Carlos Rogers thinks the way Goodell handles things is “kind of crazy”


San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers says he doesn’t appreciate the way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has conducted the league’s investigation and subsequent discipline for the Saints’ bounty program.

“A lot of Goodell, the way he go about things, is kind of crazy to me,” Rogers said on 790 the Zone in Atlanta, via

Although it was Rogers’ 49ers teammates whom former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was urging his players to target in his infamous speech before their January playoff meeting, Rogers says he simply doesn’t believe any player would try to hurt an opponent with a cheap shot for financial reasons.

“Guys going out there to hurt guys for a couple of thousand dollars when you basically can get fined by the league for $15,000, it just doesn’t add out to me,” Rogers said. “A lot of people do their little system things where you make a big play, you make a big hit or you get an interception and you return it for a touchdown — different positions have pots. But to say you go out and intentionally hurt a guy for for a couple of thousand dollars to get fined by the league $15,000 and even more, that just doesn’t add up.”

Rogers played for Williams with the Redskins and said he never saw or heard any indication that Williams encouraged his players to injure their opponents.

“Gregg just wants you to play hard, get them down, however it is necessary, but some of the stuff that went on the Saints, I’ve never been a part of,” Rogers said. “That wasn’t in Washington, and I don’t know the extent to it if it’s true. But other than that, I still think Gregg is one of the best defensive coordinators, one of the best persons and one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around.”

And Rogers thinks it’s crazy that one of the best coaches he’s ever been around is now indefinitely suspended by the NFL.

23 responses to “Carlos Rogers thinks the way Goodell handles things is “kind of crazy”

  1. I can understand Rogers wanting to defend Gregg Williams and all, but his allegiance should now be for the 49ers, seeing as how his teammates Frank Gore and Crabtree were targeted by Williams in that now infamous audiotape.

  2. while i understand where he’s coming from.. fidel goodell & the way he “goes about things” is a product of your agreeing to the cba. deal with it.. or go coach high school football.

  3. His allegiance is undoubtedly with San Fran…that’s not even in question. Someone asked his opinion and he gave it, and that opinion probably mirrors that of alot of other players as well.

    I think it will be quite refreshing for everyone to finally see a new commissioner around here…

  4. When players like Carlos Rogers come out and say things like this, it should speak volumes.

    I completely understand when rival fans want to ignore the possibility that what goodell is saying is not true–i know I’d be that fan if this happened to the falcons–but it’s starting to get painfully obvious that goodell made a mistake. Even when other teams are admitting to pots for big plays (pay for performance), the league isn’t even batting an eye in their direction.

  5. Wow, it’s almost as if Rogers knows coaches go over-the-top to motivate players in pregame speeches and actually considers the Saints’ ZERO PENALTIES and lack of ACTUALLY going for Crabtree’s ACL and Gore’s head during the game to be important.

  6. Obviously the Saints weren’t the only team with a pay for performance program, yet the NFL is pretending like they were.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The NFL is using Bountygate to make it seem as though they are being proactive in preventing concussions, when all it really is, is fake propaganda designed to help protect them against being sued.

    The Saints could have been any number of teams in this situation, they just got caught, and the NFL is manipulating it for all that it’s worth.

  7. Carlos are you saying that defensive players all over the league get paid for making big hits? Tell us Saints fans something we dont know. Maybe Goodell’s sheep will finally see the light.

    Thank you for speaking the TRUTH!

  8. Oh yeah lets take him for his word. Having played for Williams in Washington where there were reports of a bounty system there as well.

  9. Like I have said throughout this whole thing, it got a little personal with the Saints, particularly with the coaches and front office. The league is very worried about safety and they asked the Saints Coaches and FO to stop numerous times behind closed doors and they flipped Goodell the bird. It may be a free country, but playing/coaching in the league is a privilege, not a constitutional right.

    I like “Los” a lot and on the surface what he is saying makes sense. However, this goes deeper than if they really promoted an injury bounty program. The Saints just needed to stop whatever program they were running, whatever you want to call it, and they didn’t and now they are paying for it and Los and any other player and/or fan shouldn’t feel bad for them. The Saints controlled their own destiny, don’t forget that!

    Regarding Goodell’s behavior my only advice would be to pay closer attention to the CBA negotiations next time.

  10. With the superbowl in New Orleans, Saints in it or not, I can’t see Roger being very welcomed to roam around the city and enjoy the festivities.

  11. And if Goodell was so serious about stopping this behavior, why was there just a, “Hey guys, cut it out please.” Basically, Goodell decided when the first “evidence” of a “bounty” came along, that it wasn’t a big enough deal to suspend or even fine anyone. Don’t go player safety on us after you (Goodell) knew this was, suppoesedly, happening since 2009. Now, 3 years later, law suits are coming, completely unrelated to this “bounty”, so now it’s a problem. This is such a joke.

  12. So when the superbowl game is over, Sean Paytons suspension is over. Does that mean when the Saints win it all, Sean can then walk out to the podeum and except the Lombardi trophy from Goddell and give him a wink?

  13. Carlos Rogers: The same one who got chased out of DC? The same one who was sleeping on Jason Campbells fold away because he blew his $14 Million rookie deal? The same one who was abused by Victor Cruz.

    Go away Carlos. If i ever see you i am going to ask for your resignation.

  14. Seems to me NFL players are in denial about this bounty program.


    Yeah thats what it is. Go figure that players would have a better idea of whats going on.

    I mean 90% of fans that have never been in a football game have got to know more than players who actually play the game right?

    Wait I know..because Lord Godell said it happened, so it must be true. Like sheep in a flock!

  15. “Guys going out there to hurt guys for a couple of thousand dollars when you basically can get fined by the league for $15,000, it just doesn’t add out to me,” (sic)

    While I very rarely credit NFL players with a whole lot of grey matter underneath their helmets, I’ve got to admit that Carlos has a point here…

  16. If the Saints would have just stopped when they were told to this would not be an issue right now but they didn’t and now are being made an example of. Like it or not it’s their own fault.

  17. I really dont understand some of you people who bash the players so much. Why do you watch football? Do you watch it for Goodell* or do you watch it for the players? If you take Goodell* out of the NFL* i bet you the NFL* will still go on being successful. Can you say the same about the players?

  18. pensacolavolfan says:Jun 27, 2012 2:52 PM

    Seems to me NFL players are in denial about this bounty program.

    I see how it goes. Now that players other than Saints players are speaking out everyone is in denial? Wow.

    Seems to me the NFL has gotten you to drink their kool-aid. If they offer you white nikes and a hoodie, please do yourself a favor and back away slowly.

  19. Given the ridiculous pedestal these players are placed upon, and the general low level of behavior expectations, I would suspect this crazy level he refers to would be called “normal” for many of us.

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