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    Why the NFL Is Losing Respect and Toughness:

    When the NFL started in the early 1890s, players wore shirts and rubber helmets. Players played with broken bones, tackling as low as the knee was permitted, and the only thing that players cared about was scoring.

    It was the toughest, meanest sport in the country, and by the time it became the NFL and players like **** Butkus played, it became the most popular sport.

    When you mention the best defenses of all-time, the 1985 Bears are the first team that comes to your mind, and it's because the referees let them play the game. The players could hit and not worry about a flag being flown.

    However, times have changed, and it's getting a bit ridiculous.

    A new rule was passed today where if a defensive player is on the ground next to the QB, he cannot lunge at the QB like Bernard Pollard did to Tom Brady last season. You can swipe at the QB's legs and feet with your hands.

    Are you kidding me? Defensive players' job on defense is to get to the ball, and if the QB has the ball, your job is to get to the QB. If that QB wants to stay in the pocket while it's collapsing and players are closing in around him, then he is taking a risk to get sacked and possibly injured.

    The QB rules began with the roughing the passer penalty. After the QB throws the ball, if you even breathe or look at him the wrong way, a flag will be thrown. The NFL feels that the QB is defenseless after throwing the pass and that he should not be hit.

    Now they are trying to protect him in the middle of a play, with 200- to 300-pound NFL players that can lift cars hitting each other. Now the NFL is making NFL players think before they hit, making the game far less attractive.



    This hit that Ryan Clark had on Wes Welker has also caused a new rule to be issued by the NFL. If you hit a player in the chest, shoulders, or on the helmet with your helmet, it is a 15-yard penalty.

    First, I can understand that the NFL is trying to stop helmet-to-helmet hits. Most of the time when that happens, it ends up with neck injuries that could end careers.

    However, the NFL is now taking away the whole upper body. Players in the NFL are some of the fastest players in the world, especially cornerbacks and safeties.

    The NFL is making these players control their bodies that are being flown all over a field when they hit a player. This is absolutely ridiculous.

    Cornerbacks are already getting way too many penalties called on them as it is. If a cornerback does so much as touch a receiver 10 yards down the field, a flag is thrown for holding.

    There were so many times this season on third down where a cornerback barely touched a receiver, and it was an automatic first down. It's ruining the game, it's pissing off fans, and it's making the NFL a sissy sport.

    Message to the NFL: Let the players play. I understand that there need to be rules, and there needs to be structure, and you need to keep your players safe. But this is turning into a babysitting game, where fans need to hope that defensive players don't touch the opposing team.

    In a game where the point is to hit the player with the ball, and players are wearing pads and a metal helmet, let the men hit each other. Get back to the days where **** Butkus and Ray Lewis were dominating defenses—where linebackers making big hits made the highlight reel.

    Let the analysts on Monday Night Football show the top five hits of each week and not the top five mess-ups. If not, the NFL will slowly start losing fans, and in an economy like today, that's not what the NFL can afford.

    With the history that the NFL has, why change it? What's great about history is being able to compare players of the present to players of the past. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Alex Rodriguez and Babe Ruth. Who can we compare to the NFL greats?

    We can't, because each season, the league changes the rules, which makes the game less and less like the way it's supposed to be. The NBA and MLB have been the same since they started, with a few rule changes here and there, but nothing like the NFL is doing to their game.

    So stop—before the fans stop first.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...pect-toughness

  • #2
    i have to totally agree with you i mean i understand that they want to protect their players but common let them play im tired of seeing dumb penalties that give the opposing team an automatic first down just cause a defender looked at the QB wrong after he threw the ball.

    i love football but when they keep making rules that take the heart of the sport away its beginning to look more and more like soccer....



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    • #3
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UioJBnyjUwc&NR=1

      Here is a hit you don't see in many highlights(#58 at the beginning). Those were the type of hits that caused many retired players to develop dementia etc. from concussions. They needed to eliminate helmet to helmet, chop blocking etc. Too many guys were getting permanent disabilities. The other problem with rule changes are the officials, they have to adjust as well to calling a different game. And last year they didn't do a very good job of it.

      BTW, I was at that 85' playoff game. Joe Theisman's quote on that defense:

      "They hit you on their way to go somewhere else, I was just in their way".

      Rex Ryan of the Jets is bringing back the old 46 D this year, I think his father(Buddy)gave him the playbooks.
      Originally posted by captainbronco View Post
      i have to totally agree with you i mean i understand that they want to protect their players but common let them play im tired of seeing dumb penalties that give the opposing team an automatic first down just cause a defender looked at the QB wrong after he threw the ball.

      i love football but when they keep making rules that take the heart of the sport away its beginning to look more and more like soccer....



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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sunbiz1 View Post
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UioJBnyjUwc&NR=1

        Here is a hit you don't see in many highlights(#58 at the beginning). Those were the type of hits that caused many retired players to develop dementia etc. from concussions. They needed to eliminate helmet to helmet, chop blocking etc. Too many guys were getting permanent disabilities. The other problem with rule changes are the officials, they have to adjust as well to calling a different game. And last year they didn't do a very good job of it.

        BTW, I was at that 85' playoff game. Joe Theisman's quote on that defense:

        "They hit you on their way to go somewhere else, I was just in their way".

        Rex Ryan of the Jets is bringing back the old 46 D this year, I think his father(Buddy)gave him the playbooks.

        That wiffed punt by the Giants was hilarious!!!!
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        • #5
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2CYW...eature=related

          Take a look at what the AFL allows, looks like pretty much everything. Sean Landetta blamed the wind after that muffed punt. If you watch a replay from a different angle, he was watching for a blitz. We used a variation of the 46 D on ST back then as well.

          Originally posted by Al Wilson 4 Mayor View Post
          That wiffed punt by the Giants was hilarious!!!!

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          • #6
            The helmet can be used a weapon and can cause serious injury. So, that rule is good. Players using their helmet as a battering ram into any part of a players body are not making a tackle. They are trying to hurt that player. I'm glad they made that rule.

            Roughing the passer is a rule because as this writer said players go after the ball. The QB no longer has the ball, so why hit him? If a player is after the ball he will not be after the QB anymore when the QB does not have the ball. This writer is biased and believes that there should be no rules in the NFL and Sun, there is still the AFL if you are so interested in that for you to turn to.
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            • #7
              I posted the AFL video to compare and contrast what they allow as opposed to the NFL. The writer never stated that there should be no rules. Players in the National Football league know the risks of playing the game. So what are you suggesting?, they should now institute a new rule prohibiting running backs to lead with their heads?

              Some of your postings just seem so illogical. Football is a violent game, if you want flag football go to your local Park District. If a player is rushing the QB, he has a God-given right to hit him within reason. That's football, that's how the game should be played.





              Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
              The helmet can be used a weapon and can cause serious injury. So, that rule is good. Players using their helmet as a battering ram into any part of a players body are not making a tackle. They are trying to hurt that player. I'm glad they made that rule.

              Roughing the passer is a rule because as this writer said players go after the ball. The QB no longer has the ball, so why hit him? If a player is after the ball he will not be after the QB anymore when the QB does not have the ball. This writer is biased and believes that there should be no rules in the NFL and Sun, there is still the AFL if you are so interested in that for you to turn to.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sunbiz1 View Post
                If a player is rushing the QB, he has a God-given right to hit him within reason.
                If that player is in the air when the QB throws the ball there is nothing he can do. But, if he is still just running towards the QB and sees the QB throw the ball, that player can stop. Reverse direction and head the right way. Or if his momentum is too much he can simply fall down on his arse where he is.
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                • #9
                  And what happens when the ball is released as the defender reaches the QB?

                  Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
                  If that player is in the air when the QB throws the ball there is nothing he can do. But, if he is still just running towards the QB and sees the QB throw the ball, that player can stop. Reverse direction and head the right way. Or if his momentum is too much he can simply fall down on his arse where he is.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sunbiz1 View Post
                    And what happens when the ball is released as the defender reaches the QB?
                    As I said, if the person is in the air already at that time it should not be a penalty. But, if that player is several feet away and sees the QB release, yet still hits the QB, it is a blatant penalty.
                    The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

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                    • #11
                      Several feet?, so a defender that does not leave his feet has 36" to stop his momentum?...at 250 plus??

                      The NFL wants high scoring games, so they implement rules to insure that agenda by babying the QB's.


                      Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
                      As I said, if the person is in the air already at that time it should not be a penalty. But, if that player is several feet away and sees the QB release, yet still hits the QB, it is a blatant penalty.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sunbiz1 View Post
                        Several feet?, so a defender that does not leave his feet has 36" to stop his momentum?...at 250 plus??

                        The NFL wants high scoring games, so they implement rules to insure that agenda by babying the QB's.
                        High Scoring games are boring. There is no defense. Only with the rules for DB's can that argument be made. Good for you that the NFL no longer allows contact by DB's after 5 yards.
                        The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

                        The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

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                        • #13
                          What do you mean good for me?, the rules are protecting QB's. The receivers are being given more freedom to roam without being hounded by DB's.

                          The NFL is promoting offense.

                          Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
                          High Scoring games are boring. There is no defense. Only with the rules for DB's can that argument be made. Good for you that the NFL no longer allows contact by DB's after 5 yards.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sunbiz1 View Post
                            What do you mean good for me?, the rules are protecting QB's. The receivers are being given more freedom to roam without being hounded by DB's.

                            The NFL is promoting offense.
                            As in good for your point.
                            The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

                            The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

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                            • #15
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl_Sa...eature=related

                              Mr. Donovan would not approve of these new rule changes...lol



                              Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
                              As in good for your point.

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