ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the first day of the NFL owners meetings Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fielded some tough questions regarding his decision to conduct a secret coin flip last week to determine whether the Jets or Giants would open the new Meadowlands stadium. Jets owner Woody Johnson was highly critical of the coin toss, which was won by the New York Giants.
GoodellThe league quickly moved to clean up the public relations mess by announcing that the Giants would host the first regular-season game at the new stadium on a Sunday and the Jets would host a game the following evening on "Monday Night Football." Goodell refused to provide an explanation for why he decided to conduct a private coin toss, although he did confirm that he was the one who flipped the coin. There's been speculation that Johnson's criticism of Goodell could have a negative effect on the Giants and Jets' joint bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl.
"I don't think it will have any effect at all," said Goodell on Monday. "I have to make decisions repeatedly. I think we came up with a great solution. It's a win-win and we have moved on."
Maybe so, but I'm still curious how a man with this much PR savvy thought that a private coin toss would produce a satisfactory outcome. He would've looked a lot better Monday by simply saying something along the lines of "I screwed that one up."
Instead, he dodged the question at least twice and indicated that it was an old story. Now I do believe him when he says that Johnson's criticism won't affect the bid process for the 2014 Super Bowl. Goodell doesn't have a vote in the matter, but obviously he has huge influence.
"It could be very attractive to the owners and the NFL in general," Goodell said of a Super Bowl being held in the Meadowlands.
It could also be very cold. On a related note, I had a long discussion with Giants co-owner Steve Tisch about this whole situation. I'll share that information later this afternoon. Keep the questions coming for the NFC East coaches and GMs. I've seen Bruce Allen twice, but he's proven to be much more elusive than, say, Larry Johnson.