Shorter NFL preseason? Good idea for league, but a better bargaining chip

The headline — not just here, but in most places — is “Roger Goodell wants shorter NFL preseason.’’ The NFL commissioner has nearly unanimous consent. Who really wants to see these? Play in these? Coach in these? Attend, park and pay $9 for a beer for these?

Goodell expressed his thoughts about shortening the preseason to a Giants fan forum on Monday, so at least he’s on the record about it. But by no means is this a sworn statement to which he’s legally bound. If it comes up some other time, the question won’t necessarily be, “How soon can you drop these games?”

It might be more like, “What’s it worth to you if we do?”

At the same forum — again, Jets fans — the commissioner said, “I don’t think any team tanks,” and that, instead, they “go through transitions.”

And that all came just one day after his latest denial, at a similar forum of Ravens fans, that Kaepernick’s continued unemployment was a “football decision” by each team making “individual evaluations.”

Goodell conceivably could have pushed his speaking tour off for a week, let the hype build for the festivities in Canton and the return of the game that got canceled so embarrassingly last year. Facing the public now, with the potential for so much egg to hit so many faces (mostly his), appears to have helped no one.

The brand, or the shield, or whatever the NFL likes calling its public image these days, isn’t Nike NFL Jerseys Supply any better off after this.

All things considered, letting the drawn-out Elliott investigation cook another week is the Order Cheap Jerseys Online smartest call they and their leader have made in a while.