Drew Brees blasts the league office, blames Goodell for falling TV ratings

NFL television ratings have taken a tumble this season, and last month, Roger Goodell admitted that the league isn't sure why that's happening.

Drew Brees thinks he knows the reason.

According to Brees, if Goodell really wants to know why TV ratings are going down, all he has to do is look in the mirror. During an interview with ESPN.com this week, Brees blamed the league's ratings decline on a growing distrust players and fans feel with the league office.

"We feel like [the decline in TV ratings] is a direct result," Brees said of the mistrust.

Brees has been a vocal critic of the league office before. In August, the Saints quarterback said that no one "believes anything" the NFL says anymore. Earlier in 2016, Brees also said that players can't trust any investigation that's done by the league.

Drew Brees says the league office is a big reason why the NFL's TV ratings are dropping USATSI

As one of Goodell's harshest critics, Brees elaborated on those comments this week.

"I know the players don't have any faith in the way that things are conducted within the front office in the NFL -- certainly when it comes to any type of investigation, when it comes to any type of commissioner discipline," Brees said. "It's really kind of a joke at this point, unfortunately. And it shouldn't be like that."

Brees didn't blame everything on Goodell. The Saints quarterback also attributed the ratings decline to the NFL's crackdown on fun, he also added that Colin Kaepernick's protests could be turning people away from their TV.

"I think it's just been a culmination of a lot of things over the last three years that unfortunately might have just turned people off or caused them to be less engaged," Brees said.

For Brees, the problem with the NFL is that there's too much secrecy and not enough communication between the league and the NFLPA.

"It's very much been a, 'We're gonna do things behind closed doors. And you just kind of believe what we tell you,'" Brees said. "And unfortunately that's jumped up and bit us, and I named all those cases [bountygate, Deflategate] where you certainly can't trust anything that's coming out of the league office at this point."

Several people seem to agree with Brees when it comes to why the NFL's TV ratings are down. On Nov. 3, Richard Sherman said it was because the league isn't fun anymore. Donald Trump also weighed in on the matter in October and blamed Kaepernick for most of the problem.

Brees and Sherman might have to steal Trump's slogan if they want to get TV ratings up by telling Goodell to "Make football fun again."

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
Our Latest Stories
    CBS Sports Shop