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General thoughts


Only two thoughts really, but I wanted everyone's opinion on these.

First is overtime in the NFL.  I like that the NFL is willing to change its overtime policy for the playoffs even though it wasn't used.  I would like to get to something closer to what college runs.  The one big change I would make is rather than have the teams start at the 25 yard line like in college I would have them start at mid field.  This at least forces the team to move 15 yards to be within field goal range. 

My second thought is much better thought out and points out a large issue that I see with both college and pro football.  The NFL has started fining players for helmet to helmet hits and anything that looks like it could hurt a player.  College has thrown more flags recently to combat the same problem and have even started suspending players.  My thought however goes further.  I have been watching games from the 1990's recently and noticed something that I don't see in today's game.  The tackling was far superior 15 years ago to what it is today.  Players used to wrap up and tackle a player today they just go to try and hit them hard to knock them down, when they do this they lower their shoulder and can't see where their going.  The fundamental of tackling is the issue that the NFL, college, high school, and pee-wee need to address. 

Watching the Steelers/Jets game yesterday I lost count of how many poor tackles Mendenhall ran through.  This is an issue that needs to be addressed not only for player safety but also for the game itself.  I believe that proper tackling would limit the number of injuries suffered by players.  I'm not saying that its going to end injuries just that it might limit them.

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