The NFL introduced new overtime rules during the 2011 playoffs to try to make the game more enjoyable for fans and fairer for the teams on the field. Under the old rules the game was decided by the coin toss more often than not. The team receiving the ball won the game 60 percent of the time, and usually by a field goal. This was also not a great spectacle for fans. After watching 60 minutes of back and forth football they would see the game decided by a kickoff return, [...]
The National Football League is always looking for new sources of revenue. Even though the league consists of 32 teams and enjoys record TV ratings, that has not stopped rumors that the league intends to expand at some point.
The major reason for these rumors is because the NFL does not have a team in one of the largest media markets in the country — Los Angeles. The NBA and Major League Baseball have two teams in this market. Even the NHL [...]
The recent success of the New England Patriots has caused many NFL fans to wonder if Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all-time. Belichick currently has a 205-108 record during his coaching career in the NFL, and he has also been able to win three Super Bowls. While these are amazing achievements, it is still early to call him the greatest coach of all-time.
When the New England Patriots were able to win three Super Bowls in four years starting in 2001, it appeared that the team was about create a major dynasty. Since there Super [...]
Brett Favre is undoubtedly one of the greatest quarterbacks to play in the National Football League. Many people are singing the praises of Green Bay’s current quarterback, but Brett Favre’s legacy with the Packers is more than secure. His statistics speak for themself.
With 71,838 passing yards in his 20 year career, Brett Favre holds the record for the most yards thrown. Favre also holds the record for most touchdowns with 508 as well as the record for the most victories by a quarterback. Favre was voted the league’s most valuable player several times. In addition, Favre reached the Super [...]
Those of you who think the violence in football stops when the whistle is blown may want to take a look at the brawl that brewed and eventually erupted between the Lions and the Bears. It was a tense game favoring the Bears who were absolutely dominating the Lions. One aggressive play after another was about as close as the incensed Lions players could get to throwing actual punches and it wasn’t enough.
For a team infamous for more than a few debatable, dirty tricks, the Lions needed to do something to stir things up and it came in the form of an angry Matthew Stafford when he disengaged himself from the Bears cornerback, D.J. Moore, by literally flipping him off his feet and onto the ground – a move more akin to UFC fighting than football. DVR’s ran the playback over and over again and directv Sunday Ticket customers saw every second of it.
A brawl soon ensued involving both teams that lasted for almost five minutes before it was finally broken up. In the end, Stafford wasn’t penalized and, oddly enough, it was Moore who was ejected from the game. However, to their credit, no amount of dirty tricks could stop the Bears from taking home the win.
How many of us have ever heard the name Barry Sanders? Do you know what he was famous for? How does he measure up to sports players everywhere? His ranking may astonish most people who feel like he should have been higher on the list, but for others they fully understand why he received the ranking he did.
Barry Sanders was ranked number 17 on the list of the Top 100 players of all time. A lot of people feel that he should have been in the top 5 because his [...]
The officiating in the NFL has definitely gotten worse. With the reliance on instant replay, the officials are allowed to miss some calls since they can review them after the fact. Additionally, the reliance on technology has replaced the need for officials to get everything right on the first try. Furthermore, with the need rules implemented which makes certain hits illegal, it is very difficult for officials to make these calls. The subjective nature of these penalties leads to [...]
Owning a team in the NFL can bring great profits, prestige, and plenty of notoriaty, especially if you are a good owner, and if you manage and run the best team, players, and staff. But, owning a team can also bring negative publicity, espeically when your team is not winning, and you have spent millions of dollars to bring in the best players, and the best coaching staff, in order to get that winning season, and to give the fans what they want to see when they are watching their team perform on a Sunday afternoon. So, for those owners who do get the negative press, especially after spending the money, bringing in the players, yet not producing for the fans, you have to know what to do in order to turn things around the following season, and build a team that is going to be able to play together, rather than bring in a bunch of all stars that can’t perform as a unit on the field.
Currently, the worst owner in the league is the Miami Dolphins owner, Bill Parcels. Due to acquiring Reggie Bush in the off season, as the power house running back, he gave away many other players, and now the team is really struggling, and in fact has only won one game the entire season. So, whether it was the right move to make, is still something the fans, as well as Parcels, are debating about. Now, since a contract was signed, the player is going to be on the team for quite a few years, but brining in addtional forces, to hopefully be able to work as a team, and to help the team get back on their feet, is the next thing Parcels has to consider, in order to turn his reputation around.
The NFL is a tough sport to play in day in and day out. As a rookie, many players are asked to make immediate contributions to struggling franchises, mid-level teams and championship contenders. However, one rookie player has rarely transformed a franchise from the former to the latter. Throughout the history of football there have been many young players who have added a spark that has pushed a mid-level team to a contender or a struggling franchise to a mid-level threat. In reality, football is the ultimate team sport.
A rookie wage scale would [...]
Last year the Dallas Cowboys were one of the teams with the most talent and fewest wins in the NFL. If you look at their losses you will see a ton of penalties, some on last second plays that negated scoring opportunities. You will see a “past his prime” quarterback leading a team of hot head rookies, a three headed running back rotation, and a defense that couldn’t cover a bed with a blanket. But, relax Cowboys’ fans because the glory days are indeed just around the corner. [...]