Originally posted by SportsFan:
Originally posted by Imfasterthanur:That's one thing I hate about football. Teams should be allowed enough players to be able to substitute for each starting offensive and defensive player.
Especially since we're soooo concerned about player safety nowadays.
Well technically they do. 22 starters and 46 dress.
On paper we do, but for strategic purposes, 21 additionally dressed players (I'm subtracting the punter, the kicker, and the long-snapper) is not enough. If you consider our back up runningbacks (3), back up receivers (5), back up defensive-backs (5), and back-up linebackers (4), that only allows us FOUR players to back up our offensive and defensive lineman.
Allow me to restate this, I wish the NFL allowed more players on a given roster so teams could have 1-backup per starting position that does not compromise a team's ability to run special strategic packages (e.g., Empty sets on offense or nickel/dime/quarter packages on defense).