The Chickification Of The NFL

The new rules coming out of the NFL are absolutely ridiculous.  Well half of them are.  But that half is heading the NFL straight to flag football.

The head shots rule is already a rule.  There is a rule already on the books for helmet to helmet hits.  It’s very obvious to see a helmet to helmet hit.  It’s even pretty easy to tell if a guy meant to do it or if it was just an accident.  The Dunta Robinson hit was not intentional.  The hit on Joshua Cribbs was.  It’s just that simple and easy to determine.  These hits should be officiated.  These hits are more dangerous than your regular football hit, which by the way IS dangerous.

The other part of the rule, devastating hits, is ridiculous.  The NFL is trying to legislate out any semblance of violence.  Any semblance of what football is.  They are now going to try to determine on the field if a hit rises to their interpretation of “devastating.”  I don’t know about you, but I think every hit in the NFL would be fairly devastating on me.  They are going to take out of football everything that makes it football.  Soon, it will be illegal to touch any player on the field.  They should just go to flag football now.

I understand that concussions are a big issue in the NFL, but do they honestly think it’s not on the NFL to fix this issue or even attempt to fix it with better helmets?  Do they think that by taking the football aspects out of football they are going to get more people watching and coming to games?  And what about drafting?  Players like Ray Lewis, Suh, and others are drafted for their ability to stop plays and players.  Period.  For no other reason.  If that’s not needed, will they be looking to draft smaller, faster DBs and DLs?  Will teams be able to pass and run at will because the defense will be basically taken out of the game?  It’s ridiculous.

Please Mr. Running Back can you please stop running now that I’m standing here?  Since I can’t hit you?  Please?  Good grief.  Already defenses cannot even touch, TOUCH the helmet of a QB.  Now, they won’t be able to tackle a runner in the open field, or stop a wide receiver after the catch.  It’s ridiculous.  What will we see next?  Wide receivers flopping like soccer players and faking injury to get calls and then jumping back up and going back in for the next play?  If this is the direction of the NFL, I’m not sure I want to go along for the ride.

The NFL has got to do something about concussions, but this ambiguous rule that can be interpreted a million different ways and that can directly impact the spirit and play of the game – well perhaps you should just get them all spandex shorts and flags attached to their a*sses and just go ahead with flag football.

© photo credit: Chris Doelle

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