John Adams: Football rules change would give defenses a needed break

John Adams
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Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, center, scrambles under pressure during the first half against Vanderbilt on Nov. 23, 2013, at Neyland Stadium.

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AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, center, scrambles under pressure during the first half against Vanderbilt on Nov. 23, 2013, at Neyland Stadium.

The possibility that the NCAA might slow down fast-tempo offenses has created such an uproar among some coaches you might think they had been threatened with a salary cap.

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Volsreign1 writes:

Of course it's a needed rule. They should also eliminate recruiting and just get players by random draw to insure all teams have an equal chance at getting good players. Also all revenue should be divided equally among all schools and all coaches and players should be paid the exact same amount regardless of how good they are and how hard they work. And finally after every score the points should be divided equally between the teams so no players or fans feel slighted. Remember, it's for the children.

atnvol#283282 writes:

Holy smokes! I agree with Adams! I do not care for the 52-50 game either...I enjoy great offense, but also love great defensive play...and the offense HAS had the field tilted too much in their favor.

johnlg00 writes:

Not sure how I feel about the rule, but I do see a possibly valid safety issue. It is well-known that fatigued players get injured more easily--players lunge and grab, are off-balance, and fundamentals generally break down. Also, in hot, humid weather, heat injuries are more common, as are garden-variety cramps--getting a cramp just as you are pushing off to make a hit could make it easier to get hurt somewhere else.

Although the rule may hurt the offense, it still won't make up for the advantage to the offense of letting O-linemen hold virtually at will, so maybe a litttle rebalancing is in order.

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