I read a WP article today about the possibility of the NFL making the 4th and 15 rule happen. Only 1 in 29 onsides kicks has been successful given other rule changes, and this rule change would allow a team to have one chance, only on 4th quarter to have the ball at their own 35 yard line with a chance to convert a “4th down, 15 yards to go”.
Last year the rule failed to pass. There are many who feel like it’s too much of a fundamental change.
Football is dying. Like the inexorable march of climate change prospects for the future are dim.
How many of us with adolescent children or grandchildren want to see them suit up and risk long term injury to brain or body?
Even if you think the risk reward is acceptable, it’s clear many do not, as youth participation is plummeting.
Let’s assume that we can’t create a helmet that eliminates risk of brain trauma, since trauma occurs from sudden stopping of an object in motion, that is brain smashing into skull regardless of headpiece.
Given that, what changes would do you propose that are acceptable to the game to keep you interested while significantly decreasing the risk to players?