New NFL Policies Provide Relief to Fantasy Owners

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Opinions

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (left) gets "jacked-up" on a devistating blow from Falcons corner Dunta Robinson last Sunday. (CSN Philly)

Any readers have DeSean Jackson on your fantasy team? Let’s ask you – how do you feel about him being out because of an excessive hit? Todd Heap owners should be in line to order a Brandon Meriweather jersey after his “curtious” blow to the Ravens tight end. Obviously with the NFL assessing large fines to players who strike defenseless opponents silly or use helmet-to-helmet contact as a means of making a tackle, the goal is to provide safety for those who entertain us on Sundays.

By no intent do I mean to seem like safety isn’t a large part of this – but fantasy football players should be all in favor of these new rules. The 18 game season seems like a concrete idea. As if the league wasn’t dangerous enough for 16 games, there’s an extra 2 hours of playing time coming. This new rule will help keep players on their feet and off of stretchers.

How often do you lose a player to an unexpected injury and your team isn’t deep enough at that position that you can go on without skipping a beat? These new enforcements are a fantasy owner’s delight. It does nothing but protect the league’s integrity and ensures the best talent will be safe and on display each and every weekend for our viewing pleasure.

I don’t see how the NFL cracking down on gruesome hits is a bad thing at all. The players who claim that “that’s how I was taught” and “I can’t relearn how to tackle” are full of it. It is my interpretation the league is trying to eliminate the hits and collisions that make us go “OHH!” at home. And not the good kind of “OHH!” like a player got jacked-up, the kind of “OHH!” that makes you think someone might have just died on the field.

All levels of football are cracking down on the unnecessary violence in football, especially since concussions have become such a large hot button topic as of late. High school, college, and professional football are all experimenting thee best ways to prevent head injuries and how best to treat the symptoms. When exactly is too soon to let a player who experienced a concussion to return to the field of play? Science and technology may one day find the exact answer, but until then we (football fans) need to back the NFL for airing on the side of cautiousness.


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