6 Rule Changes the NFL Needs but Will Never Implement
There are some NFL rules that must be changed, but unfortunately, due to the current climate of the league, those changes will never occur.
Rules are meant to be broken, but crossing the line in the NFL now comes with a fat fine from the commissioner himself.
The face of the NFL has forever changed, as players and fans alike will have to adjust to the new, delicate style of play.
NFL Lite is upon us, as fans are stuck with a watered-down version of the glory days.
The Extra Point: It's Safe to Say That Headshots Will Always Be Penalized
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As the evidence linking contact sports and concussions grows exponentially, it's safe to assume that anytime an NFL player even brushes against an opponent's helmet they'll be flagged and potentially fined.
Repeated blows to the head are no joke—after all, boxers and other athletes can become "punch-drunk."
Let's say than the average NFL player plays the game for a solid two decades from the time of Pop Warner to retirement. Within that time span, he's likely to take hundreds if not thousands of hits to the head.
With each hit, that player comes that much closer to having mush for brains. It's a sad but true reality that comes with the game.
The NFL's aggressive stance on halting headshots is a good thing, but sometimes they're inevitable due to the nature of the game.
In the end, NFL players may be heroes on the gridiron, but they're also husbands, fathers and humans.
While headshots need to be avoided, that doesn't mean the rest of the game shouldn't be tough as nails.
Kicking Things off Could Be More Exciting These Days
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If you listen in the distance, you can still hear grumblings from NFL fans about the new kickoff rule.
In light of concussions, the NFL chose to move the kickoff from the 30 to the 35-yard line to improve the chances of a touchback in 2011.
Well, their plan worked, but the game wasn't as exciting.
The league says concussion on kickoffs were slashed in half, but there were only nine kickoffs returned for six points last season.
In 2010, 23 kickoffs were taken back for touchdowns, which is all the proof fans need for wanting the old rule.
NFL fans want fireworks, but the league has limited itself to sparklers.
Being Penalized for Hitting a Quarterback Below the Knees Is Lame
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The fact that an NFL defender is now prohibited from hitting a quarterback below the knees is an outright travesty.
Isn't the whole point of defensive-minded football to hit the quarterback?
What if a defender gets hit below the knees and army crawls his way to the quarterback?
Does the league expect him to pop up off the ground before sacking the quarterback?
Is there no such thing as a shoe-string tackle on a quarterback anymore?
Hey, Mr. Goodell, here's an idea—why not give quarterbacks a belt with two flags that hang from their hips? That way they'll forever go unscathed.
The "Tuck" Rule Makes No Sense Whatsoever
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What a crock—the tuck rule is nothing but an excuse for the offense to maintain possession of the football.
The rule states that if a quarterback has the intent to throw the ball, then decides not to throw and tries to "tuck" but fumbles, it's an incomplete pass and not a fumble.
What if the quarterback had no intention of "tucking" the ball? At what point does the quarterback's motion go from throwing to "tucking?"
The worst part about the rule is if the quarterback fully "tucks" then fumbles, it's a fumble.
If the quarterback's arm is going forward and is hit, causing a fumble, fine, that can be considered an incomplete pass. If he knows he's about to get creamed and tries to "tuck" but fumbles—that's a fumble.
Can't the defense get any love these days?
Everything about this rule screams fumble, but because of the rule that split-second between a forward throwing motion and a "tuck" has changed the course of NFL history.
The NFL hasn't changed this rule yet and probably never will—pray that this call doesn't go against your team.
The "Calvin Johnson Rule" Is a Bunch of Garbage
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson didn't invent the "Calvin Johnson Rule," he just famously fell victim to the rule.
The word "process" swept the NFL like wildfire after Johnson caught what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown in 2010.
Per the rule, he didn't complete the "process."
With the variety of replay options the NFL has to offer, can't the officials congregate and make a logical decision to whether or not the receiver had control of the ball?
Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope this rule doesn't cost another team a "W."
What's the Deal with the Playoff OT Rules?
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OK—the overtime rules in the NFL are whack.
Let's get this straight, there's no more sudden death unless the team that gets ball first scores a touchdown.
A field goal isn't enough anymore, the opposition would get an opportunity to match or best the three points.
The fact that the league is actually debating on whether or not to implement this rule in the regular season is nonsense.
Why not just leave it at sudden death? Does the new version make the game more fair? Life's not fair most days, and a team's fate should come down to a coin flip. Now that's excitement!
Sure, no team likes losing the flip, but prove to the NFL world that your squad is better by stopping the opposition one last time. Then take the ball and score. It's as simple as that.
If a team can't stop their opponent from netting a field goal on the first possession in overtime, guess what? They lose.
This rule needs to revert to sudden death before this rule goes too far.
Bring the Celebration Back to the End Zone
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It's true that players can still bust a strut in the end zone, but it's not nearly as fun to watch as it used to be.
Most of this is due to Roger Goodell's iron fist.
Now known to many as the "No Fun League," the NFL penalizes nearly all touchdown celebrations.
NFL fans are not only watching, but paying a substantial amount of money to be entertained.
Part of that viewing pleasure comes from watching their favorite stars reach the end zone, then display their joy with a nifty dance, a slam dunk through the uprights or the use of props.
Sure, players need not celebrate every first down or big hit, but let freedom ring in the end zone.
Unfortunately, the NFL is on the straight and narrow and won't let loose anytime soon.