Originally posted by Baldie:
Originally posted by BIGTHUNDER111:
It would be virtually impossible to beat Seattle in the playoffs if they played at home. It is such an unfair advantage to be able to drown out the opposition's offensive communication. I really wish the NFL competition committee would look into this. I don' t have a problem with crowds enthusiastically cheering for their home team, but not when it causes a significant competitive disadvantage to the visitors(especially if they are pumping in artificial crowd noise as well). Player safety also becomes an issue as players have difficulty hearing the whistle.
Personally I wish the NFL sets a field decibel level, above which the home team is penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The only way this may happen is if Manning or Brady gets injured in Seattle from a late hit or after an aborted play because the defensive linemen "couldn't hear the whistle".
But then your taking away the reason why you play home games, the home crowd advantage. IMHO, whoever designed their stadium is brilliant. Only wish they designed Levis Stadium that way.
Sorry... din't want to side track the main topic but also too lazy to start a new thread.
Home crowd advantage is only part of the home field advantage.
As I said before, I don't have a problem with crowd enthusiasm, just not at the cost of putting player safety at risk.
Also, the NFL considers field communication an integral part of the game and have mandated equalizing any unfairness (eg. if 1 team's wireless communication goes down, both have to stop using it. Yet if the visiting QB cannot hear his headset or cannot relay the play to his teammates in the huddle, it's a non-issue ? If 1 team is unable to audible or hear the snap count, that doesn't skew the competition ?
I suppose if every stadium had similar acoustics, it would level the playing field. But that is not a factor that the NFL can control. However, it can and should bring about rule changes to prevent gross inequalities that could effect the outcome of the games...thereby allowing the best teams the best chance to rise to the top, rather than from inherent advantages of a particular venue. Teams should be focusing on building their rosters, not on building the loudest stadiums.
Maybe OSHA could look into this, mandating that during the games in places like Seattle, all NFL and stadium employees at field level be required to wear hearing protection. That would get the NFL's attention.