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First let me start by saying this is my first blog so any comments you have would be appreciated.

              Roger Goodell is on a mission to ruin football forever, and with the NCAA following almost everything this tool does the game stands to get alot worst if he is not removed from office are at least stripped of most of his power. Every time I see a flag for leading with your helmet, or even worse the Brady rule of launching yourself at the legs of the qb I wonder how long it will be before quarterbacks have flags hanging off there sides. Also isn't blowing a receiver up while he's in the air what made playing safety fun for all of us as kids. The very idea that Roger Goodell has player safety in mind is laughable since I have never heard of a fine for chop blocking a engaged D lineman which can end careers or for crack back blocks by receivers on defenseless defenders. Before I start sounding like a barbarian who just wants to watch people get killed I understand some of the rules helmet to helmet, and the horsecollar tackle for instance where needed changes. I'm just starting to wonder if someone didn't notice a increase in profits when overall scoring went up, and Goodell started making rules to stimulate scoring.

      Like Polamalu I feel each team should have a vote on fines and suspensions, and also a vote on rule changes. Call me old fashion, but this is still America not communist Russia though you wouldn't know it looking at how the NFL is run. Goodell rules over the NFL handing out fines and suspensions as he sees fit like his opinion is uncorruptable, and never clouded. I see it like this if I was a all powerful commissioner the Falcons, and there players might get off a little easier i'd like to say I would suspend Matt Ryan the day before the Falcons played the Saints, but I kind of doubt it. I'm sure Mr. Goody had a favorite team growing up, and has favorite players now we all do. Goodell loves football i'm sure I just think he may have been changed by the power of his position.  Who wouldn't give there teams players a break if you wouldn't I might have to question your fandom cause it's either that or your just a better man than me, and I don't think ole Roger Ramjet is.

    James Harrison has been fined somewhere around 120,000 thousand this year mainly for being to big strong and fast.  It may just be me, but it seems all a Qb has to do is roll around a little bit, and out comes the flag now how is this fair to the defense it just isn't.  If you have ever played football you know it can be hard not to hit with your helmet since your head is attached to your body nor do I believe anyone really trys to hit with there helmet since it hurts your head if you do it to much in a game.  When I say try to hit with there helmet I mean using it as a weapon it's not a weapon it's a helmet, and if you can't take a hit you might want to get out of football.  Since football is a contact sport if you play football you will be hit get over it or don't play it's as simple as that.

   So what i'm saying is that Roger Goodell is trying to turn football into a sissy sport where contact any stronger than a firm hug cost you big money.  His obsession with protecting the quaterbacks is putting defense at a huge disadvantage, and changing the game, but not for the good.  What we need to ask ourselves is do we really want to watch teams take turns scoring because the defense is so hamstrung already you don't need a d to make it to the superbowl are a running game since you can't faceguard receivers or seperate them from the ball while there in the air unless you can do it with love taps.

  So that's why I hate Goody Goodell for every good things he's done he makes up for with these baby rules.  I think a man like Ditka or Madden maybe even Cowher should be making these calls not a Ronald McDonald look alike who hasn't played football since high school and seems to have a crush on qbs.  If he is not stopped we may not reconize the game we love by the time he is done so for the good of the sport, retire quit leave the country just stop slowly desroying football Mr. Toolbag Goodell 

December 3, 2010  07:20 AM ET

I failed to get into the same fine for fighting as tackling so I leave that to anyone who would like to comment on it.

December 3, 2010  08:21 PM ET

Why do so many people assume that democracy extends to businesses? Bringing up communism is ridiculous. The NFL can does not have to give its employees a say in its decisions, nor should it have to.

On a side note, Russia hasn't been a communist country for 19 years now.

December 3, 2010  09:26 PM ET

1996 NFL Rule Changes and Clarifications

* Instant replay will be tested during the preseason in the nationally televised games. Three sideline variations will be tested, with the on-field officials reviewing the play -- no pressbox official. Each head coach was given a red flag to throw to indicate he wanted the play reviewed (max two reviews per half). The only plays subject to review are:
1. Scoring plays.
2. Sideline/end zone plays.
3. Number of players on the field.
* The five-yard contact rule will be enforced more stringently.
* Hits with the helmet or to the head by the defender will be flagged as personal fouls and subject to fines. This is being done to protect the offense, particularly the quarterback.

It's been a standing rule. With items like the Sports Legacy Institute doing work in the field and showing how damaging concussions are, they are enforcing it more, but guys like Harrison know the rule is on the books.

Here's what I don't get. People have a problem with the punishment, but not with the people going out of their way to break the rules.

On top of that, they break the rules, and then state they will keep doing it.

That's a special kind of stupid there.

Oh, and as far as the comment that they are unavoidable and that Harrison just "plays hard", that is utter BS. You can tackle without turning into a human missile. The proper technique of tackling isn't head first.

If you have ever had a bad concussion, I'm gonna guess that the perspective may be changed.

December 3, 2010  09:55 PM ET

Goodell faced a tough Congressional Committee on the issue of head trauma and they cut him little slack. Don't blame the messanger.

December 3, 2010  09:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Why do so many people assume that democracy extends to businesses? Bringing up communism is ridiculous. The NFL can does not have to give its employees a say in its decisions, nor should it have to.On a side note, Russia hasn't been a communist country for 19 years now.

Don't confuse the issue with facts.

December 3, 2010  10:23 PM ET

Former QB Larry Csonka once said, "I play football. The other team plays kill-the-quarterback."

Fines and suspensions aren't going to protect players; better equipment will.

December 4, 2010  01:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Former QB Larry Csonka once said, "I play football. The other team plays kill-the-quarterback."Fines and suspensions aren't going to protect players; better equipment will.

In some ways, the equipment is what IS the problem.

Nice to see you, Lady!

December 4, 2010  01:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

In some ways, the equipment is what IS the problem.

K, I butchered that sentence.

December 4, 2010  01:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

In some ways, the equipment is what IS the problem. Nice to see you, Lady!

They sell pills for that....

December 4, 2010  01:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They sell pills for that....

Helmets! I'm talking bout helmets!

December 4, 2010  01:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Helmets! I'm talking bout helmets!

<Resists urge to make "purple helmet" joke...>

December 4, 2010  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Goodell faced a tough Congressional Committee on the issue of head trauma and they cut him little slack. Don't blame the messanger.

Did Goodell have a concussion while testifying before Congress?

December 4, 2010  04:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Helmets! I'm talking bout helmets!

What about practice?

December 4, 2010  06:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

What about practice?

I'll leave that to Iverson. Allen, what do you think of practice?



Thanks Allen. How's Turkey this time of year?

December 4, 2010  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Why do so many people assume that democracy extends to businesses? Bringing up communism is ridiculous. The NFL can does not have to give its employees a say in its decisions, nor should it have to.On a side note, Russia hasn't been a communist country for 19 years now.

I don't assume that democracy extends to bussiness and the NFL isn't a manufactoring company nor do i care how long it has been since russia was communist. I was just trying to raise the point that all the rule changes have been designed to increase scoring and goodell is hiding behind player protection while he trys to go to a 18 game regular season how does that protect players?

December 4, 2010  06:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

.Oh, and as far as the comment that they are unavoidable and that Harrison just "plays hard", that is utter BS. You can tackle without turning into a human missile. The proper technique of tackling isn't head first.If you have ever had a bad concussion, I'm gonna guess that the perspective may be changed.

I'm going to assume that if you ever played football besides in your back yard you played offense i'm hitting with whatever i can don't care what comes of it. Also i suffered about three concussions in my playing days and that might be why i can't spell today but i never cried about it and alot of great players from the past got them regularly without whineing. Human missle what do you have to say about blind side crack blocks i noticed you avoid that part of the blog any comments on that or is player protection not really the focus here.

December 4, 2010  06:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Goodell faced a tough Congressional Committee on the issue of head trauma and they cut him little slack. Don't blame the messanger.

And that is what congress needs to be worried about. I just can't believe that this being done for any reason other than to make sure offense can light it up you can just look at how the game has changed since that fool goodell got into office

December 4, 2010  06:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

And that is what congress needs to be worried about. I just can't believe that this being done for any reason other than to make sure offense can light it up you can just look at how the game has changed since that fool goodell got into office

He's the best commissioner in sports.

December 4, 2010  07:48 PM ET

On this one, I just gotta say that the players are truly getting much stronger and faster over time; and that although the helmet and pads have evolved some, it's nowhere near matching the current pace of physical advancement. The effects of better nutrition and more task specific intensive physical training from childhood on should have been answered more comprehensively in safety equipment by now. Having played myself, I understand that if we were to demand that the NFL implement, say, armadillo style spinal and brainstem protection, the result would in fact be increased concussions and broken ribs and fingers. This issue also cannot be answered with evermore wussifying on-field regulations, as people will lose interest in games that are already becoming overburdened with rules and dead time on the field due to infractions. There are full-body style body armor suits; but those will kill interest in the game as well by making players slower and less agile. We aren't talking about kids that need adults to protect them; we are talking about journeymen and master level professionals here. (well; most teams) We might be able to make a case for less equipment and less regulation. If everyone in the 8 man maximum length line were wearing NO pads, those fighting their way through would often be carrying less momentum; and if a team could only field three personnel with full gear, then you are protecting your qb's or wr's that have their attention committed, leaving them defenseless. Those who have ever taken on a guy wearing full pads when they themselves are not understand exactly what I'm tokkin bout.

 
December 4, 2010  10:45 PM ET

quasi44 you seem to be close to having the same idea as me the game is changing and not for the good it's just my opnion, and as far as me blaming goodell i see it like a coach when you have all the power you have all the blame. Players are getting bigger and stronger, but that is happening on both sides of the ball i just think it's becoming a protect the offense league even at the cost of being able to defend them.

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