Is the NFL softening up the game too much with all the rules aimed at player safety?
Maybe somewhat, but we get it. Who wants to see a death on the football field?
But there are a couple of things that could help make the game safer without all the rules limiting big hits in the secondary. How about more tackling in practice? Or more teaching of proper tackling techniques?
The tackling in the NFL isn't good. I call it the highlight-syndrome. Instead of wrapping a runner or receiver, players try for the big hit so some fools on a pre-game show can yell "Jacked-up" for their hits.
Coaches should emphasize proper tackling techniques to deter players from going for the big hits. There are actually teams that use hired-out tackling coaches. That might sound crazy, considering all the money teams pay their own coaches, but it has happened. And it makes sense.
Teams don't work much on tackling anymore either. They also don't tackle live for fear of injury, so even when they do work on tackling it isn't the real thing. That all adds up to bad form on game days, which is why we see more launching and players shooting for the big hit.
Safety rules are good. But working on tackling is the best way to make the game safer.