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Madden wants to add “no go” to the concussion lexicon

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In a conference call aimed at explaining the league’s plans moving forward for dealing with concussions, Hall of Fame coach John Madden, co-chair of the league’s Player Safety Advisory Panel, said that he wants a new term to be used when characterizing players who have suffered concussions during a given game.

“No go.”

Madden said that the video franchise bearing his name will incorporate that term, and he wants the networks to do the same via television broadcasts.

He explained that engineering the Madden game to include the same procedures utilized by the NFL is intended to promote awareness and to spread that awareness to lower levels of the sport.  “Maybe that’s where a lot of kids get started with football,” Madden said in reference to the only NFL-licensed video game on the market.

He’s right.  And if kids begin to realize the importance of speaking up when they’ve had their “bell rung” during practice when they otherwise may fear being labeled as a coward or a five-letter word that’s another way to call a cat a kitty, fewer young players will be exposed to the risk of more serious injuries while playing too soon after suffering a concussion.

It won’t be easy.  Coaches of high school teams and below aren’t always as careful as they should be, in part because the oversight isn’t as vigilant as it is at the NFL and college levels.  To really make this work, the NFL needs to find a way to get the message not only to the kids who are playing, but to the men who are in charge of the kids who play it.

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22 Responses to “Madden wants to add “no go” to the concussion lexicon”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 18, 2011 2:38 PM

    Meh, eet ees still pousse, mon ami.

  2. citizenstrange says: Apr 18, 2011 2:41 PM

    “Madden wants to add “no go” to the concussion lexicon”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Why? Was “pods” already taken?

  3. Jay says: Apr 18, 2011 2:47 PM

    Madden has the right idea.

    This may be one of the better contributions he ever makes to football.

    Of course it’s annoying to hear blowhards like Mike Golic pan the idea when he has no grasp of the concept.

    But then that’s not something new in that department.

  4. orb1943 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:48 PM

    John Madden is a giant in the game – no pun intended – and on this matter he is DEAD right. There needs to be a code that neither players, coaches, or parents can violate. Concussions can be deadly.

  5. hobartbaker says: Apr 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    Thanks to the diligence of Madden, far fewer teens are suffering concussions playing the sport game than the headbangers on Guitar Hero.

  6. FinFan68 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    Nice message but it is essentially futile. Most NFL players have a huge desire to compete and an even bigger belief in their own self-importance. Some will fight to stay on the field to help the team win; others will stay on the field to keep opportunity away from the guy next in line. That is not going to change because it is just natural for these guys to feel invincible and the “it won’t happen to me” attitude will apply to their post-football future. Some will “get it” because because they are smart or because they got “scared” after a concussion. The injury is a big deal, but adding catch phrases won’t make it go away. They need to look at better helmets and stiffer penalties to the guys that make legit (not borderline) attempts to injure someone else.

  7. armchairgm9 says: Apr 18, 2011 3:06 PM

    My question has always been this: If the NFL is so concerned about concussions, why doesn’t it make every player wear the Desean Jackson and Aaron Rodgers style helmet that was specifically designed, and confirmed to be more effective, to prevent concussions?

  8. jpmelon says: Apr 18, 2011 3:06 PM

    What’s wrong with “Out; concussion”?

    “No go” sounds less serious to me.

  9. westyh says: Apr 18, 2011 3:16 PM

    What about “BOOM!”?

  10. dexterismyhero says: Apr 18, 2011 3:27 PM

    Why don’t they just call it “Ben said it was a go” right citizenstrange…..

  11. kellyb9 says: Apr 18, 2011 3:29 PM

    Glad to hear they’re updating this years Madden. With the possibility of Michael Vick on the cover, I thought they were rereleasing the 2004 version. Sadly, nobody would notice the difference in gameplay.

  12. JSpicoli says: Apr 18, 2011 3:46 PM

    So I just read this and I still don’t know what exactly the term’s distinction and impact would be.

    Why don’t you be more veiled and cryptic?

  13. demolition510 says: Apr 18, 2011 3:48 PM

    BOOM! Done.

  14. mackie66 says: Apr 18, 2011 3:57 PM

    No Go??? “No Go” can be used for any injured player not able to play. No Go, is maybe the strangest term for a head injury. Yo John, how bout, drum roll please,,”Suspected Concussion”? That maybe to hard for ole John to speak with all those marbles rolling around in his mouth.
    And, can someone tell me why Madden is a HOF coach. How many SB’s did his teams win? One?

  15. DonRSD says: Apr 18, 2011 4:19 PM

    think about it…..besides roster updates the only difference from madden 04 with vick on the cover and madden 12 on the cover is the enw feature called “No Go” when your player gets a concussion.

    play madden 04 or even 06 on next gen, then play madden 11……same plays, same things work, nothing changes.

    i cant wait for this dumb exclusive contract to be up and NFL 2k returns!!!

  16. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2011 4:42 PM

    They are too worried about missing playing time to accept “no go”. They must be already brain dead.

  17. bonecity7 says: Apr 18, 2011 4:51 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Apr 18, 2011 2:50 PM
    Nice message but it is essentially futile. Most NFL players have a huge desire to compete and an even bigger belief in their own self-importance. Some will fight to stay on the field to help the team win; others will stay on the field to keep opportunity away from the guy next in line. That is not going to change because it is just natural for these guys to feel invincible and the “it won’t happen to me” attitude will apply to their post-football future. Some will “get it” because because they are smart or because they got “scared” after a concussion. The injury is a big deal, but adding catch phrases won’t make it go away. They need to look at better helmets and stiffer penalties to the guys that make legit (not borderline) attempts to injure someone else.

    FinFan,

    I’m your thumbs down to date….I agree with a lot of what you say…but don’t agree with your initial premise….that Madden’s efforts are futile!! Any effort is a worthwhile effort!!!

    I’m amazed at the players and (supposed) fans alike that are mortified at the thought of “their” game being lessened by these attempts to allow the participants to leave the game with their limbs and faculties intact.

  18. FinFan68 says: Apr 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    @bonecity7,
    I didn’t say his effort was not worthy; I said his methods won’t work to change the culture among football players. There are better ways to actually impact the concussion issue. Adding a vague catch-phrase reference to a non-specific injury in a video game is not one of them.

  19. tatum064 says: Apr 18, 2011 6:21 PM

    FinFan68 says: Apr 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    @bonecity7,
    I didn’t say his effort was not worthy; I said his methods won’t work to change the culture among football players. There are better ways to actually impact the concussion issue. Adding a vague catch-phrase reference to a non-specific injury in a video game is not one of them.
    ===========================
    I think someone still feels a little bitter from “Sea of Hands” and that last playoff loss in Oakland.

  20. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 18, 2011 6:23 PM

    Look here’s what they need to do with the game. After a play where a player gets his “bell rung” they should have a pop up “player #28 has concussion” and give the user an option to take him out or keep him in, if they keep him in he runs the ball like he’s woozy or drunk, therefore he’s no good to them, and they should also have a pop up that displays that if you still choose to play this player, you may not be able to play with him for another two weeks after this game. That way they can translate to the kids that there is real risk to continue playing after a concussion and they can make that decision that man, if Adrian Peterson is going to be in this bad of shape after a concussion then what would I be like?

    As far as getting the high school coaches in order, it’s simple.
    5 lashes for every coach who decides to keep a player in after suffering a concussion.
    The lashes are to be delivered at the next week’s pep rally, and the enforcer needs to be either the school band’s drum major or president of the book club (this way we know they will really make them feel it because nerds and football players don’t mix and this would be a great opportunity to score one for the little guy.)

  21. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 18, 2011 6:33 PM

    @DonRSD

    “i cant wait for this dumb exclusive contract to be up and NFL 2k returns!!!”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Good luck. The greedy heads at the NFL renewed the exclusive contract…

  22. conquerpeace4d says: Apr 19, 2011 1:12 AM

    I think the EA producers of madden have had one too many concussions.

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