Originally Posted by Saul Good
Would football be better if huddling was eliminated by reducing the play clock to 20 seconds?
Am I crazy to think that NFL teams shouldn't need to huddle? No other sport does it. NBA players don't draw up a play after every change of possession. It's boring as shit. It slows the game down. It's a complete waste of time.
Two reasons that it could actually happen.
1. The league is so worried about concussions that they might want to see the players get smaller. 325 pound D-Lineman won't exist. This could reduce the force in the collissions and reduce concussions.
2. The league is dying to figure out how to get more global appeal. The rest of the world loves soccer because it's a continuous game. When they see football, they get bored. It's funny because Americans think soccer is too boring because there isn't as much action, and they think football is boring because there's too much inaction. If you combined the superior action of football with the superior lack of inaction in soccer, that sport would take over the world.
Am I nuts? Should we eliminate the huddle?
Yeah, you're nuts.
Football is a methodic, intentional sport. Possessions are guaranteed, and with 22 players on the field at any one time, you're going to need time to coordinate with them.
On top of that, the NFL is a business. Which you seem to completely forget in this case. If they took time away from the clock, they drastically reduce ad revenues in their network deals, concessions sales at the game, and there's absolutely no corroboration supporting the idea that a faster, smaller defense would lead to less concussions.
If anything, the guys giving the concussions in this league are largely the smaller frame guys. Safeties, Linebackers, Corners, Running Backs, etc.
You don't really see a lot of Centers and Defensive Tackles handing out concussions as frequently.