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Commissioner Goodell fields questions about Raiders, NFL

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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  • Dakota

    694.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
    +++++++++++++

    Guilty as charged.

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    Heres what we do know,..Reggie and Dennis BOTH returning,..Tarver?…more then likely,..Knapp?…possibly,…but make no mistake,..the Raiders are pointing the finger at the players, not the staff, for 3-13,..and they are right. Always happy to help.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol, Raider O.

    Anyone run the numbers on Knapp’s offense prior to 4th quarter garbage time? I wouldn’t be surprised if it compared with bed and breakfast offense.

    Throw in that Tarver/DA < Chuck B

    This is your coaching staff, folks.

  • Dakota

    702.Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:32 am
    Chase for #1:

    JAX
    KC
    OAK

    Is there a franchise QB in this draft?

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

    We don’t need the #1 pick, but I would like to see us stay in the top 3….if we win another game we could fall all the way to #8!

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie will bring in a new crop of “transitional players” next season and blame the cap when they fail.

  • J Hill

    Phil Jackson would have helped the Lakers as much as he did the last time he was here. Which is not much at all. Swept outta the playoffs embarrassingly, remember?

    Still no upgrade in the backcourt. Other teams look at our perimeter old arsses and LOL.

    Same fantasies in Raiderland. Gruden would have gotten us maybe an extra 2 or 3 wins, lol Which means nothing but a worse draft choice.

  • jackasspuria

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    And Mark Davis won’t do anything about it.

  • poprox13

    if we win another game we could fall all the way to #8!
    ____________________

    Well then, looks like we’ll get a top 3 pick!

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Mark Davis is a disgrace.

  • The Big Banana

    JONGRUDEN2013 Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Heres what we do know,..Reggie and Dennis BOTH returning,..Tarver?…more then likely,..Knapp?…possibly,…but make no mistake,..the Raiders are pointing the finger at the players, not the staff, for 3-13,..and they are right. Always happy to help.

    —-

    Awesome. 10 and THEN in full effect

  • inonewordraider

    we need a mlb and te’o is the best avail thru fa or draft. he’s the opposite of mcclain when it comes to leadership, he’s bright, he’s stout, he plays the pass well and he plays with passion. Demontre Moore, Lotuleilei, and Werner would be great at one but with regards to a NT we’ve done well against the run considering our O doesn’t score points and if you want a DE you got a stud DE Avril who’s a FA pay him and you fill two huge needs. any of those others would be great as well though, but we’ll still have a need at MLB

  • RaiderDebo

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/10/nfl-morning-after-cam-newton-silences-his-critics/

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

    Pretty obvious Florio reads our posts. He addressed it personally to several dorks (you know who you are)on here. LOL!

  • Al_is_theraiders

    fire reggie yesterday….oh now bartell isnt good enough…what a genius.

  • Dakota

    I was getting pizzed when Mike Mayock kept referring to Branch as our best defender. I have always thought Branch was an overrated POS…..and then I started to try and think of better players on our defense….Wheeler, Bryant and Houston maybe? I think of them as average players…..smh

    NO TALENT + BAD COACHING = 2012 Oakland Raiders!

    The former needs to be fixed over time, the latter can be fixed in January!

  • J Hill

    I LOVE the turnover of players who can’t play.

    No doubt in my mind Knapp is outta here.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL TBB!

  • J Hill

    So if Palmer has quit on the HC like 55 apparently has, does Palmer get shown the door too?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Branch is the best we got on D? man that says a lot about this roster. Depleted of talent and hope.

  • MiamiRaider78

    The new slogan is

    “Twenty is plenty”

    If we dont get it together by then…

  • guest123

    Reggie will bring in a new crop of “transitional players” next season and blame the cap when they fail.

    *******

    Or he’ll trade out the top 3 slot to get another valuable 2nd rounder out of the deal and when it all fails again, he’ll say his hands were tied because he didn’t have a second round pick to work with. There will always be some kind of excuse.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    everybody has quit on da….ive said this for four weeks already…

  • Dakota

    708.J Hill Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Phil Jackson would have helped the Lakers as much as he did the last time he was here. Which is not much at all. Swept outta the playoffs embarrassingly, remember?

    Still no upgrade in the backcourt. Other teams look at our perimeter old arsses and LOL.

    Same fantasies in Raiderland. Gruden would have gotten us maybe an extra 2 or 3 wins, lol Which means nothing but a worse draft choice.

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

    We will never know now will we? Lot of different players on this team since Phil last coached. I know Phil didn’t win a title his last year here, he only won 5 years out of what, 10 years with the Lakers? So I guess he sucks based on his last year here?

    lmao, come on man.

  • RaidingTexas

    Good riddance, Bartell.

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    ” HEADS WILL ROLL”
    RAIDERS are considering the firing of a coach.TWITTERS rumors are, they changes coming Qb coach and others!
    Recent polls ask if Mc faden should be bench to safe from re-injuring and SAVE HIM FOR NEXT YEAR——50%
    PLAY HIM AND FINISH THE YEAR? ————50%
    I say play that s@b hell out of him who cares anymore!
    He is always hurt and there’s plenty of backs out there.

  • J Hill

    I never said Phil sucked.

    The ROSTER sucks.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    wait there was someone on here that said bartell svcked and spencer did too….oh wait it was me in preaseason…

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I say play the best RB on the roster (Reece, 4.6 yds/att) and keep DMAC healthy so he can run a good 40 in the off-season and we can trade him in the draft.

  • J Hill

    The HC in Oakland was supposed to win how many games this year?

    Despite a roster that EVERYONE acknowledges is terrible????

    Where is the example of a team in the NFL winning with bad players in key positions all over the field?

  • MiamiRaider78

    I get a kick out of the psychics on here…

    I told you so, I told you we would suck! LOL Great!

    Show me where you are right once and I bet there is 50 times where you are wrong.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Habibi,

    This staff managed to regress this team in all areas offense, defense, and STs.
    No way this BS can last much longer. You can’t continue to lose without making changes, and you can’t blame the talent every season. WTF is our GM doing if we lack takent every year?!

  • guest123

    Mayock kept going back to Bartell during that TFL broadcast last Thursday.

    ….”See there, he turns his ankle out at the line, and the receiver only needs to break inward and it’s an easy pitch and catch for 7 or 8 yards everytime.”

    Mayock was practically screaming for Bartell to get benched.

  • J Hill

    Is anyone really suggesting that we don’t need a MAJOR upgrade of player talent???

    Or is it as simple as replacing Knapp with Norv Turner, and Tarver with a Mike Nolan?

    We win the division with Gruden and this roster as it stands?

  • Dakota

    730.J Hill Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    The HC in Oakland was supposed to win how many games this year?

    Despite a roster that EVERYONE acknowledges is terrible????

    Where is the example of a team in the NFL winning with bad players in key positions all over the field?
    ++++++++++++++

    Lots of teams have average to bad players in the NFL….but they do not get destroyed week in and week out. If this team was losing close games, and having the normal struggles a young team goes through, and not winning, that would be one thing….but this team looks completelty confused and unmotivated in ALL aspects of the game. That is on the coaching staff.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Nah, roster sucks, thats why you need a solid coaching staff to bring out the smoke and mirrors and win some games… this coaching staff cant win with this roster.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    its as simple as getting a new staff…a staffthat kniws what they are doing a staff thatdoesnt get punked like DA…

  • J Hill

    No way this BS can last much longer. You can’t continue to lose without making changes, and you can’t blame the talent every season

    —————————————————————————–

    But we haven’t been blaming the talent. We keep changing coaches.

    I really don’t care “how” anymore. Just get the damn thing fixed man.

    You guys think all we need is the “right” HC to get things turned around? Me too. How long does that guy get to show if he’s “right”?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Look at Cleveland. Started off the season getting run over, now they are fighting for every game, beating turds like OAK and KC, thats a nice example of good coaching, making some lemonade from the lemons…

  • guest123

    During last night’s game between the Packers and Lions, they talked about Packers being the most “home grown” team with 43 original members drafted by the Packers and the Lions being the least “home grown” with 26 draftees. Then they remind us of the infamous 0-16 team and how that had something to do with it.

    Well this kind of feels like the 0-16 Lions, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Raiders competing with the Lions for fewest homegrown talent in the league.

    Drafts have sucked for awhile, free agency has been no friend. This team could use a good gutting. No name is safe.

  • bcz24

    Mayock was practically screaming for Bartell to get benched.
    *************
    …and he was benched pretty quickly. Adams definitely earned the right to start against KC.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Well said WD.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    So Bartell goes and Slo stays ?

    Didn’t see this one coming.

    Guess Reggie thinks he might be able to salvage a late round pick for McLame.

    He’s probably wrong.

    Agree that turning the roster over is OK, but have to question some of Reggie’s methodology.

    Think the Curry thing was mishandled. No, not the waiving of Curry, but the sequence involved. Pick up the cat from the Packer PS, then release him to make room for Curry, only to waive Curry 2 weeks later.

    No biggie in the grand scheme of things, but makes you wonder.

  • bcz24

    739.Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 9:55 am
    Look at Cleveland. Started off the season getting run over, now they are fighting for every game, beating turds like OAK and KC, thats a nice example of good coaching, making some lemonade from the lemons…
    *************
    Shermur isn’t a rookie HC, they weren’t 40 million over the cap to start the year, and they had 4 picks before we drafted our first player. They also (believe it or not) had a top 10 defense last year.

  • guest123

    Now we face a doormat in KC at home. What to do? This is an event where winning is losing. Does anyone in here actually looking forward to a Oakland win this week?

  • J Hill

    If this team was losing close games, and having the normal struggles a young team goes through,

    —————————————————————————–

    We were in the ATl game, TB, and Clev game. Was in the Denver game for a while.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    From the freak show intro presser to the coaching hiring to the roster moves, Reggie Mac is very near “Disaster” rating…

  • bcz24

    They aren’t trying to salvage Rolando’s career. They are trying to find a way to get out of the 7.2 million cap hit we take to get rid of McClain. At this point, it would be cheaper to keep McClain and not pay him, than to cut him.

  • Carl Weathers

    I actually wish Reggie kept DVD. I would like to have seen him in a make it or break it gig with everyone going down. At least we could form a real opinion on the guy.

  • Carl Weathers

    could have formed*

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    You guys think all we need is the “right” HC to get things turned around? Me too. How long does that guy get to show if he’s “right”?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Did this coaching staff do anything to earn another year?
    Like Dakota and MMR said, this coaching staff is not creative enough to win games, and most of our players are not playing well including players that played at a high level last season like DMC.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Fire Knapp, Hire Cam Cameron NOW!