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Goodell seems ready for challenge

He might not have said that much, but Roger Goodell handled his first "state of NFL" news conference well, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: February 2, 2007, 4:29 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- One might have readily gathered, following Roger Goodell's inaugural "state of the NFL" news conference here Friday morning, that the new commissioner is very pleased with the condition of the league he inherited nearly six months ago.

Those were the words, very pleased, that Goodell employed time and again Friday as he assessed the status of the league.

He is very pleased with the quality of the product. Very pleased with the officiating. Very pleased with The NFL Network. ...

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