Goodell says clarifying, simplifying rulebook is on the table

AP

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league’s officials today, but he did acknowledge that the league’s rulebook could be streamlined.

Goodell said at today’s owners’ meeting that potential improvements to officiating were discussed, and the league is exploring everything it can do to take the games out of the hands of the officials and make sure they’re decided by the players.

“That includes clarification of rules, that includes simplifying, where we can, our rules,” Goodell said.

That would be a good first step. Another step would be having an official in the booth, watching the game on a high-definition monitor, with the ability to communicate instantly with the officials on the field. Goodell hinted that that could be a possibility.

“Are there ways we can use technology effectively in our game?” Goodell said. “Technology is changing, it’s giving us an opportunity to see things we never saw before, and we need to make sure our officials have access to that.”

Still, Goodell insists that the officials generally do their jobs well.

“I think our officials do an extraordinary job,” Goodell said. “I think what we see now is through technology we see things we could never see before. But I think what it does is it validates the quality of our officiating. We all recognize that officials are going to make mistakes. What we need to do is try to avoid those mistakes as much as possible, train them differently, improve the quality of officiating and use technology to help them when a mistake does occur.”

Unfortunately, some mistakes have occurred, including some high-profile mistakes in big games. Even if the NFL thinks the officials are doing a good job now, they need to do better.

59 responses to “Goodell says clarifying, simplifying rulebook is on the table

  1. .
    “I think our officials do an extraordinary job,” Goodell said. “I think what we see now is through technology we see things we could never see before. But I think what it does is it validates the quality of our officiating. We all recognize that officials are going to make mistakes. What we need to do is try to avoid those mistakes as much as possible, train them differently, improve the quality of officiating and use technology to help them when a mistake does occur.”

    Extraordinary job??? Validates the quality of our officiating????
    The man is totally clueless.
    .

  2. lol… On the table? Yeah, just take your time clarifying the rules for which you want players, coaches and referees to adhere to while playing the game. It’s not like the seemingly lack of knowledge by a lot of them is having an adverse effect on anything.

  3. You notice that Roger is only innovative when it comes to making money? Virtually every other thing he has ever done has been only reactionary PR moves.

  4. LIAR!!! Your immature, childish, school yard, WWE like attempts to hate on NE and cost them games just because NE made you look like the idiot you are in court will fail miserably. I hope you show up and hand Brady his 5th trophy so we can see the hate on your face. #Coward

  5. Refs make less mistakes than players, coaches and gm’s. Yes improvement can be made, but only losers complain about the refs when they lose a game.

  6. You rarely see him speak anymore – which is a good thing. I can’t possibly imagine seeing him completing his contract in 2018.
    Most people now acknowledge Deflategate was an overreaction , has his ass handed to him in federal court, yet continues to perpetuate that fiasco.

  7. The catch rule needs to be clarified along with more coaches challenges. My thought is unlimited challenges after you run out of time out just hit them with 5yd delay of game.

  8. As long as “star” players like Rodgers get special treatment, none of what is being talked about matters.

    You can’t let special players ask and get their own booth review on penalties like Rodgers did in the KC game.

  9. Were Kensil or Pash’s lips moving while Roger was ‘talking’ or have they gotten better with their dummy?

  10. Been watching the game for about 30 years, I thought I knew what a catch was…..Now I feel like I don’t.

    The NFL way over thought the whole thing with judgement calls about “football moves”, and “clearly establishing himself as a runner”, “initial contact with the ground”, etc.

    Its become such a joke when my buddies and I watch games we joke to each other….hey was that a football move? was established as a runner.

    They might as well just flip the coin they use before kick off.

    RANT OVER!

  11. Get rid of unnecessary roughness, roughing the passer, roughing the kicker, and defenseless player rules. This is football, and if you want to kick the crap out of the opposing team, you should be able to.

  12. The officials do as good a job as humanly possible. I like the idea of the ref in the booth watching in real time, but I would have several refs in the booth. Most of the officiating should be done from video. It would actually speed up the games considerably.

  13. Mein Fuhrer has spoken. If a ref up top could communicate with the field guys, what’s so hard about implementing that.? Like BB said, we could have a car wash or bake sale yo help defray the cost.

  14. Rules?
    “That includes clarification of rules, that includes simplifying, where we can, our rules.”

    I thought Roger said rules didn’t need to be written and players didn’t need knowledge of what could happen to them if these unwritten, un-clarified and complex rules were broken.

    Heck, even if there are written, clarified and simplified rules on the books it doesn’t matter to Roger. If he thinks a 25K fine for a supposed yet unproven equipment violation isn’t enough he can go ahead and dock a team a million dollars (if he wants) or take 1st and 4th round draft picks (if he wants) and even try to suspend players without cause, lie about what they testified to under oath and smear them (if he wants).

    The guy is in charge of league integrity after all.

  15. The easiest part of the fix would be to spell out the intent behind the rule. That way the judgment can be made based on why a rule is written a certain way rather than dissecting the poorly worded rule for its literal meaning. As it stands now, the intent is never factored in but it should be the foundation behind the judgment calls that can never be avoided.

  16. This guy has an agenda, and it’s not fairness, integrity, level playing fields, player safety, it’s to make money. It’s to keep himself in power. Period. This guy needs to go 2 years ago.

  17. Next year they’re going to try out chimps as referees because hey, why not?

    Integrity of the game.

  18. Bengal fans seem to have no problem with goodel. Why? Idk maybe it has something to do with the bengals not being cheaters

  19. Just think how simple the rules would get if they went old school and just eliminated the forward pass.

  20. Wait a minute, this is actually logical. Who is this imposter and what has he done with Goodell?

  21. shovelhunter says:
    Dec 2, 2015 7:26 PM

    Bengal fans seem to have no problem with goodel. Why? Idk maybe it has something to do with the bengals not being cheaters
    ——————————–

    You should probably know that Jeff Blake, former Bengals quarterback, is on record saying that he routinely told the ball boys to let air out of the footballs before a game.

    Maybe it wasn’t cheating back then, but it more likely than not was.

  22. He didn’t announce that the NFL has hired Ted Wells for 15 million to decide what a catch is…spoiler alert, it’s 15 pages of legalese and ends with the solution that Blandino will review every one and decide if it’s a catch.

  23. Yeah, this is the bunch that don’t think sticking a camera on the freaking goal line could help get the right call. The only simplifying will be simplifying the process for refs to…influence the score the correct way.

  24. A ref in the booth talking to refs, would result in one of two things or both. More flags being thrown: Bad. Or, flags being thrown and then having the refs saying “there is no foul on the play” which will be bad and wicked annoying. The real issue is that they just have too many refs. They literally have a ref accounting for every player on the field. When refs are just looking at certain players or certain sections of the field, they arent looking at the context of the play and whether the “foul” is actually effecting the play or not. Like calling offensive holding on a defensive back after the QB has already been sacked or in process of being sacked.

  25. If he’s going to look at the rule book, how about eliminating the automatic first down for every little minor penalty that a defense commits.

    The most annoying call in football is an automatic first down after a 5 yd penalty on a failed 3rd and 19 play.

  26. Thanks for going back to the 90’s mmack. Thats a completely different commissioner but nice try

  27. Don Humphrey says:
    Dec 2, 2015 7:16 PM
    Goodell streamlining the rulebook…… there’s an oxymoron
    ===========================
    Goodell………….there’s a moron.

  28. Let’s at least walk away knowing what a catch is (and isn’t).

    As far as the officiating goes, these guys are the best in the world. It’s the same conversation fans have when they don’t like their QB. “That guys sucks, he should go!!” Really, who’s going to come in that’s better? Your guy is starting because he’s been evaluated as the best available. By definition, anyone else available would be a downgrade.

    Same for the officials. The best are going to make mistakes. Just make sure the rules allow for corrections to be made when the rest of the world sees what actually happened.

  29. I can almost guarantee that the only reason that Goodell is even addressing this issue is because the owners are getting upset that the refs are actually changing the outcome of games now. If I owned a team and the refs screwed up a call that made my team lose I would be calling Goodell and telling him to fix it!!

  30. And what about the “unwritten” rules that the Pats keep breaking? Look, basically, all you got to do is listen to someone like Substitutes-Harbaugh or Goal-line-shift-Rothlesberger whine after every defeat as to what should be in the rules – in a year or two the book will have rewritten itself, and in very simple terms even a moron could understand! You’d better make the pages proofed against salty water though.

  31. The hot take in sports talk for the past few weeks is that NFL refs are worse than ever, but I think they they do a pretty god job considering the breakneck speed that the game has evolved to.

    How about this… The average top tier game in the NFL is now played in front of a freakish number of cameras, cameras that are catching every non-call and referee screw up from multiple angles. Couple this with a sports community that has fully embraced “gotcha” style of blogs and sports talk radio pundits and BAM! – Worst refs ever!!

    I think the poor zebras are now paralyzed when faced with making a game-changing call on the field, because they know the media shizz-storm is coming.

  32. How about doing away with emphasizing rules. All rules should have the same attention. About 15 years ago the league decided that they were going to have Payton Manning be the face of the league and they started this “rule emphasis” to try and make him a winner. All its done is ruin the game and prove no matter how the rules get manipulated the Patriots will always will win because of superior coaching and superior QB play.

  33. The only rule I care about is Article VIII of the NFL Owners Bylaws and Constitution

    It states that the owners “shall appoint a person of unquestioned integrity to serve as Commissioner”

    First thing they should do is delete that rule – because the owners sure aren’t bothering to follow it anyways

    And Goodell wonders why the City of San Diego isn’t going to trust a Commissioner who was twice cited for lying under oath in federal court, with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars????

  34. Main problem with NFL is most owners and NFL executives don’t know squat about football. Please don’t let Bozo the red headed circus clown, and the owners rewrite the rule book. You will get nothing but FUBAR. Just look at zebra performance for confirmation.

    Sounds like a task for the NFLPA to spearhead. At least most have played the game.

  35. 69goatboy says:
    Dec 2, 2015 8:10 PM

    The most annoying call in football is an automatic first down after a 5 yd penalty on a failed 3rd and 19 play.

    ——————————————-

    That is a Green Bay special. I think that would eliminate half of Aaron’s plays for first down.

  36. Goodell’s a moron hired by greedy owners. Want to show your displeasure? Want Roger gone? Stop buying tickets. Stop watching on TV. Stop buying NFL merchandise.

    It’s the only way they’ll hear you. Their ears are in their pockets. Not under their hats.

  37. “That includes clarification of rules, that includes simplifying, where we can, our rules,”

    Off to a great start there, Rog.

  38. I don’t understand. This goes against everything he stands for. I mean, if they truly simplify the rule book…

    How is he going to use the refs to fix the games anymore?

  39. Heres Goodell’s Simplified Rule Book:

    Refs just punish whoever u want whenever you want and punish the teams i tell you to punish and we will back you because “as you know” “all calls are subjective”

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