NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is under increasing fire after replacement officials made even more controversial calls during Week 3. Writers from around the Tribune Co. offer their opinions on what Goodell should do. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the conversation with a comment of your own.
Ron Fritz, Baltimore Sun
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be able to save face over the replacement refs, nor should he. What the NFL owners and referees are haggling over can’t possibly be worth the integrity of the game. Whatever it might be -- money, benefits, pride, principle -- get over it. Goodell needs to be a leader and get a new deal done. Today is too late, but if that’s the soonest it can be completed, make it happen.
But he still won’t save face. The "Monday Night Football" debacle assured that. I am sick and tired of hearing how the replacement refs blew the Ravens-Patriots game, and should have reviewed the kick. IT WASN’T REVIEWABLE. And if you can tell from the replays shown whether the kick was good or not, you’re delusional. The only way you could tell is if NBC had a camera looking straight up the upright. I haven’t seen that angle. But that game’s finish was nothing compared to the Monday night ending.