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No helmets would work

Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:46 pm


Monday Musings

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.

Quick hits

---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.


Category: NFL

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:12 pm

No helmets would work

I guess Prisco missed Manning overthrowing receivers time after time. Playing at a higher level than ever? You've got to be kidding me. Manning is on the decline. Just wait and see if you don't believe me.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:18 am

No helmets would work

@INtoHI, I can say I am not all that fimilar with rugby, so I don't know all their equipment usage. I do know American football however and the issue would be the shoulder pads. It dosen't appear that rugby has shoulder pads, if so the pads aren't like what football uses. The material and the size of shoulder pads in football would lead to sure disaster. I have had the unfortunate pleasure of being young, cocky and overconfident. In high school I attempted to play without a helmet and let's just say, head to shoulder pads not a great feeling, I'm just saying.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:51 am

No helmets would work

Head injuries? Simple. No more steroids or fast food. NFL players are too damn big and fast to be natural. As for no helmets? that's called Rugby.Yes LT wanted out of San Diego. On the Chargers, their offense and defense rankings are high. Their special teams and mistakes suck. That is a lack of leadership and AJ should do something about that now. And Prisco, Jaworski knows a tad more about NFL QBs than you. Father time catches up with everyone, even the best QB in the league eventually is not the best.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:33 pm

No helmets would work

prisco got this idea from jaguars senior editor im sure, vic ketchmen has been preachin this for awhile and it does make alot of sense . players didnt have all these head injuries back when they wore leather , didnt have much when they had no facemask , the league is making these helmets bigger and bigger and adding full face cages and everything, the players are turning them into weapons , now if a defender did not have all that protection, they wouldnt not use them as  a weapon and that would reduce the head injuries

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:04 pm

No helmets would work

Of course it would work, but it would so totally change the game, no one would agree to it. I mean, look at rugby? The pro ruggers in Europe are just as strong as NFLers... though the "freak factor" is not as prevalent. Lots of blood in rugby, too. And, after all, it would properly be more proper to call football American Rugby... which is basically what it is... rugby with blocking, hence the need for all those pads and stuff..

*freak factor: Why the slow, fat guy gets a football scholarship to sit on the bench at State while the all-city linebacker doesn't even get a nod from Southcentral IT&T because he's only 5-9, 150 pounds...

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:38 pm

No helmets would work

I read alot of stupid things from Prisco... this is by far the worst

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 2:02 pm

No helmets would work

No helmets?  Wider field??  This is typical Prisco noise trying to get readers riled up and making comments.  Ludicrous "solutions" to the problem.  The NFL needs to simply change the culture of the game by enforcing penalties and continuing to levy fines.  This worked for "roughing the quarterback".  The reason they do not do this is purely economic.

As much as I like to blast Prisco (which he purposely encourages?)... he is SPOT ON with LaDanian Tomlinson !!!

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:18 pm

No helmets would work

There's a small difference in pickup football without a helmet or pads. For one, you don't get hit by the pads themselves, and the hits aren't nearly as severe. Sure maybe you'll get one or two that look like it, but overall the hits are alot harder in the NFL because of the weight and strength of the players. 
Plus to tackle, your supposed to put your head to the players side basically. I think any NFL player would agree they'd rather have a helmet on to hit someone than without one. I know my head got pounded in high school football, and I didn't even try to hit anyone with my head so it apparently still happens.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:04 am

No helmets would work

I haven't read the whole article... I stoped at making the field WIDER.... Are you fucking crazy? Everyone that love this idea need a kick in the ass... right now! ask a friend, a neighbor, do it yourself whatever way

I am Canadian... and I fucking hate the airport that serve for football field when we play! don't ever do that NFL... never!

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:16 am

Except for Peyton, Right Pete?

Just when I think you can't say anything more TOTALLY redeem yourself!

I'm just amazed that Pete didnt advocate for everyone not to wear helmets except Manning.  If that guy ever got hurt on a helmet to helmet hit - you'd have to talk Pete off of a ledge.

Just because you fell off your bike as a kid too many times with no helmet and can still get paid to write doesnt mean that NFL players don't need em.

Im saving this article (along with Pete's assessment that the Ravens did not get a #1 receiver in Boldin) on my Prisco Wall of the Absurd....

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