So how is Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Friday press conference being received? Based on a couple of former players who currently work for ESPN, not too good.
On ESPN, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi made some strong comments in response to Goodell’s remarks. Bruschi’s remarks were particularly pointed, and strong.
“We needed someone to go up there and be a leader,” Bruschi said. “To be a leader and say something substantial. To give all of the public out there, all of the fans, all of the former players, all of the current players. To give them hope that things will be done right, and that wasn’t done because I don’t think Roger Goodell is the guy that can do that anymore.”
Bruschi then was reminded that Goodell has said he hasn’t considered resigning.
“Fixing a mistake is one thing, but he can’t escape this,” Bruschi said. “He can’t escape this. Because the NFL, a big thing about them also is image. How the NFL is portrayed. And as long as Roger Goodell is leading the NFL and he’s the face behind the shield, you will have the same emotions you had today, watching that press conference, listening to him speak in circles, wondering, ‘Man, what is this guy talking about?’ So as you continue and move forward and Roger Goodell is the Commissioner, you will continue to feel that way every time you see him.
“In my opinion, in my personal opinion, being a former player that spent 13 years in this league trying to do the right thing, I want a new Commissioner to lead my league. I want a new Commissioner to go out there and say the right things and be that leader, because right now, Roger Goodell is not that. And I don’t think he can ever be that. Roger Goodell needs to step down and move on, and we need new leadership. The big reset button needs to be pressed on the NFL right now, and it starts by Roger Goodell stepping down.”
That won’t happen until owners begin to share Bruschi’s feelings. Currently, there’s no indication that any do. After Friday’s events, from a heavily criticized press conference to another bombshell report from ESPN suggesting a full-blown coverup, who knows where this thing is heading?