Sometimes the NFL is called the No Fun League, but it's not because of rules regarding excessive celebrating. No it's more sinister than that. Even with all the rule changes that favor quarterbacks and wide receivers, the games are getting boring. More and more games are being decided by people who have never played football. That's right, I'm talking about kickers. The picture you see here was the only one I could find where a field goal kicker makes contact with an opposing player. Doesn't exactly look like an action shot, does it?
As we've seen in the last few weeks, for good and for bad, more and more games are being impacted and even decided by guys who have never played the game. Imagine professional basketball with designated free throw shooters. Ridiculous!
Throw in a tiny bit of pressure and many of these guys fold like an empty wallet. I'm going to go right for the throat here and give the number one reason why field goal specialists should be banned from football.
Think to yourself for a moment about an important field goal attempt. Now, name anything specific about that play that you can remember besides whether or not the kick went through the goal posts.
Can't do it, can you.
One thing, that's all. In fact, can anybody even name one thing a kicker has contributed to the game of football? Besides the beautiful spiral thrown by Garo Yepremian in Super Bowl VII, I mean. Who can forget that?
Now I don't mean to pick on Yepremian. On his own web site, he states, "Garo Yepremian didn't know football. The first game he ever saw, he played in–as a placekicker for the Detroit Lions during the Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Colts game in 1966. Was he scared? You bet! Was he nervous? And how! Did he even know how to put on his uniform? Not a chance!"
Yepremian had a terrific sense of humor and a great personality and was and is a very likable guy. This is a little off topic, but I learned something else from his website that deserves mention. He missed one NFL season, 1969, when he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army.
Here I am trying to eliminate field goal kickers from the NFL and I'm getting all misty eyed thinking about Garo Yepremian.
Okay now, focus. Now think about any other position in football. Close your eyes again and picture Santonio Holmes making the game winning catch in Super Bowl XLIII. Joe Montana to John Taylor. Marcus Allen. It doesn't have to be a Super Bowl. Countless players have made plays that resonate in your mind for years and you can remember all kinds of details about those plays.
Terry Bradshaw drops back to pass, drifts to his right. Stops. Backpedals a couple steps. Lets it go. I bet a lot of people who weren't even alive know what happened next.
But a field goal? Nothing. It went through the uprights. Or not. Whatever.
Happily, I have a solution to this horrible problem. It's so simple. And it would be good for the game. It would raise the excitement level and create more strategic situations. Let's have football players kick field goals!! What a concept. Chad Ochocinco has done it. Why can't every team have a real football player do the kicking? Sure they won't be as accurate as our current former bartenders and accountants - errrr - specialists.
Instead of a 45 yard field goal attempt, wouldn't you rather see Peyton Manning try to complete a pass for a first down? It's too close to punt. Isn't the most exciting play in football the 4th down go for it play? Who wouldn't want to see more of that? Besides a bunch of former bartenders and accountants, that is.
No more "No Fun League."