LOL @ Goodell.
If you want to come and say you're angered by the lying, then go ahead and say that. But to say it's 'deplorable' or not 'accepted' in the NFL is incredulous. If they're legal hits, why are they getting fined? Everyone tries to hit everyone as hard as possible. Whether or not a DC rewards a team for legal hits doesn't matter.
And I'll be patiently waiting for Mr. Goodell to fine the Bills and Redskins for the same thing that happened in New Orleans.
I think Goodell is worried about the long term viability of the NFL.
If players ignored that sign, lied to the league investigators then they deserve whatever comes next when they're caughtQuote:
Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson took a similar stance.
“In every locker room, it’s posted clearly: No exceptions to the rule on bounties for hurting people,” he said at a sports conference in Boston Saturday. “I just don’t believe it’s right, on a human level.”
I'm surprised this didn't make it onto this thread, but Goodell has told teams that they have until March 30th to investigate their teams and report if a bounty program exists. If it isn't reported and found to be in place, the punishment is harsher.
I think if this had been Belichick it would have been half the season. Hitting the Saints isn't going to cause as much of a crapstorm as if it had been in a major media market.
Would anybody really be surprised to find out such a program exists on almost every NFL team? though maybe not as brazen as the Saints did it.
I didn't think there was any real concern over it either, and I think it will always exist in some form, but if insurance companies stop insuring it'll become a secondary sport.
The NFL will always be able to buy insurance, it's high schools and colleges that are going to get priced out. It'll only take a couple of successful class action lawsuits I think.
I read a piece last year and now I can't find it. It mentioned the injury rates in rugby and football. There aren't nearly the numbers of serious injuries in rugby because of the lack of pads. It seems that the players know they're not protected so they tackle accordingly while all the padding gives football players a false sense of security and they hit much harder because of that. I'll try to find the article.
Not the article I was thinking about, but still interesting.