National anthem protocol: The other Goodell action that chafed Jones was inaction regarding the pre-game kneeling by a small group of players. The gesture continued the ongoing alienation of some fans that began with Colin Kaepernick’s social protests in 2016.
Jones has insisted that Cowboys players stand during the anthem. Goodell has refused to institute league rules with punishments for those who don’t, instead trying to resolve the issue through player/owner talks.
The Browns lost receiver Sammie Coates with a knee and ankle injuries and defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah with a foot injury during Sunday’s 19-7 loss to Jaguars.
Texans running back D’Onta Foreman was injured on a 34-yard touchdown run in the 31-21 victory over the Cardinals. He was carted off the field with what is feared to be torn Achilles.
Derailing the extension would be considered a vote of no-confidence in Goodell and create the kind of lame-duck vibe that might persuade some owners to believe a change on top is necessary. Or it may prompt Goodell to leave if he doesn’t believe he has the support needed for effectiveness doing his job.
Jones himself isn’t believed to have interest in personally replacing Goodell. The Cowboys owner is 75 years old and far more passionate about trying to win another Super Bowl than running the league.
But it’s also obvious that Jones would have a major say in the selection process for a new football czar if Goodell says goodbye. Jones also would likely want changes made in the way a new commissioner does his job.