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Atlanta Dan
11-03-2010, 02:22 PM
First Roethlisberger, then Harrison, then Art Rooney II speaks out, then Tomlin says he could not care less about what the legaue think of the quality of play by his team, and now Troy speaks out - if the Steelers have the good fortune to win it all this year Goodell will not have many friends at the trophy presentation :chuckle:

I usually do not post entire articles from beginning to end, but Troy just keeps making too much sense so i post below the whole article with some bold highlights:

James Harrison was not immediately available today to speak about his trip to New York to meet with the NFL commissioner, but Troy Polamalu had a few things to say.

Polamalu, the Steelers' five-time safety, charged that commissioner Roger Goodell has too much power and said paranoia is rampant around the league since the NFL crackdown on certain hits by defenders.

"It's football, you know. If people want to watch soccer then they can watch soccer," Polamalu said during a lunchtime interview. "But, honestly, overseas when people are attracted to this game, they're going to see the big hits, they're not going to care about touchdowns and different things. So you're also taking apart what attracts people to this game."

Polamalu said he would not have wanted to have a meeting with Goodell to air his opinions, the way the commissioner gave Harrison a chance to do on Tuesday.

"Sometimes I think it just falls on deaf ears," Polamalu said. "I think a lot of players have said a lot of things and I guarantee you he heard everything everybody said.

"But, you know, he's got all the power; that may be part of the problem, that there needs to be some type of separation of power like our government. There should be some type of players involved in decisions over how much people should be fined or what they should be fined for, as well as coaches, as well as front office people.

"I don't think it should be just totally based on what two or three people may say who are totally away from the game. I think it should be some of the players who are currently playing."

Asked if he thought officials were "paranoid" about calling penalties since the crackdown began two weeks ago, Polamalu said he was not sure.

"I don't know about the referees' decisions to maybe need to throw a flag but there is definitely a paranoia that is unneeded. Just because we had that weekend a few weekends ago which there were, I think somebody said, five hits out of 1,000. Yeah, I think there is too much paranoia."

Polamalu obviously does not agree with the NFL's crackdown.

"Do players need more protection? I don't know. I think in certain instances, yeah, but I don't think you can just completely make every type of hit obsolete, from horse collar tackling to whatever kind of tackling it is. You just can't control some of these factors.

"Like James' big problem was, If I'm aiming for his chest and he lowers his head, that shouldn't be a fineable hit."

Polamalu, echoing Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's sentiments a few weeks ago, said there is no confusion among the players as to what the NFL wants.

"No, I don't think there's any confusion. I just think the problem is that they're wrong.":thumbsup:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10307/1100342-66.stm

fer522
11-03-2010, 02:51 PM
AMEN BROTHER

Steelerfreak58
11-03-2010, 03:18 PM
Putting it down.

steelax04
11-03-2010, 03:20 PM
And I think this is why we haven't seen the same Troy the past couple of games... I don't think he has the heart for it anymore. Not saying he can't have the love for the game again, but I just don't think it's there right now.

MACH1
11-03-2010, 05:26 PM
Expect a fine coming Troy's way.

Steeler4life1972
11-03-2010, 06:36 PM
I dont like these rules at all!! We are a very aggressive hard hitting team...if you make every hit questionable and under a microscope with the possibility of a suspension then you are taking away from the aggressiveness and ultimately just an average defense. Look...these are professional athletes that were taught the right way to tackle and hit or they wouldnt be professionals leave it at that....if its so damn obvious then yeah fine the player but damnit your going too far if you suspend...they are acting like this is midget league or high school football where you see developing techniques. This will get worse before it gets better. I just hope goodell and harrison had a good meeting and james doesnt retire.

MasterOfPuppets
11-03-2010, 07:37 PM
goodell shouldn't be the judge jury and executioner. they should have a review board , maybe 5 or 7 people to rule on these things. kinda like a jury. but i don't think it should be made up current players. too much chance for bias. i'd go with retired players.

GBMelBlount
11-03-2010, 09:28 PM
goodell shouldn't be the judge jury and executioner. they should have a review board , maybe 5 or 7 people to rule on these things. kinda like a jury. but i don't think it should be made up current players. too much chance for bias. i'd go with retired players.

Absolutely....or a combination of players past and present...

MasterOfPuppets
11-03-2010, 10:19 PM
Absolutely....or a combination of players past and present...
like i said , players from the present might not be able to be unbiased. would you think it would have been a good idea to have a browns player in on deciding harrisons fate ? or a bengals player deciding on harrisons punishment the week before they play each other ? would a current steelers player vote to suspend a fellow teammate ?

Steeler4life1972
11-03-2010, 10:32 PM
This is total horse shit...makes me wonder if the government somehow hasnt got involved!

Steeler4life1972
11-03-2010, 10:35 PM
Im sorry but this has gotten way outta hand....steeler fans need to rise up...this should not be tolerated....trust me....enough ppl speak up things would be done!!!!

Steeler4life1972
11-03-2010, 10:45 PM
They dont wont to see a team get 7 SB rings...guess it wouldnt be good for ratings cause A lot of ppl dont like the same teams in a championship setting....guess what if my steelers deserve it i could give a 2 shits what they think!!!

Shea
11-03-2010, 10:50 PM
I think Goodell is worried about legal ramifications if they don't try to better protect the players.

Something, somewhere is gonna happen where, god forbid, a player is not only paralyzed but might die on the field and if the league offices didn't try to prevent that, then it will seriously come back to bite them in the ass.

It was a freak weekend that started all this, but it's all on tape.

Don't think a lawyer wouldn't bring that into court to ask why something wasn't done about it.

Wallace108
11-03-2010, 10:57 PM
I think Goodell is worried about legal ramifications if they don't try to better protect the players.

Something, somewhere is gonna happen where, god forbid, a player is not only paralyzed but might die on the field and if the league offices didn't try to prevent that, then it will seriously come back to bite them in the ass.

It was a freak weekend that started all this, but it's all on tape.

Don't think a lawyer wouldn't bring that into court to ask why something wasn't done about it.

^^^ This.

Although I do enjoy the conspiracy theories.

Atlanta Dan
11-04-2010, 07:34 AM
I think Goodell is worried about legal ramifications if they don't try to better protect the players.

Something, somewhere is gonna happen where, god forbid, a player is not only paralyzed but might die on the field and if the league offices didn't try to prevent that, then it will seriously come back to bite them in the ass.

It was a freak weekend that started all this, but it's all on tape.

Don't think a lawyer wouldn't bring that into court to ask why something wasn't done about it.

Good call :thumbsup:

Keith Brooking of the Cowboys had the same observations in an interview with Peter King several weeks ago:

"There is no way you can prevent some of those hits from happening,'' Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking said from Dallas Thursday night. "I know the Competition Committee has guys who know the game. I know [NFL VP of Operations] Ray Anderson, and I respect him. But this, to me, is a political agenda. They're trying to protect themselves. I agree with the emphasis on player safety, but let's face it: It's inevitable that someone's going to get hurt really bad out there. When? I don't know. But it's going to happen.''

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/10/22/week.7.game.plan/index.html

Goodell's go to guy on this , Ray Anderson, is an attorney, not a former NFL player. Former NFL executives who were players, such as Gene Washingtona nd Art Shell, are gone. Your approach to resolving an issue is based upon your expertise and the officials in the league office, for better or worse, obviously are concerned about what they see as potential liability issues.

TRH
11-04-2010, 07:37 AM
I'm glad Troy spoke up. It needed said by somebody else.
Goodell is turning the league into flag football, picking and choosing who they fine (that's just plain wrong....), and has just been bad for the game all-around.

That said....pick up a pen, Troy....you're gonna get fined for this one (from a fine-happy Goodell office). This just gives them another reason to fine someone and corral someone from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Isn't it about time the owners, collectively, band together and say "hey, this guy's ruining the game, really. We need him to go."

wootawnee
11-04-2010, 12:10 PM
Expect a fine coming Troy's way.

You expect it!.......I'm with Troy.......Freedom of speech is golden........

gameface75
11-04-2010, 12:34 PM
Roger Goodell= Cant Understand Normal Thinking!

Lady Steel
11-04-2010, 12:49 PM
I hope Troy doesn't get fined or suspended for bringing embarrassment to the shield. He speaks the truth.