Archive for March, 2015

Statements on Cleveland and Atlanta Matters

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Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference At Annual Meeting Transcript


RG: Good morning, we had a very productive few days and covered a lot of subjects. The NFL made a lot of improvements this week and I feel very good about what we did.  I’d be happy to take your questions.

With respect to the L.A. situation in 2016 commentary regarding the possibility of the NFL being in L.A. for 2016 can you clarify that? Because from a development perspective, it would seem unrealistic unless you’re going to play in a temporary stadium at that point.

We’re focused on doing this right. If we go back to the Los Angeles market we want to succeed for the long-term and we have a lot to do to get to that place. So we’re not focused on ’16. Obviously, if it did happen in ’16, you’d have to play in a temporary facility. We could not possibly construct a stadium in that timeframe, but right now our focus is on the process, making sure that we’re evaluating the opportunities and their existing markets. We’re also making sure that we understand what it takes to be successful in Los Angeles long-term.

When Adrian Peterson was suspended in November the letter said that he would be eligible for reinstatement no sooner than April 15. He’s now after the federal judge made the decision moved back to the exempt list, not the suspended list, so is April 15 still a relevant date or what is the timeline for his status to change?

Yes, it is. We’re going to continue the evaluation. We’ll have our people, and I will expect to meet with Adrian before we make a final determination on his status. But we expect to keep that timetable.

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Adopted Playing Rules Change Proposals, Resolutions & Bylaws

To view the playing rules proposals, resolutions and bylaws that were adopted by NFL clubs at the annual meeting in Phoenix, click here

‘Caught in the Draft’ Returns to NFL Network Thursday, April 2

NFL Films-Produced Series on Historic NFL Drafts Airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Finale Airs Wednesday, April 29 on Eve of 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago

Examines NFL Drafts From 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 & 2005

Before the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off, the NFL Films-produced series Caught in the Draft returns for a second season, providing a comprehensive look back at five previous drafts: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005.

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NFL Media Scores 18 Sports Emmy Award Nominations

New Unscripted Reality Series ‘Undrafted’ Receives Emmy Nomination in First Year

Rich Eisen Earns Fourth Career Emmy Nomination

NFL Films Receives 14 Sports Emmy Award Nominations – Including 4 for ‘Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons’

‘NFL UP!’ & Together We Make Football Receive Nominations

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL RedZone,, NFL Mobile and NFL Now – received 18 Sports Emmy Award nominations, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today.

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2015 NFL Draft Order

Attached is the 2015 NFL Draft order for all seven rounds, including compensatory selections. The 2015 NFL Draft will be held on April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

The first round will begin at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 30.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 2 at 12:00 PM ET.

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Adopted Resolution and Rules Change Proposals

The attached resolution and playing rules proposals were adopted today in voting by NFL clubs.

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Super Bowl Is On The Fifty

SB 50

NFL Unveils Plans To Celebrate Super Bowl 50

The NFL is launching a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl to commemorate Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area. The plans were announced today at the NFL Annual Meeting at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2015 season will feature a gold thematic signifying the 50th “golden” Super Bowl that will be visible on the field and throughout the season. The 50-yard line numerals and NFL shield logo at every stadium will be gold. Team logos on sideline apparel will have accents of gold and logos for NFL events, including Draft, Kickoff and the Playoffs, will turn to gold.

The NFL unveiled last year the Super Bowl 50 logos that feature “50,” breaking for one year its unique tradition of using Roman numerals to identify that season’s championship game. To commemorate this, the NFL commissioned Tiffany & Co to handcraft the 50. Each number is cast in bronze, plated in 18kt gold and weighs nearly 33 lbs. The gold 50 will appear alongside the Vince Lombardi Trophy all year and will be presented to the Super Bowl champions at the MVP and head coach press conference the morning following the game.

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NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Draft Choices To 14 Clubs

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2015 NFL Draft have been awarded to 14 teams, the NFL announced today.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft held on April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

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Competition Committee Press Conference Transcript




McKay: Okay, good afternoon. I think I will go first and then I will turn it over to Jeff and to Dean. Usually we go through all the proposals; I’m not sure we need to do that at this time – there were a lot of them. Jeff knows them by heart so he can go through them, but I don’t think we’ll start on that. I think what I’d like to start with today is there is a proposal we didn’t cover on the call the other day and that is Resolution G-2 which was given to the clubs today and that resolution deals with a medical stoppage by the ATC spotter – that’s the spotter that’s upstairs in the press box that will, if passed, will then have the authority to stop the game if they see a player that displays obvious signs of disorientation or is clearly unstable. So in other words, Dean instructs all the officials on the field to make sure we look for players that might be in distress and have them leave the game. But in case we miss a player, this ATC spotter will have the ability to stop the game, to radio to the side judge, I think it is, and have the side judge stop the game, have the player removed for a play, so the player will be looked at. So that is a resolution that we hadn’t covered with any of you last week just because we were still developing it as a committee and it was given to the clubs this morning.

I’ll have Dean cover with you ‘catch/no-catch’ because I know there is interest in that and he’s got video to show you. And I thought I’d have Jeff talk a little bit about – I know we gave you our position on instant replay – the reason we gave it to you in writing is because it was longer than we typically take a position on and there are a lot of different points to it so we just wanted to cover it in writing. So, if you want, I’ll let Jeff talk to you a little bit about replay and all the replay proposals and what we put in writing for you.

Fisher: As we talked during the week we have 13 of the 18 proposals presented by the clubs deal with instant replay in one shape or another. Whether it’s ‘review everything,’ whether it’s to be able to review fouls on defenseless players, whether it’s increase the number of challenges involving the game clock, the play clock, those kinds of things. There is one proposal that the committee favors and that’s the one with respect to the timing on the game clock, not the play clock, but the game clock at the end of the half or the end of the game. And it needs to be more than one second at issue. And so we’re going to obviously see how that goes with the vote.

The committee’s position for years has been to oppose involving fouls in replay for a lot of different reasons – for two different standards that we’ve talked about. We’ve looked at a lot of tape this offseason, we looked at the fouls particularly relating to hits on defenseless players. We had 27 of them this year, we looked at them as a group. We could not agree on a number of them, that’s just the nature of the standard in replay. A number of these fouls will go, on Monday morning, at the league office from the officiating department to player discipline and oftentimes that process will take 20-30 minutes, maybe an hour, to determine whether it was in fact a foul. So you can see the issues that we’re going to have if we involve those things in replay.

The Canadian Football League experimented – a one-year experiment last year – with adding to replay defensive pass interference, where the coach could actually generate the foul. They had 55 instances during the season. Forty-nine of those were initiated by the coach, so the coach basically in essence became an official in those instances and only six were overturned. There are a lot of things at stake and the big thing is the standard. The standard is very, very difficult. The on-the-field, full-speed standard versus the frame-by-frame review and basically what you’re doing is adding another element of subjectivity. So those are the basic reason for the committee being opposed to adding fouls to replay.

Blandino: I’ll take you through the ‘catch/no-catch’. A lot of discussion about the process of the catch. What is and what isn’t possession? This was generated, obviously, with the play from the Divisional Playoff game with Dallas and Green Bay. The committee doesn’t recommend a change to the rule, but looked at the language and tweaked the language in an attempt to make it clearer and easier to understand. For years the requirements for a catch – the way it was communicated in the rule book is control, both feet and then after that the receiver had to have the ball long enough to perform an act common to the game – and that was defined as being able to pitch it, pass it, clearly advance the ball as a runner. I think as part of this discussion around this play it was that ‘act common to the game,’ football move, whatever you want to call it, that I think created some confusion. And so in an effort to clear that up the committee looked at the language and made several changes. So in order to complete a catch, the receiver has to have control, both feet on the ground and he has to have it after that long enough to clearly establish himself as a runner. And this would fall directly in line with our defenseless player rule where we say a receiver is protected until he can clearly establish himself as a runner. What does that mean? That means he has the ability to ward off, avoid, protect himself from the impending contact. And then we get into is the player going to the ground or falling to the ground to make the catch or is he completing the catch while upright? Well, if he can clearly establish himself as a runner, then he’s not going to the ground to make the catch. If he hasn’t clearly established himself as a runner prior to going to the ground, then he has to hold on to the ball until after his initial contact with the ground. And that’s the rule that applied here. When you watch the play, Bryant is going to the ground. He is falling to the ground to make the catch, he has not clearly established himself as a runner prior to going to the ground, so he has to hold on to the ball until after that initial contact with the ground. He’s basically got to hold on to it throughout this action. If the ball touches the ground and comes loose, it’s an incomplete pass. And you’ll see the ball hit the ground and then it pops loose. That’s all part of the catch process and so the committee looked at the language and feels ‘clearly establishing himself as a runner’ makes the rule a little bit easier to understand. And when we talk about ‘clearly establishing himself as a runner,’ just a couple of examples. Where here, the receiver has control, both feet and he clearly becomes a runner and then extends the football out for the goal line. The difference between this play and the Bryant play is that here the receiver has possession, he’s become a runner and then he extends the ball for the goal line. If the ball breaks the plane in possession of a runner, it’s a touchdown at that point. Another example here where the receiver, he’s not going to the ground to make the catch. He has control, both feet down, he has the ability to ward off, protect himself from contact, so he doesn’t have to protect himself when he lands. Just one more example when we talk about holding the ball until after the initial contact you’ll see here Nelson goes to the ground, he lands on the ground and then the defender knocks it loose. That’s a catch because he has completed the requirements, held the ball until after his initial contact. His initial contact is there, then the defender knocks it loose. So the committee looked at a lot of tape, didn’t recommend a change to the rule but wanted to clean up some of the language, put it more in line with the defenseless player rule and the receiver who can clearly establish himself as a runner does not have to hold on to the football if he subsequently goes to the ground to be a catch.

Dean, in the change of that wording on the Calvin Johnson rule, the difference between time to make a football act and establishing yourself as a runner, do you feel there’s any difference in those two? Are there any plans where the ruling changes from one thing to another based on that difference in wording?
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