NFL commissioner Roger Goodell knows that it's not part of his job description to be popular with the players. Lucky for him, because a recent poll conducted by USA Today shows that 61 percent of players disapprove of the job he has done.
According to the 300-player poll, the biggest source of contention has been the way that Goodell has gone about disciplining players.
In a recent poll of NFL players conducted by USA TODAY Sports, 61% said they disapprove of the job Goodell has done overall, with most focusing on the increased fines of players for dangerous hits on defenseless receivers and quarterbacks and the perception of the commissioner's investigation into the bounty matter.
It's hard to know what exactly factored into the players' assessment. Admittedly, most employers don't like their bosses, but Goodell hasn't done anything to make the NFL worse—at least by the numbers. According to a 2012 Fox News report, the league's ratings, revenue and popularity are all on the rise.
All that has changed under Goodell is the way that the game is policed in regards to safety. With all of the new information that has come out in the last five to 10 years about head injuries and their long-term consequences, it's hard to fault Goodell for taking an active role in rule changes.
The bounty scandal involving the New Orleans Saints remains the biggest blemish on his record, as the way he handled the situation had plenty of notable pitfalls.
In the grand scheme of things, though, Goodell has had a positive impact on the NFL since taking over as commissioner in 2006.
Just don't tell that to a lot of players, who are clearly displeased with the job he is doing.
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