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NFL Fall Meeting News Conference transcript with Commissioner Roger Goodell



Roger Goodell on podium 2012 photo By SSG Teddy Wade, U.S. Defense website, Public Domain, https


Roger Goodell: Good afternoon. We covered a great deal over the last couple of days. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of questions and I’ll be happy to answer those.

The focus was on the competition and the game itself. The quality of the games that we are having, the quality and the closeness of the competition, the extraordinary play of the offenses which are at historic highs for the NFL. There are also the future stars, so many good young players establishing themselves very quickly as great players and the excitement that comes with that.

In addition, we see all the fan metrics follow that. They are all very strong and showing tremendous growth, which I think is a reflection of the quality of the game itself and the play of our players and the work of our coaches.

I will leave you with something that I have said to the owners many times. I don’t think there has been a better time to be an NFL fan. The quality of the games and the enjoyment that comes with that, I hear it from the fans all the time – that is number one for them. Number two, is the access to the games and the way that fans are able to engage with the NFL. There are more platforms and more opportunities to do that. The experience is better because of technology. All of that creates a much better opportunity for our fans to enjoy football and NFL football.

From our standpoint, we look at this as a great moment for us – the tremendous growth and the tremendous popularity of our game. I am happy to take your questions.

On the anthem policy and the negotiations with the NFLPA:

RG: The focus of both the NFLPA and the NFL, the clubs and our players has been to focus on the effort of the players on the issues they have raised and how can make their communities better. They are incredibly passionate about that. They have brought these issues greater awareness and they are working in their communities to try to make them better. They are working on issues, such as criminal justice reform. I have been on Listen and Learn tours with players, owners have been on Listen and Learns. The players are out there as well, and we can see the tremendous work that they are doing. We have reported over the last two days on the tremendous work that is being done in that area. Most importantly, we talked about the impact that our clubs and players are having working to address these issues. That is where our focus is right now, as it should be.

On the new LA stadium and the league helping the Chargers build a fan base in LA, differences between visits to LA last year as compared to this year:

RG: The biggest difference between last year’s visits and this year’s visits is the stadium. I had the chance to go through the stadium two weeks ago. It is extraordinary in every sense of the word. It’s going to set a new standard for stadiums on a global basis. I am confident it will be known as not only the best stadium, but also the best complex in the world. That excitement is going to build as we get closer, as we are still two years away. There is lots of football and lots of building still to do. We were out of the market for a long time. We have to earn our way back with our fans. We have to build that relationship back with our fans and make sure that we do it right. Both teams are committed to that and it will be something that we will have to work at over time. They both have very exciting teams and that will be helpful also. All of those things will come together over the next two years.

On Jerry Jones mentioning to media that there has been a lot of discussion at these meetings about officiating and how roughing the passer is being officiated:

RG: Well that wasn’t the case on the floor, just to be clear. There was very little discussion about that. We spoke about it on several occasions in the context of what the Competition Committee was looking to propose, how it was implemented, and how our officials adjust to the game, as well as the players, adjust to those rules. I think there was a very strong view from the Competition Committee, and all of us. I believe the ownership will listen. They always want consistency in officiating. But, you are going to have calls that are not always going to be clear. We are going to have multiple angles and slow motion and those are things that get debated. But, the focus of trying to protect defenseless players, which includes quarterbacks, is something that is very important.  There is a strong commitment to do that. We have to make sure our officials see the entire play. We want to make sure that the defensive players are implementing techniques that we’ve identified in a way to try to move to the side, try to brace yourself so that you are not putting the quarterbacks in harms way. Those are the things that we’ve focused on and I think we made a great adjustment. I think we are seeing the impact. We have had a lot of discussion, as you know.  But I don’t think it has been the fan focus. They are focusing on football and focusing on the great play and the great play of the quarterbacks. I think fans want to see the quarterbacks play. But we all want to protect our players. The safety of the game is better, the quality of the game is better, and I think that is how we see these issues.

On ratings being higher that before:

RG: It’s deeper than just ratings.  The media world is changing dramatically. The way fans engage and view the game is not simply watching on television anymore, obviously. And we see that ratings identify that, they do it sit in front of the television, at least to watch NFL football. We are one of the few, if any, content that is actually growing an audience. So yes, that is obviously encouraging. But, it is much broader than that. It is how do we use these other platforms to engage our fans to allow them to experience NFL football. They are watching on their tablets, they are watching on their phones. This year for the first time, with Verizon and Yahoo, we offered the NFL app across carriers. The Verizon subscriber and AT&T, or Sprint or T-Mobile, on any carrier, you can get any NFL game on your phone. That is an extraordinary service. The ability for our fans to get NFL football at any point, on any device. So, we keep looking deeper at that. I also believe that the quality of the games obviously is a big driver to all of this. The quality of the stars. I think we see so many players playing at high levels, and teams playing at an incredibly high level and the competitiveness of our league. All of those things are contributing factors. Last year we made the point that there is no one single factor, there are multiple factors. We don’t dismiss any of them, we look at all of them and see what we can do to improve them.

On high scoring games, the more points the better or do we need to bring some defense back?

RG: There have also been some defensive games that were low scoring where we saw the defenses play well. But, you always have ebbs and flows and the kind of adjustments that go on throughout the league.  That is constant. I think there is no question that fans like to see great play at the highest level, but they also love to see defense. We look at the overall competitiveness of the league. When you see points go up as much as they have gone up to historic levels, to still see the competitiveness of the game and the margin of victory, – I think it is has only happened three or four times in our history of close to 100 years that we have had such a low margin of victory. That’s extraordinary. That type of scoring and quality of play is exciting.

On the progress the league has made regarding social justice initiatives and the impact that has had on your relationship with the NFLPA and the players:

RG: Well, as I said earlier, the focus has been on Listen and Learn, understanding what the players want to accomplish in their community, the impact they want to have and supporting them.  Our clubs have done that on historic levels and I’m proud of what our clubs are doing. I’m proud of what our players are doing. We are all trying to work together to address those issue. That always helps make relationships more productive when there is respect and dialogue and understanding and an agreement to work together and try to make things better.

When you have people working together and listening to one another and that level of respect, I think everyone feels better and that’s important. But, the key thing is that there is a lot of work to be done.  Obviously, we talked a lot about what’s going on on the field and how successful that has been, and I think we are also having similar success off the field. We are trying to help players and our clubs address the issues in the communities that they are concerned about.

On the cross-ownership vote:

RG: It is something that has been debated in this league, I’ve spent 38 years in this business, and I think it has been debated throughout those 38 years. And the ownership policies, on a consistent basis, are debated to make sure that we are doing everything possible to attract the best ownership into the league and also to maintain the quality of the ownership.  But we also want to continue to do that and dynamics are changing. There are owners that are owning franchises across multiple leagues and that is happening more frequently, and I think the ownership looked at this and said that we don’t see a competitive disadvantage as a league to having cross-ownership and we should open this up and allow others to come in and if they have experience in other leagues, that could be an advantage.

On the future of the Seahawks:

RG: We didn’t have any discussion about it. We think it is inappropriate at this point in time to be having those kinds of discussions. The Seahawks have made plans. Paul Allen had made plans. At the appropriate time, those plans will be discussed.

On an update as to where the Oakland Raiders will play in 2019:

RG: No, there isn’t. As you know, they are negotiating. We didn’t get an update on that. We did get an update on the Las Vegas stadium from the Raiders, and the Rams and Chargers in Los Angeles. We did not have any discussion on that, but we know they are negotiating and we hope that will get resolved soon.


NFL announces Week 6 NFC/AFC Players of the Week















Wide receiver ALBERT WILSON of the Miami Dolphins, linebacker ZA’DARIUS SMITH of the Baltimore Ravens and kicker JASON MYERS of the New York Jets are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 6 (October 11, 14-15).







Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR-KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis DB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee
Wk 3 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh LB Matt Milano, Buffalo K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Oakland
Wk 5 RB Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh DB Denzel Ward, Cleveland
Wk 6 WR Albert Wilson, Miami LB Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore K Jason Myers, NY Jets






Running back TODD GURLEY of the Los Angeles Rams, defensive end FRANK CLARK of the Seattle Seahawks and kicker MASON CROSBY of the Green Bay Packers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 6 (October 11, 14-15).​








Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay S Harrison Smith, Minnesota K Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams​​
Wk 2 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay LB Danny Trevathan, Chicago K Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 3 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Efe Obada, Carolina DB Blake Countess, LA Rams
Wk 4 QB Jared Goff, LA Rams LB Demario Davis, New Orleans K Brett Maher, Dallas
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Chandler Jones, Arizona K Graham Gano, Carolina
Wk 6 RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams DE Frank Clark, Seattle K Mason Crosby, Green Bay



NFL Week 7 News and Information



The NFL heads into Week 7 following another exciting weekend of action. In Week 6, nine of 15 games were decided by one score (eight points or fewer), including three games – the MIAMI DOLPHINS’ overtime win against Chicago, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS’ win against Kansas City on Sunday Night Football and the GREEN BAY PACKERS’ victory over San Francisco on Monday Night Football ­­– on game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter or overtime. Twelve contests this season have been won on the final play of the game, tied for the third-most through the first six weeks of a season since 2003.

Through the first six weeks of the season, 54 games have been decided by one score, tied with the 1999 season for the most in NFL history through Week 6. Twenty-eight of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 6 (35 games in 1999), including four such games last week.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974 that there has been an overtime game in each of a season’s first six weeks.

As the season approaches the halfway point, there are currently 21 teams with a .500 or better record. The LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-0) top the NFC and are the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team, while the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-1) own the AFC’s best mark. Twenty-one teams are currently in or within one game of first place in their respective divisions.

Scoring continues to trend at a record pace in 2018. Through Week 6, there have been 504 total touchdowns and 4,489 total points scored, both the most in NFL history through the first six weeks of a season.





2018 504 2018 4,489
2015 481   2014 4,250
2014 479   2015 4,243
2016 470   2012 4,233


Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 11 scrimmage touchdowns this season and is the fifth different player since 1970 with at least 11 offensive touchdowns in his team’s first six games of a season. Gurley joins SHAUN ALEXANDER (12 in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (11 in 1995) and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (11 in 2005) and PRIEST HOLMES (11 in 2002 and 11 in 2004) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Below are highlights of the Week 7 schedule:

The second of three 2018 London Series games kicks off at 9:30 AM ET (CBS) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS play host to the TENNESSEE TITANS. Tennessee is making its first appearance in London, while the Chargers play in the UK for the second time. Los Angeles running back MELVIN GORDON leads the AFC with 745 scrimmage yards and ranks second in the NFL with nine touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving). Titans safety KEVIN BYARD, who had an interception in Week 6, has nine interceptions since 2017, tied with Detroit’s DARIUS SLAY for the most in the league over the span. The 2018 London Series concludes in Week 8 with the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES taking on the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS.

The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who sit at 4-2 and are tied with Miami atop the AFC East, visit the CHICAGO BEARS, who lead the NFC North with a 3-2 record, at Soldier Field on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 340 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in New England’s 43-40 victory last week, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to record 200 regular-season wins. New England running back SONY MICHEL ranks second among rookies with 400 rushing yards and aims for his fourth game in a row with a rushing touchdown. Bears quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY has nine touchdown passes in his past two games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer SID LUCKMAN (nine in 1943) for the most by a quarterback in franchise history over any two-game span.

On Sunday afternoon, the BALTIMORE RAVENS welcome the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS to M&T Bank Stadium in an interconference showdown (4:05 PM ET, FOX). New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (72,103) in Week 5, enters the contest needing one touchdown pass to become the fourth player in league history to record 500 career touchdown passes. The Ravens’ defense, led by linebacker ZA’DARIUS SMITH’s three sacks, recorded a franchise-record 11 sacks in Week 6, becoming the third team since 2002 to record at least 11 sacks in a single game.

The 117th meeting between the WASHINGTON REDSKINS and DALLAS COWBOYS (including the postseason) takes place at FedExField (4:25 PM ET, CBS), as both teams look to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Washington (3-2) enters Week 7 in first place in the NFC East. Redskins running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who leads the team with 339 rushing yards, aims for his fourth consecutive game against Dallas with a rushing score. Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in Dallas’ win last week and has nine career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, tied for the fourth-most in league history by a player in his first three seasons.

In Sunday’s nightcap (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the CINCINNATI BENGALS travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS in a battle of AFC contenders. Since entering the league in 2011, Bengals wide receiver A.J. GREEN ranks third in the NFL with 8,707 receiving yards and fifth with 589 receptions. Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, who leads the NFL with 18 touchdown passes, has won six of his first seven career starts and is the only quarterback in league history to throw for at least 250 yards in each of his first seven games.




(All times eastern)

Bye: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle

Thursday, October 18 Sunday, October 21 (cont’d)
Denver at Arizona, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Carolina at Philadelphia, 1:00 PM

Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM

Sunday, October 21 New Orleans at Baltimore, 4:05 PM
Tennessee at Los Angeles Chargers (London), 9:30 AM Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 4:25 PM
New England at Chicago, 1:00 PM Dallas at Washington, 4:25 PM
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Houston at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM  
Detroit at Miami, 1:00 PM Monday, October 22
Minnesota at New York Jets, 1:00 PM New York Giants at Atlanta, 8:15 PM (ESPN)



NFL announces 2018 Draft economically successful for Dallas area

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brian McCarthy, NFL; Joe Trahan, Dallas Cowboys; Larry Kelly, Dallas Sports Commission; COURTESY



Dallas, Texas – The first NFL Draft hosted at an NFL stadium proved to be a rousing success in both economic impact and attendance as the 2018 NFL Draft held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium posted record numbers. According to the economic impact report compiled by VisitDallas, utilizing Destinations International’s economic impact calculator, the 2018 Draft generated $125.2 million in economic impact for the Dallas region during the 3-day event and $74 million in direct spending. This marks a new record for the NFL Draft’s economic impact and the first year that the NFL Draft generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

The Destinations International calculator is an industry-wide standard that enables the determination of the economic value of an event hosted by the city and its impact on the local economy based on measurements adopted by destination marketing organizations nationwide.

“The Draft in Dallas once again raised the bar for host cities for what has become one of the most- anticipated sporting events of the year,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Senior Vice President, Events & Club Business Development. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Sports Commission, and all of our partners for helping to create such a memorable event for our fans, clubs, incoming players and media.”

The 2018 NFL Draft attracted football fans of all ages for the largest free football festival in league history and has grown into one of the biggest sporting events of the year. A record crowd of more than 100,000 fans attended the opening day of the NFL Draft and the NFL Draft Experience on April 26, making it the highest-ever attendance for the opening day of the Draft. Overall, the 3-day event was attended by more than 200,000 fans.

“When hosting any major event, we engage all of our region to ensure the impact of the event is truly felt for years to come. We believe the NFL Draft has been one of our most successful events, specifically, from a community engagement standpoint,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “Not only did the news coverage of community outreach receive more than 1 billion media impressions alone – but the Draft touched more people than ever before. The NFL Draft provides one of the greatest platforms for a region to engage entire school districts, partners and communities as it’s an event that, through the game beyond the field, can make all dreams come true.”

“In addition, the economic impact that was created for the North Texas region is a direct reflection of the dynamic interest that the fans in Texas – and those who came here from all over the country – have for the NFL, AT&T Stadium, and the young men who were selected to be the future stars of our sport.”

Data compiled from on-site attendee surveys also showed that 60.5% of all Draft attendees flew to North Texas for the events and that the local share of day visitors was 85.3%.

The NFL Fan Mobile Pass also set a record for registrants for the NFL Draft ticket lottery. More than 463,000 fans from all 50 states registered for an opportunity for free tickets to one of the three days of the Draft.

“Dallas has a great history of hosting premier sporting events and we were honored to partner with the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys to provide this opportunity for our communities,” said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission. “From the Draft Theater inside AT&T Stadium to the NFL Draft Experience outside, to the community engagement, it was an unforgettable event for football fans from all over the country.”

The 2019 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27 in Nashville, TN.


Daily Almanac for Monday, October 22, 2018



(courtesy Old Farmer's Almanac)

















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