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Old 09-21-2011, 08:02 PM   #11
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I'm pretty sure you get a roughing the passer call for farting in Foxborough.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:16 PM   #12
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I love the Hochuli picture! It's pretty true, though.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:32 PM   #13
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I don't agree with this premise:

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But the NFL has taken the exact opposite path regarding the passing game. Passing plays have always been particularly dangerous, both to the receiver who is largely defenseless, and the quarterback who has to withstand the rush long enough to find the open receiver. It’s not an accident that there’s a penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver, but no such penalty for running backs.
Running backs, on average, have the shortest careers because they get hit the most. And other than punters and kickers, QBs have the longest careers.
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Running backs, on average, have the shortest careers because they get hit the most. And other than punters and kickers, QBs have the longest careers.
Because of their knees, which lose their stability and push even when they're not getting blown out disastrously, and the level of play required of their position demands fresh legs. These are still injuries, no matter what, but we have to assume the league has zero intention of protecting players from what is considered regular wear and tear.

And, to the author's point, running is not passing, and passing sells beer, so there will be no added protection for RBs.
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Wallace108 Makes a good point, as does the immediate reply. It could be that the nfl worries less about knees than concussions and broken necks - Harrison would would likely agree.
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Because of their knees, which lose their stability and push even when they're not getting blown out disastrously, and the level of play required of their position demands fresh legs. These are still injuries, no matter what, but we have to assume the league has zero intention of protecting players from what is considered regular wear and tear.

And, to the author's point, running is not passing, and passing sells beer, so there will be no added protection for RBs.

I never played football, so I could be wrong ... but wouldn't the stress being put on receivers knees while running routes and making quit cuts be just as severe as the stress being put on running backs' knees? And actually, the average career for a receiver isn't that much longer than a running back. 2.81 years vs. 2.57 years. So as far as which is safter, running or passing, I think it's six of one and half a dozen of the other.

I agree that passing "sells more beer," but I can't agree that passing is more dangerous and results in more injuries.

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Wallace108 Makes a good point, as does the immediate reply. It could be that the nfl worries less about knees than concussions and broken necks - Harrison would would likely agree.
I agree that they're more concerned about concussions than knee injuries (except for quarterbacks). Just look at the "illegal" chop blocks the Ravens were using against the Steelers. Technically, they weren't illegal because of where the defensive players were lined up. But if someone is taking out your knees, what difference does it make where the player lined up?
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The answer isn't more rules. Paradoxically, it's less. Get rid of the five yard chuck rule - teams will pass less.
BINGO we got a winner.

this is the rule that open up the passing game in the first place. but that won't happen.

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flag football anyone?
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How about widing the hash marks on the field like in college. that way you could roll the pocket more and the QB would still be close to the middle of the field when the attempts to throw a pass.
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It is ARENA football now the only difference is they added 50 yards to the field.
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