The NFL’s competition committee has stated that they are going to look into new ways to make quarterbacks safer. More than likely in response to the number of starting QB’s getting injured at an alarming rate. This suggests that the NFL will try to make more rules changes to protect QB’s. But what if the solution is much simpler than that?
It’s no surprise to me that QB’s are getting injured more, and that’s simply because QB’s are passing the ball more. In this age of no-huddle / up-tempo offenses and read-option attacks, the number of times quarterbacks are passing or running the ball has increased exponentially over the past few years.
So the more they pass or run, the more opportunities defenders have to pound and punish QB’s. However, it seems the NFL wants to find a way for QB’s pass the ball even more, without having to pay a physical price to do it.
But it seems to me that if a team can gain so much from passing the football, then the trade-off for such gains should indeed be a risk, and not guaranteed safety. So if the NFL wants QB’s to get injured less? Here’s an idea. Don’t pass as much.
But that’s an idea that makes too much sense doesn’t it? Because instead of scaling passing attempts back, it seems the NFL is hell-bent on continuing to push the envelope, and pass the ball even more.
And with marquee names like Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers showing upon the injured list lately, the NFL can’t have their golden boys getting hurt, can they? So they’ll rack their brains creating more rules to protect them. But hasn’t the game been watered down enough to make things safer?
Now the competition committee wants to go even further. But where’s it written that a team has to pass the football 50 times a game? No one is putting a gun to anyone’s head saying you must subject your QB to a physical pounding every game. It’s coaches and QB’s who make the choice to do this. So why should NFL defenses be handcuffed for the offense’s recklessness?
Instead of the NFL changing rules, why not just use a little common sense. Just like Major League pitchers are placed on a pitch count to protect their arms, why not put NFL quarterbacks on a pass count to protect their bodies? Scale back the pass attempts and use your running backs to run the ball more?