Bring on the N(o)F(un)L(eague)

Bill GalluccioContributor IMarch 24, 2009

NORTHBROOK, IL - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, new commissioner Roger Goodell, outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, pose following a press conference announcing the selection of Goodell to be the new NFL commissioner during the NFL owners meeting on August 8, 2006 at the Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Here we go again. More rules for the NFL. This time these rules have gone too far. How can you justify a defender not be allowed to hit a quarterback below the knees? How can you justify not allowing a defender to make a play from his knees?

You can keep saying its all about the quarterback, but the last time I checked, football was a team game. I am all for eliminating dirty hits where a player intentionally tries to take out somebodies knees or tries to injure them.

That is what unsportsmanlike conduct penalties are for.

When a player INTENTIONALLY tries to make a cheap play, that is when you flag them, fine them and suspend them. Not when they are trying to make a play and something unfortunate happens.

I wish people would understand that injuries happen. They are part of the game. Whether you like it or not it is something teams have to deal with. As horrible as it is for a player to get hurt and be out the entire season can also be a good thing.

If it were not for injuries Tom Brady would still be sitting on a bench, or have found another career not involving pigskin. Matt Cassel would not have a career either. Those are just two examples at one position. Many players careers have been born because of injuries.

The other consequence this has it can increase the likelihood of injuries for defenders rushing the QB. What are they supposed to do now that they cannot make a play from their knees?

They have to try to stand up and hit a QB in the chest. This just seems like it is asking for somebody to get a knee to the helmet as they try to stand up. But I guess they are not part of the team and not worth worrying about.

Add this to the list of new rules that take all the fun out the NFL. Please bring back the fun to football. Bring back the emotion and celebration and hitting to the league. Or just let the cheerleaders suit up and play.