You can't hit the QB high. You can't hit the QB low. You can't hit the QB if they slide. You know there was a time you could do all of these and viciously. Can't jam a WR or TE down the field. You used to be able to rough them up all the way down the field. You used to be able to head slap O Linemen on the pass rush. O Linemen couldn't even use their hands to block at one point. Every time there is a push off by a WR they call it pass interference on the DB.
I get that the average fan thinks they want to see offense and touchdowns. But there was something about the purity of the true historical game over many years and several decades. Defense mattered too. And getting people off the field mattered. Now you try to post 50 and hold the other team to 40. I think they have messed with the integrity of the game and the balance of offense, defense and special teams. It used to be all of those mattered in pretty equal proportion. But now one is weighted massively more.
To me I take all these "records" if you want to call them that with a grain of salt. I would put 1 or 2 or 3 asterisks by them. These aren't real records by the old style of football. They were playing under totally different rules 10, 20, 30 years ago. And the longer ago you go back the more dramatic the change. I don't think the real little kid young fans even realize it. You aren't comparing the same thing. It's not even in the same ballpark for rules and enforcement of the way the game is called. The advantage to powerful offenses is just massive now. And out of balance IMO (***).
[ Edited by SanDiego49er on Jan 8, 2012 at 6:50 AM ]