Re: Head Injury Problem in NFL - Suggestions for a fix?
posted at 9/15/2010 9:05 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Head Injury Problem in NFL - Suggestions for a fix?
[QUOTE]They get paid more money in one year than some people will make in a lifetime. I dont feel sorry for them at all, they know the risks, if they dont want to take the risks, they have the option to get a real job like 99% of the rest of the world.
Posted by WCPatsFan[/QUOTE]
That's extremely cynical. How about college and high school players? "Too bad"?
Teaching correct tackling is the place to start. You'd see less huge hits, but also far fewer whiffs if people actually kept their head up. Maybe it would be in the best interest of everyone to start sorting out parameters to penalize those types of hits? Or maybe not penalize, but start fining players, escalating the fine with each repeat offense? It's getting to the point where people are going to start getting seriously hurt, they need to be proactive, and not wait until 3 players in a single season get paralyzed.
As for the larger field, no worries about disagreeing, I disagree with your disagreement! In all seriousness, I don't think that would allow for bigger hits. Sure, on the surface it seems like more space = more speed = bigger hits, but I really don't think that's how it would go. Push each sideline out 5 yards...now the safeties can't crowd the line as much because there is 15 feet more to each side to worry about covering. Dlineman won't regularly beat a RB to the sideline, OLB will have more responsibilities, and won't be able to hug the line, and drop into a zone so easily. It would definitely create more running space for ball carriers in my estimation.
Helmets are also an issue. Someone needs to do a real, comprehensive study and see what can be done. To just accept it as part of the game is not acceptable, that's the easy way out. Athletes often need to be told what's really for their own good when it comes to safety. No 25 year old thinks about having a clear thought at 40, but they need to. If they're too ignorant or short sighted, someone needs to do it for them. I'm not willing to let owners make millions, and millions of fans be entertained at the expense of someone's health. If that's the case, I'd rather go back to the gladiator days, give them a chestplate, shield and a sword, and let's not masquerade as a game.
As for the violence, I'm not against it at all, I LOVED the Ray Lewis hit on Monday (clean, shoulder to shoulder, no head contact at all) and I'm also a huge MMA fan. They take FAR better care of their fighters than the NFL does of it's players and that's practically criminal. You get a bad concussion in a sanctioned MMA fight, you're on the shelf for 60-180 days. In the NFL? You might miss a day of practice, possibly a single game.