Originally posted by DVDA:
Offenses have adjusted and realize that you can't be stopped if you intentionally throw balls that put players in "defenseless" positions. It's a new tactic that results in a first down and a fine for a defensive guy at worst. Maybe they should start fining the guy who puts the receivers in those "defenseless" positions, they're the ones making the big money anyway.
Hence the competitive advantage for offenses I spoke of. I've been telling fellow football coaches the same thing, that I really thought that NFL offenses are actually designing schemes to take full advantage of these preposterous rules, and at first they thought I was exaggerating. Now they're starting to become just as disgusted as I am. Defenses have clearly responded to the rules of the game. But ultimately, defenses will never be able to adjust to the current rules of the NFL game - they just can't.
People may this to be extreme but I honestly think the integrity of the game will continue to be assaulted, defenses will continue to be at an even worse disadvantage, until players, in particular defensive players, stand up and start refusing to take the field. That way the league will get everything they're looking for: more offense and (ostensibly) safety.
Also current players are gonna have to stand up and really tell tell former players to cool it with the law suites.