Thursday, December 6, 2012

Is the NFL Becoming the Fluffball League?

The NFL has instituted a number if rule changes in the past few years in an attempt to curb serious injuries by its players. Many of the rules are understandable but some people think that those rules have made the NFL softer.

I'm not going to argue about those rules. They serve a purpose in protecting players. The only thing I will say is that some referees administer the rules incorrectly and call major fouls on tackles or hits that look legal. That frustrates me and makes me think that the NFL has become softer.

Devin Hester Signed Photo - 16x20Roger Goodell is considering another rule. He's toying with the idea of eliminating kickoffs. The idea being discussed would be to give the kicking team the ball on the 30 yard line with a 4th and 15. Most teams would then punt the ball away, unless they were behind in the scoreboard late in the game.

The onside kick would be eliminated and replaced by that rule. Teams who were behind would now have a much more makeable 4th and 15 from their 30 yard line. I don't like this rule. The NFL is starting to look like fluffball. I think eliminating the kickoff and the onside kick changes the dynamic of the game.

I think eliminating the onside kick provides a losing team with an advantage. It's easier to convert a 4th and 15 than an onside kick. I wonder how Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears feels about this possible rules change. I'm sure he' just thrilled to bits that his specialty would be eliminated by the change.

I wonder how Ed Reed of the Baltimore ravens feels about this rule change. He isn't happy with the NFL calling penalties on certain tackles. He had been suspended by the NFL for a borderline dirty hit during a game this year but that suspension was overturned. His name for the NFL is "powder-puff". Just wait until he hears about this potential rule change.

If I wanted to watch flag football I would. I don't want to watch flag football, powder-puff football or fluffball. Football is an inherently dangerous and violent sport. While I do think that the NFL should be serious about doing its best to eliminate serious injuries, especially head injuries, I think that eliminating the kickoff is ridiculous. I also think it would take away some of the enjoyment of the game.

I think many fans who tune into a football game that features Devin Hester, holds their breath every time he returns a kickoff. The guy can bust one for a TD at any moment. He's exciting. The Kickoff can be exciting. The onside kick is exciting and dramatic. Eliminating it will also eliminate one of the most dramatic plays in the game. I don't like that. I don't like fluffball.


  1. Roger Goodell is the worst commissioner of any sport.

  2. Gvieto, Welcome to Sportmentary and thanks for your comment. I think it's a tie between Roger and Bettman.

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