Roger Goodell reiterates that NFL isn't changing rules, just enforcing them
Updated at 4:07 p.m.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in Boston on Wednesday night, accepting an Impact Award from the Sports Legacy Institute for his leadership efforts in preventing and treating concussions. What better time to clarify a few matters after a violent weekend of hits in his league led to fines, a crackdown on dangerous tackles and critical reaction from players?
"Let's face it, $50,000 or $75,000 [per player; three were fined $175,000 this week] is a lot of money, no matter who you are. There's an aspect of the players where they don't want to let down their teammates, they don't want to let down their fans, and if you're not available to play, that's a significant consequence.
"We know that is a part of the level of discipline, but the first thing that's going to happen is that yellow flag is going to go down on the field. That hurts the team, that hurts everybody.
"Then the second thing is we're going to look at whether it is monetary or a suspension and we're going to do what we think we need to do to continue to change the culture of the NFL.''
On WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan" show, Goodell said: "We've identified certain techniques that we want to take out of the game. What we're looking to take out are those hits to the head against defenseless receivers."
The NFL will not use one presumably sure-fire method: immediate ejections for offending players. As for player and fan concerns that the game will be changed by the new emphasis on the old rules, Goodell said: "If it changes the game for player safety, that's a good thing."
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| October 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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