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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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  • bcz24

    Cheaper to not play him I meant.

  • guest123

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

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    Atlanta got waxed by lowly Carolina.

    TB got beat by even lowlier Philly.

    Cleveland beat up the lowliest of the low Chiefs.

    Not saying much there.

  • J Hill

    I hope 55 is trying to salvage his own career. Especially is we draft Star Latuleilei and switch to the 3-4.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:02 am
    Fire Knapp, Hire Cam Cameron NOW!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL

  • ChrisinNC

    guest123 Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:02 am

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

    **********
    Atlanta got waxed by lowly Carolina.

    TB got beat by even lowlier Philly.

    Cleveland beat up the lowliest of the low Chiefs.

    Not saying much there.

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    Exactly. I’m amazed at how desperate some people are to try and put a positive spin on such a crappy team.

  • bcz24

    McClain has written the book on his career. He had the opportunity to be great here, but chose to cash his checks and run. He has been benched, fined and suspended. He better hope he can even find work next season.

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    The fact iis we are one year behind behind the new teams.
    We should have been like —Dolphins,Seattle,Colts ect !
    WE FAIL -more Stupid mistakes. Now coaches and players will
    PAY FOR THIS! RO-CLOWNDO Mc LAME!

  • J Hill

    Did this coaching staff do anything to earn another year?

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    Staff as a whole? No.

    Knapp should be fired.

    Let me see Pryor before I tell you if DeFilipo should go.

    Dline has been pretty good against the run. Should the coach be fired because we don’t have an edge rusher?

    Should the secondary coach be fired with the personnel he’s had to work with?

    I’m not firing everybody. Cmon!

  • J Hill

    Not saying much there.

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    Exactly. I’m amazed at how desperate some people are to try and put a positive spin on such a crappy team.

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    Relax.

    It was a direct response to the POINT that we have been IN some games.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    If the D keeps giving up 30.9 points per game it will be the 4th worst D in history! an edge rusher wont fix getting out schemed and blown to hell every frigging 3rd quarter.

  • bcz24

    You want to see a team that has quit… look to Arizona. They have quit. Getting shellacked 58-0 is all you need to see to know that.

  • kokomo

    There’s NOTHING positive I’ve seen from this team that’s going to make me renew my season tickets next year. I’ll wait until the draft and see what moves have been made in off season before I decide to.

  • guest123

    The owner of the Cardinals should fire Whisenhunt and cut a few guys right now just to make a statement. That was embarrasing to watch. They have an uberstud wideout Fitzgerald and he has one target, for one catch and two yards. Yet they throw to their CB Patrick Peterson who outgained Fitz on the day. That team is not good, but beyond that quit in every way imaginable.

  • J Hill

    And people will want to bring Wisenhunt in as an OC.

    Why is he any different of a loser than Knapp?

  • guest123

    kokomo Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:15 am
    There’s NOTHING positive I’ve seen from this team that’s going to make me renew my season tickets next year. I’ll wait until the draft and see what moves have been made in off season before I decide to.

    *********
    check out Charlie Brown’s thanksgiving special. First scene where Charlie Brown is attempting to kick a football and Lucy is holding.

  • kokomo

    My XMas wishes: Fire Knapp and the ST coordinator – Hoffman and a few other assistant coaches. Get a creative OC and not one who runs a ZBS. Maybe Norv or Saunders. Cut McClain, Seymour, Kelly. Cut Palmer unless he reduces his salary to around $7-8M.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    what was the DA led score against baltimore?

  • J Hill

    Jason Garrett?????

    He sucks in Dallas, why would we want him here as an OC??

    Any guy who is available will be someone who got fired for stinking up his previous job, lol.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I hope 55 is trying to salvage his own career. Especially is we draft Star Latuleilei and switch to the 3-4.
    ============================================
    Yeah, sure.

    To begin with, Slo is done in Oakland.

    Even if Tits goes – if RM is still GM – Slo is finished in Oakland.

    Did you read RM’s interview where he specifically mentioned that Slo has NOT apologized for his bahavior ?

    Guess what ? Even if the HC is a worthless chump, you can not have players challenging his authority or trying to face him down or have an altercation with him.

    Especially when you’re a non-productive, whiffing, jogging, attitude problem scumbucket.

    McLame SHOULD have been released IMMEDIATELY after the latest debacle. Money be damned.

    He’s not going to do anything in a 3-4 or with another team. Ever.

    As I told JFB (hope you’re OK bud), out of the NFL by 2014.

  • J Hill

    what was the DA led score against baltimore?

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    About the same as the Hue led loss against GB

  • DT42

    I find it interesting that a 9-2 Ravens team fires their OC becuase the offense is not living up to their standards. But a 3-10 Raiders team is going to keep their OC becuase……..??

    Winning franchises make changes when they are not going in the right direction. Losing franchises make excuses and hold on to coaches (DA, Tarver, Knapp) that say everything right at the press conferences and then fail to perform on the field.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    OC, how about Al Saunders? heck they are already paying his salary. Made wonders for DMAC and journeyman Priest Holmes in KC.

  • guest123

    How about just avoiding all Alabama players in the draft? I just get bad vibes.

  • J Hill

    Yeah, sure.

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    LOL

  • Al_is_theraiders

    has nothing to do with hue…talking az and oak…

  • J Hill

    99,

    With no franchise QB available, what position are you leaning towards supporting with our 1st pick?

  • J Hill

    Even Alabama Olinemen?

  • kokomo

    Saunders original contract was up to 2012. The team extended it by a year to 2013. Why not make him the OC? He will use a power scheme and has a good record of offensive success unlike Knapp. Also there should be a reason why they extended his contract by a year..

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    if no QB available look for a DT. Defenses have been made with the likes of Casey Hampton, Ngata, & Wilford…no need for a sack master DT, just a mean ol anchor in the middle.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The only thing i care about at all,as of this moment is HOW MANY SNAPS DOES TERREL PRYOR GET THIS WEEK?

    After carsons 6 game meltdown there is not a single reason for any sane person to be even a little excited to watch him play.

    he has been uneven at his best during this streak in atl and the tb game, and down right abysmal in the other four losses.

    After watching wilson, and grIII, and newton this weekend, and even kappy across the water, this staff is getting a really ugly grade for how they are handling our young qb.

    Why did you wait so long to get pryor ready to see the field?

    Why did you ride with carson all the way through the losing streak?

    Why did bartell and denarious moore, and romac get benched or demoted at various points for so called performance issues, yet carson was allowed to throw away and fumble game after game?

    I dont think playing pryor for a gimmick series or package will be a fair opportunity to see what he can do. Knapp will probably call for a zone read with no pass option. the defense will see pryor and expect run because he is only on the filed for a play or two.

    The smart thing to do would be to prep Pryor TO START these last 3 games. By putting him in the game in a situation where the defense can easily predict whats coming takes away the very advantage that playing pryor gives you in the first place.

    This staff is clueless

  • guest123

    J Hill Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Even Alabama Olinemen?

    ***********

    I guess we could make exceptions, but only if the value screams. McPain really ruined the image of Alabama players in my mind. Kind of how I’ll instictivley look at LSU QB’s. Maybe we can trade for Matt Flynn? Naw j/k

  • guest123

    The only thing i care about at all,as of this moment is HOW MANY SNAPS DOES TERREL PRYOR GET THIS WEEK?

    *************

    quick easy answer: zero

    happy to help

  • Moose

    Waste o space Bartell wooosh

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    “OAKLAND CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!
    They must act now, we have a big mess in our hands and what is the sence of all this. We need to move fast and start deciding who is going to be staying and who is WALKING THE PLANK !
    Before you know ,the year is over and we still done nothing !
    Al was so quick! BLESS HIM!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Np room in the nfl for pryor as a starting qb?

    why not?

    christian ponder has started for now nearly two full seasons. Ponder has thrown for under 150 yrads 5 times this season.

    If ponder can have a turn starting for nfl team pryor should also

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Stay away from Alabama players? nah, I say stay away from imbeciles that think the SEC football is as fast as the NFL , that is a pretty obvious red flag.

  • guest123

    nice strawman. If ponder can, why can’t pryor?

    and if my aunt had balls….

  • guest123

    Huge preseason red flag was signing two 30 yo corners on their last legs to be the STARTING CB’s for this team. There is no way that could be considered a move a playoffs aspiting team would do.

  • bcz24

    766.J Hill Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:16 am
    And people will want to bring Wisenhunt in as an OC.

    Why is he any different of a loser than Knapp?
    *****************
    Wisenhunt was a play away from a Super Bowl victory. Knapp doesn’t have anything close on his resume.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Dont look now, BUT CAM NEWTON IS BACK!!! this dude is on fire for the last 4 weeks, and looks better than he did last year.

    he is now allowed to go under center and has full use of the audible system.

    The oc chudzinzki has finally learned that relying too heavily on newton running and not having a solid quick passing facet to his offense is in fact holding newton back. the zone read keeper should only be an occasional accent.

    newton destroyed the falcons.

    You are looking at the future of the nfc playoffs for the next several years with qbs like newton freeman kappy rgIII and wilson battling it out and eliminating one another for the next 10 years.

  • bcz24

    Why did bartell and denarious moore, and romac get benched or demoted at various points for so called performance issues, yet carson was allowed to throw away and fumble game after game?
    *********************
    Since you truly seem to believe that Palmer is the #1 problem on this team, tell me exactly how many games would this team, exactly how it is, have won with Pryor starting and Palmer riding the pine? Just guestimate. Do you think this team would have won more, less or the same # of games.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Cam Cameron has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.
    ……..

    This is what a team that cares about winning does. Doesn’t matter what part of the season it is. Do your job or get the hell out.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    what now chekwa is good enough? mcclain is back? lmao at this staff…

  • RAIDERMAN99

    J Hill Says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:22 am
    99,

    With no franchise QB available, what position are you leaning towards supporting with our 1st pick?
    ==============================================
    Well, I’m NOT one of those guys that subscribes to ‘best player available’ at ALL times.

    I think there are times when you DO draft to fill needs, especially when the call between two players is very close.

    But with THIS team – BPA is the ONLY way to go.

    That’s bcz there’s not a single area (besides PK) that is solid.

    Having said that, it’s my belief that we can make strides on offense simply by replacing Krapp and that a total rebuild is not required on that side of the ball.

    Defensively, we need at least a half dozen new starters.

    Therefore, I would think this draft should emphasize defense.

    If there was a franchise QB available – I’d still go in that direction in a heartbeat.

    Don’t care how many holes there are to fill. Palmer definitely isn’t long term and if you want to be a legit contender you’ve got to have the QB.

    I’m not absolutely convinced that Geno can’t be a franchise QB, but I have strong reservations about him.

    Seems like the 2013 draft should be a ‘get an impact player’ and ‘hole filling’ exercise – and securing the franchise QB might have to wait until we are drafting near the top in 2014 again.

    That’s a reasonable 2 year plan and one that could work.

  • shutdown

    I’ve been a fan since 1990 and have witnessed 7 winning seasons in 22 years…thats tough for anyone. At least some of you veteran fans have lived through the glory years of the Raiders, while all I have is pretty much the Gruden era.
    “With that said, when the hell does anyone just say,”ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!?!?”
    _____________________________________________________

    I was thinking about this yesterday as I read comments here. My exact thought was, “At least I witnessed one of the greatest franchises in football history when they were almost always great or very good.”

    I attended Raider games at the Coliseum in the Sixties until they left. We had agonizing seasons, don’t misunderstand me. For a team that made the playoffs as regularly as we did (and, mostly, as easily as we did, we also had to face top notch and perennial enemies in the Buck Buchanan/Len Dawson Chiefs and the great Steeler teams, the Jets, to a lesser degree. The

    After the AFL-NFL merger, there were always some teams that didn’t let us make it to the SB and previous to the merger, there were stellar opponents for the AFL championship, but yesterday I was thinking how spoiled my family and I had grown all those glory years.

    As I read comments about our receivers dropping balls, I thought of Raymond Chester, Dave Caspar, and more than anyone, Freddy (and his stickum). They didn’t drop passes, guy. They may have failed to catch a pass now and then because it wasn’t thrown on time or anywhere near them, but they didn’t drop passes. I recall the frustration of watching a wide open Cliff Branch look like an little girl trying to catch a ball thrown her way, but lo and behold, he learned to catch them.

    Then, I read comments about our pitiful O-line. Admittedly, Raider fans way back were incredibly spoiled. Lamonica did get sacked a lot when he reached the important playoff games, and he was forever hurting his hand in those playoff games, hitting it on the helmet of an incoming Chief’s pass rusher, but for the entire of the regular season, he had all day to pass (and he took forever to go back with his 7 step drop and he didn’t have a quick release), yet our line did all they could to protect him. And Stabler? All day. He stood there flat-footed and simply looked until a receiver came open and our O-line made him this little nest he could stay in almost forever.

    Back to the receivers…I remember when Raider receivers actually came_back_to_the_ball, to the qb when Stabler couldn’t hit them on their regular route. How often do we see our receivers actually do that today?

    So, yeah, I was spoiled, and I do feel bad for those of you who never saw that. Of course, that means you are much younger than I so you have youth!

    Here’s my belief: we are still being made to endure the the curse of LA which was place on Al Davis and his Raiders for their move south and their betrayal of fans who never did anything but show huge support.

    Yes, there were some winning years, even a SB year in LA, but it came at a high price. Not only did the curse see to it that the team would endure more losing seasons, it saw to it that it would be cursed with an unsavory stench that attached itself to it, with gangs and low-lifes attached to our image instead of simply tough football players. We didn’t just begin losing games and enduring losing seasons, we lost respect.

    Not all curses are forever, however. (Find a Sicilian grandmother for more info). Nevertheless, we never know for how long the curse was placed.

    Until then, we endure.

  • Derek

    Washington developed an offense catered to RG3′s strengths as a player. DA is far to unprepared to do the same for Pryor. DA has no innovation. The guy is NOT HC material.

    Former players and commentators are even acknowledging this proven fact. Wasting another year with DA would be moronic and a disaster.

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    Raiders should begin to bring group of players and make tryouts
    In the Raiders fascility and get the best of the best from every position. Get new ones every week and face those from other weeks until the Best 3 man of each position are left
    Bring 3 man from the NFL of those positions and let those compete. Gather players from all states and practice squads ,free agents,etc.
    NOW NOT THE END OF THE YEAR. Were there is competition There’s quality!
    C’ mon Man!

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    REGGIE —- should be looking at FILM now with a bag of POPCORN and 4 MILKSHAKES and a Pillow.

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    Mark Davis is playing Darts in his office with a 50 piece Mc Nugget box. The Dartboard has the Faces of the Coaches, some
    Have players too!

  • omoran

    Raider (since 1967)
    ★★★★★★★
    Oakland should get DEFENSE – from Teams that have proven Defenses like-Asst. Coach of PITTSBURGH,RAVENS,BEARS,DOLPHINS, GIANTS etc
    Offense what better than OFF-CO AL SAUNDERS

    Hey DUDES – GRUDEN was an. Assistant coach from PHILLY!