NFL's desire to 'clean up the game' will be easier said than done

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Roger Goodell and the NFL's competition committee want to return an "element of respect" to the game.

Roger Goodell and the NFL's competition committee want to return an "element of respect" to the game.

It needs to be. The league's renewed emphasis on respect and the cleaning up of the game won't succeed otherwise. Taking the steps this week toward a focus on improving conduct was the direction the NFL had to head. But those were just strong words for now. What comes next and how the mechanics of that behavior modification works is the headline that really matters.