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Sunday, January 20, 2013

NFL Films: The Super Seventies: The Super Teams



I'm not saying the 1970s in the NFL was perfect because it wasn't the rules did favor the defense too much. Which is why they were changed in 1978, something like half of the teams in the NFL in 1977 scored under 300 points. And the leading receiver and I believe rusher in 1977 rushed for under 1000 yards back when that was the standard to judge great running backs. The new blocking rules in 1978 that allowed blocker to extend their arms in blocking was needed. And we saw fewer QB sacks in bigger running holes as a result because the the DL no longer had an unfair. Advantage over the OL but the 1970s was special because it was all about football and real football. The game was tougher and players could play instead of the league going out of its way to protect. Offensive players as it does now, what should've come from 1978 and should be done now. Is that neither the offense or defense would have an advantage based on the rules that the players would. Be allowed to play and flags won't be thrown unless players have an unfair advantage like holding. Or pushing someone down who doesn't have the ball or tackling someone before they have the ball. Just let the players play instead.

What todays NFL can learn from the 1970s is that they should allow the players to play and fight for position. As long as they aren't actually fighting and let games be decided based on who has the tougher and better team. Instead of constantly looking to see how we can get more offense and more advantage for the offense. Because they think that would drive up ratings and revenue for the league but just let the players play. And let the better teams win.