Why the rule changes make a scary NFL future

The
NFL already has a huge issue with their definition of a catch, and now after
the new targeting rule, no one will know what a tackle is either.   

A couple years ago, Dez Bryant caught a key touchdown against
the Green Bay Packers late in a playoff game, only to be overturned for ‘going
to the ground’. Green Bay challenged the call and the rest is history, the refs
basically stole my Cowboys a trip to the Super Bowl that year (2015). 

According to the new rule change, “the league will penalize
contact initiated with a lowered helmet and players will be ejected if the foul
is a drastic measure.” 

I can’t emphasize enough how detrimental this rule is for the
defense, and for the game in general, for many reasons. When making a tackle, you
HAVE to be lower than the opposing player. 

Basically who ever gets lower, when making a tackle, always
wins. If you’re a defender, you will at some point lower your head when making
a play – it is simply apart of tackling.   

Playing
high school football, my coach always told me to go completely 100 percent whether
it’s a game, or just practice. I thought this was just your typical “bust your
ass” speech by the coaching staff, but learned it stood more for player safety. 

High
school football is a real ice-breaker for learning the game of football and philosophy
of tackling, especially for those who have never played. 

I
remember doing tackle drills, and if you didn’t get up to the line quick
enough, you would get rocked by your opposing teammate. A simple but sensible philosophy
— who ever goes harder, whether it’s the player on offense or defense, they will
be the punisher.   

It’s
ironic that now the NFL has released the targeting rule in emphasis for player
safety, when really it could be the detriment
to their safety.

When
we thought it was bad enough that the league doesn’t know what a catch is, now
no one will know what a damn tackle will be, including players. Thinking more
and more, trying to avoid all the penalties when trying to make a simple play,
will slow the player down.   

Slowing
the player down could actually make them more susceptible to getting hurt, this
makes it almost completely unfair for the defense. The league already makes the
game tailored for offensive players with the other rules in place.   

This
will definitely change the game of football, but will be a good change? 

I
think that with all of these rule changes, complicating the game, could ruin
the NFL. The last thing NFL fans want to see is another another hour spent watching the refs in the replay booth, or having them define key moments in the
game.

I
might end up sticking with college football, or maybe even watching the XFL in
future years, if more rules keep coming into play. We just want to watch the simple,
physical game that we all know and love.

Photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Dak Prescott) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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