Re: This is the s*** I don't like
posted at 5/4/2012 12:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: This is the s*** I don't like
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: This is the s*** I don't like : Suspensions, as we are seeing right now with the Saints players, are never an easy thing. They ALWAYS get challenged, and it's hard and costly to argue it either way. It's a progression, in a few years, I think hits like meriweather/Harrison got fined for a few years ago will lead to suspensions in the near future. You can't do everything at once. -Acknowledge the problem (which has only happened in the past few years) -Start to address the problem, i.e. fines and better understanding/awareness, and eventually bigger fines (as we've seen) and finally suspensions. Going forward, you CONTINUE to address the problem. There are STILL players who won't admit concussions, so obviously the understanding part isn't close to being complete. Nevermind a gross situation like in SD a few years back where the guy seized on the plane ride home because his concussion was overlooked on some...'sketchy', at best, reasoning.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
If there was a real desire by the league to stifle the blatant hits they could do plenty more.
How about on a blatant hit instead of just being a penalty, the ball is immediately turned over?
How about suspensions with pay and a fine as well? No grounds for a lawsuit there.
How about major fines to the franchise? Cost your team enough loot and your marketability goes down down down come next contract and your playing time is likely less in the meanwhile.
How about blatant hits being related to the cap? The more a team is penalized for blatant hits the lower their cap gets.
How about rankings on blatant hits affecting playoff seeding?
How about such hits causing immediate ejection from the game?
There are a bunch of possibilities that are real rather than this token fining nonsense. I don't see Goodell really trying to solve this. They are just doing a cover your azz program to provide a defense against litigation.