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Old 01-03-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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Default Goodell: NFL will look into teams sitting starters after Colts case

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Goodell: NFL will look into teams sitting starters after Colts case

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MIAMI -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday that the competition committee will review league policy regarding late-season games in which teams might be tempted to rest their starters for the playoffs.

Goodell said the league is sensitive to criticism in the wake of the Indianapolis Colts' decision to use backups a week ago in a game they lost, ending their bid for a perfect season.

"It is something we'll look at," Goodell said. "We heard the fans loud and clear. It's something our competition committee has looked at in the past, but we're going to ask our competition committee to look at it again in the future. We want every game to be competitive."

The league's position has been that playoff-bound teams enjoy the right to rest their starters to prepare for the playoffs.

The Colts already had clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs when coach Jim Caldwell sat quarterback Peyton Manning and other starters in the second half, and the New York Jets rallied to win. NFL purists were upset that the Colts didn't go all-out with a shot at a perfect season.

"We want to make sure the integrity of the NFL is first and foremost in everyone's mind and try to find ways to make sure our games are competitive at all points in the season, including the preseason," Goodell said.

The commissioner spoke before the game between the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was in Miami to take part in an 80th birthday celebration for former Dolphins coach Don Shula, who won two Super Bowls and an NFL-record 347 games.

"He's an extraordinary guy," Goodell said. "You don't like to define people in terms of numbers. But when you talk about 347, you talk about two Super Bowls, and now he has added 80 to that list -- he's a special guy to the NFL, and we're proud of everything he has done."

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Default Re: Goodell: NFL will look into teams sitting starters after Colts case

I don't know what he can do. It is their right to play whoever they want.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:29 PM   #4
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Yeah, you sure cared about that during Spygate.

Anyway, I doubt this gets any traction. I'm not sure you can force a team to play their starters if they have the opportunity to rest them. If need teams to help you get into the playoffs at the end of the season, then it's your fault if you don't make it.
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Yeah, you sure cared about that during Spygate.

Anyway, I doubt this gets any traction. I'm not sure you can force a team to play their starters if they have the opportunity to rest them. If need teams to help you get into the playoffs at the end of the season, then it's your fault if you don't make it.
i was just about to post the same thing...

goodell isn't worried about integrity...he's worried about fans boycotting games at the end of the season. i'll be damned if i'd freeze my ass of in january just to watch a team that don't care if it wins or not .
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according to the diahrea that spewed out of his mouth thismorning (granted i wasnt really listening), they are trying to figure out a way to reward teams who play (like the patriots*) with draft picks or something.
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Default Re: Goodell: NFL will look into teams sitting starters after Colts case

And how does he feel about it after Wes Welker tore up his knee in a basically meaningless game?

As a fan, it sucks to pay for tickets to go to the game, only to see backups playing and getting whipped. But if it helps your team get healthy for a potential superbowl run....it's necessary.
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Leave this one alone, NFL

January 3rd, 2010

The NFL’s competition committee will apparently look into ways to eliminate scenarios where playoff-bound teams rest their starters at the end of the regular season.

Any changes that emerge from that offseason dialogue among members of the competition will come too late to help the Steelers.

Here is hoping that nothing comes out of such talk.

First, teams like the Colts, Patriots and Bengals have earned the right to do what they please in their final game -- or games in the case of Indianapolis

Why should teams that, you know, win be forced to risk losing key starters to injuries in games that are meaningless to them?

Also, even if some measures are enacted that try to compel teams not to “lay down,” as LaMarr Woodley might put it, what is to say they will make all of the final regular-season games truly competitive?

Example: Even if the Colts were forced to play Peyton Manning today, Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell could get circumvent such a silly rule by simply having his franchise quarterback hand off on every single play.

The certainty that coaches will find ways around any new rules enacted in the name of competition coupled with the issue of fairness (i.e. teams shouldn’t be penalized for having successful season) adds up to this: leave this one alone, NFL.
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i was just about to post the same thing...

goodell isn't worried about integrity..
Alas it too true. All that slime bucket goodell cares about is if his cheatriots win.
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Competition committee? Sounds impotent.
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