Four Downs: The Four Things I'd Change About the NFL
If I could take Roger Goodell's job as NFL commissioner here are the first four things I'd change.
I understand on one of them that I'd have to deal with the player's union and on the other two I'd have to deal with the rules committee, but I'm the commish, dang it!
Feel free to agree, disagree, comment, ect...
1st Down: NO Regular or Post Season Games Outside USA
If I were the commish, there would be no regular or post season games outside of the U.S.A.
I understand that the reasoning behind the concept of playing meaningful games outside the USA is to broaden the fan base and try to make the game more popular outside the USA.
And of course to make more money.
But by taking the games away from the USA you are hurting the local economy.
Some smaller cities such as Green Bay, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati have businesses that depend on the added income that a home game brings.
And to take the Super Bowl out of the country, in my opinion, is even worse.
Look at the money that the Super Bowl generates for the host city. Even in this current economical climate, look at how much money Super Bowl XLIII generated.
Plus, the Super Bowl is like another holiday in this country. NFL football is America's game.
Also, I don't believe that the players or teams really like the idea. Although I could be wrong.
I know that the NFL tries to set up the schedule so that teams traveling to Europe have a bye week the following week.
But in the cases that they don't, the travel has to take its toll on the players and the game preparation.
It also takes away the true home field advantage for the home team.
Finally, the fans do not like it. And what is the game without fans?
I don't know exactly how it works for people that are season ticket holders for a team that will be short one home game.
But I would be ticked if I were a season ticket holder and I was lessed a game.
2nd Down: A Rookie Cap
I know that there are people that disagree with me on this.
But my reasoning is as follows:
If you draft a player high and give him a huge contract and crazy signing bonus and he doesn't pan out, your team's cap is crippled for years. Due to all of the guaranteed money.
The point of a high draft pick is to improve a team, not to cripple it.
Secondly, these players are unproven. Shouldn't the proven players make the most money?
When you have rookies becoming the highest paid players at their position in NFL history that is disrespectful to the veterans.
For example: Jason Smith to get paid more than Walter Jones is a crime (if he does, which he likely will). Jones has been an elite LT for years, but yet this guy that hasn't played a down gets paid more?
I know that the players union argues that it is the owners that caused this.
But what if a team did come out and say that they were going to play their rookie, drafted No. 5 overall, 10 percent less than last years No. 5 overall pick?
How would the player react? More importantly, how would the players' agent react?
I believe that teams are afraid to tick of an agent, because they may have a important player currently on their team that is represented by that same agent that they need to re-sign.
Again, I just really believe that the proven players should get more money than the unproven ones.
3rd Down: Tuck Rule?
Sorry Raiders' fans, but I'm going to bring it up again.
But the tuck rule makes no sense. It's a fumble!
It was a fumble in 2001 and it's been a fumble everytime its happened since.
4th Down: Make it Football Again
The Hines Ward Rule, the Tom Brady Rule, this rule, that rule, don't hit hard, just pull the flags, ect...
The game is football. It's not a contact sport, it's a collision sport.
I don't want to see players get hurt. So I understand the "No Spearing" and "No Helmet to Helmet", but all of these other rules are taking away from the essence of the game.
The players know the risks before they get on the field. Just as a Police Officer knows the risks when he goes on duty, as does a Correction Officer, a construction worker, a truck driver, ect...
When you have current players saying the rules are too much, such as Troy Polamalu. Along with former players, Deacon Jones, saying the same thing.
Even former QBs Steve Young and Troy Aikman have said that its going a little too far.
LET THEM PLAY FOOTBALL!