Roger Goodell: NFL prefers Panthers staying in Carolina

Roger Goodell: NFL prefers Panthers staying in Carolina

Javier Howell
February 1, 2018

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is standing by the Raiders, and by the Rooney Rule, despite questions being raised in the wake of Jon Gruden's hiring about whether the league let the team get away with violating the spirit of the rule.

"From our standpoint, I think I would like to start back, instead of adding to the rule or subtracting [from] the rule, start over again and look at the rule fundamentally from the start because I think when you add or subtract, then it still leads to confusion", Goodell said at his annual state-of-the-league address during Super Bowl week. That process has begun. We hope the franchise owner that is eventually selected will have that view.

Over the course of the season players were caught in Trump's Twitter crosshairs, the President repeatedly calling out Goodell and National Football League owners for not taking action. "We're sensitive to that and understand it and we make sure we do whatever we can to make sure we're presenting all of our teams in a positive fashion".

"As you know, this issue has been around for several decades, if not longer", Goodell said on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo show, when asked whether he's thought any more about talking with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder about changing the name. "The Panthers have given us full cooperation, her full cooperation". I think that's what we're focusing on.

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"As great a job as the officials do, they're officiating around a rule that exists, and they're doing a great job with it. We need to work to get more offensive coaches in the position, and African Americans that have offensive coordinator or quarterback coach experience that we'll see them as the right kind of candidates".

While Goodell would not reveal exactly how the rule might be changed, he did say the competition committee would keep in mind that "fans want catches".

The NFL was thrown into turmoil earlier this season after President Donald Trump attacked players who kneeled during the anthem in an effort to draw attention to social injustices.

"I think our focus is going to continue on building the platforms that the owners and players spend a great deal of time with unprecedented dialogue creating those platforms all season long". Trump has repeatedly criticized the league for its stance on the matter.