NFL confidential

Why should Roger Goodell have the last word?

Updated: August 30, 2012, 2:52 PM ET
By ESPN The Mag Staff | ESPN The Magazine

Brett FavreRonald Martinez/Getty ImagesNot one player thinks Roger Goodell should have been tougher on the Saints.

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