You're saying that like (from the owner's standpoint) that that's a bad thing.
No, I'm saying that like someone who thinks that Goodell hasn't taken the lead on player safety. He hasn't. That's all I'm saying.
What would you propose, flag football? A good number of fans are lamenting that we're well on our way to it. You can't do much more than sneeze at a QB. Hits on WRs that were routine a generation ago now draw flags and fines almost without exception. They are on the cusp of eliminating kickoffs.
There is no technological fix to this problem, which has only grown deeper as players have become much bigger and faster and train 12 months a year. Linemen two generations ago were the size of LBs now and sold cars or drove delivery trucks during the offseason. Short of imposing weight limits at various positions -- substantially lower than average weights now -- and/or strict limits on the length of careers, I'm not sure what can be done other than fundamentally altering the way the game is played, and lots of people think we're doing just that.
As for "reluctantly", don't make too much of the lawsuits by former players. Those are serious but very manageable. The more dangerous threat, I think, is if the carnage of the game continues unabated, the sport may become culturally unacceptable over the next 20 or so years.
You said he took the lead on player safety. He hasn't. He's behind the media, former players, and NFLPA.
I mean, I'm not making a very nuanced argument here, and I haven't even said he's done either a good or a bad job vis a vis player safety.
You said he has taken the lead in making the game safer for players. I just said the only reason why he has done it at all is because he was forced too.
Being forced to do something isn't taking the lead. You too responded to statements, for sure, but not ones that I made. Congrats.