Look, I am in no way an expert. I am not a Super Bowl-winning coach or a Pro Bowl player. With this being said, if you have no interest in what I am about to say, feel free to exit now.
I am the kind of guy that applauds leaders who stick to their guns in the effort to change a certain dimension. However, in this case, the dimension that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is attempting to change is the one that allowed the National Football League to be what it is today.
So, in essence, Goodell is taking a big ol' sledgehammer to the foundation of the League. The foundation of the NFL is built upon big hits, playmaking, blood, sweat and tears. There will always be the playmaking, the blood, the sweat and the tears. The League is trying to take away the big hits which, in my opinion, are one aspect of football that makes it worth watching.
Imagine watching a professional football game and a lowly DeSean Jackson is crossing the middle at high speed. Patrick Willis is lurking and has a chance to plant D-Jack to the turf but eases up because he is afraid of a $75,000 fine. What will you all say? I know I would be yelling to the screen because Willis didn't light that dude up like he should have.
I am no blood-thirsty animal but if I were an NFL player, I'd go into every game with blood in my eyes looking to decapitate someone (that's probably why I'm not there). I'm sure that I am not the only one that feels this way. Plenty of NFLers also have this same mindset. Some of these players such as Dunta Robinson, James Harrison, and Brandon Meriweather were fined almost their whole game checks. Don't get me wrong, Meriweather's hit was completely illegal so no problem there. However, Dunta Robinson and James Harrison were wrongly accused. They were clearly clean hits.
In 2010, James Harrison is scheduled to make a base salary of $755,000 which breaks down to about $44,411 per week. Harrison was fined $75,000 for his hits against Mohammed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs. As you can see, Harrison is in the red for that week. Of course, Harrison isn't hurting but it's still the principle that is flawed.
These players make millions of dollars to be financially stable in case of long-term injury and to take away that money for playing the game like they were taught is absolutely disgusting. The players don't agree with the NFL's new rule, some coaches don't agree, the analysts don't agree, and the fans sure as heck don't agree.
My Solution: Let the players earn their paychecks by going out on the field, playing the way they were taught, and making the NFL entertaining.