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Commissioner Goodell fields questions about Raiders, NFL

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 12:40 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders don’t resume practice until Monday. In the interim, here’s the transcript from a 6 1/2-minute question-and-answer session with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Naturally, Goodell had some interesting things to say about the Raiders stadium issue. The Raiders current lease expires after the 2013 season. As of now, the most likely scenario involves the Raiders extending the lease while they continue to find a long-term solution.
Here’s the entire transcript:

Q: What message does it send to rest of league that Alex Smith loses job after concussion?
Goodell: “That it’s about safety first. Competitiveness is not going to be the number one driver. It’s going to be safety. When someone gets injured those are medical decisions and those have to be made by the medical professionals. The football decisions are made later when a player is healthy. That’s what the 49ers have done.”

Q: Concerned player might hide concussion?
Goodell: “I hope not and I don’t expect they will.”

Q: Concerned player might hide concussion
Goodell: “That’s always been a challenge for us making sure players self-report. It’s not that simple. You have to have a good teammate next to him if he’s not right. We have ATC spotters watching from upstairs who can spot when somebody has had an impact that made lead to a concussion so they can be evaluated. You want to make sure they are all evaluated properly and that the right decisions are made from a medical standpoint.”

Q: Will competition committee look at replacing kickoffs with 4th and 15 from 30?
Goodell: “The competition committee will consider it. It was something (Buccaneers coach) Greg Schiano came up with when he was coach at Rutgers. I asked about it at a dinner we were having, had he had any ideas about the kickoff. That was something he had given a great deal of thought to. I thought it was an interesting idea. The committee will look at it.”

Q: What do you like about that?
Goodell: “I think it is very interesting. I think it is worth considering.”

Q: What is there that you and the league can do to help the Raiders work out something to where they’re able to remain in Oakland? We talked to you a couple years ago, have they closed that gap? Seen any progress?
Goodell: “I think the first thing is, we now have a new collective bargaining agreement since we spoke, and I think that collective bargaining agreement in and of itself will be helpful because it does a great job of making sure the economics are balanced among all 32 teams and of course the players. And we also have got a new stadium funding mechanism in there that the league can provide up to $200 million of financing to a new stadium project. I think those are very significant changes and should be helpful, yes.”

Q: So, the fact that the 49ers …
Goodell: “And we’re seeing it. We’re seeing it with the 49ers, we’re seeing it in Minnesota, Atlanta’s making a lot of progress. I’d go back and tell you also the 10-year labor agreement. When you have that kind of certainty for 10 years it should be very helpful in getting these projects done.”

Q: There’s a lot of speculation about the Raiders possibly moving to Los Angeles. Where does the Los Angeles situation stand in terms of a team?
Goodell: “Basically where we’ve been. Unfortunately we’re still looking to make sure we have a stadium solution. It all comes down to a stadium solution. And if we can find the right kind of stadium solution, we’ll work on a team at that point.”

Q: Why is a stadium most important to keeping the team here?
Goodell: “Because it’s our stage. It’s part of where we present our game. It’s the biggest part. And it’s also really important to the fan experience. Having full stadiums is critical for us. We want to have our fans in the stadium, we want to make sure they have the best facilities, we want to make sure the teams can generate enough revenue to be successful and competitive.”

Q: When do you expect a ruling from former commissioner Paul Tagliabue on the bounty case?
Goodell: “That’s up to him.”

Q: In light of the Jovan Belcher situation, you mentioned there’s a program in this area. What about for teams at their own facility to avoid a situation like Kansas City?
Goodell: “Sure, that’s where the programs are really executed. We have player development directors on each team, they implement the programs that we do across all 32 teams, and we have to continue to look for new programs. I think this program we announced this summer on mental health will be a big help with that. Again it’s about getting access for players with families to identify issues and make sure they’re properly treated, and that can be a very positive change.”

Q: See two teams in the 49ers stadium?
Goodell: “The priority is what the community and the team work out. I think it’s a great benefit that there’s a stadium across the bay that’s going to be a state of the art facility. That’s terrific. So that’s an option if this community and the Raiders choose that. But that’s a decision they have to make. We the league are prepared to help fund facilities. And we’ll continue to do what we can to make sure our teams stay in their communities.”

Q: Will the NFL be involved in determining who moves to Los Angeles?
Goodell: “Ultimately that’s a league decision, takes 24 of the 32 teams to vote on any relocation.”

Q: Would the NFL be open to providing financial assistance for a stadium twice in the same area?
Goodell: “What do you mean? In what sense?”

Q: Providing $200 million to the Raiders situation after doing so for the 49ers new stadium?
Goodell: “Yes, we would do that. That’s not something that’s prohibited in the policy. We wouldn’t look at that as double dipping. We’d look at that as getting stages built in the community and we want to continue to do that.”

Q: What’s the problem in Oakland?
Goodell: “You all are closer to it than I am. I think people want to make sure the Raiders are here and want to make sure they do the right things, there are a lot of priorities in communities these days and those have to be balanced by the leadership both the public sector and the private sector. These are complicated issues and they have to be done intelligently so that they address community needs but they also work with the team long term.”

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  • MiamiRaider78

    Ravens fired Cam Cameron

    but Knapp still has a job?

    lol

  • javier

    OC Cam Cameron from the Ravens gets fired with a winning record…..

    However, the Raiders who have one of the worse offenses in the league hold on to Knapp and preach patience!

    THANKS McKenzie and Allen!…..Patience…

    I’ve been patient for 10 years!

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    That Notre Dame LB isnt all that…not worth first round pick…Reg going to draft nothing but D players, all lineman except maybe a corner late. Its what Im telling him Sunday to do anyway. Consider it did.

  • Plunketthead

    Try the new link

    http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/bowl/register/joingroup

    Group ID# 14891
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  • guest123

    Ravens gave Cam the shaft!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I’m done with Titty Monkey too. I was willing to give him another chance because he has a 4 year contract, but he had done nothing to earn another of employment as our HC.

    I want a new coaching staff.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Another year* of employment.

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    Cam got canned at this time to light a fire under the O`s butts,…the Raiders are 3-10 and firing someone now would have zero affect,..he likely not even canned at all,..likely back in 2013,…Allen for sure is. 100% lock.

  • bcz24

    -Because our team regressed with the same level of talent.
    - no one forced the coaches to put Wiz at C, our only impact player (DMC) looks average after having good seasons the last 2 years.
    - because our Defense regressed after we hired a defensive minded coach.
    - because we allow more points, score less, less yards, and less 1st downs with the same level of talent.
    ********************
    1. I agree the move of Wiz was ill advised, BUT he has been very strong there after a rough start.
    2. It is hard for me to blame DMAC on coaching when our other running backs ARE productive behind the same oline. It appears that DMac isn’t the same guy after last years injury. (not defending Knapp, I don’t like him either)
    3. Most of the talent we lost was on defense, this is not close to the same defense as last year. Aside from the DLine, the only starter that carried over is Branch. All new CB’s all new LB’s
    4. I can’t agree that we have the same level of talent when we turn over 41% of the roster.

    I am not saying that the coaching has been perfect, or doesn’t leave something to be desired. DA has made rookie mistakes. I am saying I don’t think ANY coach could have fielded a playoff contender with these circumstances.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Lack of leadership is the issue.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Side note:

    I really want to bang Hannah Storm. What other hot woman can you bang and then talk sports after for a bit, until you start banging again? lol

  • guest123

    Raiders should go after Cam Cameron. Look at Ray Rice’s rushing numbers. Look at what he did in the last 10 years.

    San Diego: 2002-2006, ended with LT’s 2300/31 TD season.

    Miami: 2007, Ronnie Brown

    Baltimore: 2008-2012, Ray Rice.

    It would be a very nice upgrade. Joe mamma would be a nice upgrade over Knapp though.

    Why wait till the end of the season. Go get him ASAP.

  • guest123

    Whoever we get at the top of the draft, we need to take talent over need. Drafting for need usually never works out when you let future HOF players at other positions go by. Drafting for need is what perennial doormats do.

  • guest123

    Allen for sure is. 100% lock.

    ^^^^^^^^

    How do we know for sure that you aren’t being purposely misinformed?

  • kokomo

    Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports had a very interesting interview on 95.7FM. You can listen to the podcast as well. He says Palmer is playing disinterested. The players don’t respect Allen and he thinks Allen is in over his head at the moment.

  • kokomo

    Cam Cameron will be awful as an OC. I’d rather go for Norv or Saunders after the season is over.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bcz24 Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    -Because our team regressed with the same level of talent.
    - no one forced the coaches to put Wiz at C, our only impact player (DMC) looks average after having good seasons the last 2 years.
    - because our Defense regressed after we hired a defensive minded coach.
    - because we allow more points, score less, less yards, and less 1st downs with the same level of talent.
    ********************
    1. I agree the move of Wiz was ill advised, BUT he has been very strong there after a rough start.
    2. It is hard for me to blame DMAC on coaching when our other running backs ARE productive behind the same oline. It appears that DMac isn’t the same guy after last years injury. (not defending Knapp, I don’t like him either)
    3. Most of the talent we lost was on defense, this is not close to the same defense as last year. Aside from the DLine, the only starter that carried over is Branch. All new CB’s all new LB’s
    4. I can’t agree that we have the same level of talent when we turn over 41% of the roster.

    I am not saying that the coaching has been perfect, or doesn’t leave something to be desired. DA has made rookie mistakes. I am saying I don’t think ANY coach could have fielded a playoff contender with these circumstances.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Most of the talent (using the term loosely) we lost were from the defense as you said, so why is our offense scoring less, getting less 1st downs, and less yards per game?
    Bush was a backup RB
    Myers is playing better than Boss
    Satele wasnt special
    Our best players on offense from last year have regressed.
    Veldheer: regressed
    Wiz: regressed
    DHB: regressed
    Moore: regressed
    DMC: regressed

    The only player who is playing at the same level or better is Reece.

  • kokomo

    Cam Cameron is very predictable with his offense similar to Hue. If we notice Hue’s offense really stunk in the second half of the games because his formations and play calling were so predictable.

  • javier

    CB Bartell released!

    That your guy McKenzie!

  • kokomo

    Here we go, early start to 2013: #Raiders According to a source, Oakland has told CB Ronald Bartell he will be released today.

  • J Hill

    Ravens fire there OC, eh?

    Knapp is gone for sure.

  • kokomo

    What about McClain?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    4. I can’t agree that we have the same level of talent when we turn over 41% of the roster.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    There is a huge difference between saying we have the same talent and we have the same LEVEL of talent.
    IMO we have the same LEVEL of talent.

  • bcz24

    There is a huge difference between saying we have the same talent and we have the same LEVEL of talent.
    IMO we have the same LEVEL of talent.
    **************
    I guess it is fair to see we agree to disagree. Like I said, I am not giving the coaches a pass, BUT I am not putting this debacle 100% on them either.

  • The Big Banana

    The only “talent” we lost from last year that was prohibitively expensive to retain was Bush and Wimbley. Or at least we were told Bush cost too much. Anyway, all others we turned over by choice. I refuse to believe that Bush and Wimbley are the difference between a .500 team and a .230 team.

    There was a major failure either in coaching, talent evaluation, or BOTH!

  • guest123

    The Saints got their butts whooped this weekend, and the Ravens lose & fire their OC.

    Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago the Saints and the Ravens were clowning us in the second half? Running roughshod and even kickers scoring TD’s on us.

    Just bringing out a yardstick to compare how low we have gone.

    Also, remember that watershed “W” against Pitt, and then SD goes to their house and destroys them. Nice. So what did the Raiders do to hang their hat on, give the Falcons a fight.

    But wait, they got crushed by the lowly Panthers….

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    The Panthers are going to destroy Reggie’s scrubs.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Kokomo Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 8:52 am
    What about McClain?

    =======================================

    They’re trying to figure out a way to terminate his contract for cause to avoid the cap hit.

    Bartell was only on a one-year deal. We have to pay him for the final three weeks, but that’s it.

  • The Big Banana

    Palmer disinterested? I wouldn’t doubt it. He realizes he is with the west coast’s Bengals. Trade him. He’s wasting away the last couple years of his career. Jets?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Bartell, Breisel, Spencer.

    How can anyone discredit Reggie’s eye for talent?

  • Gdog

    I guess it is fair to see we agree to disagree. Like I said, I am not giving the coaches a pass, BUT I am not putting this debacle 100% on them either.
    >>>>

    Neither is anybody else. But when you combine Knapp’s insipid play calling with Allens failure to get the team focused and playing intensely for the entire game, it was a perfect storm for failure.

  • guest123

    Bartell, Breisel, Spencer.

    How can anyone discredit Reggie’s eye for talent?

    ********

    all low risk moves with limited upside. we all knew this going in. the focus is on rebuilding within the constraints of all the dead money floating around. once that’s gone, Reggie can begin to commit real money to players who aren’t transitional.

  • guest123

    Hard to blame Palmer for being disinterested at this point. What’s to play for other than collecting a paycheck? This team was never close to being any good. Palmer may have wanted to believe earlier but he understands now.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    This disaster of a season is 85% on the defense. If the D were mediocre we would have been in a lot more games, maybe Palmer would have thrown those away with picks (thats the trend) but at least the team would have been competitive… Giving up 500 yards every Sunday is the reason this team is a disaster…

  • Dakota

    643.J Hill Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 8:21 am
    Still no one fired?

    ——————————————————————————–

    Nope.

    D’Antonio and Duhon still running the show.

    Kobe still not playing D.

    They owe Mike Brown a public apology, lol.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Fk Brown and D’Antoni.

    WE WANTED PHIL!!!!!!

  • MiamiRaider78

    The more I watch the Lakers play, the more I hate Jerry “The Short” Buss jr.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    And Phil was considering the offer when the Fakers hired D’Antoni.
    LOL @ the Fakers.

  • RaiderDebo

    kokomo Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports had a very interesting interview on 95.7FM. You can listen to the podcast as well. He says Palmer is playing disinterested. The players don’t respect Allen and he thinks Allen is in over his head at the moment

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    He looks disinterested to me too. Walking away from the Benagals like that has always been a huge red flag to me. The guy wanted to be back in Cally and didn’t give a sht about the consequences. Like he himself said, he’s got “$80 mil in the bank”.That’s FU money. When money isn’t the motivating force, look out. If he retired tomorrow, I wouldn’t be shocked at all.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Giving up 31 points per game… wow. Chuky B looks like frigin Buddy Ryan compared to Tarver.

  • The Big Banana

    The defense is now officially worse than last year’s unit. Great work, Tarver and DA.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    How is making things worse fixing things? “Our plan is to take us from mediocrity (8-8) to unwatchable (3-13), then we will be ready to be great again!”

    Here’s an idea: GET BETTER EVERY DAY!

  • The Big Banana

    What was being said about our D after last year? Can’t get any worse than this? Nowhere to go but up? Lmao

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    If they keep up their pace of 30.9 points allowed per game, they’ll give the the fourth-most points in a single season in NFL history.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bcz24 Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am
    There is a huge difference between saying we have the same talent and we have the same LEVEL of talent.
    IMO we have the same LEVEL of talent.
    **************
    I guess it is fair to see we agree to disagree. Like I said, I am not giving the coaches a pass, BUT I am not putting this debacle 100% on them either.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    That’s fair. You are one of my favorite posters, and you are our cap expert (captolgist).
    Just remember, I do understand and acknowledge that we lack talent.
    Again, I blame the coaches, defense, and lack of talent.

  • jackasspuria

    Via Rotoworld and ESPN’s Bill Williamson (https://twitter.com/espn_afcwest/status/278180067148963840)

    Ronald Bartell – DB – Free Agent
    Raiders released CB Ronald Bartell.
    Heads continue to roll in Oakland, though Bartell was actually brought in by the new regime. Signed to be a starter, Bartell ended up missing Weeks 2-9 with a neck injury, and wasn’t effective when on the field. Injuries have now limited the former Ram to just seven of a possible 29 games the past two seasons. He’ll turn 31 in February. Oakland will go forward with Michael Huff and either Joselio Hanson or Phillip Adams at cornerback.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:24 am
    What was being said about our D after last year? Can’t get any worse than this? Nowhere to go but up? Lmao
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m one of the monkeys that said that crap. It made perfect sense at that time.
    Effin Monkeys!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    #1 pick baby!
    You can do it!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Man, Bartell can call it a career, after the tape he put in this season nobody will call him again…

  • MiamiRaider78

    Damn Monkeys! LOL

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Chase for #1:

    JAX
    KC
    OAK

    Is there a franchise QB in this draft?