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Charles Mann
Pro Bowl Defensive Lineman

Charles Mann

A 12-year veteran lineman, elected four times to the Pro Bowl.

Stop Holding Back Defense


Obviously I don't agree with the current trend of penalties in the NFL. It's ridiculous. Why don't you just leave the defense on the sidelines? Or maybe you can tie the defenders hands behind their backs or play 11 on 10 football?

Every rule change in the past 10 years has been made to help the offense and protect the quarterback. The quarterback is one of 22 players on the field. He shouldn't be treated like some kind of precious crystal doll.

The rules committee is messing with the game too much. They have undermined the integrity. It's going to result in huge scores. There's nothing wrong with a 10-15 point game. People who appreciate good football understand that. The game is about making good tackles and good blocking, not about putting up 40+ points.

I think the rules committee needs to hire outside council and reorganize. I would love to be a part of that. Their decisions have resulted in football being watered down. I wouldn't go so far as to say that they are making rules to create higher scoring, but as a result of their rules offenses have been able to gel quicker. They have helped sustain weak drives, and that's not what football is about.

By Charles Mann  |  October 9, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I would like to see Kurt Warner have a catastrophic injury, therefore, it only makes sense to have fewer holding calls.

Posted by: Kenneth | October 9, 2008 5:16 PM

"Every rule change in the past 10 years has been made to help the offense and protect the quarterback."

Chop block rule? Facemask rule? Change in clipping rule? End zone celebration rule? There are plenty of rule changes that are either aimed at protecting all players from injury or are directed only at the offense.

Posted by: kguy1 | October 10, 2008 11:39 AM

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