Everyone, and I mean everyone, published reports that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, would unveil his world-wide clamp down on criminal behavior in the NFL. As much as we hear about it, you'd think some of these guys are due the death penalty -- or a lashing in Singapore. However, at the assist of Len Pasquarelli, apparently the rules to change the NFL into a police state are not ready to be unveiled. Why? You got me.
Yes, there is. If you want to have "teeth" in discipline, then ban them. Suspend them for two years. Whatever. But now I'm convinced, for right now, that this is all for show. The NFL is fearful of an out of control image that they'll say anything to make you believe they are addressing the issue. And perhaps they are. But they continue to keep everything up in the air leaving players in limbo as to their future.
There's no question that there's a trend of conduct issues. But there's also no question that the Roger Goodell era, so far, is a big talk administration.
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Go ahead, pick up your chin off the floor at that statement. Like any other business, my ass. No, in any other business, if you bring embarrassment and shame, your employer will likely exercise their "free will" clause and terminate you. But owners would rather keep the talent than show themselves standing behind their "we must have discipline" positions.
I have no doubt Goodell is concerned. We all agree "something" must be done. But like before, we twiddle our thumbs to see how strong our NFL commissioner is, or how persuaded he is from everyone else.