Originally posted by English:
Taking away home field advantage is, in other words, taking the fans out of the game.
Kiss of death to the sport.
I totally agree. But I think the league is gonna have to loosen up on the rules here. There are a lot of loud stadiums, but Seattle is ridiculously loud. No team should have that type of competitive advantage where an opposing teams offense cannot communicate more than 3 feet away from the QB. Hand signals have their limitations. At some point players have to be able to hear (like tackles, TE's, slot players, and WR's). The Seabuzzards are a completely
different team when they don't have the benefit of their home noise, and it shows in their game strategy. Their remaining away games are Houston, Indy, Cards, Rams, Atlanta, 49ers, and Giants. I see them winning - maybe - two road games (and I don't them winning against NO at home).
Don't get me wrong, I don't blame the fans. They should be as loud as they can get. But I do think that the league should really tweak the rules to equalize the competition for visiting offenses going to cities like Seattle. I admit that I'm not sure how the rules should be tweaked but I'm not in favor of penalizing the home team. I just don't like the idea of taking the fans out the game. But in my mind no team should have that type of home field advantage. Teams, even the best ones, or almost guaranteed a loss going up there. It's not good for the league when teams are nearly guaranteed a loss.
That's my take anyway