Found September 22, 2013 on
Football and Futbol:
Being a fan of the NFL since I was just a young lad I’ve seen the game tweaked and changed a bit over the years, and overall, for the better. It’s hard to argue with the leagues success and dominance, especially, compared to the other leagues within the big four. While some of the recent rule changes have been refreshing, and maybe even slam dunks, some are still questionable, and others still leave you knowing that there has to be something else out there.
I think that everyone would agree that replay, overall, has been a great thing and that automatic reviews aren’t a bad idea either. However, I think they need to find a way to cut down any and all unnecessary reviews and the amount of time any review may take. They should find a way to have plays immediately reviewed upstairs and have the findings communicated to the on-field refs instead of having the on-field refs trying to watch the replays via sideline monitor, which seems to waste time and can be ridiculously distracting.
I love the new sideline catch rule. It removes all the prophecy involved in trying to figure out where someone would’ve come down along the sidelines. It also gives defenses a much needed help in a generation where it seems all rule changes favor offenses and putting more points on the board. It’s just clear and simple, black and white and great, a definite slam dunk.
On the other hand I find the new possession/catch and fumble rules a step backwards. I feel they haven’t provided any more justice while at the same time they make these plays more complex and convoluted. I’m hoping they go another direction next year.
The last one I would mention is the newer kick-off spot. There are way too many touch- backs now and I feel it kills a lot of, what could have been, great kick off action.
It seems that when it comes to the NFL it’s two or three steps forward and one step backward and in this fallen world that’s pretty good production, I’ll take it.
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