MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - No more three-point stance? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says it's possible.
Concerned about concussions, Goodell said the league would keep looking for ways to make the game safer. Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" hours before the Super Bowl, he didn't rule out the idea of banning the three-point stance for linemen to reduce the ferocity of collisions at the line of scrimmage.
"As you'll see tonight, you'll see a lot of players that never get down in a three-point stance," Goodell said yesterday. "So it's possible that would happen."
While science is still trying to determine the long-term effects of concussions, Goodell said, the league has made progress in increasing awareness about the severity of such injuries.
Goodell has met with NFL competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay to begin evaluating possible rules changes.
Another priority for Goodell is the league's stalled labor negotiations. He predicted player salaries would still grow under a new agreement, even if their share of revenue is reduced as owners have proposed. Goodell said the owners need more money to cover rising costs for international ventures and infrastructure projects such as new stadiums.
The union has said management wants players to reduce their share to 41 percent of applied revenues from about 59 percent. Goodell counters that of the $3.6 billion in incremental revenues since 2006, players received $2.6 billion.
The league's current labor contract expires in March 2011. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday the chance of a lockout next year is "14" on a scale of 1 to 10.
"I don't agree with that," Goodell said.