Troy Polamalu Tells It Like It Is. Roger Goodell Needs to Step Back a Bit

Dominic ErricoCorrespondent INovember 3, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his teammates warm up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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There have been a lot of articles and discussions here on Bleacher Report concerning Roger Goodell and the NFL's attempts to crackdown on helmet to helmet contact.  Some fans have voiced support to Goodell for taking action, while others have lamented the move away from the hard-nosed physical football many of us enjoy so much.

There's at least one NFL player who feels Goodell may need to be reeled in just a bit.

In an article first appearing in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Troy Polamalu mentions how there needs to be separation of powers.  He smartly calls for some active players to have a say in what may or may not be safe. 

Isn't that simply common sense? 

After all, when only one person has any say over what happens, that's called a dictatorship.  Where is the harm in getting the player's union involved a little bit in this?  Surely they are looking out for the best interests of their members.  Take into consideration the impending labor situation.  Having closer relations with the union can only help going forward.

The NFL has profited off the violence in the sport ever since the league's inception, but now they turn around and start to fine players for hits that were legal not even a year ago. 

Some people on this website seem to think any type of helmet to helmet contact, even incidental, should lead to suspensions and fines.  The game is played at such a violent and fast pace, it's not possible to prevent every occurrence of helmet contact.  Players shift and change pad level all the time. 

I've watched defensive players over the past two weeks and you can tell a lot of them seem to be hesitant to make contact for fear of getting suspended.  In this game, if you hesitate, you lose.

I guess the frustrating thing to me as a fan of the game is that it looks good on paper to say you are going to crackdown, but we've all seen how consistent Goodell is with his Personal Conduct policy.  I'm still waiting for Brett Favre to face disciplinary action for his sexual harassment of Jet's team personnel—which he has already admitted to.

Who watches the watcher?

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