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NFL Rumors: Roger Goodell 'adamant' about maintaining authority in this area

NFL Rumors: Roger Goodell 'adamant' about maintaining authority in this area

Roger Goodell's desire to protect "the shield" apparently is strong as ever.

The Washington Post's Mark Maske recently spoke to several NFL owners and high-ranking officials about the league's negotiations with the NFL Players' Union before the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2020.

Among Maske's insights: The NFL commissioner isn't interested in relinquishing the power that allowed him to suspend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games over deflated footballs.

Some of those within the sport say that Goodell is open to having the commissioner’s authority reduced in cases of off-field misbehavior by players, but is adamant that the commissioner’s disciplinary authority should not be curbed in matters that affect the integrity of the game, such as the Deflategate case that led to Brady’s four-game suspension.

Goodell is enabled under the current CBA to both enforce discipline and resolve appeals of that discipline, essentially serving as judge, jury and executioner. He did just that in Brady's case, upholding the QB's four-game suspension upon appeal and sending the matter to U.S. court, which reinforced Brady's punishment after his suspension initially was vacated.

It appears Goodell is willing to make concessions in personal misconduct cases like that of Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended in 2017 as a result of domestic violence allegations. But domestic violence incidents and other criminal offenses seemingly aren't as important to Goodell as protecting the "integrity of the game."

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Chris Long explains differences between 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles

Chris Long explains differences between 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles

Chris Long had spent most of his NFL career on losing teams. Then, he went and won back-to-back Super Bowl titles with the 2016 Patriots and the 2017 Eagles.

While the final result for both teams was the same, Long saw plenty of differences with the way Philadelphia went about their business compared to the Patriots. The former defensive end discussed in detail with Tom E. Curran in the latest Patriots Talk Podcast.

"The difference between New England and Philly was like, that was the first time [the Eagles have won the Super Bowl]," Long told Curran. "So whatever it was like when the Patriots won for the first time, that's what I walked into in Philly."

Long also touched on Lane Johnson's comments about Pats players "not having fun" in New England.

"In New England, they tend to do things a different way and it's the Patriot Way, but you also have had 'the GOAT [Tom Brady]' for 20 years and you've got 'The Hoodie' [Bill Belichick]," Long said. "So that continuity... and of course part of that is the way Bill does things and the way they've designed that organization.

"Every organization is different and some are more 'fun' than others. I also consider having a bunch of awesome teammates in New England a lot of fun and I thought winning was a lot of fun because for eight years, I was on crap teams."

You can hear everything Long had to say by listening to the Patriots Talk Podcast below.

Other topics on the show include Long's upcoming media company, "Chalk Media," how athletes deal with social anxiety, Colin Kaepernick's upcoming NFL workout, and Long's new NBA "side team."

Listen to the full episode below (Patriots/Eagles discussion begins at 24:31):

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Chris Long on SB 52, Philly-NE differences, Kaepernick, retirement and more

Patriots Talk Podcast: Chris Long on SB 52, Philly-NE differences, Kaepernick, retirement and more

Chris Long has a unique perspective on Patriots-Eagles, having been with both teams on their Super Bowl title runs. He joins Tom E. Curran for a wide-ranging discussion.

1:04 - Long, the former Rams, Patriots and Eagles defensive end, joins Curran to discuss life after retirement. 

5:19 - Chris talks about his media company, Chalk Media, and what type of content he hopes to create and who he hopes to reach.

12:26 - With the NFL announcing the league will be holding an open tryout for Colin Kaepernick, Chris gives his take on the situation and whether or not he thinks the former 49ers quarterback can still play.

19:57 - How do athletes deal with social anxiety? Chris talks about how fans' interactions make him feel as he tries to live his life post-NFL.

24:31 - Chris and Tom talk about the differences between the two championship teams he was on - the 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles - and how “fun” played into each team’s season.

29:42 - A lot has changed for the Patriots and Eagles since Super Bowl LII. Chris talks about the track each team has been on since that game and how he sees their Week 11 matchup going.

38:41 - As a Knicks fan, Chris feels like he needs a side NBA team to watch. He was given the Celtics and he couldn’t be more excited to cheer for them this season.

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