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Shanahan Prefers Current Kickoff Rules

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 7, 2012 – 3:28 pm

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National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell recently brought up the idea of eliminating kickoffs from NFL games as a safety measure.

The idea was proposed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, who had a player paralyzed during a kickoff while he was head coach at Rutgers in 2010.

It’s certainly an interesting topic, especially when you think about how the league could possibly replace kickoffs. According to TIME Magazine, instead of a kickoff after a touchdown or field goal, a team would get the ball on its own 30-yard line, where it would face a 4th-and-15 situation. From there, the team has the option to punt or to go for it to retain possession of the ball. If there is a turnover on downs on the play, the opposing team gets the ball with very good field position.

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was asked about the proposal to eliminate kickoffs, and said it’s certainly an interesting avenue for the league to explore.

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Listen: Roger Goodell on ‘Bertie and Guy’

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 14, 2012 – 12:26 pm

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What is National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell’s No. 1 draft pick when it comes to grilling?

He answers that question — and several others — as a guest on this week’s edition of SportsTalk 570’s “Tailgating With Bertie And Guy.” You can listen to the entire episode below.

Here’s some snippets from the appearance by Goodell, who attended college in Pennsylvania and added that he used to be a Redskins fan:

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Green Room Phone Reactions, Ne’ermore

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 6:11 pm

The age of green room phone reactions–like the one seen above by 2011 rookie Ryan Kerrigan–has come and passed, according to Josh Katzowitz of CBSSports.com.   Read more »

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Roger Goodell: Let’s Get It Started

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 8, 2011 – 3:29 pm

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With the 2011 NFL season kicking off tonight in Green Bay, Commissioner Roger Goodell thanked fans for their support and pledged to continue to improve the game and league in all ways possible. Below is the email the Commissioner sent to fans:

To NFL Fans:

This may be the first week of the regular season, but it has the feel of a Super Bowl week for the NFL. One of the reasons is that we will unite with the rest of the nation on Sunday to reflect on the anniversary of 9/11 and honor the spirit of America.

All of us in the NFL appreciate your patience and understanding through what was a most unusual and challenging off-season. Now we are ready to enjoy what the NFL is all about — great players, great fans, intense competition, the performance and passion surrounding America’s most popular game.

Thanks to the hard work of our players, club owners, teams, and staff, the NFL’s pledge to deliver great football to our fans has been strengthened and is more secure than ever. We start the regular season and the race to Super Bowl XLVI with tremendous anticipation and momentum.

We want you most of all to sit back and enjoy it – in our stadiums, on television, and wherever else you connect with the NFL. Football fans enjoying football is what we love.

Be assured, however, that we believe in better. Players, owners, coaches, team and league staff – working together — will be putting our collective foot on the accelerator. We have more work to do to improve our league and game on a variety of fronts. We will do that by continuing to focus on the quality of the game and innovation. And we will do it relentlessly.

On behalf of everyone in the NFL, thank you for your incredible support, and thank you especially for sharing your views with us. Please keep it coming. We value your opinion because it helps make us better. The passion of our fans and communities is what makes the NFL so special.

Thank you again. Let’s get it started.

Roger Goodell

So grab your foam fingers and body paint, it’s football season.


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The Players’ Response to Labor Agreement: A Twitter Narrative

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 25, 2011 – 3:53 pm

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At the joint press conference between the NFL and NFLPA this afternoon to announce the new labor deal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced “Football is back.”

Cue the chorus of angels and break out the Burgundy and Gold body paint, it’s football season once again.  The players had similar responses across the Twitterverse:

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A Long Drive For A New Season Ticket Holder

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2010 – 8:59 am

Like many people, Kyle Spitzer (left, in the Cooley jersey) drove with his father (Fred, right) and son to take in a day a Redskins Training Camp yesterday. Unlike most, the Spitzers came from Rhode Island, a drive that took just a little bit of time. “Seven hours,” Kyle said. “We came in last night, we’re gonna stay today and tomorrow morning, and then we’ll head off after practice tomorrow back to Rhode Island.”

Kyle grew up in New Jersey and still talks with a bit of a Jersey accent, but he’s been a Redskins fan all his life. “I fell in love with John Riggins when I was a little boy and I’ve been rooting for ’em ever since,” he said. “My basement is an absolute shrine to the Redskins. I’ve got the yard lines, jerseys with my kids names on ’em painted on the walls, everything. I’m a little bit of a nut, so fifteen years ago I put my name up for season tickets. I got the call back in February, and my wife said ‘Go ahead, you paid your dues,’ so I did it.”

He hopes to go to three games this year — flying, not making the seven-hour drive, much to the relief of his young son — and will be giving the remaining tickets to friends in the area.

Spitzer’s trip to training camp was going to be an experience no matter what, what with the seven-hour drive and all, but it was made even better when the team offered his family a chance to sit in on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s fan forum yesterday afternoon. These events give Goodell — alongside John Madden — a chance to talk directly to (and hear directly from) the fans, and Spitzer was told that he would have a chance to ask the commish a question.

“I’ll come up with one,” he told me, “but I haven’t yet. I was just saying I wanted to meet him, so it’s a great opportunity.”

Not only did Spitzer come up with a question, he was the first one to talk to the Commissioner when the event rolled around.
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Brian Orakpo And Jeremy Jarmon Are Both Pals With Roger Goodell

Posted by Matt Terl on September 1, 2009 – 5:35 pm

Sure, Brian Orakpo knows Commissioner Roger Goodell from the Draft, as you can see from the picture above. It makes some kind of sense that they’d have something to talk about on the sidelines of practice today.

“He was just telling me, you know, it’s been a long journey since April,” Orakpo said, “and we were laughing and joking about that, about how I was just excited and anxious because I didn’t know what team I was gonna be with, and now I’m here in D.C.”

And Goodell’s reputation as a stern disciplinarian? Orakpo seemed to think that’s a little overblown. “He’s got a lotta great charisma, lotta great humor about him,” Orakpo said. “Everybody sees the mean, dark side of him when they watch him on TV, but, I mean, he’s a normal human being that’s just doin’ his job.”

Fair enough. Those two may not be old friends, exactly, but they do have some kind of relationship stemming back a few months. But defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was a supplemental draft pick, next year’s third rounder, and hadn’t had any chance to meet the Commissioner at all.

So when Jarmon saw the Commissioner standing by the sidewalk on the way down to practice, he stopped to talk to him and ask a few pointed questions about the treatment quarterbacks receive in the NFL.

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