Originally posted by bigwads:
Originally posted by sacninesixteen:
Even if it's a legal hit, if it looks bad or sounds bad they'll throw the flag every time. The refs are afraid of being downgraded and the NFL has become pu**ified. Terrible call and the league won't give two craps as long as seats are full and merchandise is bought. Goodell is a scumbag.
The former players are also to blame. There is a war behind the scenes that the league is waging. Whitner should tell former players suing the league to simply go away...if former players were too damn stupid to realize that hits and concussions were hurting their brains they deserve what they got. People need to take responsibility for their own actions. The rules never would have changed without former players suing the league.
I'm not so sure I totally agree with that part. The league long decided that it wanted more scoring for excitement. To do that they had to start handcuffing the defense, starting with the 5 yard rule for DB's. Those law suites have now overtaken the leagues desire to see more offense and the rules reflect that. I do think former players need to really get a hold of themselves and take some responsibility in this whole thing. I know of no sane person who thinks that two grown men going full speed at each other for two hours is a safe endeavor. Should the league do more? Absolutely!! The league collects billions in profits. I think the league needs to come up with some sort of medical fund geared specifically for players suffering from trauma post-career. After all, these owners are benefiting FAR more than the men who actually play for them. But changing the rules in an attempt to prevent the inevitable probability - injuries - isn't the way to go.
But make no mistake about it, this mess started before this concussion fear. The concussion talk has just provided them with the perfect cover to do what they've long wanted to do, and that's draw the rules to give the offense a competitive advantage in order to get more points scored. Teams with offenses like ATL, NE, Benver, Detroit, etc - teams with high powered offenses - tailor their offenses around these rules. The offensive numbers we're seeing today are ridiculous (see Payton Manning). If defenses were allowed to play offenses straight-up these scores and stats would be much more realistic.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Dec 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM ]