NFL commissioner Roger Goodell delivered his annual state of the league handle on Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis. The Every day Information brings you reside updating information and notes from the press convention:
— Goodell offered hope for discouraged Giants followers in every single place together with his reward of the Philadelphia Eagles’ one-year turnaround from final place within the division in 2016 to being NFC champions in 2017.
“The Eagles are an ideal instance of how shortly issues can change within the NFL,” Goodell stated. “They went worst to first in 2017, profitable the NFC East a season after ending in final place. They represented hope and are a logo for followers of groups that had a troublesome yr. Something is feasible, and the Eagles are proof of that.”
Though, Roger ought to level out, the Giants can be making a good larger turnaround in the event that they had been to make a run in 2018. The 2016 Eagles went 7-9 earlier than going 13-Three this season with the identical head coach and GM. The 2017 Giants went Three-13 and fired their coach and GM. Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur now attempt to flip the Giants round.
— Goodell was requested if he’s glad with the extent of officiating, particularly in relation to the NFL’s controversial catch rule and its dealing with of replay overview stoppages:
“I’m by no means glad. We will at all times get higher… I feel our officiating is excellent,” Goodell stated. “I imagine with expertise the way in which it’s we see issues now that we by no means noticed even 10 years in the past, and that makes their jobs even more durable however I feel they’re extraordinary professionals. I’ll inform you that I feel quite a lot of the main focus for us within the offseason will likely be within the rulebook… You have a look at the catch, no-catch rule. The officers are officiating that accurately. What we now have to do is discover a rule that we predict goes to deal with what we predict ought to be a catch within the league.
“And we had a number of Corridor of Fame gamers within the NFL workplace simply two weeks in the past, a number of coaches and officers, and we spent three hours seemed by way of 150 completely different performs and tried to search for what it’s we predict ought to be a catch after which what we predict the rule ought to be to be sure that is deemed a catch on the sector. We’ve some superb concepts that we’re going to undergo the comp competitors committee. There will likely be quite a lot of give attention to going to the bottom, which I feel has been a part of the confusion for everybody with respect to that rule. And I feel we now have an ideal alternative right here to get this rule proper.”
— On replay: “We did have extra replay interruptions this yr and I feel that’s one thing we’ve received to take a look at and we will enhance on. They had been decreased in time. We spend a substantial amount of time within the offseason on recreation presentation. How can we make our recreation extra enticing, much less stoppages, shorter stoppages after they do happen, whether or not they’re industrial or in any other case? And I feel that’s one of many issues we’re going to give attention to: How can we do the replay in a method that may guarantee correcting an apparent mistake however be sure that it doesn’t interrupt the circulation of the sport.”
— Goodell stated his daughter is a Vikings fan and he was at U.S. Financial institution Stadium together with his household within the stands for the Saints divisional playoff recreation and he stated “it was one of many biggest experiences I’ve had with my household.” Goodell stated so in reply to a query from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Sid Hartman. Goodell honored Hartman, 97, and his contributions to journalism and to the NFL initially of the press convention as properly in a cultured transfer, drawing applause.
— In mild of Fox’s new 5-year deal to increase the NFL’s Thursday Night time Soccer, Goodell was requested in regards to the harm fee in these video games for the primary time ever being increased than different days of the week in 2017, statistics backing up participant issues of well being enjoying on quick weeks. Goodell contended: “To reply to the statistical side that you simply raised, out of those final 5 years the place we’ve stored the delicate statistics that we now have in harm knowledge … solely this yr confirmed a slight uptick which was not even statistical(ly) vital. So when you take it over any time frame over that 5 years, the harm fee is decrease, so we don’t assume that that’s one thing to overreact to.”
Goodell then defined how his conversations on the quick recreation week have gone with DeMaurice Smith and the NFL Gamers Affiliation: “Dee and I’ve have already got some conversations about what it’s we may do to deal with the gamers for both the time interval main as much as the sport or the time interval following the sport. I feel the response is clearly combined inside the gamers that I’ve spoken to. Clearly most gamers don’t just like the quick week, however they positive do love the 10 days that come after that. Actually, I can bear in mind distinctly a number of conversations about ‘this like is a mini bye, so don’t put the Thursday recreation near the bye week as a result of that’s one thing we need to be certain that we now have separated so we will get the advantages of each of these.’ We are going to at all times look to see are there issues we will enhance with our golf equipment, with our gamers, to attempt to make not solely Thursday Night time however all our video games safer.”