Preseason Cup O' Joe
Theismann takes a look at the new commissioner, quarterbacks and his new gig as a commentator on MNF.
I don't think you can talk about the new boss (Roger Goodell) of the NFL until you talk about the old one. Everyone should admire the leadership Paul Tagliabue showed during his tenure as the head of the NFL.
The challenge for Goodell will be to maintain the status quo within the ownership groups. He has inherited a league that is in excellent shape and must find a way to maintain that while also moving forward. Tagliabue did a great job during his tenure of always making sure the owners understood that if the league did well, the owners would, too. That's the part of the job Goodell must succeed at because he's dealing with a group of owners who've made their fortunes someplace besides football. This isn't just a business but also a bit of an expensive toy. It's difficult dealing with people who are used to getting their own way all the time, so leading this group is a monumental task.
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