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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; We all know that the game has transitioned from a ground game to a more pass oriented game. We also know that the NFL is changing the rules to make it more of a pass happy league because they believe ...

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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From the ground... to the air... back to the ground?

We all know that the game has transitioned from a ground game to a more pass oriented game. We also know that the NFL is changing the rules to make it more of a pass happy league because they believe that is what fans want to see. $$$

In a 2010 concussion report
Concussions by “general” Position
  • QB = 11
  • RB = 12
  • TE = 15
  • WR = 28
  • OL = 15
    • Offense = 81 (48.5%)
  • DL = 17
  • LB = 25
  • DB = 44
    • Defense = 86 (51.5%)
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Lets look at the numbers.
Offense had 81 Concussions, of those 81 ... 54 were positions relevant to the passing game.

Defense has 86 concussions, of those 86, DB had 44, LB had 25 (I am going to assume a good majority of those LB concussions were passing plays for the sake of this argument.

Defensive Backs have nearly twice the concussion rate of any other position. Possibly due to poor form tackling, but probably due to the increased amount of momentum that a CB and WR have over say a LB and a HB...

So out of 167 total concussions, 125 were relayed to the passing game.

That's a 77% concussion rate due to the passing game.


Would just changing rules to make a more balanced game make it safer?

Discuss.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #2
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As a fan, do you want 'safer' game, or a fast-paced, high-scoring game?

Just like everything, $$ will be the deciding factor, player safety be damned!
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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I think this is excellent point sir! The 'safety-conscious' NFL changed the rules that have made the game a more dangerous one. Why? For the all-mighty dollar.

Excellent point indeed!

You sure you aren't a lawyer? LMAO
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... interesting conundrum, but I can't see the NFL returning to the single-score, grind-'em-out games of the 60's/70's ... they'll lose their fanbase.
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... interesting conundrum, but I can't see the NFL returning to the single-score, grind-'em-out games of the 60's/70's ... they'll lose their fanbase.
They're losing it now...
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... interesting conundrum, but I can't see the NFL returning to the single-score, grind-'em-out games of the 60's/70's ... they'll lose their fanbase.
I actually prefer the defensive games; but good luck trying to hold Brees to 1-2 scores
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I actually prefer the defensive games; but good luck trying to hold Brees to 1-2 scores
I prefer 'em too ... but imagine if they went back to the coverage rules of the 60's/70's? Drew would still put up the points, but he'd work a lot harder at it ... it'd seperate the men-from-the-boys in the QB ranks, that's for sure.
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