Goodell Focused on Player Safety, Talks Expanded TV Games at State of the NFL Address

As per usual the Friday before the Super Bowl, Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his annual State of the NFL address, hitting on a number of topics that will point the way to the future for the league.

Below are some of the highlights of the news conference:

Player safety:

“We are focused now on how to improve every area of the game, from the game on the field to the fan experience and everything in between.”

“We will always make sure player safety is a main focus,” Goodell said. “We will continue to address medical issues. We will try to help our retired players, current players and future players by making the game safer.”

“We’re not going to relent on safety,” Goodell added later, saying “medical decisions will override competitive decisions.”

The league’s desire to return to Los Angeles:

“We’ve got to find a way to make it work for both parties,” he said. “We would like to be back in Los Angeles if we can do it correctly. I think that the [labor and TV] foundation can be helpful for coming back to LA. We now have a runway for 10 years. We know what our labor situation is and we know what our TV situation is.”

On the league is expanding its schedule of games on the NFL Network from eight to 13 for next season. It will include more Thursday night games earlier in the season:

“We think that’s great for fans and for teams to get that prime time exposure,” he said.

On playing the Super Bowl in Outdoor Stadiums with Cold Weather:

“I’m a big believer the game is played in all elements,” Goodell said. “It’s a great part of our history. There’s another side that believes when you get to the Super Bowl, the elements shouldn’t play a part.”

On all the Peyton Manning Talk This Week:

“The NFL has such tremendous interest and we’re here in Indianapolis and we all know what Peyton Manning means to the Indianapolis Colts, what he means to this community. I think it’s not unusual that you’re going to have that kind of interest in a great player and a team that has to make some difficult decisions in the next several weeks, so I’m not troubled by it at all. I don’t think it’s distracted from the event,” Goodell said.

On Games in London and the Rams Playing There:

“We’re going to play the London games,” Goodell said. ‘We hope it will be with the Rams and Patriots next year. There are issues that are going to have to get resolved. But we will be playing in London next year.”

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2 Responses to “Goodell Focused on Player Safety, Talks Expanded TV Games at State of the NFL Address”

  1. 007 says:

    So I guess not much will happen until the March 13 dead-line. Nobody gets an extension contract? Not even LONDON?

  2. 007 says:

    This is my current 53-man construct provided we sign a FA QB as we’ve done both years of the SHANAHAN era. This assumes a trade down and out of the #6 slot for which we pick up another 2-round choice. Otherwise, totally different construct.

    QB [2]

    Starter

    MATT FLYNN – FA

    Back-up

    REX GROSSMAN – re-sign

    RB [4]

    ROY HELU
    EVAN ROYSTER
    TIM HIGHTOWER – re-sign
    CHRIS POLK – RB 2nd round Washington

    TE [3]

    CHRIS COOLEY
    DWAYNE ALLEN – TE 1st round Clemson
    LOGAN PAULSON

    WR [7]

    SANTANA MOSS
    DWAYNE BOWE – FA
    JABBAR GAFFNEY
    LEONARD HANKERSON
    NILES PAUL
    ANTHONY ARMSTRONG
    BRANDON BANKS

    O-line 2012 [9]

    LT – TRENT WILLIAMS
    LG – CARL NICKS – FA
    C – WIL MONTGOMERY – re-sign
    RG – CHRIS CHESTER
    RT – MIKE ADAMS – RT 2nd round OSU

    Back-ups

    JAMMAL BROWN
    BRANDON WASHINGTON – G 4th round Miami
    SCOTT WELLS – FA

    LS
    NICK SUNDBERG

    D-line 2012 [8]

    DE – JARVIS JENKINS
    NT – AUBRAYO FRANKLIN – FA
    DE – BARRY COFIELD

    Back-ups

    ADAM CARRIKER
    CHRIS NEILD
    STEPHEN BOWEN
    DARRIUS SCOTT
    ETHAN JOHNSON – DE 7th round UNC

    LB [8]

    BRIAN ORAKPO
    PERRY RILEY
    LONDON FLETCHER – re-sign
    RYAN KERRIGAN

    Back-ups

    ROB JACKSON
    MARKUS WHITE
    KEYRON FOX – re-sign
    LORENZO ALEXANDER

    CB [5]

    JOSH WILSON
    DeANGELO HALL
    WILLIAM GAY – FA
    BRANDYN THOMPSON
    JAMELL FLEMING – CB 5th round Oklahoma

    S [5]

    Starters

    OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE
    LaRON LANDREY – re-sign

    Back-ups

    DeJON GOMES
    WINSTON GUY JR. – SS 3rd round Kentucky
    TRUMAINE JOHNSON – FS 4th round Boise State

    K – CONNER BARTH – FA
    P – SAV ROCCA

    This leaves VIKINGS 6th pick for best available.