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Defenseless Receivers - Part II: The "Seat Belt Fines"

In a continuation to my last post, I came up with an outrageous idea as I was driving the other day and saw a billboard talking about the fine if you are caught without your seat belt.  Being the football fanatic that I am as well as starving for football, I immediately drew a parallel to the NFL safety rules that are being implemented.

If the NFL continues in its current fashion of "Player Safety" rules, then this may come to fruition.  The idea that I have, stemming from my last post, is that players are fined for putting themselves in dangerous posiitons, i.e. "placing their head in the guillotine".  If you didn't read my last post, that is a term I coined involving the constant issue that I saw of receivers being hit in the head not because the defender went high, but because they lowered their head and put it in harms way.  I think we all can agree that as unfortunate as injuries are, they do disrupt the flow of the game and can take the momentum away from either team.  Especially head injuries which may involve many minutes to cart the player off the field.

Now, I for one do not necessarily propose that this be implemented.  I know how much I would hate it for a Cowboy or whatever team I am rooting for be penalized for getting his head knocked off, even if I know it was kind of his fault for lowering it into harms way.  Although if the Unnecessary Roughness Penalty (URP) was reduced from 15 to say 5 yards if such was the case or just a fine for doing that afterwards, then maybe that would be more acceptable.  That is what I would call "Seat Belt Fines".  Sometimes to protect people you need have a fear of punishment for putting themselves in an uneccessarily harmful situation.  Even though I think a percentage of that is just stepping onto the field.  Either way, I think we all, as fans, can agree that these rules are getting ridiculous.  It looks like the NFL's biggest hits of the year highlight reel after the season ends may becoming a thing of the past.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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