NFL commissioner Roger Goodell delivered his annual state of the league address on Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis. The Daily News brings you live updating news and notes from the press conference:
— Goodell provided hope for discouraged Giants fans everywhere with his praise of the Philadelphia Eagles’ one-year turnaround from last place in the division in 2016 to being NFC champions in 2017.
“The Eagles are a great example of how quickly things can change in the NFL,” Goodell said. “They went worst to first in 2017, winning the NFC East a season after finishing in last place. They represented hope and are a symbol for fans of teams that had a tough year. Anything is possible, and the Eagles are proof of that.”
Although, Roger should point out, the Giants would be making an even greater turnaround if they were to make a run in 2018. The 2016 Eagles went 7-9 before going 13-3 this season with the same head coach and GM. The 2017 Giants went 3-13 and fired their coach and GM. Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur now try to turn the Giants around.
— Goodell was asked if he’s satisfied with the level of officiating, specifically in relation to the NFL’s controversial catch rule and its handling of replay review stoppages:
“I’m never satisfied. We can always get better... I think our officiating is outstanding,” Goodell said. “I believe with technology the way it is we see things now that we never saw even 10 years ago, and that makes their jobs even harder but I think they’re extraordinary professionals. I will tell you that I think a lot of the focus for us in the offseason will be in the rulebook… You look at the catch, no-catch rule. The officials are officiating that correctly. What we have to do is find a rule that we think is going to address what we think should be a catch in the league.
“And we had several Hall of Fame players in the NFL office just two weeks ago, several coaches and officials, and we spent three hours looked through 150 different plays and tried to look for what it is we think should be a catch and then what we think the rule should be to make sure that is deemed a catch on the field. We have some very good ideas that we’re going to submit to the comp competition committee. There will be a lot of focus on going to the ground, which I think has been part of the confusion for everyone with respect to that rule. And I think we have a great opportunity here to get this rule right.”
— On replay: “We did have more replay interruptions this year and I think that’s something we’ve got to look at and we can improve on. They were reduced in time. We spend a great deal of time in the offseason on game presentation. How do we make our game more attractive, less stoppages, shorter stoppages when they do occur, whether they’re commercial or otherwise? And I think that’s one of the things we’re going to focus on: How do we do the replay in a way that will ensure correcting an obvious mistake but make sure that it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the game.”
— Goodell said his daughter is a Vikings fan and he was at U.S. Bank Stadium with his family in the stands for the Saints divisional playoff game and he said “it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had with my family.” Goodell said so in answer to a question from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Sid Hartman. Goodell honored Hartman, 97, and his contributions to journalism and to the NFL at the start of the press conference as well in a classy move, drawing applause.