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May 15, 2012, 05:44 PM
May 15, 2012  07:09 PM ET

Get rid of Goody Goodell?

May 16, 2012  09:43 AM ET

Jason Whitlock is a joke of a writer anymore. His articles are highly opinionated, even for opinion articles, in that he doesn't seriously address counter-arguments to his points. He makes his points without addressing the implications or real-world consequences of his ideas.

Heck, in this article, he says: "- Reduce the number of full-contact practices to one per week at all levels of football. Full-contact spring practice should be eliminated from amateur football."

Read that a few more times. Only one full-contact practice per week at all levels of football. Um, counter-point: No.

Here are a few better ideas for improving the NFL:

- Defenders can't lead a hit with the crown of their helmets into the helmets of other players. Cool. Make the same thing apply to running backs that are hitting the hole. If they lower their heads like a human battering ram, penalize them like a defender doing the same thing.

- Mandate "pants pads" again. As in, the thigh pads, knee pads, hip pads, etc. for all players.

- I don't remember where I read it, but I think I read an article where the author advocated redesigning the helmets so that they're LESS protective. In the older days of football, when it was arguably more violent and nasty than it is now in terms of brutality, players did not hit each other head-to-head because it was painful and risky for both parties. Now, with the heads more protected than ever, the skulls of both parties aren't in immediate danger, which makes it much more okay to hit each other head-to-head. I saw it worded much more concisely than this, but I think that, overall, we would see less concussions because the head would not be traumatized by repeated helmet-to-helmet blows.

- While I'm at it, I think they should actually make the contracts binding legal documents. Let's say that you hire somebody to fix your roof. Halfway through the repairs, the roofer feels like they're doing a really good job - better than you probably expected them to. So they demand more money or they won't finish your roof. Does this situation end anywhere but a court or a jail for breach of contract? No. So why are NFL players treated like this sort of thing is okay? Simply put, players should be expected to honor their contracts or face expulsion from the league. They're grown men signing contracts to play for X years for X dollars. If they think they're worth more, don't sign the paper in the first place.

May 16, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Simply put, players should be expected to honor their contracts or face expulsion from the league. They're grown men signing contracts to play for X years for X dollars. If they think they're worth more, don't sign the paper in the first place.

I'll take the bait.
So owners should have to pay out the full value of player contracts when a player is released?

May 16, 2012  10:32 AM ET

hears how to save the NFL...cut salaries in half and do more for the communities and people who support the teams. 20 million for an athlete is plain ridiculous! PERIOD! cut ticket prices in half too!

May 16, 2012  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jason Whitlock is a joke of a writer anymore. His articles are highly opinionated, even for opinion articles, in that he doesn't seriously address counter-arguments to his points. He makes his points without addressing the implications or real-world consequences of his ideas.Heck, in this article, he says: "- Reduce the number of full-contact practices to one per week at all levels of football. Full-contact spring practice should be eliminated from amateur football."Read that a few more times. Only one full-contact practice per week at all levels of football. Um, counter-point: No.Here are a few better ideas for improving the NFL:- Defenders can't lead a hit with the crown of their helmets into the helmets of other players. Cool. Make the same thing apply to running backs that are hitting the hole. If they lower their heads like a human battering ram, penalize them like a defender doing the same thing.- Mandate "pants pads" again. As in, the thigh pads, knee pads, hip pads, etc. for all players.- I don't remember where I read it, but I think I read an article where the author advocated redesigning the helmets so that they're LESS protective. In the older days of football, when it was arguably more violent and nasty than it is now in terms of brutality, players did not hit each other head-to-head because it was painful and risky for both parties. Now, with the heads more protected than ever, the skulls of both parties aren't in immediate danger, which makes it much more okay to hit each other head-to-head. I saw it worded much more concisely than this, but I think that, overall, we would see less concussions because the head would not be traumatized by repeated helmet-to-helmet blows.- While I'm at it, I think they should actually make the contracts binding legal documents. Let's say that you hire somebody to fix your roof. Halfway through the repairs, the roofer feels like they're doing a really good job - better than you probably expected them to. So they demand more money or they won't finish your roof. Does this situation end anywhere but a court or a jail for breach of contract? No. So why are NFL players treated like this sort of thing is okay? Simply put, players should be expected to honor their contracts or face expulsion from the league. They're grown men signing contracts to play for X years for X dollars. If they think they're worth more, don't sign the paper in the first place.

The problem with the NFL is that they are cheap. The technology used in construction of present day helmets is 50-60 years old. Today they should not even have face bars that project outwardly, the facemask should be a clear or tinted non fogging plastic this would take away the stupid facemask penalties that sometimes are called for nothing more than when a players hand swipes across the facemask, the outer shell of the helmet should not be made of the hard plastic currently used, this hard plastic only only resonates the shock waves that occur on every play, like putting your head in a bell. The helmet shell should be made in 4 layers or more, the outer layer could be composed of something like tire rubber flexable, ridged, it will compress to a certain degree but will keep its shape, then you need a layer of micro shock absorber, ( foam, platic or aluminum) that rests on a wire mess that that gives the helmet some rigidity. Then in the area between the skull and the wire mess have something similar to memory foam. Even if the cost of per helmet for example were $1 million dollars it would still be a worthwhile investment for the NFL and Colleges. Maybe instead of spending billions in 3rd world countries we could for one or 2 years use that money to purchase helmets for High School players. Believe me you dangle that kind of money in front of a the face of some Sports Wear company and they will build the better helmet.

May 16, 2012  09:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'll take the bait.So owners should have to pay out the full value of player contracts when a player is released?

Franky, yes. Look at the culture right now: players holding out of training camps and sitting out the start of the regular season looking for more money. Owners offering free agents monster contracts - take Albert Haynesworth. Signed to a 7-year, $100 million contract, and they released him after two seasons.

Let's create an imaginary wide receiver named Rick Rolled. He signs a contract with the Cleveland Browns for 4 years and $23 million. However, after 2 years, he is the top WR on the Browns and has had a 1,000 yard season. He demands a pay raise or he would sit out as much of the season as he could to still get credit for free agency (8 games, I believe). He signed a contract saying he would play for 4 years for $23 million. I don't see how it's okay for him to just decide not to honor it. If you don't want to be locked up in one pay grade for 4 years, or you think you're worth more, don't sign the contract.

This should go both ways. Owners should be just as contractually obligated. They also signed the document stating that they would employ Rick Rolled for 4 years and pay $23 million. If Rick turns out to be a bust, it's their own fault for signing him to a contract that long for that much money.

It's a contract. Both parties sign it. Both parties should have to be accountable for it.

May 16, 2012  09:19 PM ET

Save the NFL from what??? Maybe from lousy prognosticators like Jason Whitlock!

The NFL is fine....

May 17, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Save the NFL from what??? Maybe from lousy prognosticators like Jason Whitlock! The NFL is fine....

NFL players should not be given guaranteed contracts but ones based on performance.

May 17, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

NFL players should not be given guaranteed contracts but ones based on performance.

That becomes tricky when you factor in injuries.

May 17, 2012  11:10 AM ET

YAY!!!! An article I had hoped would spark some debate...and it did!!

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May 17, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

NFL players should not be given guaranteed contracts but ones based on performance.

How are the NFL players guarantees compared to what is guaranteed in the NBA?

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May 17, 2012  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

How are the NFL players guarantees compared to what is guaranteed in the NBA?

I think the other sports contracts are mostly guaranteed.

May 17, 2012  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I think the other sports contracts are mostly guaranteed.

That is the impression I had as well.

^^ OMG...it is sports related!!

*faints*

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May 17, 2012  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

That is the impression I had as well.^^ OMG...it is sports related!!*faints*

Let's send out an alert to Joe 'i want my' Mammy.

May 17, 2012  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Let's send out an alert to Joe 'i want my' Mammy.

Don't bother...he is feilding far too many requests since he and his Mom appeared on the cover of TIME.

May 17, 2012  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Don't bother...he is feilding far too many requests since he and his Mom appeared on the cover of TIME.

I thought they were better suited for MAD. If that is still in publication. LOL!

 
May 17, 2012  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

haha!Out of the thousands of worthless comments I have made, I bet less than 20 dealt with sports.

So?? I love your comments...sports related or not.

I am merely poking fun at someone who implied that I never post anything sports related!!

*kisses and hugs to my most favorite person in MO*

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