So I figured I would kick off the off-season discussion with changes I would like the NFL to make in order to improve its product. Despite the success of the SB, I feel this season has been pretty lackluster overall. The ratings have been down and I have felt pretty complacent towards watching games this year. (Definitely influenced by the Chargers and their drama). I have many gripes over many topics regarding the NFL but I figured I would kick this thread off with suggestions towards actual game play and the rules.
Game day Proposals:
Revert the crackdown on touchdown celebrations and some of the taunting. You know...maybe try to lose the No Fun League nickname? I mean seriously, it is not that serious. Let the players play the game and have some fun. It is just a game after all. Zeke jumping into a charity pot should not draw a foul! Also, what is with the fine for players throwing the ball into the stands? You are the NFL! You can afford to bring a few extra footballs to the party.
Conscious effort to call things both ways when protecting the QB. If Cam Newton and Drew Brees take the same illegal hit, both should draw a flag. Whether you like Cam or not, some of the hits he took this season would have definitely been calls if he was a smaller QB. And this was consistently happening throughout the season. Cam may be the bigger guy but that does not mean defenders should be free to T off on him. All of this being said, I do think QBs should be fair game if they are out of the pocket though.
This will never happen but fairness for defensive backs! Too many weak PI calls come from hand fighting and contact that the WR initiates. Secondly, WRs often mug a DB who is in position to make the INT and there is hardly ever a call. I personally think the PI penalty needs amendments and should default to college rules but give the refs discretion over whether it is a spot foul if it is an overly egregious interference.
Another discussion point: Give the refs discretion to pick up a flag that has no effect on a play. You know, those insignificant holding calls that happen on the opposite side of the field and bring back that 80 yard TD run. Something to consider?
Thoughts? What needs to change guys?