Good morning Rumblers,
It's been awhile since the last Joe! so I hope you all enjoy this one. Training camp is right around the corner, which means that the best time of the year (off season) for Buffalo Bills fans is coming to an end. It also mean that the Morning Joe! series will be stepping to the side, as the professionals will be gearing up for all of your training camp details. In the mean time, let's discuss today's Joe! shall we.
If you ever read any of my Joe's! you know that I'm always thinking of ways to tinker the NFL game. I really think the NFL should hire me as a consultant to the Competition Committee. That is why I will l take this opportunity to lobby for a job.
I think my biggest pet peeve with the NFL rules is the penalty for pass interference. Currently, if the defense is charged with pass interference, the ball is placed at the spot of the foul, so In essence one penalty can cost a team 50-70 yards, that is a major penalty for a play that at times can be very subjective. But if the offense is charged with pass interference, it's only a 15 yard penalty. We are led to believe that defensive players have as much right to the path of the ball as eligible offensive players. Yet, the penalty for violating the same rules aren't shared equally. How is this fair?
- Copy the pass interference rule of college football, a pass interference infraction should result in a 15 yard penalty for both the defense and the offense.
- Let the penalty of pass interference be shared, meaning that an offense can be penalized the same amount of yards as the defense for a pass interference infraction. Fair?
- Measure the intent of the infraction. The NFL use to do this with the face mask penalty; incidental contact was 5 yards, but grabbing and pulling of the face mask was 15. Do the same with interference, if a player is obviously trying to hinder a players progress, hit him with the spot penalty, but if the player is running with his back turned, its 15 yards. Of course, this is a lot harder to judge but it can be a fair compromise.
The fact is, the pass interference penalty needs to be changed. It's not a fair penalty, and too many times a bad pass interference call can cost teams huge chunks of precious yards. It's time that the NFL toss the defense side of the ball a bone.
Stopping The Clock Under Two Minutes
For those of you who like strategic football and a lot of offense, this change might be for you. I like the idea of having the game clock stop after a first down is made under two minutes of each half. Man, can you imagine the fun this will be? The two minute drill will never be the same. I think this change will make for an exciting brand of football.
Okay Rumblers, its your turn. I know for a fact that I'm not the only one who sit there on Sundays wishing for change. Its now your turn to let your voices be heard. I will use your ideas once I'm hired as a consultant.
Feel free to comment on my changes and add your own. Maybe there are things that I haven't even thought of. Below are few more ideas that should be considered:
- Coin Toss
- Uniform Rules
- Roster Size
- Player Numbers