New Football Rules Need to Protect Defense Too

Samantha Cooke@sportycookieCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2008

Football has always been an interesting game with crazy rules.  Throughout the 1970s, teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers controlled the game because of their defensive prowess.  They had nicknames for most defensive lines, such as "The Steel Curtain," "The Purple People Eaters," and "The Fearsome Foursome." 

Nowadays, football has become ruled by the offense.  New rules have been implemented to protect the quarterback, such as roughing the passer and hands to the face, which also exists against running backs and wide receivers.

Thanks to Tony Dungy, we also have a rule called "Illegal Contact."  This rule states that a wide receiver cannot be touched more than five yards downfield if the quarterback still has the ball.

WHAT?!  What has football become?  Michael Jordan took over basketball and turned it from a defensive game (i.e. The Bad Boy Detroit Pistons) to an offensive game with a superstar.  Now we can have one person scoring most of the team's points.

Football has always been fun because of the great defensive stops and passes deflected.  I remember college football when cornerbacks could bump and bang all the way down the field.  It made the game more interesting.

With all the rule changes made this year, we should add one more that protects the defense and lets a few more plays be made.  If we have illegal hands to the face against the offense, why not the defense?

During the Wisconsin-Ohio State game on Saturday night, Chris "Beanie" Wells ran down the field and stiff-armed the Wisconsin defender en route to his first touchdown.  The defender had no chance to tackle Wells because of the stiff arm.

In the process of stiff-arming, Wells also grabbed the facemask to keep the defender off him.  That is the main reason he got away.

Hands to the face, particularly the facemask, is dangerous to anyone on the field.  If a defender runs full speed at a running back or wide receiver, then gets a stiff arm to the face, it could knock him out or snap his neck back.

In a sport that protects the offense so much, let's have a little love for the defense and make this a new rule.