MINNEAPOLIS –--The New England Patriots have been the NFL’s dominant team since 2001, with a chance to win their sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, which sparked the following question to commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday: Is that a good thing for the NFL?
Goodell, speaking at his annual Super Bowl news conference, believes it is.
“It’s really remarkable that they’re going for their third Super Bowl in four years in this kind of a system, where keeping that group together, changing whatever they need to change -- whether it’s players or coaches -- they do that in a way and still create success,” he said.
“I just marvel at that. I think our other clubs marvel at that. I think fans marvel at that. I think the balance of having new teams with having teams that continue to find ways to win is a great thing for the NFL. And I think it’s a great thing for our fans, so you can continue to win, and there are also teams that can surprise you. That’s what makes our game special.”
Goodell pointed out that eight of the 12 teams that qualified for the playoffs this season were new to the postseason from last season.
Patriots owners Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft attended the news conference.