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Alex Marvez, Nancy Gay and Laura Okmin talk Roger Goodell and the state of the NFL.
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I'd -- -- -- Super Bowl covered presented by -- I'm Laura opening joined by fox sports dot com's Alex aren't as Nancy gay like just getting back from Roger Goodell is. Annual press conference Alex I'm going to start with you'd kind of sum up stayed at the league right. Yeah you know that the key point by Roger Goodell was safety. Safety safety safety fives to a shot -- -- Roger Goodell mentioned safety. I would -- within the first five minutes but would you have that 4000 former players suing the NFL play of the concussion damage for improperly diagnosed brain injuries. I understand where the commissioner's coming from parents are telling their kids not to play football. Because it is hazardous to their -- so Roger went ahead and introduce some health initiatives announcement today you know those are ready earlier this week we're gonna have an independent neurologist now. On the sideline for games but go ahead and diagnose concussions but he also talked about how yeah. Yeah the standards for fields after what happened with Robert Griffin the third they're gonna do better job making sure there's a safe playing servers they're not gonna get players -- the -- -- physical. After the season -- not only for physical well being but mental help. -- for -- its rules changes as well -- an elimination of certain types of low blocks but when Roger Goodell says. That the NFL has always been interested in the health and safety of -- individuals. I could not think of anything more disingenuous to reach in the NFL with in this mess is because under the previous commissioner Paul Tagliabue they did not do enough to address the health safety issue. Really -- to think I took away from it I think is almost a mixed message that the players are getting from Roger Goodell he's emphasizing player welfare and health and safety. Yet he continues to push for an eighteen game season a great season is gonna extend there. Kids of her injury it's it's it's not like a pre season game whether or not they might be taking plays off the going to be playing full speed an eighteen game season. That compromises their health and -- I think the players feel like. Maybe doesn't have their best interests at heart I -- let's make this an overall question Nancy right now would you say players -- front Iguodala. I think they don't I think I've never seen in my -- -- in -- well. At a time when there's been so much missed us. Commissioner and the players. That I think stands front that really contentious relationship between commissioner and the national football players association. Neither side for us two years and what year. Labor agreement. Alex you saw a little bit of that yesterday when he -- -- at their meeting talked about how -- they don't trust the team doctors. Can take from. Yeah it's interesting you know they've met with -- Roger Goodell for four hours earlier this week NFL PA officials. It didn't bother to tell Roger that on Thursday they were -- -- that 78%. Of players and assert that they took do not trust their team's medical staff. That is horrible now that's being said we got to understand the team medical staffs they're job is to not answer would make sure the player is entirely healed from their injury. But to make sure there healthy enough to get on the field that's gonna create some mistrust automatically but. I think it does speak volumes about where things stand from a medical standpoint also the push now to specifically get the San Diego Chargers team physician. Out of his position because of malpractice claims that have been filed successfully against him. The NFL is barring all cylinders on Roger Goodell and they're doing it was something that he holds your -- it was heart is player safety they're just -- that -- and there are. Until then the million dollar question it doesn't matter what we think here but with all of this being said in everything we sell -- gave everything with this year and all these controversies. Does Roger -- too much -- the players absolutely believe -- as you know Roger McDowell dictates in the field now. Finds an excessively and -- pain and in the opinion of the players association. Concerned he's changing the way they play the game. Complaint there might be special treatment some players are target more than others they did not trust commissioner Andy do you feel -- too. Our USA today recently had a survey 61% of all players Paul said that Roger Roger Goodell is not doing a good job you what that means. The ownership should be thrilled. Because really that's what that means Roger Goodell works for the owners that he doesn't work for the players so he wants to go ahead and push across an agenda in -- unwilling to give up that power. You're ready at some of -- you -- for -- when Paul Tagliabue took over. Healing the bounty gate situation but Roger Goodell under his virtue believes he has a vision that is going to take the NFL into that next generation -- beyond. On willing to give it up and that's gonna continue to make him unpopular with us. And became just a small part of this week doesn't -- feel like that. Not a good week for Roger -- city where he really came on -- -- -- punishments. She felt like you know wouldn't back down the second round pick. Out it's not -- -- very difficult trip for right now. That he did try to have some fun with it said that you know so honored at his picture is being shown -- all these restaurants although it does today. Do not serve this man up towards voodoo dolls put up and if you know in his likeness and things like this but all of argue that mr. Roger -- very low profile this week. In -- -- he has not gone ahead and try to be out there because you try to minimize controversy himself. And really it's in the best interest of the NFL and the things themselves to move on if they keep living in the past about negate that franchise will not be able to recover -- won't be able to get back in the playoffs. I agree Alex Nancy thank you so much as always in -- you for watching major to keep it logged on right here to foxsports.com for all you Super Bowl -- presented by visa.