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Three-point stance could get the boot

As the NFL looks for ways to reduce the number of concussions at every level of football, Commissioner Roger Goodell said during a Sunday appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation that he would not rule out a ban on the three-point stance, according to the Associated Press.

The traditional starting position for offensive and defensive linemen allows them to blast into each other, often with their helmets colliding.  A two-point stance would allow players to start the process of blocking and shedding blocks with their heads in a higher position.

The league has demonstrated over the past few months an unprecedented commitment to reducing the number and severity of head injuries.  The effort began not long after a House Committee made it clear to the NFL that, if the league doesn’t address the problem, Congress will do it instead.

PFT Planet, feel free to let us know how much you like (or, more likely, despise) this possibility.

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68 Responses to “Three-point stance could get the boot”
  1. ButchD says: Feb 7, 2010 4:58 PM

    this would be a great step forward, especially as it would set the standard for youth & high school football as well.

  2. Wildcatwr says: Feb 7, 2010 5:00 PM

    The NFL is turning into a completely different sport than it was 10 years ago.

  3. Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: Feb 7, 2010 5:01 PM

    Ok Goodell why not just make it two hand touch.

  4. Tufdan says: Feb 7, 2010 5:01 PM

    As a high school and lower level official, this would be a great idea for the kids. They need to see what they are doing, and not start by ducking their heads. They really put themselves in a very dangerous position from the start

  5. mnvikefan0922 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:02 PM

    This would be a huge advantage for Offensive linemen in that it would be much harder for defensive linemen, ends in particular, to get a jump on the offensive linemen.

  6. Larry David says: Feb 7, 2010 5:03 PM

    If players don’t want to get concussions, then don’t play football. They know the risks when they sign up for millions to play.

  7. Citizen Strange says: Feb 7, 2010 5:04 PM

    Coat/affix the outside of each helmet in two or three inches thick of wrestling mat type padding.
    It would look weird at first but everyone would get used to it after a while.
    It would GREATLY REDUCE the cannon ball like force of helmet to helmet, helmet to chin/jaw, helmet to knee … helmet to anything hits.
    I have stated this here many times and it is a very easy solution that would work instantly.
    The helmets a too HARD and cause too much damage. How can the NFL not figure this out?

  8. K-Rock says: Feb 7, 2010 5:04 PM

    Blocking at the line of scrimmage depends on leverage and getting low out of your stance and getting under a defenders pads.
    Sounds stupid to me. Would be ok if O-line did nothing but pass. Don’t know how they would run block up high.

  9. Play4Blood says: Feb 7, 2010 5:05 PM

    Sounds…um…unlikely.

  10. Eric says: Feb 7, 2010 5:06 PM

    It seems to me that most concussions seem to occur on jarring hits or tackles, not in the immediate beginning stages of blocking.. sure would look weird

  11. Viper21 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:07 PM

    That would be ridiculous. Why dont they just change the name to NFFL and wear flags instead.
    Look, its a violent sport. Always has been. Did somebody forget these guys get paid a huge ransom for the risks they take…? The “poor” players in the NFL reach into the higher brackets of IRS racketeering.
    Let em play. They’ve already softened the game tremendously from the game I grew up watchin in the 70’s. Football aint for everyone. Dont try to make it so…..

  12. FumbleNuts says: Feb 7, 2010 5:08 PM

    Keep everything the same and develop “state of the art” football helmets.

  13. zilla1126 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:09 PM

    Go back to leather helmets – starting in pee wee.
    As soon as we stop teaching players to use their heads as a striking weapon we will see this crap stop.
    The other thing is that players should be tested for performance enhancing drugs on a WEEKLY basis (even in the off-season) and those samples should be RETAINED for 5 years so then can be tested for things that we don’t know about now.
    Of course this would decimate teams like the Broncos and Ravens of the 2000’s. You know, where players get FASTER as they age and after knee and other injuries.
    Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes, Ed Reed, Shannon Sharpe, Ed Mccaffrey, Bill Romanowski, Brandon Stokley, and God knows who else.

  14. Fan of Football says: Feb 7, 2010 5:10 PM

    You got to be fracken kidding me.
    Also,

  15. Football is Warfare says: Feb 7, 2010 5:11 PM

    Absolutely ridiculous. Why not just eliminate tackling altogether? That would be really entertaining to watch, right? A bunch of men running around with flags hanging out of the back of their pants?
    Personally, I can sympathize with players from past decades who are badly hurt and still don’t see money from the NFL’s current revenues. But, current players are well compensated, well cared for, and well-aware of the game’s dangers. That’s part of the fun, right?

  16. akatrain says: Feb 7, 2010 5:11 PM

    Goodell is destroying a great game . How about better helmet technology ! That should help . His rule changes are making games with certain officials unbearable to watch . And bringing in a aura of very questionable calls which could lead to all kind of assumptions based on betting lines . Come on Roger the dodger quit messing up the game we all love

  17. VegasChris says: Feb 7, 2010 5:12 PM

    Three-point stance could get the boot.
    What two adults do in their own bedroom is none of my business.

  18. TeHDruiD says: Feb 7, 2010 5:13 PM

    Lets just put flags around the players waists and end this charade. This is becoming a joke.
    I think this is to ensure QB safety further to be honest. I mean think about it. If the offensive line are always in a pass protecting position (not in the 3-point stance) then it’s going to be harder for defenders to get to the QB.
    Not to mention the running game is gonna take a huge hit, and sack numbers are gonna take a hit as well. QB’s are already picking defenses apart, I’d be afraid to see the passing yards per game allowed when you can’t pressure the QB at all.
    This is a joke.

  19. SteelHammer92 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:14 PM

    Quit pussifying the game Goodell! You are honest to God ruining the game rule by rule. These guys get paid millions of dollars to play a violent game where injuries are possible. They know the risks and accept them. Police officers, firefighters, and soldiers get paid pennies compared to professional football players and their jobs are 100x more dangerous. Where is the outcry to keep police officers from chasing bad guys? Or keep firefighters from running into burning buildings? Or keep soldiers from taking part in combat? Those are far more dangerous acts than football players hitting their heads and getting concussions.

  20. BostonISaChraphole says: Feb 7, 2010 5:15 PM

    Goodell needs to go away.

  21. StatAddict says: Feb 7, 2010 5:19 PM

    If this can be scientifically proven to significantly reduce concussions/brain injuries, then I’m all for it.
    I don’t see any traditionalists calling for the return of leather helmets.
    The game will continue to change and part of that change needs to be to take protective action on behalf of the men playing the game.

  22. jliskiew says: Feb 7, 2010 5:23 PM

    I think Tufdan is on the right track here – It would be great to see this as a rule implemented in youth football, as a means to encourage proper technique. I think this could help cut down on issues as kids develop into high school and college, and hopefully the implementation would be widespread enough in youth football that it doesnt need to tarnish the college or pro games. Than and making a safer helmet, that needs to be priority #1…

  23. Football Fan says: Feb 7, 2010 5:24 PM

    I agree with above posters in that most concussions happen with big hits and not initial contact at the line of scrimmage. This is more about QBs than anything. I don’t like this move either. It is just stupid.

  24. proplayer3220 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:27 PM

    First of all, I’m not really sure what the point would be. The lineman aren’t really the ones with the concussion problems. (that we know of) All the reported cases have been quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs. Eliminating the 3pt stance doesn’t really do anything to stop linebackers and safetys from smashing into these players. Short of making the game 2 hand touch, there really isn’t much that can be done to stop concussions. Big hitting is part of the game, and as Larry David (haha) pointed out, they know what they’re signing up to make millions of dollars for. If you want the money and the glory, then these are the risks you take.

  25. TeHDruiD says: Feb 7, 2010 5:28 PM

    The bottom line is you know the risks when you sign the contract. If you don’t want a concussion then go get a normal job. If you want to make significantly more than any normal person would make in a short amount of time, then you have to assume the risk.
    The steps being taken to prevent things is taking away from the game and soon people will just stop watching it. I’m all for prevention, but sometimes enough is enough.

  26. hounds64 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:28 PM

    What the crap would the QB/Center look like?

  27. Thingamajig says: Feb 7, 2010 5:28 PM

    When this is approved I assume the union will be asking the owners for the players to get pay cuts.
    The next step is flag football where the union will be asking for additional pay cuts.

  28. Florider says: Feb 7, 2010 5:29 PM

    We’ve come a LONG long way from Deacon Jones’ bell ringing.
    More’s the pity.

  29. Panther51 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:30 PM

    Why don`t they ban cups in jock straps. If a guy was afraid he was going to get racked maybe they would not have as many violent collisions.(Joke!)

  30. snnyjcbs says: Feb 7, 2010 5:32 PM

    Bring back more of the football men like Al Davis and others and dump these new people that have been destroying football with each passing year.
    And lets dump the records, or at least have pre ? records and post ? records. Do you really think that a WR that catches 80 balls today could hold his salt with a WR that caught 80 balls when men were men playing football?
    What would be cool is as the NFL keeps changing the game of football to touch football. Have an upstart group start to play real football again. Bull riders ride bulls knowing the risks, do not want the risk do not ride bulls.
    You have a bunch of non football people destroying the game with all the “as I want to call it” rules and now wanting to have the players play the game wearing skirts.

  31. AdrenalineJunkie says: Feb 7, 2010 5:32 PM

    First off, I really don’t like the idea… Having said that, everyone here blaming Goodell for this should re-read the story. This is coming as a reaction to Congress sticking their noses in the NFL, not b/c of Goodell.
    As it says in the article: “The effort began not long after a House Committee made it clear to the NFL that, if the league doesn’t address the problem, Congress will do it instead”.
    So, if you don’t want the game to get every time closer to flag football, how about using your freedom of speech and flooding your congressmen/senators in-boxes with complains and telling them to stay out of the game, instead of whining non-stop on this blog about Goodell? And if they don’t then vote them out of office.
    Congress is constantly threatening the NFL with removing their status unless they do something about X, Y or Z. And instead of using your strength as voters, you whine about the commissioner, which again, does absolutely nothing.
    Goodell may not be the best commissioner, but at the same time, what else do you do when congress tells you do something or else?

  32. last starfighter says: Feb 7, 2010 5:33 PM

    I’d like to see all these self-proclaimed tough guy commenters who think the league is being “pussified” to go out and play in the nfl. After they have had their asses shoved down their throats by some 300lb guys I think they might change their minds.

  33. DocBG says: Feb 7, 2010 5:33 PM

    perhaps they could put a weight restriction on the players. maybe no one over 225lbs could play, because clearly the bigger guys are the ones causing the problems.
    well, running fast causes problems too, so better make all the players wear bowling shoes so they don’t get as good a grip on the field.
    Also seems like when defenders hit the offensive players trying jar the ball out during a reception there is a great potential for injury, so maybe the reciever shouldn’t have to actually catch the ball, just touch it with his hand and it will count as a reception.
    QB’s are at risk all the time, so all defenders must count to 10 banana before blitzing (you know, 1 banana, 2 banana, 3 banana…..)
    Skirts, high heels, and estrogen injections should all be optional, but should provide the players with an advatage, maybe an extra time-out if more than 50% of the players participate.
    any questions?

  34. Alzado's Vein says: Feb 7, 2010 5:35 PM

    Fck that! Thats why we watch, and thats why they get paid millions. Its a violent sport by nature. Don’t fck with the intensity of this game.

  35. BrownsBigshot says: Feb 7, 2010 5:39 PM

    How about congress jump into fixing the dangers of coal mines and steel mills? How about they fix the dangers of crab fishing? How they improve the dangers of being in the armed forces? Idiots, the NFL is the last place we need to be worrying about people’s safety. Their are far worse environments where the individuals are not even close to being compensated for the risks they take.

  36. BKILBY13 says: Feb 7, 2010 5:42 PM

    I think this is a silly idea.
    However, if you think that this will make pass blocking easier, think on this:
    If O-Linemen can’t come out of a 3-point stance, they can’t run block as well. This will lead to more passing downs. You won’t need guys like Vince Wilfork in New England, or Casey Hampton in Pittsburgh. You are going to have more speed rushers like Dwight Freeney. These guys are HARDER to block in passing situations. The QB’s will take a beating.

  37. Packerhq.net says: Feb 7, 2010 5:47 PM

    Total BS. Start fining guys heavy for leading with there head…we see it more and more.
    Most of this goes back to high school and college coaches not teaching fundamental football.
    Going to a 4 point stance will screw the game up more then it already has been.

  38. IRISH MAFIA says: Feb 7, 2010 5:48 PM

    Sounds like a way to lower the costs for teams overall.
    Thin k about it. If everyone has to start in a 2 point stance then run blocking becomes almost impossible.
    There by reducing the number of RB’s you need and you won’t have to pay them 6 million dollars a year.
    Of course the OL will end up getting much more money so it would be a wash.
    Nope on 4th thought this is one of the dumbner ideas ever. This could be almost as dumb as man made global warming.
    How about instutiting in the Labor talks that every team has to donate 1 million dollars a year for 10 years to study research and design quality helmets. That equals 320 million dollars. Then follow that up with mandating year player in the NFL being forced to wear every pad High Schoolers have to wear i9e knee pads hip pads tail bone pads and shoulder pads that will actually allow them to tackle someone without getting hurt.
    As it stands right now the NFL only requires players to wear a helmet and shoulder pads and most “skill” players dont wear knee or hip pads, and the OL wears as small of shoulder pads to be able to give themselves the best shot at blocking the speeed rushers.
    The last 2 paragraphs make a hell of a lot more sense than putting everyone in a 2 stance to start the game.

  39. IRISH MAFIA says: Feb 7, 2010 5:50 PM

    Sounds like a way to lower the costs for teams overall.
    Thin k about it. If everyone has to start in a 2 point stance then run blocking becomes almost impossible.
    There by reducing the number of RB’s you need and you won’t have to pay them 6 million dollars a year.
    Of course the OL will end up getting much more money so it would be a wash.
    Nope on 4th thought this is one of the dumbner ideas ever. This could be almost as dumb as man made global warming.
    How about instutiting in the Labor talks that every team has to donate 1 million dollars a year for 10 years to study research and design quality helmets. That equals 320 million dollars. Then follow that up with mandating year player in the NFL being forced to wear every pad High Schoolers have to wear i9e knee pads hip pads tail bone pads and shoulder pads that will actually allow them to tackle someone without getting hurt.
    As it stands right now the NFL only requires players to wear a helmet and shoulder pads and most “skill” players dont wear knee or hip pads, and the OL wears as small of shoulder pads to be able to give themselves the best shot at blocking the speeed rushers.
    The last 2 paragraphs make a hell of a lot more sense than putting everyone in a 2 stance to start the game.

  40. HarrisonHits says: Feb 7, 2010 5:53 PM

    Just another nail in the coffin and would be just another reason to no longer watch the nfl. Might as well get it over with and change it to the National Flag Football League with no contact, no tackling allowed.

  41. Duck Fallas says: Feb 7, 2010 5:58 PM

    How many linemen have sustained or even caused concussions? It’s not the war in the trenches, but the high speed collisions causing all the problems.

  42. TeHDruiD says: Feb 7, 2010 5:59 PM

    No ones claiming to be “self-proclaimed tough guys”. We’re saying what is the point of football if you’re taking away all the elements of the game that were fun to watch?

  43. Justin Megahan says: Feb 7, 2010 6:00 PM

    It all starting going down hill when those sissy’s legalized the forward pass. I knew it was never going to work.

  44. zibit says: Feb 7, 2010 6:05 PM

    Of course this would decimate teams like the Broncos and Ravens of the 2000’s. You know, where players get FASTER as they age and after knee and other injuries.
    Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes, Ed Reed, Shannon Sharpe, Ed Mccaffrey, Bill Romanowski, Brandon Stokley, and God knows who else.
    ************
    First off I GUARANTEE you’re a browns “fan”
    Secondly. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed BOTH won defensive player of the year before he ever had a significant injury. Jamal ran the ravens to the superbowl as a rookie before he broke his leg. Priest had a 1000 yard season in 98 and got hurt in 99 and had two 500 yard seasons. Shannon only missed significant time one year of his whole career. Stokley barely made much impact on the ravens other than in the super bowl.
    and THIRD you can’t be a marquis player in the NFL just from taking juice constantly. steroids have a huge effect on your durability and most of those guys you mention were very durable throughout their careers. Look at baseball. They juice, their stats blow up, and then they go back to normal. You can’t dominate over 10 years because you took steroids.

  45. Hale says: Feb 7, 2010 6:07 PM

    That is an absurd idea.

  46. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 7, 2010 6:11 PM

    after Goddell made that comment, in the next segment it was either Phil Simms or Shannon Sharpe, who when asked about banning the three point stance, said flat out, that it wasn’t going to happen,… if you want to do that, then you might as well become arena football, …they’re not far from making this glorified flag football, yet in the next breath we want to crown these players as the GOAT, …i can’t forget that playoff game between GB & Arizona, 51-45, and while people may love that type of game, it speaks volumes about how diluted the quality of NFL football has become

  47. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Feb 7, 2010 6:13 PM

    Totally asinine – let’s just stand around and push each other…pretty soon we’re just going to get the equivelant of the Pro Bowl every week.
    It’s a violent sport and the players are compensated quite generously because of it – stop making them into a bunch of pussies!

  48. Mr High and Mighty says: Feb 7, 2010 6:14 PM

    Doesn’t this seem kind of half-assed? Why don’t they just line up across from each other and play it Dungeons and Dragons style or like one of those awesome vampire role-playing games that all the normal people play? I bet the number of concussions would drop significantly. Actually, I doubt anyone would ever suffer any injury of any sort. Think of all the money they would then save on security at the games since nobody would bother to show up. This is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Probably ever.

  49. Route36West says: Feb 7, 2010 6:24 PM

    That could possibly be the worst rule change in NFL history.
    You think changing the way defenders were allowed to cover wrs made the game more offensively friendly and pass happy this would turn the NFL into a 70 pass per game league.
    The pass rush and running game would be non existent. If there is no pass rush offenses will want to drop back and throw the ball. On the other hand the offense wouldnt be able to rush the ball anymore so they would have to pass.
    A 2 point stance wouldnt effect pass blocking because they would already be in the prime pass blocking position well before the defense can get off the ball and get a rush. It would negate rushers who depend on getting of the ball faster or knocking the o-line off balance. Which is pretty much everybody.
    On offense when they run the ball the line wont be able to get that push. So all the defensive front would have to do is plug up the holes and let the linebackers come and blow up the running backs. The burst the oline gets off the ball is what leads to a good running game and that would be over with.
    The NFL will turn into arena football league. The game would get stale .Like in the AFL the first 3 quarters wouldnt matter b/c how fast scoring happens. It also would cost alot of people a job in the NFL. Like in the AFL there is no need for running backs because they dont run the ball. Also defensive ends or any defensive line that are pass rushers would be out of a job. Defensive lines would consist of fat guys like Vince Wilfork only used to stuff up holes up front. Also run stuffing lbs would be gone.
    The league will be throwing QBs, pass blocking O-line, gap stuffing D-line, cover LBs and DBs, Wrs and TE’s, route running RBs, Kickers and Punters. They would get rid of everyone else who cant fit in those little specialty groups.
    Its the NFL apocalypse and I hope someone slaps some sense in Godell. If not they should cancel his contract and hire someone who actually knows something about football to be the commissioner.

  50. Tdk24 says: Feb 7, 2010 6:24 PM

    Dumb dumb dumb. So the snapper has an advantage. He’s gonna break someones leg when run blocking or are they going to introduce an over the shoulder snap?

  51. HBOilers24 says: Feb 7, 2010 6:27 PM

    LAME

  52. kilo31actual says: Feb 7, 2010 6:42 PM

    If this happens hockey will become our new national pasttime.

  53. prophet of the light says: Feb 7, 2010 7:16 PM

    LMAO. Two hand touch, here we come.

  54. edgy1957 says: Feb 7, 2010 7:41 PM

    Goodell is a MORON.
    Oh and guys, these players aren’t compensated enough to take care of all their bills post career and since none of you have never had to put out that kind of money to pay for those kinds of ailments, you wouldn’t know. As I pointed out before, Chad Hennings, hardly an overpaid player without a degree, as some of you have characterized the players, went through $225,000 + $87,000+ $38,000 AND what he had left over from his last year before a spinal injury forced him out of the game. He went into the workmen’s comp system to get money to help pay for his bills. He won a judgment, lost it on appeal (by the insurance company) and then won it on a reversal. He’s one of the lucky ones because other states won’t allow ex-professional players to get workmen’s comp. Since most players pay more in taxes than most of you can imagine, their salaries aren’t as much as you think they are and because 56% of the players aren’t millionaires before taxes, what they have left after taxes is less than you think.

  55. bigbolt says: Feb 7, 2010 8:07 PM

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. We are now in a completely OVER SENSITIVE society where everything is treated with a knee jerk reaction. This is utterly ridiculous.
    Rule changes along with a work stoppage in 2011??? Nice job Goodell.

  56. bgrayber says: Feb 7, 2010 10:43 PM

    OK I agree it’s a violent sport. So if the “test/research” shows that drugs/contact of any sort kills brain cells why not ONLY allow athletes that have never taken any type of substance or contact into the NFL?
    Why?
    Because the “it’s bad for you” part of the US has taken over. Hell according the the studies EVEY thing kills brain cells, even too much vitamin C will kill you. If you want to keep them all safe sit in your parents basement for all their life and let do nothing but sleep. Wait I’m sure there is a study that says that kills or damages brain cells.
    Dal with it. Or choose another occupation.

  57. bgrayber says: Feb 7, 2010 10:48 PM

    Well lets see 225000+87000+38000 equals about 7 years of a normal familes income in the US (NOT including any other income he has from source from personal autographs sessions and such.) For 3 years of work. not my fault he can’t manage his own money. They get paid enough if they are smart. Sorry if you don’t think it’s enough then get a real job.

  58. VoxVagina says: Feb 7, 2010 11:10 PM

    This is stupid. Football is turning into such a pathetic sport. All Goodell is good for is deciding players’ suspensions. Even then he tends to overdo it. Someone else has to deal with the rules because Goodell is slowly turning this into a flag football league. What a joke. The players know what they’re getting into. If they don’t want to risk injury, they should play basketball. The NFL players aren’t complaining or concerned about this, so why should the league be. Sometimes I really wonder how this has happened to the NFL in the past 4 seasons

  59. Michael K. says: Feb 7, 2010 11:24 PM

    Would it be too confusing for them to wear flags and skirts?

  60. edgy1957 says: Feb 7, 2010 11:51 PM

    bgrayber, your statement only proves that it’s jealousy that drives this crap. Chad Hennings is a got his degree from the Air Force Academy and he flew 45 missions in northern Iraq (You might get off your lazy ass and look up his career and his awards). Whatever may you feel about how stupid players are and how useless their degrees may be, this is not the case with him or many other players. It isn’t that Chad couldn’t manage his money, it’s that he had to spend that money because of the spinal injury that ended his career in 2000. His insurance premiums would make your income look like chicken feed and his bills are more than you will probably see in your lifetime. This is the case for many players and for the older players who didn’t have a union or who were there at the dawn of the union, their plight is even worse. I think that those of you who spend all your time being jealous of the players should actually look into the real cost of their playing and how it hasn’t been worth it for a lot of them.

  61. edgy1957 says: Feb 8, 2010 12:16 AM

    Jeez, get a few beers in me and I forget to fix my sentences. :)

  62. ted says: Feb 8, 2010 6:57 AM

    Would someone from Congress please tell me what I can order for lunch today?

  63. ted says: Feb 8, 2010 6:59 AM

    Would someone from Congress please tell me what I can have for lunch today? Oh…and I might need to take a leak later , so if I could go ahead and get that hall pass that would be all good.

  64. twindaddy says: Feb 8, 2010 9:14 AM

    # Larry David says: February 7, 2010 5:03 PM
    If players don’t want to get concussions, then don’t play football. They know the risks when they sign up for millions to play.
    —————————————————–
    Exactly. Why is congress all over this? Do they get involved like this in boxing and MMA? These guys understand the risks and play anyway just like people who smoke know the risks before lighting up.
    The government needs to quit telling people how to live their lives. Freedom means you get to choose..whether it’s a good decision or a bad one.

  65. RaiderChile says: Feb 8, 2010 11:54 AM

    Let’s get women to play and allow high school boys and deaf player join in. What a joke, it’s not football if there is no 3 point stance.
    Goodell is turning into the worst commissioner ever!
    Congress has other things to worry about than the NFL.

  66. Deb says: Feb 8, 2010 5:42 PM

    Mr. Goodell,
    If your concern is reducing the number of head injuries in order to mollify Congress, then take a page from the Congressional playbook. Assemble a commission of QUALIFIED individuals to gather quantitative data on how most concussions occur. Only after you’ve analyzed that data can you begin to draw REASONABLE conclusions about how best to reduce the number of concussions. It’s foolish to talk about eliminating the three-point stance when you have no evidence to suggest making such a move will help you achieve your goal.
    Quality Control 101, Commissioner. Study the problem before trying to solve it.

  67. Rodgeryards12 says: Feb 8, 2010 11:04 PM

    theyre banning the three point stance and not the pro bowl? this is absurd

  68. GG says: Apr 1, 2010 4:52 AM

    Goodell is a disgrace of a commissioner. Since he’s come in, he’s ruined and further ruining the integrity of the game, which is born on violence and physical collision. Instead of softening the game whilst having pads and helmets—making protection redundant, they should improve the technology of the protection itself and leave the game as hard as it always used to be.

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