The helmet-to-helmet hits are getting crazy. So what to do? The NFL came out Monday and said it might start handing out suspensions for those hits.
I have another idea. How about playing without helmets? Sounds crazy, right? I guarantee it would cut down on the concussions. And how much would it really impact the game?
I wonder if it's going to take a guy getting killed for the NFL to do something that drastic. Having said that, it's a choice to play in the NFL. There aren't many guys who would trade the risk for sitting on the sidelines. The money is too great. They know the dangers.
That doesn't mean something can't be done. If it's not taking the helmets, how about making the field wider. These players are so big and so fast, the field seems small, which is why the collisions are bigger.
It's a great concern now. It will be even more something isn't done.
---The Houston Texans defense is bad. Defensive coordinator Frank Bush has to be under some heat. His unit can't stop anybody. Now it has to make due without star linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the heart and soul of the unit. Look for a lot of shootouts involving the Texans. I saw them two weeks ago against the Giants and they couldn't stop the Giants all day. Problems are that Mario Williams has no help on the defensive line and the secondary really struggles to cover the pass. That's a bad combination in a pass-happy NFL. The Texans next game after their bye is against Peyton Manning and the Colts. That scoreboard operator might want to get some rest.
---There was a report this weekend that Texans owner Bob McNair wants some regional scheduling included when the NFL goes to 18 games. This isn't college. Rivalries are made by winning and losing, not by geography. The Cowboys have rivals with all their NFC East rivals, and they aren't close to them in terms of location. I don't like the idea. Then again, I'm not trying to fill stadiums, which is becoming a problem in the NFL.
---Tim Tebow scored a touchdown Sunday. Now I can sleep. Come talk to me when he throws for 300 and three scores.
---I think the Carolina Panthers are making a major mistake going back to Matt Moore at quarterback. What does that accomplish? They know what they have in him. They need to let Jimmy Clausen take his lumps and learn how to be a quarterback. He's their future. Or at least some thought he was. Coach John Fox won't be in Carolina next year, so he's probably just trying to win games. But if I were GM Marty Hurney, I wouldn't want this move.
---There is some talk of the NFL penalizing players when it is found out they took money from agents while in college. What? That isn't their issue. What about players taking money from boosters? Is that something that can be penalized? If what a college player does in school impacts NFL careers, then we might have to start penalizing players who get arrested or in trouble in school when they get to the league. It's a dumb concept.
---The Falcons are having problems at left tackle. Sam Baker is not playing up to expectations. Baker was a first-round pick in 2008, but he's been bothered by injuries. He has to play better to protect Matt Ryan's blindside.
----Why did the Jaguars trade starting safety Anthony Smith to the Packers? He was likely heading to the bench. The coaches didn't like his cover skills and Don Carey is coming on as a converted corner. Carey impressed taking some snaps from Smith against Buffalo. That was an easy call. They also like Michael Hamlin, a safety they claimed off waivers from Dallas.
---There was a report Sunday that every Oakland Raiders player is available for trade. Here's what I say to that: Aside from Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and a handful of other players, everybody is available for trade. They all have a price, right?
----I keep hearing how great LaDainian Tomlinson looks for the Jets. And he does. But why did it take leaving San Diego for him to get his body in shape? That tells me he didn't do what was necessary when he was with the Chargers. He looks much quicker with the trimmer body. So maybe he cheated the Chargers by not getting into shape.
----Norv Turner has to be in trouble. The slow stars are getting old. But we also have to hit A.J. Smith with a dagger. Where are the stars on this team? With the exception of quarterback Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, where are the stars? The Chargers were overrated to start the season. They are this team we are seeing.
---I think ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is one of the best there is out there. But when he said Father time might be catching up to Peyton Manning last week, I couldn't believe what he said. Manning might be playing a higher level than he's ever played the game. Jaws was off base on that one.