I am the Program Director at 1410 WING ESPN Radio in Dayton, Ohio...also host of Dayton Sports Scene weekdays at 5p! Find me on Twitter @ESPNMark!
NFL Hits Back
by Mark Neal,posted Oct 19 2010 11:41AM
The NFL has decided to focus more on the vicious hits that occur around the league. Its makes sense, but changes the game. So many hits are just what they are...hits. You run, lower your head, and make contact. But once you put your head down, the guy you are hitting may move. You could be aiming for a chest and get the side of a head...its that easy.
I have talked many times on the show about one of the NFL's biggest weaknesses is the lack of numbers. The NFl needs to keep its best players on the field because the people behind them just aren tthe same quality. It does the league nothing to have the Tom Bradys and Peyton mannings of the world out injured. Especially when the defense is, "well, that's football." That isnt good enough for me.
While I feel the NFl can not legislate everything, they can try. The NFL needs its best players on the field as much as possible. The few minor, and major injuries the league can prevent, go for it. I have said many times how these players need padded up. They need to be required to wear the pads they are provided. Doing that alone would make a difference.
I brought up Kris Jenkins. He had torn ACLs in both knees, and was returning this season from an ACL injury. He goes down Week 1 with an ACL. How many knee braces was he wearing...at 360 pounds mind you...zero! Some of these injuries the league can prevent. Some they can not. In an attempt to protect, you tend to over protect. Expect a lot of overprotecting for a while and a lot of questionable flags.
So the NFL game is one where you need lots of durable people, so what? I don't understand why you insist that people get hurt less. I bete there are tons of really good players that were never stars because of injury. If you believe your own words then you would want it where basically noone would get hurt because then all those 'best' players would wtill be playing. Durability is part of what makes one great.