I keep seeing threads where people want to run Goodell out of the league on a rail. So I figured I'd try to figure out what the owners think about all this Goodell-goody behavior. (This is separate and apart from the question of whether he got our
Here's an article from when he was elected Commish back in 06. Apparently they voted him in in record time, and everybody was totally sure he was the hands-down best pick. From the Forbes article located here http://www.forbes.com/2006/08/09/nfl...acescan03.html
And besides deep knowledge of the business, Goodell apparently possessed more of another quality: humility. League bigs say the son of former Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.) understands that the commissioner job is less a commander on horseback than a diplomat, a liaison between, and even employee of, the owners--the real chief executives, allied with each other even as they compete.
From the tenor of the remainder of the article, it appears that Goodell is supposed to stay the course and enjoy the labor peace.
Maybe the Forbes guy is all wet to begin with, and didn't get a really representative feel for it.
Or maybe Goodell is telling the owners, "sure you elected me, but you guys really want this crusade, admit it."
I am talking about the general get-tough, warn-cheerleaders, dock-draft-picks, suspend-the-whackos crusade, by the way -- not the specifics of the NE situation.
After all, look around: they say Snyder was the impetus for the cheerleader memo. Okay, so 31 other owners shrug their shoulders and say "okay, we weren't doing it, so we'll keep not doing it." We all know the Pats' story... so 31 other owners say "okay we didnt use tape, we'll keep not using tape..."
Is it just that the NFL believes the brand will grow better and grab that casual fan, if it looks ultra-concerned with the appearance of fairness?
Is there any possible owner backlash in the offing?
Hours until kickoff for games we aren't in, guys... may as well spend 'em here!