Dec 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) is defended by Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris (56) on a 21-yard reception in the third quarter at the Coliseum. The Browns defeated the Raiders 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

NFFL: National Flag Football League?

Hello again Cat Crave readers! Sorry I was out a week, camping, children, rain and laptops do not mix.

A big story in the NFL lately has been rule changes for player safety. With rules such as the “defenseless receiver” and the so called “heads up” or “Trent Richardson” rule, many former players and fans are complaining the league is just getting too soft.

I am sure most of you remember Bernard Pollard making that claim that the NFL would be dead within thirty years? His statement, albeit said at an inappropriate time, is an inevitable threat.

When players come into the league and sign their multi-million dollar contracts, that contract states they are in the league to play the game of football. The players accept the risks when they enter, so why should the league be responsible for the million dollar concussion lawsuits?

To be honest I see the league going down the drain in less than thirty years, it could be as low as twenty. Let’s all face it, the league will get boring and the refs will spend more time on the screen throwing flags rather than the players playing the game.

Fans caused a ruckus when the kickoff was moved up, and continued to voice their concerns whilst the kickers kicked touchback after touchback. The chances for game saving kickoff returns “cough cough” (the Super Bowl) was drastically reduced, and a certain element was taken out of the game.

The league’s lifespan is based solely on the amount of fans going to games and watching on television. That amount is based on the excitement of a game where there are hard fought plays and even harder hits. Names like Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor, and even hard hitting runners like Bo Jackson fade into the past without so much as a memory.

I understand player safety being on the forefront of the league’s mind. However putting money into teaching tackling to young players and getting rid of these silly fines would do much more good. At the very least have some discretion when handing out these fines.

Soon refs will not be sure what flags they are calling. Players will begin to run out of bounds instead of bulldozing for fear of losing money. You might as well throw flags on the players and get rid of tackling at all.

To the lovely commissioner, drop the fines and stop trying to ruin the game. Put players in their place, considering you are their boss and get a handle on the problems before they become lawsuits to ruin the league. Players should know the risks of joining the league and the league should not be held responsible. That is the way to keep the league from dying off to sports like basketball and soccer.

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