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Leadership May Need to Change

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith may need to go. There I said it. It’s becoming more and more apparent that they don’t know how to work together to get something done in the way of a new CBA. Aside from that, Goodell is once again overseeing unpopular rule changes that many, myself included, don’t think benefit the game.

If you’re behind, you can review the potential rules changes that I mentioned here. These rules are, to say the least, controversial. They would almost certainly devalue everyone’s special teams units, and roster spots that used to be given to return specialists will likely disappear. The intention of the rules is to limit the number of returns, which ironically, will continue to climb as rules favoring the offensive side of the ball continue to be introduced. Ironic isn’t it?

That’s the simple matter. The more complex issue is that DeMaurice Smith and Goodell can’t seem to work together to get a new CBA deal done. Smith, and the rest of the NFLPA, walked away from the negotiating table in favor of litigation late last week, and the two sides have yet to continue talks. On a conference call with SB Nation Friday, Smith said, “Jeff Pash only has a casual relationship with the truth.” Jeff Pash, of course, is the lead counsel for the NFL in the labor dispute. This type of rhetoric is not only uncalled for, it’s destructive to the negotiation process.

That’s why I’m beginning to think that it’s time for new leadership, on both sides. I’m not the first to think that Goodell and Smith need to submit their resignations, but I’ve held off as long as I can. Smith hasn’t shown a willingness to cooperate with the league, and Goodell hasn’t bettered the game that the NFL presents on Sunday afternoons.


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