Aaron Rodgers Imagines Being NFL Commissioner For A Day. Some Of His Ideas Are Downright Shocking
Aaron Rodgers has some interesting suggestions for how to make the NFL great again.
In a recent interview with The Ringer, the Green Bay Packers QB was asked a straightforward but very loaded question: “If you were made commissioner right now, what would you do?”
Some of his advice was predictable. Make rules easier to understand, talk to players when making said rules, etc.
But some of his tips were a little edgier.
In reference to anthem protests, he said in part:
If you’re going to take the focus off of what the protest was really about—it was never about the anthem, it was never about the troops, it was about social equality and racial injustice—then make it all about the anthem. Everybody in the stadium stands and does the exact same thing. You have people in the concession, people in the bathroom; you’ve got cameramen on their knee watching. You can’t have it one way or another.
Rodgers also suggested killing franchise tags and enforcing an NBA-style salary cap.
“I think one thing you could definitely look at that would influence the way contracts are done is a hard cap versus a non-hard cap — like the NBA, where there’s a cap, then there’s luxury tax,” he said.
Then he suggested some more specific changes to the rules.
“Cut the preseason to a maximum of three games and probably cut the offseason down for veterans,” he said, adding he’d get rid of rules that seem “subjective.”
A safety going to make a big hit and picking a target in the midsection—the [receiver] catches the ball and lowers his head—it goes from a legal hit to more of an almost helmet-to-helmet or maybe the shoulder to the helmet. You can get kicked out of the game for that. I think it’s a harsh penalty and I understand the intent of the rule, that’s good. The enforcement lacks a little bit of oversight.
He also added that the NFL should do more to promote players’ charities and causes off the field.
“That would help to change some of the issues,” he speculated.
No word on whether these suggestions have made their way up to Goodell yet.
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