The new rule that the National Football League has just instituted that a defensive player cannot launch himself (feet must stay on the ground) while making a tackle is wonderful, but it falls a little short. Here is a list of other changes that need to be added to the NFL rulebook immediately.
Have you seen the size and speed of the modern day defensive ends? When they come around the corner and slam into the quarterback, it is much too violent. The league now, without hesitation, should institute a new rule that when rushing a quarterback they must hop on one leg. Now, to be fair about this, the two offensive tackles must play on their knees. This would be much nicer.
The two defensive tackles should count 1-Mississippi 2-Mississippi, 3-Mississippi before they can rush the quarterback because if you think the defensive ends are too big, oh my you should see these brutes. They are way too big, angry, and excessively violent.
Punt returns should be abolished altogether. The hits on the punt returner are just awful. The kicking team has too much time to get up to maximum speed before hitting the poor punt returner. So just punt the ball and resume the play where the ball stops rolling! So just eliminate the punt returns altogether.
Kickoffs should be vastly altered too. The kickoff returner must walk as quickly as possible when returning a kick. The kicking team should back peddle down the field until they hear the whistle, then they can turn around, hop on one foot and then try to make the tackle. Remember, the kickoff return specialist is walking at a very brisk pace.
Finally, the whole persona of the league needs improvement. To start, the league should change their name from National Football League (NFL) to Nicer National Fellowship Football League (NNFFL). The music blasted out of the speakers at these stadiums is just nerve shattering and should be changed to Mozart, Bach, or something along those lines. One final thought, I'm for Richard Simmons to supply half-time entertainment at the next Super Bowl
Gregg Swanner, Towson