Sunday, November 27, 2011

NFL: A Nice Guys Game

(Photo: cnn.net)
What is going on with NFL these days? It seems that guys can't play tough anymore. Players are afraid of hitting another player hard because the NFL could fine or penalize them. Referees protect quarterbacks like they do their own daughters!

I am not trying to say that dirty players should be idolized, but, the NFL front office is starting to get a little ridiculous. I am also not trying to defend Ndamukong Suh and his actions in last Thursday's game against the Packers. I am simply saying that the NFL is not a game for tough guys anymore.

When players sign their multi-million dollar contracts to join the league, they should understand that they are in for some pain. To be honest, I think they DO know that. They have been playing the game since they five years old. I understand that the NFL wants to "protect players" and "make the game safer", but, the only way to do that is to eliminate the game all together.

Hard hits and rough plays is what makes football...football. If the guys in the NFL front office doesn't understand that, then maybe they shouldn't be in charge! Why do they care? These are the same guys that have turned the game into a business. Hard hits and rough plays sells tickets.

The NFL front office needs to just let the players play. I know that there is a difference between intentionally hurting someone and just laying a good hit. Football, back in the day, was awesome to watch because it was just grown men stepping out onto a battle field every Sunday and just imposing their will against their opponent. Now they go out there and try not to be too rough. It's almost as if they are playing scared.

I am tired of the NFL stepping in and reviewing every single big hit. It was a great hit, let it go. Football is a violent game. It always will be a violent game. There isn't anything that anyone can do to change that. If you don't like the big hits and the violent play, then maybe the NFL just isn't for you. In the immortal words of ANY true football coach: "Just shut up and play."