My 10 Suggestions to Rejuvenate My Excitement in NFL Football
Now this article is written mostly in humor, with some serious points thrown in. I’ve been a NFL fan since I can remember. Last year for the first time in 15 years I did not clear my Sunday schedule to make sure I could watch the Cowboys play?
Well because I was bored. Here is how the NFL can win me back.
1) Keep the Game Rolling!
Change the play clock from 45 seconds to 30 seconds.
Nothing drives me more insane than a team lollygagging their way to the line of scrimmage, calling out audibles, or maybe its signals for where the after game party is at; who knows. But it takes a lot of energy out of the game. These guys are NFL players so lets make them play.
2) This Game is for Men
Anytime a player needs an injury time out to get off the field, he's done for the day. If we need to increase the roster size, fine, but I want iron men.
The rules for safer playing grounds are going in every year. In 10 years we’ll be watching the NFFL (National Flag-Football League), so lets change that and watch players push themselves like they used to. If they’re to hurt to play, we’ll make the choice for them. They’re done for the day.
3) More Football, More Fun!
Start up a minor football league. There’s room for two football leagues around here.
If you make the teams affiliated, and you add another 32 cities that are potentially rooting for future NFL players, it makes it a whole lot more fun for everyone. Plus it creates jobs. Our economy needs more jobs.
4) Let the Players Play the Game, Not the Zebras
Give the officials two crew members in the booth who are watching the game on HD monitors and have communication with the referee on the field. We have the capabilities; why not? I love instant replay, and if the guy makes the catch, or loses a fumble, what happened, happened.
I really hate it when they get the calls wrong when replay is so easy. I agree the game stoppages suck, but if two guys are watching in a cozy TV room with 15 different angles, they can make the right calls more quickly.
5) Three and Out, Point to the Defense.
A defense forcing a three and out or not allowing a first down on a drive basically, should be rewarded with one point.
I’m so incredibly tired of the clock burning, three runs up the gut, "is our punter around" garbage. I understand that it really changes the game, but you can’t tell me that doesn’t make things much more exciting.
It gives the defense and even the offense even more reason to play EVERY SINGLE PLAY they are out there.
6) Straight Cash Homie!
Get rid of Joe Buck. I can’t stand him.
The best thing he has ever done was basically give Randy Moss a reason to say "Straight Cash Homie" which still gets quoted even today.
I don’t like his opinions. I especially hate him because he calls baseball games even after saying he doesn’t like baseball.
7) Hate It or Love It the Juice Brings You to the Pro Bowl
Either allow steroids (or any performance enhancing supplement) or really punish players for taking them in football.
I know the effects of steroids, and I know that they are potentially bad for people, but eating McDonald’s everyday is worse on your body and I don’t see America shutting them down anytime soon. I also don’t understand how players caught for taking them in football get the benefit of the doubt, but then baseball players get chastised like they are the darkness of the world.
8) Play by the Rules, or Miss the Biggest Games of Your Career
The four game suspensions are ridiculous. If anything it gives the player a chance to recover from injuries. If you break any of the NFL substance policy rules, you’re out of the playoffs.
If your team doesn’t make it, great, but you just cost your team a player for the playoffs if they make it. Kids look up to these players; adults do to. We deserve better. Want to win a Super Bowl? Clean up your act. Enough said.
9) You've Come This Far, Get Some Points!
Once you cross the 50-yard-line, you are no longer allowed to punt. You’re either going for it or kicking field goals.
If someone here enjoys the pooch punt I’m sorry, but it just needs to go. Statistically it makes more sense to go for it, but coaches are too scared to lose their jobs over those calls, so we should just go ahead and make it easy for them.
10) Lets Go For Two!
Finally lets eliminate extra points. Two point conversions are much, much, much more exciting. Plus it would give teams a reason practice the two or three-yard-gain plays. Maybe give the offense the choice between the two-and-a-half-yard spot and the five-yard-line to start.
If they want more room, why not?
If Not, There's Always Madden...
I really hope you enjoyed reading my 10 points. I’ll be watching again this season, but I think I would much more enjoy football with some of these rules implemented. Thoughts? Additions? Criticisms? I can handle it!