Speaking as someone who has been diagnosed with several concussions in my hockey playing days (one quite severe), I have no stomach for what the NFL is doing to the sport of football. Seeing guys get 15 yard personal fouls for hits that do not even come close to being helmet-to-helmet, or because the player getting hit torques his head and his helmet goes goofy... it's just sapping my enjoyment of the sport.
Football is a game of violence. Either own that, or go watch cricket.
canaan wrote:its the same problem that exists in the NHL, in my opinion. the players, under the guise of better safety, have been given a suit of armor to unleash hell.
Every time this discussion comes up I fell compelled to remind the board of the study from the mid-90s that showed - pretty conclusively, as I recall - that the hockey league with the highest incidence of head and neck injuries and stick fouls was the one that mandates full face and head protection and bans fighting: NCAA Div I. Correlation is not causation, of course, by my own anecdotal evidence backs up that finding.
TheHammer24 wrote:In any event, my original post applauded the NFL amid numerous complaints that it is softening the league and people are just going to blow out each others' knees. Well, that hasn't happened.
Ask Dustin Keller if he'd rather have a concussion or his right knee.
The NFL has seen an increase in the number of injuries to players that's up 40% from last year, which is double what it was ten years earlier. Nearly 200 players started
2013 on IR, and about 250 were on IR entering Week 8.
Some of that is heightened awareness about concussions; what used to be reported as a headache and walked off now requires a player to be benched. Players are also quite a bit larger and faster now, which brings about its own set of risks. But the rules changes in recent years have given those bigger and faster players more room to exploit their speed and size, and in turn defenders are now in a position where they either have to go low to make the tackle at the point of contact or make some half-assed attempt to drag a guy down. (That works well when a 6' 190-lb CB is trying to tackle Gronk) And some of that increase is down to the rules governing what teams and players are actually allowed to do in practice and training camp now. The overall fitness of an NFL player in 2013 is on another planet compared to a decade ago, but the 'football fitness' has fallen off dramatically.