Pick Six: Rules changes that need to happen

Kickoffs are under review, yet the “Tuck Rule” doesn’t seem to be a problem. A scoring play might receive instant review status, which just seems foolish because the “Calvin Johnson rule” will still be in effect.

Ah, the Competition Committee can be like the band that refuses to play its greatest hits. Instead of “Remedy,” here is something from the new album. Well enough is enough. It’s time for us to have our voices heard and talk about some cool rule changes. And here are our suggestions:

Also considered: A) The college rule for the defense receiving two points for recovering and returning a failed conversion attempt; B) Relegation; C) NFL teams playing one preseason game against a team of inmates — because that always seems like a good idea in the movies.

Alright, without further ado, here are six rule changes that need to happen.

6. No kickoffs

Any doubt this is where we are headed? Besides, is anybody else bored by the score, extra point, commercials, kickoff, commercials, start of a new series? Well, you can just eliminate that downtime here.

5. Everybody plays at least 10 plays

Hearken back to the days of our youth when everybody in uniform gets a chance to play. Not only would this thrill Jim Sorgi‘s mother, who would finally get a chance to see her son play in a real NFL game, but the strategy of it would be brilliant. Do you play your scrubs early? Put them all on special teams? Would the Colts even have a backup quarterback? Sorry Curtis Painter, you might not be needed.

4. 20-yard end zones

The Canadians may have failed with their version of bacon, but a 20-yard end zone makes touchdowns easier and field goals harder. Win, win. But would you go old-school and put the goalposts back on the end zone? Just think, you could do the Don Hutson-hook play with the goalpost. Either way, I’m good.

3. Scrum for the ball

The XFL had the right idea when it discarded the coin toss and made the players fight for the ball like men. Maybe nicknames on the uniform can be next. He don’t hate that.

2. Use the college pass interference

I get that the NFL has a harsher pass interference penalty than college because you would just expect an NFL player to make the catch if he wasn’t interfered with. But those of us who have seen Braylon Edwards play know this is not always the case. So let’s eliminate the 50-yard penalty.

But to prevent DBs from just tackling a player to take a 15-yard penalty, the offender has to sit out the rest of the series.

1. Get rid of illegal leverage

Never understood a penalty for trying to block a field goal. Not only should illegal leverage (or leap frogging) be allowed, it should be encouraged. In fact, this would open the door for smaller players to earn a special place on the squad as the team’s designated cannonball to be tossed in the air — like they do in rugby — during field goal attempts. Heck, you could probably even take a female flyer from a cheer squad just for this reason. And if the colleges followed suit, this could make have a huge impact on Title IX compliance. Let’s make this happen.

As always, don’t let me have all of the fun. Share some of your rules changes that need to happen.

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