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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?

"We're not changing any rules,'' Goodell said. "What we're doing is saying that the level of discipline that's associated with violations of those rules is going to increase.

"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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By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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Comments

The hit on DeSean Jackson was a CLEAN HIT! PERIOD! There should not have been a foul! There should not be a fine!

Football is a violent sport! The players know it! The Coaches know it! So why does the Commissioner not know it? Did you hear (or read) what he said...

"...we're going to do what we think we need to do to continue to change the culture of the NFL"...

WHAT???? Change the culture. What the H. E. Double toothpicks is he talking about? The culture is that it is a violent sport, always has been always will be! That is a fact. If he is going to change the culture then we may be looking at the American version of CRICKET! A cheap knock off to the real thing!

THIS COMMISHIONER AND HIS RUIN FOOTBALL FOREVER REGIME MUST GO!

Posted by: Kick_Out_The_Illegals | October 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Violent Sport.

Violent Crime.

Not sure when sport became like crime.

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 21, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I suppose Kick_Out_The_Illegals won't be happy until someone is actually killed on the field. There are certain blocks that are outlawed because of crippling knee injuries and those rules are enforced. I appreciate a good hard tackle or block, but I also appreciate the finesse of the game…GAME. The bottom line is, IT IS A SPORT, not a killing field. If you want that kind of violence I suggest you volunteer to go to Afghanistan. I’m sure my brothers and sisters over there would appreciate your help…and it may be enough to feed your hunger.

Posted by: Uncl | October 21, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

OK then Mr Commissioner! What FRACKING "rule" did Jarman break inn his pull up hit on Aaron Rogers!? What "rule" did Harrison break!? This is a damn JOKE!! None of the above were penalized on the field you stupid dimwit!!! What do you mean by "devastating" hit? A hard tackle? It is INSANE!!!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | October 21, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The receiver already has the advantage of knowing where he is going and now the defenders can't even try to be aggressive to knock the ball loose. Now if a receiver catches the ball and doesn't make eye contact with the defender he can run up field without getting hit as long as he doesn't look at the defender.

Receiver coaches will start teaching players to not look up field as to draw the blindside hit ("foul" call.) flop artist football just like the punters. and Reggie Miller.

This new rule puts the defender head in a more dangerous position to get his neck broke at the knees or the the side in the midsection area are the most dangerous spots to hit with your head low in open field.

I thought it was Bigger Faster Stronger not Weaker Slower Smaller and softer hits??

What else separates the starters from the bench or average Joe from playing football if you can't get knock down and out hard.?????

Wow!!!!! Sign me up!!

Posted by: gokusc1 | October 21, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Roughing any offensive players. Defenders need to go lower with there heads to the midsection, knees and thighs area (where its more dangerous for defensive player's necks) and acknowledge that the offensive player looks your way before you can attempt to tackle him or knock the ball loose.

THE LAST THING THE FANS WANT TO HAPPEN!!! "The National Refereeing League" with a little football and a lot on commercials in between. The NFL's new rules will create another grey area just like holding, roughing the passer and passing interference. The refs will have more control over the outcome of the game.

I thought it was Bigger Faster Stronger not Weaker Slower Smaller and softer hits??

What else separates the starters from the bench or average Joe from playing football if you can't get knock down and out hard.?????

Wow!!!!! Sign me up!!

Posted by: gokusc1 | October 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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