|It appears Roger Goodell will return to Gillette Stadium next September for 1st time since Deflategate||03.28.17 at 8:12 pm ET|
Roger Goodell will make his return to Gillette Stadium next year.
Speaking to wrap up the NFL league meetings in Arizona, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed a number of different things at his press conference including gambling, the Raiders moving to Vegas, rule changes and also when he will return to Gillette Stadium.
Goodell was asked if he plans on being at the Patriots’ first game next season.
“I don’t, but I plan on being at the kickoff game,” he told reporters.
The commissioner cannot officially say he will be at the Patriots’ first game since the schedule has not been released yet, but the Super Bowl champion almost always hosts the kickoff game the Thursday before the first Sunday games.
It’s possible the Patriots will host the Falcons in a Super Bowl rematch.
This would be Goodell’s first time back at Gillette Stadium since the Deflategate game, which was in January of 2015. He could have came in the playoffs last January, but opted for two straight weekends in Atlanta.
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It is a story that will not die until Roger Goodell comes back to Gillette Stadium.
The NFL commissioner hasn’t been to Foxboro since 2015 for AFC championship game, better known as the Deflategate game.
Goodell opted to spend two straight weekends in Atlanta for the playoffs this past season instead of coming to Gillette for the AFC title game.
As he did the week of the Super Bowl, Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it clear the commissioner is welcome at Gillette Stadium for the 2017 season opener.
“Well, I think I’ll let you all ask him that,” Kraft told reporters on Monday at the NFL league meetings, via The Boston Herald. “Look, he’s commissioner in the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. And if he wanted to come, he’s welcomed to come. We’re happy we’ll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide whether he wants to be there.”
The NFL schedule will be released in mid-April and it is possible the season opener is a Super Bowl rematch against the Falcons.
Goodell is scheduled to meet the media at the league meetings Tuesday and perhaps could get asked about it.
|Bill Belichick spotted chatting with Roger Goodell at NFL league meetings||03.27.17 at 4:34 pm ET|
After the NFL owners voted to approve the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, commissioner Roger Goodell was spotted chatting with Bill Belichick.
Thanks to Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, a photo was captured of the scene.
Wonder what the two could have been talking about? We’ll probably never know.
— Lorenzo Reyes (@LorenzoGReyes) March 27, 2017
|Sunday 7: If Malcolm Butler wants to be traded, he better sign tender soon||03.26.17 at 6:00 am ET|
1. There’s no question the Malcolm Butler situation is a very complex one. As it stands now, Butler hasn’t signed his first-round tender with the Patriots ($3.91 million) and he has until June 15 to do so, but if he wants to play for another team next year, he needs to get moving with the process. The process starts with him signing his tender, so the Patriots can negotiate a deal with other teams, or he could hope a team places an offer sheet on him, which teams have until April 17 to do so. This seems unlikely because teams probably wouldn’t want to give up a first-round pick and sign him to a long-term deal. He has no chance of getting traded unless he signs his tender and with teams finalizing their draft plans, they likely want to know what is going to happen with Butler beforehand. For example, if the Saints don’t acquire Butler before the draft, they likely will draft a cornerback high in the draft. If Butler doesn’t get moved before the draft, the likelihood he returns to the Patriots in 2017 increases. The 27-year-old could be dealt after the draft, but then the compensation would be for 2018 and probably not for as much as it would have been before the draft. Bottom line, if Butler wants to play outside New England next season, he should look to sign his tender soon.
2. The Patriots will be an active team this week at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert Kraft is on six committees, which will meet over the course of the week. They include: media (which he chairs), NFL Network, finance, compensation, management council executive committees and chairmen’s committee. Also, Jonathan Kraft co-chairs digital media and serves on the business ventures committee. Bill Belichick was scheduled to speak Tuesday at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday morning when every coach has a table and is available for an hour, but Saturday night it was reported by the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, he has a “scouting conflict” and will not be speaking. Sean Payton will be interesting on the NFC side Wednesday morning at their breakfast with how he talks about Butler. Last week the way he was talking following Butler’s visit was almost like it was a done deal he would play for the Saints. With nothing happening this past week, maybe things have changed. Lastly, with top executives from every team in the same place, the Jimmy Garoppolo rumors could heat up once again even with ESPN’s Adam Schefter continuing to be adamant he won’t be traded. It’s been reported the Browns will circle back with the Patriots and make another offer this week.
3. Another big thing at the owners meetings is rule changes. Although the Patriots didn’t propose any changes for the second straight year, they still will keep an eye on how the voting shakes out. Banning leaping over the line of scrimmage when attempting to block a kick has been proposed, as well as permitting a coach to challenge any officials’ decisions, except scoring plays and turnovers. One of the more outlandish proposals came from the Redskins, who are proposing to make a touchbacks at the 20-yard line when the kick goes through the uprights opposed to the normal 25-yard line.
|Roger Goodell weighs in on Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys being found||03.24.17 at 9:59 am ET|
On Thursday, Tom Brady’s stolen jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI were returned to the Patriots by the FBI after they were discovered in Mexico.
The jerseys were stolen by Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former newspaper executive, as he took the jerseys following both Super Bowls from the Patriots’ locker room.
After an in-depth investigation involving a number of law enforcement agencies, the jerseys were found early this week.
Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike on Thursday, commissioner Roger Goodell offered his thoughts on the case.
“We did support the federal officials of the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Patriots security team and our security team. They all worked together and worked through what I thought was a very extensive investigation,” said Goodell. “As it turns out it was in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media, so it actually went outside the country here.
“It’s still an ongoing investigation, so I can’t add an awful lot to it or a lot of specifics to it, but we’re happy we were able to retrieve the jerseys, get it back to Tom [Brady] and I think that’s a good outcome here.”
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|Roger Goodell: Dean Blandino will have final say with all instant replay decisions||03.23.17 at 10:26 am ET|
The NFL will change the way it reviews plays this season.
Instead of having the referee go off the field and look under the hood at replays, the referee will now get handed a tablet on the field where they can review the play with the assistance of a command center in New York.
Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Thursday morning, commissioner Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will ultimately have the final say with all replays.
“We’re going to centralize the replay back here in New York,” Goodell said. “We want the referee’s input. … He can look at the play, be in communication back in our office with Dean Blandino, and Dean Blandino will have the final decision. We think that will move it much quicker.”
Goodell also said referees will be told to announce the replay decision immediately in the stadium, rather than waiting for the end of a commercial break. This will help speed up play.
“We want to get going. We want to be ready to play,” Goodell said.
The decision to have Blandino be in charge of calls may not go over well with everyone around the league, including referees.
In 2015 an anonymous referee told ESPN current on-field referees weren’t too fond of Blandino.
“The animosity is starting, because he’s having to make the tough decisions and he is a company man and he’s not siding with the officials. The officials kind of feel that, ‘Well, you’ve never been on the field,’” the official said. “It’s a tough position. It’s a no-win situation.”
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|Roger Goodell pens letter to fans addressing changes for 2017||03.22.17 at 2:46 pm ET|
The NFL is always looking to improve its game and these changes typically take place in the offseason around the NFL owners meetings.
These will be next week in Phoenix and leading into them, commissioner Roger Goodell has wrote a letter to fans letting them know what the changes could be.
The majority of the changes Goodell wrote about center around the pace of the game.
One of the changes is instead of a sideline monitor for reviews, there will be a tablet brought to the referee who can review the play in consultation with the officiating headquarters in New York, which ultimately has the final decision.
“This should improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and help speed up the process,” Goodell wrote.
Along the lines of timing, there will be a play clock following extra points when TV does not take commercial breaks. Also, they are considering instituting a play clock after a touchdown. Goodell also noted they are going to standardize the starting of the clock after a runner goes out-of-bounds and standardize halftime lengths in all games.
There will also likely be fewer commercial breaks.
“We know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that too. Our goal is to eliminate it,” Goodell wrote.
The competition committee will meet and vote on a number of rule changes next week.
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