I don't watch much pro sports in recent years - gave up on the NBA years ago - so the NFL may be the next league that will lose me. The NFL is getting to a point where it isn't football anymore. If it gets rid of the kickoff as proposed, what's next?
But with regard to the rule changes...it's obviously affected things like kickoffs, coverage on D, and passing on offense. Teams still need balance, but it's the explosive plays that shift the scale towards the offense dominating the defense. Do you mean to tell me that when you watch Peyton or Brees score a TD in under 2 minutes you don't make the connection that THAT'S why they win? I remember the Boller years when 21 points was like the Promised Land. (Most of the time, the only way they GOT there was when the defense scored the points.) And even the announcers labeled certain teams the following way: "If this team falls behind by more than 2 TDs, there's no way they can score enough points to come back". That was the Ravens. And the Bills. And the Chiefs in later years. By the same token, back in those days, if the Ravens got ahead by 10 points, it was a lock. Nobody just marched down the field on them in the final 4 minutes of a game. But that was then, and this is now. And maybe it's all just a matter of preference; I happen to prefer a high scoring, up tempo kind of offense. But hey...it's all just opinions. And for the most part, I respect your opinions and the way you get your point(s) across.
another HUGE issue i had with Cam was his "secret playbook" that would only be brought out when we were behind and absolutely had to move the ball to win. Such as in Pittsburgh in 2011 or the AFC Championship game last year. Where were these plays during the other 58 minutes of the game?
Here are some highlights:
"In short, Cameron is a control freak. He has been for years. Ask people who were in Miami when he served as Dolphins head coach for just one season (2007) and you'll hear stories about how it was actually easier for people in the building to deal with Nick Saban than Cameron. That is why, despite a pretty reasonable performance by Baltimore's offense against Washington, this move had to be made. Whether that was now or in the offseason, the Ravens were going to have to divorce themselves of Cameron if they eventually wanted to keep Flacco happy.
Baltimore wasted years with one of the greatest defenses in the history of the game, winning only one Super Bowl largely because it lacked a great triggerman on offense. While it's hard to call Flacco great just yet, he's on a pretty good path. To junk him would be an outrageous gamble.
So instead, do your best to make him happy."
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