NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his state of the league address Wednesday in Atlanta, after which he took questions from the media assembled for the Super Bowl.
Goodell was asked by the Globe about suspended Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon. The commissioner said he hasn’t spoken to Gordon since the latest suspension.
“He understands what he has to do, and this is well beyond football, this is his life.
“The focus is what can we do to help Josh get to the right place.’’
The controversial ending to the NFC Championship game, when officials failed to call pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman as he flattened Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on an incomplete pass with 1:45 left in the game, also came up.
“We understand the frustration of the fans,’’ said Goodell. “I’ve talked to Coach [Sean] Payton, the team, the players … Whenever officiating is a part of the discussion postgame, it’s not a good outcome for us …
“But we also know our officials are human … they’re not gonna get it right every time. We have tried very hard to bring technology in to do whatever’s possible … but technology is not going to solve those issues. The game is not officiated by robots, it’s not going to be.’’