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NFL Hitting.. Need Rule Changes?

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I'm not a proponent of advocating behavior that promotes intentionally injuring people.  But, I also think that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of American Football with the end of "smashmouth football".  What we have learned about the permanent damage that concussions leave behind is making it more and more likely that the rules governing contact will be changing quite a bit in the near future. 

 

I can foresee a time coming when every time two football players cross paths one or both will immediately start rolling around on the ground crying in attempts to get the other player tossed just like we currently see in World Cup Soccer. 

 

But, I don't really know, some said the same thing when all the hockey players began wearing helmets so who knows.  I just think I'm a lot less likely to watch football if the level of hitting decreases a lot.  At the same time, knowing how devastating this career is now makes me hope my kids don't ever play beyond pee wees.  Knowing now that  multiple concussions turn 50 year old men in to 90 year old dementia patients really kinda ruins it for me too.

 

Anybody else been wondering about this?

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I'm not a proponent of advocating behavior that promotes intentionally injuring people.  But, I also think that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of American Football with the end of "smashmouth football".  What we have learned about the permanent damage that concussions leave behind is making it more and more likely that the rules governing contact will be changing quite a bit in the near future. 

 

I can foresee a time coming when every time two football players cross paths one or both will immediately start rolling around on the ground crying in attempts to get the other player tossed just like we currently see in World Cup Soccer. 

 

But, I don't really know, some said the same thing when all the hockey players began wearing helmets so who knows.  I just think I'm a lot less likely to watch football if the level of hitting decreases a lot.  At the same time, knowing how devastating this career is now makes me hope my kids don't ever play beyond pee wees.  Knowing now that  multiple concussions turn 50 year old men in to 90 year old dementia patients really kinda ruins it for me too.

 

Anybody else been wondering about this?


<Crickets>

 

I guess nobody wants to think too much about the possibility of football being only a memory someday.  I doubt there will be any real major changes within the next 5 years.  But, I do believe that unless the long term injuries we are currently seeing can be better treated or prevented with some better equipment, football is going to start sucking more and more as the years go by and retired or older  football players have publicized early deaths or severe medical problems from concussions.

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I was having similar thoughts yesterday as I watched my hapless Broncos lose yet again.  Football's officials need to be given discretion (like soccer) to allow them to discern between infractions that truly affect the play vs. just being technical violations.  The most obvious example is offensive holding.  Often,  a play is called back when any reasonable observer could see that the hold had NOTHING to do with the success of the play.

 

In the Broncos/49ers game,  twice the 49ers were charged with "roughing the passer" calls simple because the defender's hand contacted Orton's helmet.  The first one I could understand some debate as he grabbed the back of the helmet to tackle,  but the second one was pretty inconsequential.  These technical penalties are ruining the game.  The Broncos had two touchdowns called back on infractions that,  while technically the correct calls,  had virtually no effect on the success of the plays.

 

It's getting very frustrating to watch.

 

AM.

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I think this is the beginning of the end from a generational stand point.  Also I think that TBI has a much more direct impact on high schools and colleges which are supposed to promote academics and atheltics. Well it sure seems that football and academics are fundamentally incompatible goals.

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