My NFL Wish List for the 2012 Season
By: The Football Girl | Posted: September 04, 2012
What’s that wave of adrenaline pumping through our veins? Why, it’s the imminent start of the 2012 NFL season. Hip hip hooray!
For all its labor disputes and player arrests, the NFL is a well-oiled machine, something clearly reflected in its ginormous popularity. This year the league continues to add to its awesomeness by providing fans access to All-22 (aka the same game film coaches see), growing fantasy and upgrading the overtime rules. (Finally!) Unlike some other sports’ leagues, you really have to peel off many layers of NFL skin before the wrinkles start appearing. Kind of like a certain owner’s face.
But that doesn’t mean there should not be some improvements to the league and the way we cover it. As we prepare to throw away the “off” and the “pre” and just relish in the SEASON, here is my wish list for 2012. (And beyond.)
1) Help us determine which coaches’ jobs are really in jeopardy by publishing hot seat reports every week. Similar to injury reports for players, a first-year coach with a 6-2 record would be labeled “probable.” A coach notorious for bad clock management who loses a game or two because he wasted his timeouts in the third quarter, would warrant the doubtful label. The variations in coaching would be much more entertaining this way. Plus it would allow Rex Ryan a second chance at being a compelling figure.
2) Ban all preseason strength of schedule articles. Is anything more irrelevant? Heading into last year every team facing the Eagles and/or Jets had at least a partially tough schedule. Until the regular season began, that is. There are a few perennial powerhouses, but it’s those unpredictable teams (think 49ers) which makes the strength of schedule become so greatly recalibrated once the real games begin. So why not wait?
3) Cut the Pro Bowl. It needs to go away because half the selected players don’t show up, no one tries and they once let FOX reporter Jay Glazer be an offensive coordinator. Much more importantly, the phrase “two-time Pro Bowler, Vince Young” needs to become obsolete as soon as possible.
4) Give more players the Dez Bryant treatment. Recently, Bryant who was arrested on a misdeamonor charge for striking his biological mother, was given a set of rules by the Cowboys. The guidelines include a midnight curfew, no drinking and security detail at all times. With the onslaught of player crimes and misdemeanors this offseason, the world would be a safer place if more of them had to abide by a similar punishment. Especially Detroit/
5) Pay the referees. Quickly. I hope one of the replacements makes a mistake this week so egregious the NFL not only has to accept the union’s request, but also gets egg on their face for being so Napoleon over such a small amount of money.
Feel free to add to the list. Happy NFLing!
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