Good morning Bills Nation,
Before we get started; the title for today's Morning Joe could be a little misleading. Today's Joe isn't about players going from College to the NFL, so if that's what you were hoping for you might want to click away :-). I know this is the "season" for mock drafts and such; but I kind of wanted to give you all a break from it. Don't worry, we still have 2 months of more mock drafts :-).
Now with that out of the way, let's get down to business. If you have read any of my Morning Joe's, you know that I try to bring a different and unique perspective to the site each morning. I enjoy hearing different ideas and getting feedback on some of the ideas that I have.
Today, I want to discuss a few things that I will like to take from College football and have implemented in the NFL. I prefer the NFL over the College Football, because I love the level of competition you get in professional football. However, I do enjoy some of the great rivalries in College Football and to me that's the one thing that the College Football has on the NFL.
After the jump, I'm going to list a few things that I wish the NFL will adopt from College Football.
Georgraphic Location- In a previous Morning Joe, I discussed a possible NFL realignment. I think the NFL should really focus on scheduling games between teams that are close geographically. If you look at some of the great rivalries in College Footbal; geographic location plays a huge role in the rivalry. For an example, Alabama v Auburn (160 miles), USC v UCLA (13 miles), Michigan v Ohio St (187 miles). I will love see more games like Bills v Giants games; Texans v Cowboys, Raiders v 49ers, there is something about in-state rivalries that are appealing to fans.
First Downs stops the clock- Now before you jump on me, I hate the fact that EVERY first down in college football stops the clock. Their games are like 4 hours long, and that's way too long to sit and watch a game. But what am I suggesting is that the clock stops after each first down under 2 minutes in both the 2nd and 4th quarter. Could you imagine the type of great come back games you will have in the NFL? The NFL wants more scoring, this is a great way to do it.
Pass Interference- This is probably the biggest problem that I have with the NFL. So much so, that this topic alone was an idea for an entire Morning Joe. I hate the fact that you can have a penalty that can potentially be a 50-60 yard penalty. Is it just me or is this absolutely insane? There is no consistency when it comes to pass interference yards. I've seen QB's just throw it up and hope for pass interference calls. Is the competition committee looking in to this rule? I found an article that discusses this very point. In College football, pass interference is 15 yards, period. It doesn't penalize the player or team 50-60 yards because of one bad play. It's ironic that the NFL is so concerned about safety, yet intentional personal foul calls are penalized no where near to severity of a pass interference call. Sorry, I just don't get it.
So what do you think Bills fans? Is there anything you want the NFL to adopt from College Football? Is what I'm suggesting totally ludicrous?