35 (or so) Tips or Suggestions about Pro Football for Casual & Diehard Fans – Part III

IMG_3684a

DEEP PASS INTERCEPTED ON 3RD DOWN IS NOT ALWAYS A BAD THING #26

If it’s 3rd and 20 or 25 yards to go, throwing a very deep ball that is intercepted is not the worst thing. I saw that play the other day where the quarterback was able to throw from his own 40 but the pass was intercepted on the 10 yard line. Of course you’re trying to complete the pass on 3rd down but if you don’t under these circumstances and it’s intercepted deep in the opponent’s own zone, consider it a successful punt without having to punt.

IMG_3684aWHY NOT ACCIDENTALLY TRIP THE RECEIVER #27

In today’s NFL, I see more and more defensive backs who get their legs tangled with the receiver where no penalty is called. Most of the time, officials say it was accidental contact and no pass interference or illegal contact is called. Sometimes, it appears to look accidental and sometimes not. If the referees are not going to call interference after the offensive and defensive players get their feet tangled. why not use this as another defensive weapon? If you’re a safety or defensive back and you get beat, just subtly ensure your legs/feet get tangled. If you can’t beat them, why not join them? 

ELIMINATE THE UNCOMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE COME PLAYOFF TIME # 28

Why do we continue to allow the uncompetitive advantage to a team that wins their division and has an inferior record play at home against a non-division winner with a winning record? I’ve seen 8-8 division winners host a playoff game against a team that won 3 more regular season games.

For the most part, most NFL teams play comparable schedules and rewarding a team home field advantage solely based on the fact they won their division when other non-division winners have a better record gives the division winner in this scenario a uncompetitive advantage. Should not the overall playoff seed be based on each team’s overall record and not whether they won their own division?

After each round, all the teams are seeded again so the team with the best record have earned the right to play the team that has the worst record among active teams. Of course, with ties regarding best records, you could have list of other criteria to follow in those situations. This would certainly would reward the teams with the best record a better and more fair playoff seating. If some purists felt that some divisions were much more competitive than others so it’s important to keep things how they are now, you somehow introduce the strength of schedule into the list of criteria to help decide how each playoff team would be seated. Similar to how the BCS would be aligned next year.

MAKE NFL REFEREE GRADES PUBLIC? DOES THE NFL SEE WHAT FANS SEE? #29

Why do player punishments go public but referee punishments don’t? Don’t we want to know if a referee or the entire crew is not doing a good job? Should not that be made public? Should these referees who officiate a multi-billion dollar operation be full-time referees? If your starting QB gets injured, design plays for the backup QB to leverage their skill level. They are not as good as the starting QB, hence they are the backup QB but try to help them exceed as much as possible. Figure out if they need roll-out to the right or left to gain some time. Figure out if their expertise is the deep ball or shorter throws to tight ends or running backs. Ideally, have backup who has a similar skill set to your starting QB even though there accuracy or consistency may not necessarily measure up. If similar skill sets, much of the playbook can be utilized.

CAN THE NFL DESIGN OR INVENT A FLEXIBLE KICKOFF TEE? #30

H0w many times have you seen on a windy day on a football field where the football falls off the football tee? This has been occurring for at least 50 years, if not more? If the football blows off the tee once or twice, the referee will make one of the kickoff players hold up the ball so it doesn’t fall down. if that works, is it possible to design something similar that could be used, something durable to keep the ball from falling off and something to avoid having another player hold up the ball. Is that going beyond asking too much?

YOU CAN’T RUN AN EFFECTIVE OFFENSE WHEN THE BALL IS TYPICALLY HIKED TO THE QUARTERBACK WITH JUST SECONDS LEFT ON THE 40 SECOND PLAYCLOCK? #31

This may work for a game or two but certainly not the entire season. Will the head coach or offensive coordinator review the process if this continues to occur. If this phenomenon occurs from season to season, then how do you determine who’s at fault, let alone how to fix such a thing.

REDO THE PASS INTERFERENCE PENALTY. THAT NEEDS TO BE SERIOUSLY REVIEWED #32

I see it too often that there’s pass interference on a long pass, sometimes, the offense might gain 50 yards on pass interference. This needs to be reviewed, instead of placing the ball at the spot of the fall, assess the defense 15 yards instead. Even if there’s interference on a Hail Mary, it should only be a 15 yard penalty in my mind.

IT’S OK TO INSTIGATE, JUST BE SURE YOU’RE NOT THE GUY THAT TAKES THE SECOND SHOT? HOW DO DEAL WITH THIS? #33

I hate instant replay but don’t like how typically, the referees will catch the second person involved in a tussle be the only one who gets caught. Do a brief review of the altercation to ensure all those who deserve to be flagged are indeed flagged. Don’t make it a cat and mouse game? Maybe those two players involved in off setting penalties need to sit out a certain amount of plays.

SHOW INTEGRITY WHEN SHOWING QUARTERBACK STATS. #34

It’s often displayed that a good QB throws for 350 yards, 2 touchdowns with a high completion percentage. In that same game, they may have lost 2 fumbles. When you see those stats without the 2 fumbles mentioned, the stats don’t paint a true picture of the effectiveness of the QB. Also, include any rushing yards quarterbacks have as for some that play this position, that’s a key part of their repertoire.

DRAFT ONE OR TWO SMALLER RECEIVERS WHO ARE QUICK #35

The thought occurred to me during the 2015 NFL Playoffs. It appears that the NFL is protecting receivers more and more. Hit to the head or shoulder of a receiver may be called. Hitting a defenseless receiver may be called too. If the NFL’s trend is to protect key offensive players, ensure your team has a few smaller players who can get open in the middle of the field. Because defensive players can’t “head hunt” any longer, use this approach as a competitive advantage in today’s NFL.

Kevin Schwarm

I have over 25 years of professional experience in business, information technology (IT), and customer service. Industry experience in retail, medical insurance, higher education, non-profit, financial services, and property and casualty insurance. Customer focused professional interested in providing value (save time, money and aggravation) by evaluating and analyzing information, services and products with a unique perspective.