So as everyone probably knows, Jon Bostic was fined 21k dollars for his hit against the Chargers two weeks ago. This is just one example in the direction the NFL is headed. Looking at the hit, what was considered dirty about it? He didn't go helmet to helmet and, at least in my opinion, he was not a defenseless receiver. He made a good play, and for punished for it. Is this what it's going to come down to? Fining a player any time they lay the wood on an opposing player? The play was even labeled as a "great play" on the NFL's website until they decided they were going to fine him, then they took it down. $21,000 is a lot of money to anyone, especially a rookie like Bostic.
The NFL isn't making these fines and new rules for no reason, I read a pretty unbelievable stat last week. There are over 4,000 ex-NFL players that have filed law suits against the NFL. I think there's better ways to go about this than changing the dynamic of the game. Maybe they could make every play sign off on a waiver that says something along the lines of "I'm aware of the injury risk I'm putting myself into and it's my conscious decision to play professional football" before they are allowed to play a game. Maybe they should work on new helmet technology that offers concussion protection. If something isn't done and things keep trending in the wrong direction, I'm scared for the future of football. It could become so timid it would be like flag football. I think if it gets worse, they could start to lose TV ratings because well, it's getting unwatchable. If there is no solution, I fear the NFL could be extinct in 20 years.