As I'm sure most of you have heard by now, Roger Goodell is in full support of a longer season, likely 18 games, for the NFL. While it is quite a sexy option, and who could say no to more football, at what cost, Commish? These players drop like flies, 3 or 4 big name players or so, in a 16-game season already. You want to put these guys through two more games against teams like my Titans, the Ravens, and Redskins? Teams who make you pay for wearing that jersey and set of pads every game day as it is? The Tennessee Titans have had 5 opposing players placed on Injured Reserve just in these beginning 6 games, (EJ Henderson, Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, Maurice Williams, Vince Manuwai) and injured a few more. These teams can't take one game against a tough team, how can you expect them to withstand 18 games against even marginally tough teams? Roger Goodell certainly seems not to care. And to further my point, he has taken player celebration penalties to a new high, fining my own Chris Johnson $10,000 for playing the Bongos. I can remember a time when players would have fun playing football. Now a player can't celebrate or he loses the sum of money, along with a certain three-dimensional shape, an entire game show was based around in the 70's. These players aren't respected, yet they're expected to respect the NFL? When the NFL, along with Commissioner Goodell, actually starts respecting the players is when he can get respect back. How can a player feel good about playing in this league and think of it as a privilege when he can't celebrate without getting a fine? However insignificant finanicially, it still sends a message.
Roger Goodell: When you respect your players as people, not machine-like, grunt-level employees, you will earn their respect.