The NFL moved the kickoff from the 30-yard line to the 35, citing player safety concerns. You should have heard the sarcasm coming from FOX Sports’ Joe Buck when there was touchback after touchback in the Eagles-Steelers game last night.
“Another EXCITING return by Antonio Brown…”
Why must the NFL mess with its product with these stupid-ass rule changes? Since when did the game I love the most turn into powder-puff football? Why try to legislate the hitting out of football – and a professional league at that?
Look, I understand trying to protect players from themselves in order to prevent serious injuries (head trauma, paralysis), but this has gone too far.
Players know what they sign up for when they play football. Hell, a lot of them has played football since Pop Warner. And they sure as hell know what to expect upon entering the NFL.
No hitting in certain spots on the quarterbacks? Since when the hell did QBs have a strike zone?
No leading with the head when making a tackle? That’s why the players have helmets – to protect their heads!
No hitting a defenseless player when defending a pass play? Why not let them know when a safety or linebacker is coming so receivers can brace for impact?
Finally, let’s get rid of the most exciting play in football by moving kickoffs to the 35-yard line. After all, no kickoff returns mean no injuries.
Add those things to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s wish to extend the regular season to 18 games and we have the ultimate case of hypocrisy.
I never thought I’d say this, but looks like I have to look towards college football to see how football is meant to be played…