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Preacher
09-18-2008, 03:47 PM
Goodell pledges increased penalties for hits outside the rules



NEW YORK -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has followed up his suspension of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=tam) cornerback by re-emphasizing safety issues and warning that even first-time offenders will be subject to discipline.
http://assets.espn.go.com/i/story/design07/dropQuote.gif Playing by the rules shows respect for your fellow players. No one wants to see unnecessary injuries. http://assets.espn.go.com/i/story/design07/dropQuoteEnd.gif

--Roger Goodell

"From this point forward, you should be clear on the following point: Any conduct that unnecessarily risks the safety of other players has no role in the game of football and will be disciplined at increased levels, including on a first offense," Goodell wrote in a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. ... "Playing by the rules shows respect for your fellow players. No one wants to see unnecessary injuries." Goodell ordered that the memo be read and distributed to all players on all 32 teams. The memo was sent out Wednesday night, a day after the league announced the one-game suspension of Tampa Bay cornerback Elbert Mack (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11706) for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta Falcons (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=atl) quarterback Matt Ryan (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11237) last week. Mack, an undrafted rookie from Troy, had been fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness against Houston quarterback Alex Brink (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11457) during the Bucs' exhibition finale on Aug. 28. Mack, who plays in nickel and dime defenses and on special teams, will miss Sunday's game with Chicago. Goodell's letter was a follow-up to the one sent to Mack by Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president for football operations. "Your actions are of particular concern in light of the emphasis that our office has placed on developing and enforcing rules designed to protect players from injury, including concussions," Anderson wrote. "The safety of our players is paramount to all of us in the NFL."

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Now... why did I post this here... when there is no mention of the Steelers in this article...


Because the silence is deafening in screaming Big Ben.

Borski
09-18-2008, 05:03 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3595437&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines


Now... why did I post this here... when there is no mention of the Steelers in this article...


Because the silence is deafening in screaming Big Ben.

The rule doesn't apply to Ben, He's a Steeler, he's tougher then the rest of the league.

Rotorhead
09-18-2008, 05:06 PM
So we should be looking for a fine from last game . . . or does it not apply since it was released AFTER the fact . . . I hate Goddell, spineless Cheatriot lover! I am sure this only came out because his precious Brady was hurt and he is trying to stop that from happening again.

MACH1
09-18-2008, 05:19 PM
Just goes to show you who the red headed step child is.

tyler289
09-18-2008, 05:19 PM
Since there was no flag on the play I highly doubt any action is taken.

If Rogers or any other Browns player hits Ben late next game, they should be ejected and fined.

43Hitman
09-18-2008, 05:21 PM
We need to start a petition to bring back Taglibue. Goddell is a puppet. A jelly back weak as water puss.

steelreserve
09-18-2008, 05:23 PM
Goodell is a fricking moron who is ruining the game on the field with too many unnecessary rules. The players don't go out of their way to try and hurt each other. It's like every time some quarterback gets hurt by accident, the commissioner thinks making the rules more strict is going to prevent all injuries everywhere.

Guess what? It's football. Accidents are going to happen, and all you do by tightening up the rues is create a bunch of unpopular 15-yard penalties that really shouldn't have happened in the first place.

Texasteel
09-18-2008, 05:30 PM
You know how I feel on this subject Preacher, if that pantywaist won't protect our QB then our players have too.
Take a shot, loose a knee.

The Duke
09-18-2008, 06:01 PM
We need to start a petition to bring back Taglibue. Goddell is a puppet. A jelly back weak as water puss.

kuhn for commisioner? :chuckle:

if the NFL isn't going to defend our qb then the oline has to. try messing around with kemo and colon :helmet:

HometownGal
09-18-2008, 06:04 PM
I am sure this only came out because his precious Brady was hurt and he is trying to stop that from happening again.

That was my first thought too.

He won't fine that Browns orca because he's afraid he'll either eat him or sit on him and smash him like a grape.

iloveben7
09-18-2008, 06:04 PM
I saw this on yahoo when I was looking at my fantasy team and I immediately thought about Ben.

fansince'76
09-18-2008, 06:05 PM
He won't fine that Browns orca because he's afraid he'll either eat him or sit on him and smash him like a grape.

:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

CanadianSteel
09-18-2008, 08:21 PM
I heard the Steelers sent in video of the Rogers hot to the League office. Wont hold my breath waiting for commish to do anything.... putz..... Can't wait until next time he shows his face in Pittsburgh and the fans boo his arce....

Galax Steeler
09-19-2008, 02:46 AM
Goodel is a piece of s_ht he is definetly not fair across the board.

memphissteelergirl
09-19-2008, 09:15 AM
I'm going to say my peace about this and after this I'm moving on...

Rogers took a deliberate and I dare say illegal shot at Ben. There should have been a penalty, Rogers should have been ejected and fined. Period.

As for Goodell, I have been totally underwhelmed with his performance as commissioner. He does tend to pick and choose which teams bear the brunt of any punishment when rules have been broken (how's that for subtle understatement? :chuckle:). IMO, there has not been any outstanding commisshes since Rozelle passed away.

That said, at this point in time I don't expect to see any action about the Rogers hit, so I say let's stop whining about it. The Stains game is over and now we got Philly to deal with. Just know, Mr. Rogers, when you come to our neighborhood, payback's gonna be a beyotch. :mad:

stlrtruck
09-19-2008, 09:28 AM
And in other news :coffee:, commissioner Good Deal is a blooming idiot :doh:

DACEB
09-19-2008, 09:38 AM
I heard the Steelers sent in video of the Rogers hot to the League office. Wont hold my breath waiting for commish to do anything.... putz..... Can't wait until next time he shows his face in Pittsburgh and the fans boo his arce....

There's no doubt that Ben has been the recipient of many illegal hits. Why nothing has been done, and the fact the refs seem to ignore such hits baffles me. I thought the Rooneys were/are extremely well respected and to a point have the commish's ear. How this continues to happen is quite disturbing, when it is clearly getting to the point of being a double standard.

The_WARDen
09-19-2008, 10:54 AM
That was my first thought too.

He won't fine that Browns orca because he's afraid he'll either eat him or sit on him and smash him like a grape.

actually, being an orca gives him to much credit...orcas are organized killing machines. I think he's more of big useless sperm whale.

fansince'76
09-19-2008, 12:04 PM
actually, being an orca gives him to much credit...orcas are organized killing machines. I think he's more of big useless sperm whale.

:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

stlrtruck
09-19-2008, 01:04 PM
actually, being an orca gives him to much credit...orcas are organized killing machines. I think he's more of big useless sperm.

There I fixed it for you :flap:

Texasteel
09-19-2008, 05:33 PM
And in other news :coffee:, commissioner Good Deal is a blooming idiot :doh:

You have a much higher opinion of him than I do.:mad:

rbryan
09-19-2008, 06:08 PM
Time to let it go.....these things have a way of working themselves out.