Been thinking about this alot lately. Everyone wants to make Goodell the bad guy. The man who the owners named comish of the NFL and told him perserve the image. Is he really judge jury and excutioner? Is really just a marshmallow in a suit ? I dunno I can honestly say his job isn't easy. Step away and forget about fining Suh and the tampering charges and look at this list.
Kenny Britt - 7 encounters with the law in just 2 years as a pro.
Aqib Talib - Multiple encounters with the law and assult charges
Ben Rothelisberger served 5 game suspenion from (Accused) Twice of sexual assult
Mike Vick - Federal Prison time for dog fighting
Donte Stallworth - Vehicular Manslaughter
Terrell Pryor - Serving a 5 game suspension for NCAA violations*
Adam Jones- Multiple assult charges including a strip club and personal body gaurd
Albert Haynesworth - Well he's still Albert Haynesworth
Plaxico Buress - Discharging an illeagal fire arm in a public place ( his leg)
Kenny Britt and Talib most recently talked with the comish sounds like it wasn't to harsh either. Big ben is still the "franchise" of the Steelers after missing only 5 games. Mike Vick and Stallworth were both allowed to return to the NFL. Adam Jones was given multiple second chances to redeem himself after being the running joke of the NFL. Haynesworth is still around and still causing trouble off the field. Plaxico has returned with ZERO punishment by the league. For Pryor I do like this call the NFL should not be a safe haven for college players who screw up this bad.
Roger has had some serious players cause some serious problems the last few years. It is a privilage to play in the NFL NOT a right. If you had a job in the front office of any of the 32 teams and you were under trial for sexual assault, manslaughter, or dog fighting YOU'D BE GONE! The more I have thought about it Roger isn't that big of a hardass some of these guys are getting off scott free. Kenny Britt needs an ass whoppin. While I am glad players like Vick got there second chance and are acually making good on it. Players like Pacman need a 2 strikes and get the hell off my field policy. Sure the game has gotten softer the fines and penaltys are abundunt these days but can you blame Goodell soley on the rules commishon? The Refs ? I dunno seems to me he has become a target for everything the fans dislike. If we had a Commish that was a door mat ( see predicessor ) The players will run wild and the NFL image. buisness and everyone involved would be destroyed.
Yes he does deserve blame for alot of things but the next time you scream DAMN GOODELL!!! Stop and think was this his fault ? At some point somewere in time players have to be considered adults. They also have to be held responsible and what it all boils down to is atleast Roger is holding the children responsible. For every great thing Peyton Manning and Drew Brees has done. Players like Adam Jones and Kenny Britt do twice the damage. I expect to get tons of crap for actually defending Goodell to an extent but it's just some food for thought. If Matt Stafford takes a hit do you blame him the tackle or the defensive end ? Place the blame were it belongs. Goodell is one man trying to do a job most people would never take. Players are men 21 or older Goodell shouldn't have to suspened the star QB for the Steelers for sexual assault accusations cause it never should have happened.
Have at it boys