PhillyGreenMachine, on 12 December 2012 - 07:18 PM, said:
Can anyone tell me why Goodell literally comes up with the dumbest ideas? I can in two seconds come up with so many flaws in his already flawed logic.
#1. Create an NFL team in England
This is the National Football League, meaning all of the teams that are composed of this league are in the United States of America, or reside in some part of the Americas. But why would he want to bring a team to England? Nobody watches that game and for the most part, its usually a big blowout between the Patriots and some average Joe of a team. I don't think I have even watched this game since 2007 when the Giants played the Dolphins in a close contest. The people in Europe also hate American Football, so they don't deserve a team since they give the sport so much crap. Secondly, who wants to have their team in England? Does he realize that the cost of travel is going to be so immense that no team will want to travel there and the team that plays there will have to take a plane 8 times sometimes 6,000 miles to the other side of the ocean and even past the East Coast to the West. If anything, Roger should put a team in Canada or Mexico, because those two countries are actually in America.
#1: Baseball, hockey and at one point basketball all have/had teams in Canada. Though they are in North America they are indeed in another nation. Change to the NFL is not new. It's always evolving and the world is becoming more connected globally. Movies made in the US are now released in other countries before they are released here.
The leagues merged, the original game of football had different rules, points and uniforms. Originally there was no passing, no extra points and no field goals. Things change.
#2. Taking away two Preseason games and replacing them with two Regular season game in an 18 game or 19 week season.
This is only half flawed because although the preseason games are important for evaluating talent, they are also rarely ever a draw to fans and don't sell very well. Goodell's main problem with the 4 preseason game system is the injuries that take some starters out of the regular season... HOWEVER, he doesn't realize that with 18 regular season games, players actually have MORE of a chance of getting injured as the starters only play during half of the time in the preseason, but are forced to play the whole time in the regular season. This would make the team more watered down then it was in the first place.
#2: Essentially the first two regular season games would be a continuation of the preseason because teams would still be getting into the swing of things and shaking off the rust from injuries. They'd have to allow a larger roster and allow cuts after week 2 or something to give them more time to pare the roster down.
#3. Goodell taking away the kick-offs.
Roger Goodell has always been wary of keeping the players safe, so his major target is taking away kick-offs. Some returners have been completely screwed in their careers because they got concussions on hard helmet to helmet hits on kick offs. Our own Ellis Hobbs got injured in consecutive seasons after getting concussed on kick offs. But is getting rid of kick offs really affecting this problem? I say not as the Eagles have not had a mortally injured returner since Ellis Hobbs and while kicking from the 35 hinders returners from going out of the endzone, it actually doesn't really matter as even though some returners start with the ball from the back of the endzone, they still come out anyways.
So he gets rid of kick offs? What happens then? So your team is down 9 points with 1:30 left in the game and you have one or zero timeouts. What then? You score a touchdown and hit the two point conversion and now you are down 1 point. But wait? You can't get a chance to get the ball back unless your opponent screws up and now you have lost because you didn't have the timeouts to stop the clock because your opponent kneeled the ball. It would be just like Techmo Bowl.
I don't think you know what the word wary means.
But anyway, you also don't understand Goodell's entire proposal. And understand: it's just an idea they are kicking around and it is also endorsed by some owners and coaches. It's not Goodell being a dictator and waving a wand to make a rule change. The owners have to vote on these things you know.
But the suggestion is not to remove kickoffs and that's it: it's is to REPLACE kickoffs after points with a choice for the team: A) punt the ball or B) go for it on a 4th and 15 situation to retain posession.
So you are getting upset about a scenario where a team can't come back. Actually, you are double wrong because not only do they get a chance, they get a choice between two plays: teams can get creative with a punt situation just like an onsides kick and attempt to recover the ball, or they can keep their offense on the field and convert for a 1st down and keep the ball with another chance to score.
Kickoffs are largely pointless and this would not be the first change to the game. As I said, the entire points system was different originally. At first, there was no passing or extra points for field goals. Touchdowns originally were 4 points if I remember correctly. Lots of things have changed about the game. It happens.