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Old 10-19-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Just heard on a local radio show here in Charlotte (Frank and Buck Show), 2 former players in the league, that the NFL is being more scrutinizing on big hits to lower the insurance cost for the players. That the owners are pushing for a more "safe" league to lower these costs, and not so much for the player's safety. This is an interesting take on this past weekend's injury plagued games. What do you all think?
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:27 PM
 
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If NFL players weren't wearing all that armour they wouldn't be using it as a weapon. Watch a rugby or Aussie Rules match...they know if they go full speed at someone and smack them head to head it is going to hurt them just as much as their opponent. NFL players are generally classless thugs and know they can get away with using their equipment as a weapon to instigate punishment on their opponent without feeling a thing because they are caked in 50 pounds of protective armour..... Anyway...I say let them kill each other.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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If NFL players weren't wearing all that armour they wouldn't be using it as a weapon. Watch a rugby or Aussie Rules match...they know if they go full speed at someone and smack them head to head it is going to hurt them just as much as their opponent. NFL players are generally classless thugs and know they can get away with using their equipment as a weapon to instigate punishment on their opponent without feeling a thing because they are caked in 50 pounds of protective armour..... Anyway...I say let them kill each other.
Gladiator..........
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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Bunch of BS. They want to make it safer for the players yet they want to increase the season to an extra 2 games. What a bunch of hypocrites.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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If NFL players weren't wearing all that armour they wouldn't be using it as a weapon. Watch a rugby or Aussie Rules match...they know if they go full speed at someone and smack them head to head it is going to hurt them just as much as their opponent. NFL players are generally classless thugs and know they can get away with using their equipment as a weapon to instigate punishment on their opponent without feeling a thing because they are caked in 50 pounds of protective armour..... Anyway...I say let them kill each other.

Bingo, what if these tough guys took off the armour and played the game. The conventional wisdom from many is that they'd kill each other b/c they're such tough, hard-hitting guys but the reverse is true.

same thing has happened in hockey where the pads are now hard moulded plastic whereby you can elbow somebody in the head as hard as you want and you'll never hurt yourself. Years ago with just cloth and styrofoam you could elbow someone but if you did it hard enough you'd hurt yourself as well.

The more protection the more fearless they play but they also start to use the equipment as a weapon with no consequence.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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sorry, I forget as well, the real reason is to make defenses shy and question what they're doing out there thereby making it easier for the offense to score.

if you look at the vast majority of rule changes over the last 20 years they've mostly been for the benefit of the offense. this will slow the defense down even more and benefit the offense. And that's what the NFL has been trying to do for a long time, americans need offense or they're bored.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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If NFL players weren't wearing all that armour they wouldn't be using it as a weapon. Watch a rugby or Aussie Rules match...they know if they go full speed at someone and smack them head to head it is going to hurt them just as much as their opponent. NFL players are generally classless thugs and know they can get away with using their equipment as a weapon to instigate punishment on their opponent without feeling a thing because they are caked in 50 pounds of protective armour..... Anyway...I say let them kill each other.
Both Mike Ditka and Joe Paterno recently stated that they think eliminating the facemask would help eliminate some of the vicious hits. In Ditka words, "If you remove the facemask, then a lot of those pretty boys wouldn't be hitting like that." So, your first two sentences have merit. The rest of your post is clueless and classless drivel.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:24 PM
 
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I was going to start a thread about the NFL Safety Rules...I guess this is the thread.

I think it is Cowardly of the NFL to put this on the Players. 1st of all, it happens sometimes. It's a price to play the game.
2nd...the League, the media and fans are not to blame? The league promotes it, the media shows it, the fans want it.

This is silly. Way to poke a hornets nest, right before the CBA expires. Unless they will revamp all this and use it as a chip, in the negotiations. Anyway, I'm getting really tired of the NFL bullying everything.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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The NFL, being dictated to by advertisers, is reactive. Until there's another incident like the one that paralyzed Darryl Stingley, everything they do is posturing.
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