Lack of obvious replacement keeps Roger Goodell safe

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Although Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has called off the lawyers, he hasn’t called off the dogs.

A Saturday editorial in the Wall Street Journal takes direct aim at the Commissioner, tracing the league’s current problem to a failure to oust Roger Goodell in the immediate aftermath of the Ray Rice debacle. Some in league circles suspect that the op-ed bears the fingerprints of Jones, who seems to believe that the door remains open to block Goodell’s new contract and, in turn, bring his tenure to an end.

But here’s the problem Jones and the other owners would have to confront: Who would replace Goodell?

It’s similar to the question that emerges when a fan base wants to dump its favorite team’s coach or quarterback. It’s easy to get rid of the guy who have, but it may be hard to find someone as good or better.

As one source explained it to PFT, no one currently in the league office is regarded as a capable, immediate replacement for Goodell. Tod Leiweke and Brian Rolapp are possibilities, in time. For now, though, there’s no one who could easily and seamlessly take over.

Which means that the owners would have to go outside the building, hiring someone from a team or from some other line of work. Some have argued that the size of the league justifies the hiring of a CEO from corporate America — someone who may not know anything about football but who knows everything about helping make a successful business even more successful, by surrounding himself or herself with the right people, knowing what he or she doesn’t know, delegating aggressively, and providing real leadership, direction, and motivation.

But who would that be? With both a looming CBA fight and multiple network negotiations on the horizon, dumping the current Commissioner without a clear plan for his successor could make a bad situation even worse. Which means that, no matter how bad Jones tries to make it for Goodell, the worst-case scenario likely isn’t coming for the Commissioner.

57 responses to “Lack of obvious replacement keeps Roger Goodell safe

  1. Replace him with someone who is fair and honest and doesn’t let the players kneel, that would be a change in the right direction.

  2. Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford. A brilliant executive and team builder. Runs circles around Roger intellectually, emotionally, inter-personally. Worth $40 million/year. Roger isn’t worth 4 cents.

  3. Hey Mike, there are a lot of CEO’s out there who would replace him. Take for example our current Sect. of State. I vote for Rex. Much better gig and Rex owes his present employer a payback for the insults.

  4. Right, because the leadership issue starts first with ownership.
    Ownership placed Goodell in power.
    Ownership sat on their butts while Goodell made them tons of money.
    Now that Goodell screwed up (enough for the Owners…finally…), Ownership alluvasudden wants change but as is typically the case in a Reactive environment, no suitable alternative is immediately-available.

    Proactive Owners would’ve seen this coming a long time ago and developed a succession plan.

    But it’s 2017… we’re all about Reactions.

  5. Poorly run teams don’t have a constantly updated list of potential replacements for their head coach.

    If the league does not have a commissioner list…..

  6. I’d be so irritated if I worked in the league office and heard that I “wasn’t capable” to replace Goodell. 99% of the commenters on PFT could do as good of a job as Goodell.

  7. Quite a conundrum for the normal authority worshipping commenters. They loved Goodell cracking down on black players in his early days. Then he dared to support civil rights. All of sudden the fake flag/anthem truthers hated him.

  8. Mulally changed the corporate culture at Ford, saving the company and leading it to #1 rank among car-makers. Renegotiated Union contracts and built constructive relationships with labor. Fully understand how the Ford brand functioned and essential value of the sub-brands like Mustang and Lincoln (sort of like the individual NFL teams). Mulally would probably refuse the job, since the primary executive role in the NFL is serving as a foot stool for the owners.

  9. Condoleezza Rice would make a great commissioner. She has said before she would love to have that job. She is one of the smartest women on the planet and comes from poverty like a lot of the players. She knows football too unlike half of the moron lawyers in the league office.

  10. “A Saturday editorial in the Wall Street Journal takes direct aim at the Commissioner, tracing the league’s current problem to a failure to oust Roger Goodell in the immediate aftermath of the Ray Rice debacle. Some in league circles suspect that the op-ed bears the fingerprints of Jones…”
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    So now every time somebody is critical of Goodell it’s going to be because Jerry put them up to it? In that case how many fans on here who don’t like Goodell have been contacted by Jerry?

  11. But who would that be? With both a looming CBA fight and multiple network negotiations on the horizon, dumping the current Commissioner without a clear plan for his successor could make a bad situation even worse. Which means that, no matter how bad Jones tries to make it for Goodell, the worst-case scenario likely isn’t coming for the Commissioner.

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    this makes little sense as any extension for goodell will be wildly
    unpopular, so if they wait to do it, that negativity will only carry into delaying the cba negotiations. i am not sure these owners realize how
    reviled this man is and how reviled the cheating owners are in the eyes of the fans.

    the cheating 6 need to be cut down and a new commissioner is
    blatantly needed

    no debate

  12. Goodell doesn’t deserve a raise. Most worthless excuse for NFL leader in history. He vacillates so much, he can’t have a spine. Actually, he reminds me of liberals who will says and do anything to get power, and then do nothing. He would only get minimum wage from me.

  13. Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 26, 2017 at 11:28 am
    Condoleezza Rice would make a great commissioner. She has said before she would love to have that job. She is one of the smartest women on the planet and comes from poverty like a lot of the players. She knows football too unlike half of the moron lawyers in the league office.

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    the problem is, she wouldn’t be willing to defame, lie, cheat or steal like goodell is so willing to do for the “cheating 6”, the owners who apparently love openly cheating with goodell as an ego stroke and
    possibly a way to generate more money for their team.

  14. How bout someone who knows how to run a business and keep politics out. Probably hundreds of CEO’s who would fit that bill. Anyone they get will need to deal with the Goodell anthem hangover and how to get back millions of alienated and pissed off NFL fans. Glad it won’t be my job.

  15. Mike Florio for the next comish — lawyer, excellent writer, plenty of common sense, and loves football so much he never stops working… even while on so-called vacations. He’s got my vote.

  16. As one poster already said, go with Condoleezza Rice!

    A) she is more than capable
    B) she has stated time and time again that it’s her dream job
    C) she is a woman, so you show that you believe in women as equal (domestic abuse)
    D) she is black, so (see C, above)
    E) she is a Browns fan, and no one would ever notice if they were cut some slack!

    In summary, perfect candidate!

  17. Jerry’s just trying to distract from the fact that, despite his personak wealth and team’s successful history, he hasn’t managed to produce a true contender in a very, very long time

  18. Lol, cardinalsfan20, remember during that 2007 season the people he did punish and what they were doing? You don’t think any punishment was warranted? You see, and I guarantee you’re a white liberal, people like you actually think certain people should be able to act however they want, without any repercussions, because in your twisted up head you think they’re entitled to that, and eve If that means committing crimes, so be it, right? I don’t care about the kneeling. It’s laughable, shameful slacktivism, but I don’t care. I care about how Goodell is ruining the game ON the field. Which should be every football fan’s concern.

  19. The flip side of this, which PFT still hasn’t addressed or even acknowledged, is what other job could Goodell get that pays even a tenth of what he currently gets?

  20. All Goodell has done is double the revenues of the league during his time, grown it internationally an negotiated very favorable labor terms. Other than that. He makes about what any CEO of a $10 billion company makes..and now that the world is changing…it’s all his fault. So funny. Jones is old and who knows how many years he has left. This is what bitter old men do..through temper tantrums. He’s not getting his way so he stomps his feet. Luckily there are some grown ups who will prevent him from killing the golden goose.

  21. Not grooming your replacement is the epitome of bad management. This is a multi billion dollar business with no transition plan. No real company would accept this.

  22. Watching a billionaire throw a hissy fit because he doesn’t get what he wants it’s kind of fun.

    Meanwhile Paul Allen has so much more money than Jerry Jones it’s funny… but he doesn’t say anything, enjoying that revenue.

    It’s funny because Paul Allen didn’t really buy the Seahawks as an investment it was more to solidify the team in Seattle, take away the threat of them leaving and do something for the city and its people. Rodger Goodell turned that gesture of goodwill into a major investment with crazy high returns.

    The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get the grease sometimes it’s just time to replace the wheel.

  23. Wow, Thanksgiving ratings down big league! Sponsors, are you paying attention?

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    NASCAR ratings are down even further from last year than the NFL. Does that fit your narrative?

  24. Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Condoleezza Rice would make a great commissioner. She has said before she would love to have that job. She is one of the smartest women on the planet and comes from poverty like a lot of the players. She knows football too unlike half of the moron lawyers in the league office.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m sure she would make a great commissioner. BUT, she did not come from poverty. Her father was a school guidance counselor during the week and a Presbyterian minister on the weekends. Her mother was a schoolteacher. The family lived in a middle-class, black community during her early years. When Rice was 11 years old, her father accepted a position in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as a college administrator. Two years after that, he accepted a position as vice chancellor at the University of Denver in Colorado. She attend a private school in Denver. I hope your other posts are more accurate than this one.

  25. Oh, please – he could be replaced by ANYONE with competent management experience in any business. He would be intelligent enough to master the concept of a sport as a business and would not need to be that difficult to find.

    And no, there is no place for a woman in a man’s sport – ever.

  26. “Lol, cardinalsfan20, remember during that 2007 season the people he did punish and what they were doing?” You don’t think any punishment was warranted?”

    I think criminal punishment should be left to the justice system. Nevertheless, you fully supported Goodell back then, now you don’t. That is solely because of your perception that Goodell supports civil rights, which you do not.

  27. No succession ten years in? Yeah, that’s on the owners.

    As for a replacement, I have a few suggestions:

    – that garden gnome from the Travelocity commercials
    – the Geico gecko
    – the homeless guy who convinced Haslem to draft Manziel
    – the dead guy from Weekend at Bernie’s
    – the empty chair from Clint Eastwood’s Republican Convention speech

    See? Not so hard.

  28. Not grooming your replacement is the epitome of bad management. This is a multi billion dollar business with no transition plan. No real company would accept this.

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    What transition?

    Rodger Goodell has laid out plans to get the revenue up to 25 billion a year by the year 2025.

    I’m guessing the majority of the owners who don’t have a bone to pick think that sounds just fine.

    They already voted to extend his contract, so again I ask what transition are you referring to?

  29. If he’s hurting the business, get rid of him and go without a commissioner for a year until a replacement can be found. Its not like he’s the only reason the league exists. Delagate his responsibilities out to the people you have, take your time, and hire the right guy. Football won’t go away because you don’t have a commissioner

  30. “Condoleezza Rice would make a great commissioner”.

    That would be fantastic. Two of the groups PFT commenters hate the most combined in one person. Please make this happen.

  31. jmethane says:November 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    Not grooming your replacement is the epitome of bad management. This is a multi billion dollar business with no transition plan. No real company would accept this.
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    What transition? Rodger Goodell has laid out plans to get the revenue up to 25 billion a year by the year 2025. I’m guessing the majority of the owners who don’t have a bone to pick think that sounds just fine. They already voted to extend his contract, so again I ask what transition are you referring to?
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    I’m thinking that at this point after Goodell’s anthem debacle, there may be a few holes and a bit of skepticism in that $25 billion number you use. If you think that what happened in May is in stone, I’ve got some Arizona real estate for you.

  32. Do you honestly think that any owner honestly cares what fan reaction to Goodell’s extension Is? Goodell can’t get fired because he did everything right even when he got it wrong. He has earned an extension and any benefits he gets.

  33. limakey says:November 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    Do you honestly think that any owner honestly cares what fan reaction to Goodell’s extension Is? Goodell can’t get fired because he did everything right even when he got it wrong. He has earned an extension and any benefits he gets.
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    Keep talking Mrs Goodell..

  34. Why don’t the owners keep Goodell if they like him, but don’t give him a raise?
    he has no other alternative employment offers anywhere near what he has now.
    He doesn’t have to work 90 hour work weeks. He gets to meet influential people.
    If a corporation doesn’t have to give employees raise, they don’t.

  35. There is no anthem debacle. Goodell handled it beautifully. Jerry Jones is the one who got it wrong. His fingerprints are all over this story. Another nail in Jones coffin.

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