Good News From Goodell On Kevin Williams, Stadium Issues

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2011 – 12:15 pm

NFL owners held meetings in New Orleans over the last few days and on Tuesday at the meetings NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference. After the news conference, Twin Cities reporters caught up with Goodell and the commissioner had some good news for Vikings.

First, it appears that DT Kevin Williams, who has dropped his appeal in the StarCaps case, is not in line to be suspended once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified. At least not right away.

“I think we’ll wait until the litigation is done before we make a decision [on any potential suspensions],” Goodell told two Twin Cities reporters, via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune and the Access Vikings blog.

Goodell was also asked about the current stadium situation in Minnesota.

“All efforts are to keep the team there,” Goodell said. “I think there’s some urgency to having the stadium addressed both in the short term and the long term. We have a short-term issue with the Dome itself, a long-term issue with getting a solution to that.”

Zulgad also points out that Goodell would be “more than happy” to travel to Minnesota to help find a resolution and also that the NFL Commissioner has been in touch with Ted Mondale, who is chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

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64 Responses to “Good News From Goodell On Kevin Williams, Stadium Issues”

  1. By Rick on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    What is the long term situation, keep sitting on our hands till were called the LA VIKINGS!!! Common Man

  2. By Frederick Jones on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply


    I agree that it would be rather foolish to draft a QB in the first round. It’s a gamble, even if there are talented QBs in the draft.

    I would not be against taking a ol, dl, or db in the first round. Just take a “can’t miss” prospect at one of those positions.

    We also must do well in free agent signings to compete this year. The Vikings are not a deep team. We have a few stars.

  3. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Commissioner please stop talking out of your behind and actually do some thing. As in you said that NO team is going to be moving but there will be a team in LA, but there will be NO NEW franchise. When you add all that together you get CR @ P.

  4. By Jeremy on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with ya’ Rick!!!!!!

  5. By Parody on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting fed up with the Star Caps case. The outlook for this year is pretty grim as it is, and for whatever reason no court is siding with our players. So I’d just prefer that the suspension gets applied this year in the first four games, and get it over with. Some people don’t want to admit it, but we’re in a rebuilding phase. Worst case scenario causes us to lose a couple more games because Williams wasn’t on the front line, but that will just give us a better draft pick next year and make the rebuilding process even easier.

  6. By Shawn on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    @Rogerthevikefan … I just double checked your math and YOUR RIGHT

  7. By Shawn on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    @RICK …. Well said

  8. By Shawn on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    o and I forgot …



  9. By James on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    It does seem that DL/OL/DB are what should be part of rebuilding so hope they can move back if the best players in each pos. is rated later in the 1st. It seems that DL goes deep into the 3rd this year with talent, the vikes need to look at Florida,s Ponder or Ark. Mallet or stay on the DL and OL in the early rounds and bring in someone to compete with Webb.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply


    I agree with what you said about Kevin Williams. Get the suspension over with! It is not good news that they are postponing the decision.

    We may be weak against the run in 2011, which could actually be fun because Singletary might be punching linebackers on the sidelines at the Dome.

  11. By James on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe KW number of games suspended will be lowered with a new cba.Picking up Wilkerson in the second would make KW suspendtion good for DT Guion and with their talent they will both be starters soon.Coaches talk highly of Guion who will get a chance to start soon. Rebuilding lets us see how good Rick S. is at seeing and then picking talent over the years.

  12. By Titus on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, please— I usually hold my tongue at your attempts at journalism, but your title and your article do not line up. Where is the good news? What Goodell said about the stadium was pure fluff– air–nothing new and nothing of substance.

  13. By moorevikes on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    please Sotans do not let Goodell anywhere near this stadium issue. he has done nothing but change the nfl. FOR THE WORSE. with him involved i see the vikes in L.A.

  14. By moorevikes on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, Mike W. IS NOT a real journalist.

  15. By Titus on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Moorevikes, I was being kind.

  16. By paul on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Pathetic, when that news, on K. Williams is consider good.

    Mike W. posted the story that was told by Goodell to the twin city reporters.
    Give the guy a break..

  17. By wacky on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply


  18. By JIm on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    This year I’d like to see them stay with the OL the first two rounds, maybe someone like Pouncy(C), Tyron Smith(OT), Costonzo(OT). I think they need to go with need, not best available. They could even drop back some in the draft and still get one of these guys. We’re not going to be that good this year anyway. Why draft a talented QB and let him get beat up with this line. Next year build the defensive line. Maybe even trade AP and Harvin. We ought to get a decent pick for AP and Harvin is too much of a handicap with his health problems.

  19. By Titus on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    @Paul– give the guy a break? Why? You say because he is posting another reporter’s findings? By that reasoning he can post any news on the site, not using his critical thinking skills as a filter. Responsibility, Paul– it’s a good word.

  20. By Shawn on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    We got a new stadium deal? We will be breaking ground in August?


  21. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Dline possibilities J.J. Watt de/dt. Cameron Jordan de. Ryan Kerrigan de. All three are NON STOP. Oline Anthony Castonzo ot. Gabe Carimi ot. Mike Pouncey og/c. All three would improve the line greatly. While Tyron Smith ot would be a good project Lt. Secondary help Prince Amukamara cb. Aarron Williams cb/fs. Both would greatly improve the back end to bad Prince will gone before Vikes pick. Jimmy Smith cb/fs just as good as Prince but has alot of off the field issuses. Arrested twice, admited to only one of them.

  22. By Godell on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Viking fans,

    I applaud your patience in Minnesota’s lack of effort getting a stadium. Remeber you have until Dec 31 of this year before anything would happen. December is a long time from now so keep showing your patience and loyalty to the NFL. Dont get to worried about the fact I have said there will be a team in LA or that the Vikings are the only team with no home after this season. Just remain passive and it will all be over before you know it.



  23. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply


    Thank you for your post. It’s nice to hear something about positions other than quarterback.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    “Only twice has the league’s top rushing team (Dolphins in 1972 and Bears in 1985) gone on to win the Super Bowl. Half the Super Bowl champions of the past ten years have been in the bottom half of the team rushing rankings.”

    Brian Billick in More Than A Game

  25. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Now I like Leslie Frazier as a coach, and I certainly think a team with a great rushing attack, and defense can win the NFL.

    But it hasn’t been done much, recently.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Singletary and Frazier were on that 1985 Bears team that won with rushing in 1985.

  27. By James on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    I watched Warren Sapp on a show and he had said the new rule on these suspension on bad hits will help get some very good talent off the bench.No great players loss is good for any team but i would like to give them the chance to show talent that fans might just say WOW that player is good.Kw needs to get this behind himself and get back to his great play.

  28. By Kev on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    They need to focus on the offensive line so that they can get there value out of AP. It is hard to be a good pass blocking and run blocking team, but Vikings have been failing at both. Build that O line for Pete(rson) sake.

  29. By James on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    How far do the OT/OG go this year? Will there be one worth picking if vikes move back but still take a def. player in first rd.Maybe in 2nd or 3rd that has talent?

  30. By JIm on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    James, I don’t believe we currently have a 3rd round selection. We gave it for some guy, what was his name anyway????

  31. By James on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Jim,if we could move back in the first with the right team and get that OL/DL maybe early 20,s we might pick up a third in the 20,s. All OL/DL will fall near 20,s after some of the elite DL are gone. Like phil Taylor Cam Jordan,the large Wilkerson should be there,there is no top 15 OL,maybe Smith(one season behind him)that value would be there to move down in first and get a 3rd back. Would that be something for the Vikes to do.

  32. By JIm on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve kind of talked about that earlier. My concern is that a QB will be taken. What I read is that last year’s QBs were of better quality. I don’t want to us take one and have him get all beat up. I’d like to see the OL get rebuilt this year and the DL next year. The local news has said that the Vikings have talked to Adam Weber about coming in if he’s not drafted. Maybe he could be a low round draft project. My take is that the next couple of years we’re going to be mediocre. We’ve still got TJ. Let him play another year. Maybe he develops into something someone wants.

  33. By DaVe on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    @ Godell, That’s exactly what we are afraid of. ” Just remain passive and it will all be over before you know it”.
    Are you kidding?!

  34. By Jim Ronding on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Goodell and the other owners need to understand what kind of financial mess the state of Minnesota is in. Longtime Vikings fan, but when they say they are “trying” to keep the team in Minnesota it makes my blood boil. They are so full of it! Come up with a better plan and the team needs to put up some REAL money for a new stadium.

  35. By Parody on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred – I have to question your comment about the top rushing team winning the Super Bowl. It seems misleading to me. How many times has the top passing team ever won the Super Bowl? How about the top overall offense? I don’t know these statistics myself, but I would guess that they are at least close to the same number that you posted for the top overall rushing teams. I think a better comparison would be to look at how many Super Bowl winners were in the top-10 in each category. It’d be interesting to see similar statistics on defensive production as well.

  36. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    For what it’s worth department:

    I read where the thing that’s holding up the stadium is that none of the TC suburbs want to get stuck paying for it.

    It is encouraging to know they have at least talked about it.

  37. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply


    You can use statistics to prove anything, and I am one of those guys that is in favor of a strong running game because it helps your defense.

    In addition if we are going with a young quarterback, we have to be able to run the ball.

    When you talk about the rank of your offense or defense, yardage can be misleading anyway.

  38. By Frederick Jones on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    You have to admit, the Packers were not a strong running team. They did get better towards the end of the year when it counts.

    Really, you must be able to do both.

  39. By Mike on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t get it. Why make mountains out of mole hills and get back to basics!!! Get the guys back on the field and stop making NFL about Corporate business. Let ‘em play football. It’s a rough sport that’s why it takes a unique kind of athelete to play the game anyway.

  40. By Aceviking on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Why is this weeks Vikings Weekly exactly the same as last weeks?

  41. By Sean on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    well one thing is for sure, ziggy canr be trusted remmeber a guy buy the name Norm Green? he dont live here, and we wants what he wants and thats a new stadium. Now ppl where against the twins stadium but after if waS BUILT how did that turn out for Henipen county, i’m guessing pretty good. ppl sure dont go downtown to see the t-losers. there is a way to get it done so everyone is happy. I say RACINO but the indians are agaists that and the ppl who say gambling is bad. well last i checked i can go to any gasstation and buy a lotto ticket. if the ppl in st Paul dont get there head out of there butts, and do something b4 are team moves, well they better move with the team

  42. By DRS on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    A new stadium soon?

    Last week Vikings ownership issued a letter of intent to the County to work collaboratively and closely with Ramsey County, the City of Arden Hills and other stakeholders to determine if an agreement can be reached that leads to a new stadium at the TCAAP site.

    By an overwhelming 6-1 vote, the Board passed a resolution that allows the County manager to move forward and complete the due diligence required to begin negotiations with the Vikings to build a stadium at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) property in the City of Arden Hills

  43. By DRS on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    Have to go, God bless U-all.

  44. By Jim on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    We should just draft mallett in the first round worth the risk and maybe draft another qb in the 2nd round If I were the vikings I would roll the 50 50 dice one of them should work out if you draft more than one qb.

  45. By JIm on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    >We should just draft mallett in the first round worth the risk and maybe draft another qb in the 2nd round If I were the vikings I would roll the 50 50 dice one of them should work out if you draft more than one qb.<

    Jim we already tried drafting two qb's. That't how we got Jackson and lost Thigpen trying to sneak him through onto to the practice squad. By the way use a different Jim. Thank you.

  46. By geiber on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    We have no quarterback, obviously anyone who says we dont need to draft a quarterback plans on playing without one casue we dont have one. The vikings need a young quraterback that we train and and will become the next philip rivers, enough of hiring old washed up people over for 2 years and then hiring the next we need a YOUNG fresh smart quarterback. OL are easy to come by and with the depth of qb’s in the draft this year it is prime time to draft a qb!

  47. By Jim on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    We never drafted a qb 1st and 2nd round of course if you are going to go to the bottom of the garbage pile the risk is higher they will be a bust not saying every qb but a lot. I’d say draft 2 qb’s in early rounds the rest can go on o-line.

  48. By DRS on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    No season so far. Why worry about the draft if they will not play in 2011-12 season? The rich complaining about the rich. Play with replacements for there in no players union. A new stadium soon?

  49. By DRS on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    Have to go, God bless one and all.

  50. By DRS on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry- is, not in.

  51. By James on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings do need a young face at QB.The vikings do need a OL or DL Maybe even a CB.Vikes trade down maybe get a 3rd.rd. back get one of the tackles or CB in first, they need to pick best talent at spot picking, trade next years third move up in the second this year get the best QB to fit their needs and still get OL/DL in third.Leaving Spiellman a chance to pick a couple ST.players that could maybe back up our team someday.There are some good free angancy player young and good at each pos. we need.No reaches ,build now when Fraizer is there.

  52. By Frederick Jones on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    Oh heck, none of them are all world. Trade the entire team for the Pittsburgh Steelers !

  53. By xvike on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings are either going to pick up locker or mallet with the first pick. What they’ll likely do is trade down to maybe 20 and then pick one of them up there. Vikings do get a sixth and 7th round conditional pick. I was hoping they would at least get a 5th for losing taylor but that would’ve been a bit too generous when you think about his production that past 2-3 years.

  54. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    If Mallett gets his maturity in check and they find out the truth about the drug rumors then maybe pick him. Because he has the talent to be great it is every thing else that leads people to believe he might turn out to be the next Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus Russell.

  55. By Jason P. on Mar 26, 2011 | Reply

    What happened to Joe Webb ? I thought he was going to be the QB of the future.

  56. By cbednar74 on Mar 27, 2011 | Reply

    Okay everyone talking about not bringing in “over the hill” Qb’s for 2 years is talking about Favre only!!! let’s see didn’t he have the best year of his career in 2009 wait a minute yeah he did because wait for it the line did it’s job & blocked & he had probably the worst year of his career last year because wait for it again the line didn’t do it’s job & block & you’re going to say it’s his fault & we need a better qb! No what we need is people that are going to do what they get paid to do & get rid of ones who don’t DUH!!!! Some of the fans on here aggravate me with how stupid they really are & their lack of football knowledge!!!!

  57. By James on Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mr.nar74,maybe you didn’t watch the viking play last year or the year before but the one’s i watched he threw to a guy named Rice.So in your football mind did you see a ball catcher called rice out there all year.Most people(you as well)might point at area’s that can’t be helped but(Bears and Tice did it last year) and looking at a QB with no movement skill left,tripping over anyone and everthing in the pocket and when leaving the pocket getting sack,int. or wait for it ending his career over that guy named Rice not being out there.But how did AP do.WE could always use a good OL player but u need to look at your own football knowledge.Because mine says maybe getting Rice on the field might help football minds like yours see that it take a team, not a off.line to win.

  58. By Jason Vesely on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    What would make the most sense for L.A. is have the Raiders move back there

  59. By Jason Vesely on Mar 30, 2011 | Reply

    Although it may take years for the Vikings to get a new stadium, but as long as the Gophers Stadium is there they can use that, and the Metrodome, if that is renovateable, do that.

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