We're not sure when it happened, but at some point in the last 10 years the NFL changed it's name to "Quarterback Driven League." Every move the league has made since that point has been either to protect or enhance one position on the field. And it has made the game a shadow of the greatness it used to be.
Before the new century came around, football was seen as a gladiator sport. Players endured broken bones, torn ligaments and vicious knockouts in order to stay on the field and play. And the NFL promoted the toughness of its all its players to make it the biggest and most popular of all professional and college sports.
But then a funny thing happened. Owners started paying their signal callers more than every other player. Not just a lot more, but sometimes double and triple other starters.
With so much money invested in one position, new rules to protect these investments were created. It's now at the point that if a defender says "boo" too loudly near a quarterback, he can draw a 15-yard penalty.
Football is supposed to be the ultimate team game -- impossible to have success without everyone acting in concert with each other. However, the NFL has now made its game solely about one player and devalued the rest.
It's time for the NFL's competition committee to consider scaling back at least some of the rules that, in the eyes of many, over-protect signal callers and contribute to the perception of the league as more interested in marketing its stars than ensuring competitive balance.