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Give me a break. This is pure and utter bullshite. Goodell wants to stick his nose in and tell teams how they should or shouldn't sit starters at the end of the season? Why? Because people like Woodley cry that teams are going to sit people to spite other teams? Give me a break..... don't blame your shortcomings on someone else's success when the only person you should blame is yourself for not getting the job done when needed.


If a team wraps up an advantage, then by all means why should they take a chance of getting someone waxed? Albeit playoff position was still not determined, but ask the Patriots how they feel now that Welker is lost for the rest of the season, and possibly a good bit of next year. yeah, freak accident, but it does happen. Yes, I know that Indy sitting their guys a couple years ago cost the Browns a playoff spot, but that is how the cookie crumbles. Take care of your own business and quit making a scene because someone else won't help you....


Let it go, Roger, let it go. You've done well so far - how the F do you expect to police something like this?

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MIAMI (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will consider offering incentives to teams playing late-season games to discourage them from resting their starters for the playoffs.


Goodell said the league was sensitive to criticism of the Indianapolis Colts' decision to use backups a week ago in a game they lost, ending their bid for a perfect season.


"It is something we'll look at," Goodell said Sunday. "We heard the fans loud and clear. It's something our competition committee has looked at in the past, but we're going to ask our competition committee to look at it again in the future. We want every game to be competitive."


The league's position has been that playoff-bound teams enjoy the right to rest their starters to prepare for the postseason. Goodell said he didn't blame the Colts for their decision.


The commissioner spoke before the game between the Dolphins and Steelers. Later, in an interview with CBS, Goodell said various incentives to prevent teams from benching starters will be considered.


Such incentives could include awarding draft choices.


"We are considering a lot of different things," Goodell said on CBS. "I don't think you can punish them for not playing. The other thing that has to happen is you have to make it clear to the public that you are not going to be playing someone, like we do with our injury reports."


The Colts already had clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs when coach Jim Caldwell sat Peyton Manning and other starters in the second half, and the Jets rallied to win. NFL purists were upset the Colts didn't go all-out with a shot at a perfect season.


"We want to make sure the integrity of the NFL is first and foremost in everyone's mind, and try to find ways to make sure our games are competitive at all points in the season, including the preseason," Goodell said.


Goodell was in Miami to take part in an 80th birthday celebration for Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. The Colts' loss to the Jets preserved Shula's status as the only coach to lead a team to a perfect season. His 1972 Dolphins went 17-0.


Shula said he didn't recall ever facing the kind of decision Caldwell had to make regarding Manning and other starters a week ago.


"What you've got to do is do what's best for your team and be willing to take the flak that goes with it," Shula said. "If you think it's right to rest the guy so you're sure he's ready and rested for the Super Bowl, then you've got to do it."


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Goodell doing this has nothing to do with Woodley. It has everything to do with fans and media questioning the integrity of the game after the Colts went into the game without the intent of winning. There is no way anything can be done about this though. What would Goodell consider a full team? What if the entire starting offense and defense came down with a mystery flu the week leading up to a meaningless game? What if all the starters showed up a few minutes late to practice and the team decided to suspend with pay all the starters for a meaningless game? Goodell did this becuase fans and the media whined about what the Colts did. No changes will or can occur about this. Goodell used some free airtime to try to make the fans happy, or to make them realize having team rest starters is still a better option than forcing teams to play starters.

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