Tagliabue gives Goodell some advice, indirectly

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A decade ago, Roger Goodell served as the right-hand man to former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.  A “wingman,” one unnamed executive recently told Gabriel Sherman of GQ in a new profile of Goodell.

By 2005, Goodell wanted to be the guy with the wingman.

He was getting impatient,” Tagliabue told Sherman, who noted without specifically quoting a source that Goodell was “agitating” for Tagliabue to relinquish the throne.  At one point, Goodell reportedly considered leaving for ESPN.

Now, as Goodell tries to guide the league and his own career through murky waters in large part of his own making, Tagliabue would be a great person to give him some advice — especially regarding, for example, challenges like how to deal with anecdotal evidence that a team may be underinflating footballs.  But Goodell doesn’t take advantage of the experience, knowledge, and expertise of his predecessor.

“We haven’t talked much since I left,” Tagliabue told Sherman. “It’s been his decision. Bountygate didn’t help.”

Tagliabue is referring to his role as the hearing officer in the appeals of the Saints players Goodell suspended in 2012.  Tagliabue overturned all punishments, based in part on a belief that it was unfair to selectively enforce the rules regarding a broader cultural phenomenon against only one small group of players.  The point?  If a certain practice has become widespread in the sport, catching and severely punishing one violator in the hopes that everyone else will clean up their act isn’t the best way to solve the problem.

Coincidentally (or not), that could be one of the basic realities of the latest rules controversy undermining the sport.  If the Patriots were causing footballs to be underinflated in order to make them easier to throw, they surely weren’t the only ones doing it.

But the Patriots have become the only ones investigated for it, and they likely will be the only ones disciplined for it — if the NFL ultimately can develop proof that something improper was occurring.  Even if the NFL finds no smoking gun, the cloud of suspicion will reside over the Patriots, indefinitely.

“There’s a huge intangible value in peace. There’s a huge intangible value in having allies,” Tagliabue explained to Sherman.

The shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach won’t promote peace or the development of allegiances.  In the bounty scandal, Goodell created enemies in New Orleans.  Now, he’ll have to choose between preserving whatever credibility he has left in the wake of the Ray Rice case and preserving one of his staunchest supporters in Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who could be on the brink of an epiphany that eventually could lead to Goodell being interviewed about the challenges faced by his successor.

91 responses to “Tagliabue gives Goodell some advice, indirectly

  1. The only way Goodell should have to leave is if he fails to punish Bray and the Patriots for cheating. There is no way around that no matter what the clasless Pats fanbase says.

  2. The 2014 season will be known as the one that ended Goodell’s awful stint as worst commissioner in sports.

  3. The problem is that all Commissioners work for the owners, not for the game, and any Commissioner will be closer to some team owners more than others.

    Goodell works FOR Kraft and is buddies with Kraft. Fans are fooling themselves if they think Goodell will do anything substantial to stop this dishonest organization.

  4. Bye bye Goddell you tried your best to taint the legends of belichick and brady
    A former jet who probably resents that bill wouldn’t take the head coach job

    Abd all these years back by Kraft so you could stab him in the back

    Your legend will be Shank Godell

    Cya

  5. Tagliabue and Goodell obviously disagree with how discipline should be done. It was a mistake to make Tagliabue the hearing officer for the bounty appeal.

  6. Wish the owners would fire this turd. Goodell sucks and every fan knows it. But of course it’s all about the money and therefore Goodell will be in power for a long time. And Johnny Manziel still sucks!

  7. Thank god!

    GOD I miss Paul Tagliabue! The guy had the basic common sense to handle things quietly and in-house.

    Goodell is so caught up in doing things in front of cameras and pandering to the media that he is CERTAINLY ruing the NFL

    He is HORRIBLE

    #bringbacktagliabue

  8. “If a certain practice has become widespread in the sport, catching and severely punishing one violator in the hopes that everyone else will clean up their act isn’t the best way to solve the problem.”

    Obviously, Goodell is a slow learner.

  9. Thank you for this article.

    I never knew that Tagliabue was such a great diplomat.

    We could all do with a little more diplomacy right now, ESPECIALLY those of us who frequent this web site.

  10. So basically Tagliabue’s got his popcorn out and is watching this little weasel drown in his own ambition and shortcomings. I bet it’s satisfying.

    Hopefully Roger will be gone sooner than later – the NFL has lost much of its luster for me over the past several years. A new commish would hopefully get back to the NFL being about guys playing ball.

  11. If the Colts didn’t do it in the AFC TITLE GAME and the Pats did, how do you come up with the assumption that the Pats weren’t the only ones doing it???

    Past performance shows the Pats have no desire to abide by the rules…

    They got caught, they should be punished.

    PED criminals get suspended cuz there piss shows cheating going on, these balls show cheating going on…..

    see ya later #TomShadyBrady…

    @daviddarlak

  12. Goodell has had a horrible year and got paid $44.2 million. There’s something wrong with that. Robert Kraft was a fool to defend him with respect to handling of the Ray Rice situation. Robert Kraft is a class act, but his three biggest mistakes were communications with Bill Parcells, thinking Aaron Hernandez cleaned up his act and believing that Roger Goodell is an effective commissioner.

  13. “I think having a Commissioner that sets up traps for particular teams and then spends tens of millions of dollars on an open ended investigation rather than exonerate them in time for the Super Bowl can only help the League in the long run.”

    -Mark Cuban

  14. Goodell has NO credibility left with this fan……fans everywhere deserted the Steelers when he started his nonsense with us….when his shenanigans started affecting other teams then you all took notice…..be careful what you wish for and now some of the same fools are doing it again with the Pats situation…seriously u all deserve what you get.

  15. Interesting dilemna:

    You have a great job paying you tens of millions a year, and one of your bosses is your good friend…

    But that boss and friend is crooked and is often putting you in a position to “help him out”…

    But doing so is ruining your reputation…

    Which may cost you that job paying you tens of millions per year.

  16. If the Colts didn’t do it in the AFC TITLE GAME and the Pats did, how do you come up with the assumption that the Pats weren’t the only ones doing it???
    __________________________________

    Aaron Rodgers openly admitted that he tries to sneak overinflated balls past the officials, hoping they won’t notice.

    Some of you have massive blinders on.

  17. Goodell will never, ever be the commissioner that Roselle and Tagliabue were. That is fact.

    Goodell, however has taken the NFL to places from a Revenue standpoint though, such that he has essentially ensured as much job security as one can get, that has made the mistakes that he has made.

    It is essential that the next NFL Commissioner come from the outside and bring a fresh perspective, and Zero institutional arrogance.

    I thought Goodell was going to be a good commissioner, but I don’t like his arrogance/approach.

  18. And he has the same guy checking out this mess that he had looking at Miami, some call it a witch hunt, we will see if he will screw up this new mess. Bill

  19. I really hope Tagliabue told him to resign. Goodell is a total embarrassment and the NFL would be wise to wash their hands of what has to be the worst NFL season, from an administrative perspective, of all-time.

  20. This could well be the last straw for Gooddell.

    What kind of league runs a “sting” on one of the two Super-Bowl teams, compromising the integrity of Conference Championship game by letting possibly deflated balls be knowingly used in the first half, and then botches the whole “sting” by not monitoring control of all the balls, and announcing the results of BOTH teams balls – at the START of the game, and at the halftime testing???

    Gooddell was in charge of this, he obviously over saw and approved this, and it turned out worse than anything Barney Fife could have come up with.

    And now, on the heels of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson fiascos – he’s made an enemy of his staunchest supporters – Bob Kraft – by tarnishing his reputation, without a single shred of evidence that New England did ANYTHING wrong.

  21. Paul Tagliabue, the guy who for well over a decade covered up the NFL’s knowledge of the long term brain effects from playing football. The guy who looked the other way and did nothing for off the field crimes. The guy who did absolutely nothing to promote player safety and then left his successor to deal with the storm, blowback, and financial repercussions of years of false propaganda & lies. The guy whose instinctive response was to bury his head in the sand until the noise died down.
    Yeah, I don’t blame Goodell one bit for not wanting anything to do with that guy.

  22. Good leaders may not always be liked, but they are usually respected. Goodell is no longer respected by the fans or the players, and I’ll bet the owners are losing respect for him one by one.

  23. As a Pats fan I find this hilarious on several levels. First, to the Pats fans who think Goodell has an agenda to tarnish Brady and Belichick. Belichick I could see, but there’s no reason I know of why Goodell would target Brady.

    Secondly, to those who say the Pats will only “get away” with this is because Roger is buddy’s with Kraft and sweep it under the rug. Um, have you been paying attention the past week? With friends like that, who needs enemies. If that were the case Roger would have told the Pats to cut it out off the record and the sting never would have happened.

    My take on this is simple. Someone brought the under inflated ball question to the NFL. Roger assumed it was legit, and needed to show he could be a hardass, even to one of his most outspoken supporters. So he backed the sting, and let it unfold. He had no idea that actual science would back up the Patriots claims. Now he’s in a no win situation. He has the public screaming for blood, and the evidence to date showing the perceived infraction was a scientific reaction the Pats had no control over. The end game is pointing to the league saying they couldn’t find anything, the general public believing there was a snow job, the Patriots name and potential SB win getting tarnished and Roger losing the support of Kraft. No one wins but the trolls.

  24. There are those that mention how revenue has gone up under Goodell. Is it his work or was he in the right place at the right time? He became commissioner just as big flat screen tvs were becoming affordable to the masses, mlb was still reeling from the ped scandals, nascar was falling off the face of the earth, and the NBA and NHL will never have the pull that football does. The fact that he has zero people skills is catching up to him. And even though the owners are making more money than ever they will eventually realize he is bad for business and has to go.

  25. Always interesting to see how much the haters, who post on this site, hate authority figures including all sports commissioners…Must be the influence of sports talk radio, which uses false controversy to keep listeners calling in….
    Now some miss Tagliabue…Can’t wait till I read how they miss Bud Selig and David Stern?

  26. Not a Patriots fan, but outside of Colts and Ravens fans, I don’t think anyone in America cares about “Deflategate”. Even if the Pats deliberately deflated the balls, of which there is no proof, it had no effect on the outcome of their blowout win.

    This is a classic media-driven annoyance. Too much dead time between the championship games and the Super Bowl, so we have to invent “controversies”. An intelligent commissioner would check out the story behind the scenes and downplay it in public.

    Unfortunately, the NFL is stuck with Goodell.

  27. vancouversportsbra, i like your predictions…

    The Patriots made a mockery of him (luck) and his team in the postseason but I doubt it will happen much more often.

    The Patriots Decade of Dominance May Be Nearing an End

    Minnesota is a Good Team This Year

    Denver Has an Elite Defense This Year

    Houston Has a Top Ten Defense

    The 49ers Are Still a Great Team

    …tho you correctly pegged the redskins and RGIII as being posers.

  28. Tagliabue helped build the game to new heights. Goodell brought the game to newer heights but also ruined the game by letting lawyers make the rules for players and also absolutely ruined it with greed: forcing taxpayers to build lavish palaces for multi billionaires, not paying cheerleaders a fair wage (ie., paying more than $75/game), moving games to London at the expense of cities who built stadiums and lose revenue, insane greed from sponsors and TV contracts.

  29. correction

    The patriots have been dominating for 14 years – not a decade. get it right!!!!!!!!!

    and, no way it is coming to any end. They been saying that for 10 years now

  30. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Jan 26, 2015 10:40 AM
    The 2014 season will be known as the one that ended Goodell’s awful stint as worst commissioner in sport
    ——————–

    Gary Bettman still has that title.

  31. So by Tagliabue’s logic….we have a problem with people speeding in this country…everyone knows it’s wrong, but lots of people still do it.

    If I get caught, it’s not fair to punish me harshly because it’s “unfair to selectively enforce the rules regarding a broader cultural phenomenon against only one (person)”

  32. I personally suspect that the league is conditioning its fans to be more accepting of the inevitable increase of fakery that’s to come. The games and the outcomes of the games are going to be controlled through the same manipulations that we are being exposed to now. The guys that are in control now have no love of the game, just a love of the money they can get from the game.

  33. Kraft, Rooney, Mara, Jones, Lurie and a number of other owners can’t be pleased that the NFL office was front and center in a pr disaster that could hurt Bob Kraft specifically and all of them as a group, instead of proactively managing the situation. If Mike Kensil acted with Goodell’s approval, Goodell’s toast. If Kensil acted without Goodell’s knowledge the owners will want to know why Goodell could not control his people. One guy that could really be looking bad is Jim Irsay. He has been a disgrace (don’t tell me he hasn’t been seething over his treatment by the other owners). If he had any involvement in this, and intentionally tried to hurt Kraft, he will be universally loathed by his fellow owners. Don’t kid yourself, these guys know how to punish their own.

  34. The only good thing about this entire overblown controversy is it will irrevocably damage the relationship of Kraft and Goodell. The first domino in Goodell getting fired this offseason has finally fallen.

  35. The Pats are the Alpha franchise in the NFL since the new millennium. That’s a fact. They consistently do the one thing that all franchises aspire to do. They win. It’s a game and the job of every team is to win. No other franchise has been more successful than New England.
    That’s why so many “fans” despise them. They wish their team could be as good. Btw- I’m a Saints fan & know about decades of hope and optimism turning to grief and disappointment. All you haters may one day have your place in the sun but envy & vitriol are not very good traits. But I do find them amusing. Hence, PFT is the 1st thing I read in the morning. The laughs give me immense satisfaction.

  36. Here’s what Tagliabue would do about problems in the NFL: nothing – like he did during pretty much his entire tenure. Let things run on autopilot, avoid having to make any kind of real decision, collect a paycheck, hope no one notices he’s pretty much doing nothing otherwise.

    That sums up Tagliabue’s 17 years as NFL Commissioner; given all the work Pete Rozelle did to build the league, most morons could have done the same work Tagliabue did – and some of them would have done it better.

  37. 700levelvet says:
    Jan 26, 2015 11:44 AM
    Pete Rozelle was the only one who knew what the hell he was doing…
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    Rozelle was a visionary. He didn’t view the AFL as a league to compete with, but to merge with for the benefit of everyone. He helped conceive football on prime time television. He also brought in revenue sharing to insure competitive balance and better product. Both Tagliabue and Goodell are lightweights when compared with Rozelle. Also, the monstrous television revenue earned by the NFL under Goodell could have been done by several others. He’s not that smart and not that unique. The league won’t miss him for a minute the second he steps out the door his final time.

  38. I disagree to the prior saying Goodell is trying to shame the Patriots. He’s the opposite, he enables them and protects them. If he were really trying to taint them he wouldn’t of destroyed evidence with the spygate scandal.

  39. I can’t even imagine Tagliabue or Pete Rozelle EVER conspiring with a team (Indy) or teams (Indy/Baltimore) to pull a sting on another team regarding low psi on game balls. This is the kind of crap that will be remembered about Goodell and the junior varsity org that the NFL has become.

  40. “……..One guy that could really be looking bad is Jim Irsay……..”

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    What kind of team ownership literally sneaks their team out of it’s home base after midnight? Like father, like son. This is one of the most despicable deeds ever done to any sports teams’ fans. BTW – I am no way a Ravens’ fan.

  41. “If a certain practice has become widespread in the sport, catching and severely punishing one violator in the hopes that everyone else will clean up their act isn’t the best way to solve the problem.”

    –If this isn’t the best way to solve the problem, then what exactly is? This article provides no additional details about why severe punishment would not deter wrongdoers the NFL, according to Tagliabue.
    The Saints were heavily punished and my belief is that is has succeeded in preventing other teams from having bounties. No technique here would be 100% effective, but I fail to see how the penalties have NOT had a definite effect on the actions of others teams.

  42. correction

    The patriots have been dominating for 14 years – not a decade. get it right!!!!!!!!!

    and, no way it is coming to any end. They been saying that for 10 years now

    Is the definition for dominating similar to that for deflation? When was their last SB win…domination yea right!

  43. If this was, in fact, a sting operation and Goodell has no hard evidence and needs a team of forensic experts to figure this out, he should be fired for being so dumb. If it was a sting, he would have had cameras on the balls the entire time, he’d have hard, documented proof of what the PSI was on every ball that went on the field at the beginning of the game, at halftime, and the end of the game. It would take maybe an hour to put all his facts together.

    This was no “sting operation”. If it was supposed to be, it’ll go down as the dumbest one in the history of the earth.

  44. Based on all the hate Goodell is getting here he must be doing something right. Seems like everyone prefers Tags who pretty much said he’d prefer to look the other way and sweep it under the rug to keep his friends happy. At least Goodell is man enough to try and do the right thing regardless of the consequence. The game will be better in the long run for it. I hope he stays and keeps it up.

  45. Calling Goodell names and blasting him for his handling of Ray Rice and Bountygate does nothing to change the fact that the Patriot’s footballs were deflated. (and not the Colts)

    Forget the score and forget that it might not have materially impacted the game in question, its still cheating. And the only team to be caught cheating in the last 7 years is the Patriots.

    Somehow those facts are lost on the kool aide drinking Patriot trolls that show up to post on this website.

  46. mj1818 says: Jan 26, 2015 12:45 PM

    Whatever happened to those video tapes of the deflatriots recording other teams walkthroughs? Oh yah goodell had them destroyed..

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    Find me any information saying there is a tape of a walkthrough.

    I dare you.

  47. jasonculhane says: Jan 26, 2015 12:36 PM

    I disagree to the prior saying Goodell is trying to shame the Patriots. He’s the opposite, he enables them and protects them. If he were really trying to taint them he wouldn’t of destroyed evidence with the spygate scandal.

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    We all saw the spygate evidence. They held a press conference and played the tapes.

    The point of destroying them was that if any other tape came out, they could hammer the patriots for not turning them all in. Also, they began to leak. Glazer still has his tape.

    We all saw what was on them. What did you want him to do with them? Save them as souvenirs?

  48. Goodell thinks he is Judge Roy Bean. He has a pathological need to be the guy with the whip and the noose. That is a classic form of bad management skills.

    If this actually was a sting operation, it only proves how much he hates Bill Belichick and the continual success of the Patriots. It’s all about Roger, and the best and most newsworthy teams in the league have to be put in their place. It’s pitiful.

  49. It’s a real dilemna for Emperor Robert Graft – his prized pupils Darth Greedell and Darth Belicheat are at odds with each other and one or the other could finally be banned from the league.

  50. At one point, Goodell reportedly considered leaving for ESPN.

    ******************************

    Now that would be the PERFECT place for him.

  51. Tabliabue believes it “it was unfair to selectively enforce the rules”

    Too bad he wasn’t called in on Spygate. Sure the Patriots violated the 2006 sideline filming ban in 2007. But Goodell acted like signal filming was ONLY being done by the Patriots when it CONTINUES TODAY – just not from the sidelines.

    Physics has already exonerated the Patriots and proven that minimally inflated balls will deflate in the cold and rain (and common sense tells us that squealing team is sure to have their balls inflated to the maximum)

    But here we have yet another instance – Spygate, Bountygate, Deflategate – where GOODELL HIMSELF is the cause of distrust in the integrity of the game

  52. If a certain practice has become widespread in the sport, catching and severely punishing one violator in the hopes that everyone else will clean up their act isn’t the best way to solve the problem.
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    This is why I’ve despised Goodell for so long. It’s not just that he severely punishes one violator as an example to the others. It’s how he decides which violator to punish. It’s all about what furthers Goodell’s ambition rather than what’s best for the game, the players, or the fans. His first loyalty is always to Roger Goodell.

    The Rice situation was an embarrassment, so he decided to show the public he was radically proactive in jumping on the underinflated balls no matter how much it damaged the league’s image or the reputation of his friend’s team. We can only hope Kraft will wise up and join other owners who are realizing this is not the person who should be leading the NFL.

  53. “Tagliabue overturned all punishments, based in part on a belief that it was unfair to selectively enforce the rules regarding a broader cultural phenomenon against only one small group of players. The point? If a certain practice has become widespread in the sport, catching and severely punishing one violator in the hopes that everyone else will clean up their act isn’t the best way to solve the problem.”
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    Spygate, in a NUTSHELL

  54. Anyone ever notice when watching the draft as Goddell announces the names and meets the players he acts and sounds as though they should be glad meet him. Where as with Tagliabue he would act and sound as if he were glad to meet the next stars of the nfl?

  55. Yes, we can thanks the pats for putting the last nail in Godells coffin. Look, a silver lining to everything…

  56. That GQ article is well worth a read. Goodell comes across actually worse than you probably imagine. Not only does he seem out-of-touch on every scandal he’s faced but there’s a section where he goes around telling NFL employees they’re overpaid while he himself is earning $44 million per year.

    But Goodell’s largest failing is that nothing about him suggests he enjoys his job or even loves the sport of football. He’s like the grumpy old teacher you once had who seemed to despise kids despite having spent their whole career teaching.

  57. mj1818 says: Jan 26, 2015 12:45 PM

    Whatever happened to those video tapes of the deflatriots recording other teams walkthroughs? Oh yah goodell had them destroyed..

    uuum, that was The Broncos, not the Pats.

  58. The bottom line is that the person in charge of the League we all care about is a grossly incompetent imbecile. The problem with Goodell is not that he is evil or corrupt or anything else. The problem is that he is a truly stupid person. He lacks the wisdom and insightfulness and emotional maturity that allows some people good and trusted leaders.

    Goodell’s career is a product of being born on third base combined with a type of willfulness and self assuredness that would be admiral in different circumstances. But he is intellectually unequipped to a dangerous degree for the job that he got through sheer determination and aggressiveness and not because he was particularly qualified for it.

  59. TAGLIABU PUSHED PLAYERS DRUGS DOM.ABUSE ETC UNDER THE RUG WAS A GOOD OLD BOYS COMMISS GIVE GOODELL CREDIT FOR PUNISHING THEM

  60. Wow, I guess I am in the minority. Tagliabue was not a very good commissioner. If Tagliabue was a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 then Goodell has been an 8.5 to 9.

  61. “If the Patriots were causing footballs to be underinflated in order to make them easier to throw, they surely weren’t the only ones doing it.”

    Surely this is just speculation on your part. Whenever someone does something illegal, inevitably we get to the “Everyone else is doing it, we just got caught argument” Well maybe “Everyone else” isn’t doing it. On one hand we are told Belichick is smarter than the rest of the coaches. His attention to detail is legendary. He knows the rule book inside and out. During practices, he makes the team practice with footballs in the worst possible conditions. Then on the other hand we are told he knows nothing of the rule for proper inflation.

    Underinflated footballs don’t just help with throwing and catching, it helps with holding onto the football for running backs. Statistics show in cold weather games the Pats fumble once every 187 attempts. League average is 111. Maybe its because Belichick makes the team practice with footballs that are slipper, cold, wet over inflated etc. Or perhaps because in their home games the football is underinflated and its easier to grip for both Brady and for the running backs.

    Perhaps you’re right, perhaps all teams are breaking the rules in some fashion or another. or perhaps Belichick has been thumbing his nose at the rest of the league for too long, and its time to punish him in the same way Sean Payton was punished. When you’re a repeat offender, maybe you don’t get the subtle”hey knock it off” from the league, but instead you get punished just as any other coach or player would be. No team is above the shield.

    Just like everyone else I’d rather be talking about the SB, but not if it means looking the other way when a team breaks rules repeatedly. I can guarantee you if this story was about the Cowboys, the Packers or the Steelers, people would be screaming for hefty fines and suspensions.

  62. I like Tags but he avoided discipline and the players got out of hand. What Goodell is trying to accomplish is the right thing to do but the way he is going about it has caused different problems. What he needs to do is come out and state what the goals are (integrity of the game, lawful behavior by personnel and players, etc.) and try to get the owners and NFLPA to agree in principle and then in the process. Failure to cooperate forces him to take action.

    The union should be involved in helping to eliminate the problems rather than fighting every common sense initiative until they get some sort of handout. I would much rather see a good kid making plays for my team rather than some entitled miscreant who ignores laws and common decency. The union should start looking out for the vast majority of its players that are decent instead of defending the troublemakers just so they can stick it to “the man”

  63. Maybe its because Belichick makes the team practice with footballs that are slipper, cold, wet over inflated etc. Or perhaps because in their home games the football is underinflated and its easier to grip for both Brady and for the running backs.
    ===
    Yeah.. It couldn’t be that ball security is something that is a point of emphasis with NEP. Nope. The Pats have never benched RBs for fumbling, or kept running BJGE out there because he could consistently hold on to the football and gain 3.5 ypc.

  64. Why Paul??.Why did you ever burden is with Little Red? I always thought Jim Finks Was a better choice than Tags! Goddell rivals Bettman as the worst commish in pro sports

  65. Deb describes what happened in Spygate; Goodell’s penchant for singling out one franchise and one coach to make an example. Instead of doing what he intended, Goodell painted the Patriots with a Scarlet Letter that harms the NFL to this day. For those of you with no literary interest, the moral of Hawthorne’s novel is that the arbiter of moral judgment is often the far greater sinner.

  66. Who cares!? Seriously Paul is not the Commish any more. Why publish a story to essentially say Roger is not listening to his elders? This article is silly.

    Goddell is running the league as he sees best. If that creates problems or too many waves for the owners then nature will take it course.

    I see zero value in you pointing out the opinion of an interloper. By the way wasn’t Paul lord and master over a league in which the palyers were describe as “Pros and Cons,” which is short for professionals and convicts.

    Paul’s anything goes, let’s cover it and since we can’t punish all of them let’s punish none of them league is over. I for one am glad.

  67. “…..inevitably we get to the “Everyone else is doing it, we just got caught argument” Well maybe “Everyone else” isn’t doing it..”

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    and what did the NFL do with Aaron Rodgers?

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