016 6:30 PM
    This is the problem with the NFLPA… they poorly negotiated the CBA and instead of living by the mutually negotiated labor contract they take everything to court. It’s pathetic, it’s a burden on the court system and taxpayers. DeMaurice Smith needs to man up and live by the contract he negotiated and signed, and stop involving the courts because he’s bitter.
    —————-

    The problem here is the Commish, not the NFLPA. The commish has always had disciplinary power, but during the time that Rozzelle and Tag where commish, they were prudent with their use of it and knew what their limits were within the CBA. Ever since Goodell became the commish, he has being abusing the power and authority that was given to him in good faith. That’s why his court cases and suspensions have been overturned and will keep beign overturned. He believes his power are above the CBA and Federal Laws.

  15. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 6, 2016 6:47 PM

    He can change the discipline but it won’t change the Patriots’ insatiable need to cheat their way to the Super Bowl.

  16. patsfantransplant says: Feb 6, 2016 6:47 PM

    “Integrity of the game”? what a hypocrite. Your fines and penalties are all over the board as cinzano08 states depending on the team or the player.

    Looking at DeflateGate alone, I’d compare his so-called disciplinary action to TB12 and Kraft(and Patriots) as getting a life sentence without possibility of parole for driving 56mph in a 55mph zone.

    RG needs to go, plain and simple.

  17. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 6, 2016 6:48 PM

    Good, Roger has been an incredible commissioner and an absolute asset to the NFL.

  18. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 6, 2016 6:51 PM

    What’s this? Roger lied again?

    You don’t say.

    #NFLLivesMatter
    #FireGoodell

  19. bam5239 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:52 PM

    Your collective hatred of Roger is comical. The man works at the beck and call of the owners. Outside of discipline every decision, lie, and announcement; not from Goodell’s vision of the NFL, but the will of the team’s 32 owners. He’s a top man, spokesperson, enforcer, negioator, but he’s also a pupet on a string. Rule changes, international series, all of that jazz be talks about, but the owners are the ones making decisions .

  20. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Feb 6, 2016 6:55 PM

    There is no consistency in punishments now so any change suggesting Goodell losing power would be a better alternative I suppose. There needs to be an independent group that hands out disciplines based on the severity of the situation. A guy taking the wrong cough syrup shouldn’t be subjected to the same punishment as a guy caught taking HGH. You can’t always lump everything together like that. You can’t compare any previous case or punishment to what the patriots have been accused of recently and a couple years ago. You also can’t expect an employee to be able to hand out fair punishments to his employers. You also can’t just go by the book or you’ll always find situations like guys getting suspended 4 games for weed and a guy getting 2 games for knocking his fiancé unconscious. It needs to be addressed case by case.

  21. oiler1980 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:58 PM

    I hope the players stand tall on the next agreement.

    I would love for them to hold out for everything they need and want for current players and past players.

    In the past I just wanted football to continue. I didn’t care who got what.

    Now that I’ve grown up and seen what kind of man Goodell is and the kind of men he represents, I’m 100 percent behind the players.

    I hope they hold out for the moon.

    I will wait patiently as every last NFL Office person and owner loses millions.

  22. plum54 says: Feb 6, 2016 6:58 PM

    Tebowedout: seems you have your teams confused! It’s Denver that cheated its way to its last 2 Super Bowls with the salary cap, and PED use, and now don’t forget Von millers cheating a urine test that led to a new protocol. A new protocol!!! Plus Now you have HGH Manning. Bunch of cheaters indeed!

  23. 6ball says: Feb 6, 2016 7:01 PM

    .
    @factman

    ” This is the problem with the NFLPA… they poorly negotiated the CBA and instead of living by the mutually negotiated labor contract they take everything to court. It’s pathetic, it’s a burden on the court system and taxpayers. DeMaurice Smith needs to man up and live by the contract he negotiated and signed, and stop involving the courts because he’s bitter. ”

    If you had followed the framegate storyline, you would most certainly realize that it was Roger Goodell who filed a motion in federal court in New York to affirm his bogus decision. Wrong, as usual, factless.

    There’s more to life than being a paid poster for Roger Goodell. You spend 8 hours a day only posting pro Goodell propaganda, only on Patriots threads. Sad….
    .

  24. hippieway says: Feb 6, 2016 7:02 PM

    Of course he is.

  25. factman66 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:04 PM

    Suspending Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, and Ray Rice wasn’t an abuse of power. It was the right thing to do. There are other cases where Goodell has gone overboard, but the recent stance the NFLPA has taken towards any player discipline (merited or not) is pretty insane.

  26. MichaelEdits says: Feb 6, 2016 7:05 PM

    What’s the policy on disciplining NFL commissioners?

  27. factman66 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:08 PM

    LOL so far Pats fans have accused me of being an NFL employee, Roger Goodell’s brother, a troll hired by Roger Goodell, Roger Goodell himself, and an NFL team owner.
    You guys are truly comical.

  28. trina16 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:08 PM

    jrossizzle says:
    Feb 6, 2016 6:33 PM
    The day before the Super Bowl when team do their final walk throughs.

    Or as New England calls it “Film Day”

    Regards,
    Marshall Faulk
    —————-
    A story that has been debunked, recounted, and if you saw the game, makes no sense at all. Panther only scored on 2nd and 4th QRT and in the 4th both of NE safeties were out of the game (Rodney had a broken forearm).

    So Faulk wants everyone to believe it was because they “filmed the walktrough” where they practiced their “red zone offense”, the one they got to just ONCE in 60 minutes.

    Their loss had nothing to do with the “adjustments in HF” that yielded not a point in the 3rd, their one trip to the endzone in the 4th were they scored (both NE safeties were out), their kicker kicking the ball out of bounds and giving NE excellent field position to kick the GW FG.

  29. rcali says: Feb 6, 2016 7:13 PM

    With the media and public ability to share their opinion, I’d let each individual team take on the task of discipline again. Let them take the heat for the idiotic actions of their players.

  30. 6ball says: Feb 6, 2016 7:14 PM

    .
    @factman

    Do you deny spending 8 hours a day only posting pro Goodell material and only on Patriots threads?

    If you’re not being paid, then you should check into a check into in patient facility where someone can evaluate your offseason obsession with the Patriots.
    .

  31. jaxon51 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:24 PM

    Roger needs to go. He is such a liar.
    And I recently learned on these boards that the six or so games tapes he recovered from Ernie Adams / Gillette Stadium offices in 2007 and destroyed on the spot -was actually about 40 game tapes. And get this – he destroyed them because it is obvious now that the tapes showed all the other teams cheating- doing what the Pats were accused of. This is PRECISELY why he got rid of the evidence.What an outrage.
    I still haven’t heard why/ how Ernie Adams had tapes of other teams but expect an explanation soon.

  32. factman66 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:25 PM

    First of all, clown….I hate Roger Goodell as much as the next guy but that doesn’t mean I have to support everything the NFLPA does or how they approach player discipline. Secondly, your obsession with me and exaggerations of my comments only prove that I’m living rent free in your little brain. I think you should take your own advice, denying the truth and lying to yourself about the Patriots cheating has taken a serious toll on your mental health. I’ll say a prayer for you.

  33. trina16 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:25 PM

    Factman: The abuse of power was suspending a guy 2 times for the same “crime”. The abuse of power was suspending a guy “indefinetly” when he was already suspenden for it. It’s for applying a new rule to an old case. That’s the abuse of power. He makes his own rules as he goes along with the public outcry. Rules that were and are outside of the CBA he so “valiently” wants to protect (when it suits him).

  34. ebdug says: Feb 6, 2016 7:31 PM

    If Tag was still commissioner then yeah, I could see the NFLPA wanting a change. But with the bonehead in charge they just snicker and stick him with the task.

    Goodell is so clueless the players basically discipline themselves. “Punish me if I let you. I can always go to court and get the thing thrown out.”

  35. factman66 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:36 PM

    Trina, that’s a great point and I do agree, he also retroactively punished based on a newly established policy. That was an abuse of power. I would prefer in those cases that instead of going to court that the NFLPA would try to resolve it behind closed doors. It’s hard to argue that suspending any of those guys wasn’t in the best interest of the sport, the NFLPA could recognize that and find an alternative that doesn’t circumvent the CBA.

  36. armchairqb says: Feb 6, 2016 7:39 PM

    News flash: Goodell open to ruining the league.

  37. steves11 says: Feb 6, 2016 7:47 PM

    “Ultimately, Goodell and the owners may be open to change only if they get something from the NFLPA in return”

    Like an 18 game regular season, for example?

  38. mmack66 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:07 PM

    Not surprised. The Federal court method isn’t working out too well for him.

  39. tonebones says: Feb 6, 2016 8:25 PM

    Arrests for NFL players are far below the average for males of that age. That sentence needs to be written more often. There are some delusional people who make excuses for a handful of troublemakers by saying that because football is a violent sport, it attracts violent men. Obviously the facts say otherwise. This doesn’t even take into consideration the number of players who are visiting children’s hospitals and constantly volunteering their free time.

  40. jvw1982 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:29 PM

    As there every been a commissioner of any sport less trust worthy than this snake oil salesman? The fact the NFL owners back this guy is a clear indication of their lack of integrity and greed…..

  41. maverick2560 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:46 PM

    Don’t criticize the NFlPA they have no bargaining power. The average
    pro football player has one thing on his mind….his career and how long can he play. The unions membership turns over by almost 30 %
    every year. People point to the fact that the CBA requires certain
    disciplinary procedures including appellate review by Goodell. Do you
    really believe the union ” negotiated ” the process. Essentially what happened was the parties focused on the salary cap and a few other
    benefits. When those issues were finally agreed to ( or you could state
    when the union and players realized they had no leverage) the primary
    issues were resolved. Afterwhich the union attempted to negotiate
    other minor issues …the owners said take it or leave it …leaving the union in a weak position.
    After the CBA was executed the union was in a very vulnerable position. Goodell began his effort to dominate the disciplinary process.
    Despite his contractural advantage he overreached as many companies
    do when they dominate the bargaining process. This gave the union an
    opening primarily due to the negative publicity generated by Goodells
    overarching and his imperious attitude.
    Goodell created the opening by his overconfidence. In the Brady
    case the Goodell team made procedural errors that the District court
    held were fundamentally unfair. The circuit court is a different forum
    much more favorable to Goodell. However that in of itself misses the point. Goodell needs to give up the final say and allow and independent arbitrator. Remember Roger what your Econ professor
    said ” power gained through inequitable bargaining power is not
    legitimate power”. Dr. May .

  42. cross300 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:54 PM

    It’s a shame that a system that worked has to be changed because this power hungry commissioner has unfairly applied the rules and ruined the game that I loved.

  43. jvw1982 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:59 PM

    LOL so far Pats fans have accused me of being an NFL employee, Roger Goodell’s brother, a troll hired by Roger Goodell, Roger Goodell himself, and an NFL team owner.
    You guys are truly comical.
    **************************************
    You’re talking about a fan base that actually thought Belicheck lost the game against the Jets on purpose and gave up home field advantage throughout the playoffs so they wouldn’t have to face Pitt in the playoffs….smh this is what you’re dealing with…..

  44. rgorr44 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:59 PM

    Newsflash Roger, the discipline agreement that has been in effect for years worked because the Commissioner’s who implemented it were somewhat even handed, competent, honorable men. No system will work with leaders that are weak, dishonest, easily manipulated…like you .But your so full of yourself you’ll never figure out that you are the problem.

  45. trina16 says: Feb 6, 2016 9:07 PM

    Factman: The one trying to circumvent the CBA is Goodell. Ever since he went rogue with the administration of discipline, the players have no other recourse than to appeal to the courts. Why? Because he keeps going over the powers allowed to him thru the CBA. If he ever ruled within the parameters established by the players and the NFL there would be no need to take the cases to court. This is a situation that Goodell himself provoked, and now he is trying to bulldoze his way to keep the powers he obviously can’t handle.

  46. jrossizzle says: Feb 6, 2016 9:31 PM

    trina16 says:
    Feb 6, 2016 7:08 PM
    jrossizzle says:
    Feb 6, 2016 6:33 PM
    The day before the Super Bowl when team do their final walk throughs.

    Or as New England calls it “Film Day”

    Regards,
    Marshall Faulk
    —————-
    A story that has been debunked, recounted, and if you saw the game, makes no sense at all. Panther only scored on 2nd and 4th QRT and in the 4th both of NE safeties were out of the game (Rodney had a broken forearm).

    So Faulk wants everyone to believe it was because they “filmed the walktrough” where they practiced their “red zone offense”, the one they got to just ONCE in 60 minutes.

    Their loss had nothing to do with the “adjustments in HF” that yielded not a point in the 3rd, their one trip to the endzone in the 4th were they scored (both NE safeties were out), their kicker kicking the ball out of bounds and giving NE excellent field position to kick the GW FG.
    ———–

    Panthers???

    You have to keep your cheating scandles straight.
    Talking about Rams / Pats
    Regards
    #28

  47. cinzano08 says: Feb 6, 2016 10:38 PM

    Rams were in red zone 1 time the whole game and scored. So Marshall and the rest of the excuse making Rams can just KOA!

  48. trina16 says: Feb 6, 2016 11:10 PM

    I meant the Rams but its great that you fixated on the Panthers and not on anything else I wrote.

  49. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 7, 2016 12:10 PM

    Of course Goodell is “open to changes” … now that the jig is up on Peyton’s PED use. Sweeping it under the rug.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!