NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday he working with Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith to address the high number of players who have been arrested during the off-season.
"We are going to do some things to combat this problem because some of the numbers on DUIs and domestic violence are going up and that disturbs me," Goodell told CBSSports.com. "When there's a pattern of mistakes, something has got to change."
Goodell said he is most concerned about the arrests for DUI and domestic violence.
Player arrests have risen from 42 in 2010 to 48 through seven months of 2012, according to CBS Sports. And there were 16 arrests for impaired driving violations in 2010 with 19 already this year.
Goodell said he is working with the NFLPA to strengthen the league's penalties for off-field player conduct while adding some new guidelines.
"We've had some really good discussions with the union," Goodell said. "Now we just have to see if we can carry through with them."