So first question. Do you watch/like the NFL?
Reason I ask is that recently, from what I would call football purists/ misguided super fans, I've heard that some people are disinterested loathe the NFL. I don't really think this is the case for most, but it would be interesting to hear about. Anyway their main qualms are lack of scheme diversity and crazy ass rules favoring the offense.
I'd tell them to cry me a river on #1 but they do have a point on #2. And really when you think about it the NFL has a lot of room for improvement.
So for this shit storm we all get to become Roger Goodell!!!!!!!!!!!
So basically we all get to change shit about the NFL. Sounds good? Good.
The first thing I'll start with is the worshiping of offensive players. Icehouse eloquently alluded to this point earlier this year, and I think he was spot on.
Look I understand protecting players, that's really what the rules committee should be focusing on, but it's getting to the point where it's affecting the outcome of the game. Shit I saw two this weekend alone. Example #1 comes from the Cowboys Vs. Denver. Kyle Orton threw a great pass to Eddie Royal with an oncoming pass rush in his face. Demarcus Ware? Puts a perfect hit on him right as he's releasing the ball. In fact I'd call the hit textbook. It was a smack on the helmet pat on the ass type of hit. But poor Kyle Orton's head came forward and hit Ware's. The call was helmet to helmet, additional 15 on the pass, and put Denver in FG position to tie the game at that point. The point is that legitimate helmet to helmet shots are dangerous, that's why there is a rule, but to call that on Ware is just ticky tacky bullshit.
We all remember that. The world almost stopped turning, but we survived. Heir Goodell however thought something needed to change. Which is why we now have the "Tom Brady pussy ass bitch rule." If you watched SNF you saw Suggs busting his ass and barely grazing Brady below the waist. For which he received a 15 yard penalty. And evidently this shit happened twice in that game. You should try to check out the Ray Lewis interview about it. He basically said that we have guys busting ass and they get penalized for it. If you want the QB's to be protected you should just make it two hand touch and they are down. The worst part is right after the "hit" Brady is bitching to the refs for the flag. Hell even Rodney Harrison was telling Tom to take off the skirt, but that could be the HGH talking. So yeah, all that headbutting he does is just whistling in the graveyard because at the end of the day he's worried about someone grazing his knee. But it makes sense because QB's are exposed and would NEVER do anything dirty.
And it's not just QB's, poor Hines Ward can't lay fools out because defenders can't keep their head on a swivel. Something everyone learns...the hard way...the first year they play organized football.
Again, protecting players is a good thing for the NFL, I agree that the game should go away from the Chuck Bednarick days of destroying everything in sight. But again, once it starts affecting the outcomes of games, which are becoming increasingly close in the competitive NFL, (Rams excluded) it really takes away from the whole "gridiron" feeling. My final point which I found interesting was Namath, Elway, and Marino's take on the situation. All three were recently on Joe Buck Live, and all three thought the QB rules were bullshit.
Ok I have a lot more rules and changes in mind, but I'll let the Hobbers get after it for a while.
Shit storm begin.