Goodell memo tells teams NFL will find a chief medical officer

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With the oft-criticized Dr. Elliott Pellman being nudged out by the league, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memo to the 32 teams telling them that a new chief medical officer will be put in place — one Goodell hopes the players and the fans can trust.

“[W]e intend to hire a highly-credentialed physician to serve as Chief Medical Officer and work in the league office on a full-time basis,” Goodell wrote in the memo, a copy of which PFT obtained. “This individual will be responsible for working with our team medical staffs, the NFLPA and our medical committees, as well as the broader independent scientific and medical communities. This individual will add to our expertise and help ensure that our clubs have access to the most up-to-date information, that our research funds are spent in an effective and targeted way, and that our players and team staffs receive timely and thorough information on injuries and injury prevention.”

Although Pellman’s departure is officially being termed a “retirement,” a league source confirmed to PFT that Goodell made the decision for the league to move on from Pellman, knowing the league needs to hire someone the players and fans trust to handle concussions appropriately. Pellman has been subjected to criticism from players like D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who said Pellman didn’t deal forthrightly with players about the risks of brain injuries. Pellman agreed to retire because Goodell wanted him out.

The search for a chief medical officer will be overseen by several doctors affiliated with the NFL, as well as Jeff Miller from the league office and 49ers owner Dr. John York.

44 responses to “Goodell memo tells teams NFL will find a chief medical officer

  1. They should consult with Jeff Pash, Mike Kensil, and Ted Wells to be sure they hire someone who will truly protect the integrity of the game.

  2. They are eagerly searching out a doctor with the right morally-casual attitude toward the Hippocratic Oath so that he can be sure he will toe the line when it comes to evaluating this so-called ‘science’ that those darn fans keep nattering on about.

  3. “…one Goodell hopes the players and the fans can trust.”

    It is highly unlikely the players and the fans will trust anyone that Goodell appoints. The Goodell seal of approval automatically brings into question the integrity of anyone or anything it is applied to.

    A Giants fan

  4. Just pick a random fan. Experience doesn’t matter when you consider they hired Blandino to be the chief official.

  5. The search for a chief medical officer will be overseen by several doctors affiliated with the NFL, as well as Jeff Miller from the league office and 49ers owner Dr. John York.
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    Business as usual. If they really wanted players and fans to feel like they were making a trustworthy and above board selection why wouldn’t the league invite the NFLPA to be part of the process?

  6. the nfl continues to make a fool of itself with every passing day

    note how politically correct they try to be and how overtly public they try to make it seem

    this is the same commissioner who is a pathological liar and hellbent on minimizing cte as a disease

    arrest, try and convict little lord fontleroy goodell

  7. Most likely they’ll choose a Kraft-crony again, like Dr. Nabel, so that Pats players can get obvious concussions but keep playing when needed.

  8. maust1013 says:
    Jul 20, 2016 2:04 PM

    The search for a chief medical officer will be overseen by several doctors affiliated with the NFL, as well as Jeff Miller from the league office and 49ers owner Dr. John York.
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    Business as usual. If they really wanted players and fans to feel like they were making a trustworthy and above board selection why wouldn’t the league invite the NFLPA to be part of the process?
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    maust you missed it in the second paragraph:

    “This individual will be responsible for working with our team medical staffs, the NFLPA and our medical committees, as well as the broader independent scientific and medical communities”…and so on…

    I think I get where you’re coming from though…I’d like to see an “outsider” like a college, or independent lab, that sort of thing… be part of this CMO office.

  9. This is an NFL issue, not a Goodell issue. The NFL has been dragging its feet on discovering the impact of concussions on players for decades, long before anyone heard the name Goodell. Goodell has only been commissioner for 10 years. Ever heard of Tagliabue, and the web of lies and deceit woven by Tagliabue and the NFL surrounding concussions? Goodell has only continued what the NFL wanted. The NFL didn’t want to acknowledge the impact of concussions on players for decades…nothing new here.

  10. “Be much better if they found a new commissioner.”

    They’re not paying him $40,000,000 a year because they don’t like the job he’s doing.

  11. I can picture Goodell opening a mother of all pill mill, and hiring a bunch of certified nursing assistants to hand out more tramadol and opioids. Then boast how many women have been employed by the league.

  12. badbabyjane says:
    Jul 20, 2016 1:52 PM
    Wait for it. 3, 2, 1………………Here comes Fan boys hating Goodell “latest abuse of power.”. Sigh……….
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    Clearly you have not been paying attention. Fans of the game fear anything Goodell taints with with his touch for good reason. Bleat all the he only does what the owners want responses you want but the last two owner employed commissioners somehow managed to act in the best interest of the game on most occasions. There is no way in creation Rozelle or Tagliabue would have presided over an attempt to steal $110M from the players.

  13. I’ll nominate Nurse Jackie — her resume Per IMDb: Emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton does everything she can to provide her patients with the best care possible while navigating the waters of a crumbling health-care system. But she has a secret that is increasingly difficult to keep from people — she relies on Vicodin and Adderall to get her through high-stress shifts at a New York hospital, where she isn’t above bending the rules to keep things running smoothly in the face of indifferent doctors, penny-pinching bean counters and miles of bureaucratic red tape

    sounds like a perfect fit

  14. Each candidate will be expected to interview with Jim Irsay and to leave behind several blank prescription tablets.

  15. markprzyb says:
    Jul 20, 2016 3:42 PM

    If you don’t trust the man doing the hiring, how can you trust who he hires?
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    Are you saying that you don’t trust the Integribot?

  16. Surf Bandits says:
    Jul 20, 2016 2:27 PM

    maust you missed it in the second paragraph:

    “This individual will be responsible for WORKING WITH our team medical staffs, the NFLPA and our medical committees, as well as the broader independent scientific and medical communities”…and so on…
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    I didn’t miss anything. Whoever Fraudger selects will be “working with” the NFLPA. My point was in order for players or fans to have any confidence in the selection process the NFLPA should be involved. After all, we are talking about a medical officer whose supposed purview will be the player’s well being

  17. The NY Times Website (Sports Tab) advised the Pellman was a Rheumatologist with no experience in brain research.
    He led a league committee that published researchplaying down or denying the dangers of concussions attributable to playing football. An earlier NY Times entry showed a picture of Pellman sitting at a table, with a NY Jets helmet and a banner with a NY Jets Logo behind him. This picture has now been removed. I surmise that Roger did not want a public reminder of his penchant for hiring a bunch of incompetent former Jets employees.

  18. What good doctor would want to be the “chief medical officer” in the NFL. No doctors worth their salt would want to remain in important, high paying positions in large hospitals or research facilities. This would be a step down.

  19. Everything Goodell does is for the good of the league and the players who play in the league. That’s why he makes the big bucks. That’s why so many of us are jealous of him. Keep up the good work Roger! All me friends who love football think you’re the best pro sports commissioner in history. There are always going to be a few vocal folks that never hit it off with authority figures.

  20. Uh, oh. He used the word independent again. We know what that means, he will get his predetermined diagnosis with every patient. Calling Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine.

  21. ronniemundsmambo says:
    Jul 20, 2016 5:46 PM
    Dr. Russell Warren, NYG head doc will take it and coast into retirement. Coolest man on Giants staff.
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    Warren is no longer their team physician, he was moved on to ’emeritus status’ 2 years ago. I bleed blue but the Giants have been at or near the top of the man games lost ‘leader board’ year in and year out for the past 15 years. Reese’s broken pieces don’t account for all of that. Injuries should balance out over time and they just haven’t, the medical and training staffs should be every bit as accountable as the GM. No one should be comfortable even considering anyone remotely connected to Big Blue’s medical staff.

  22. Based on the job description I think they might be better off with a subscription to WebMD. Especially since the guy that retired was around when “he got his bell rung” was an official diagnosis.

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