2. Eliminate the Automatic First Down - unless the penalty is an unsportsmanlike conduct. It's stupid that a 5 yard illegal contact down field results in an automatic first down.
i'm on the fence... i mean if its not an automatic penalty and its 3rd and 12... you're giving the D two free opportunities to just illegally contact a defender without too much serious repercussion?
3. If an offensive player drops his head as he braces for a tackle, the defensive player cannot get flagged for illegal contact to the head.
yeah, lots of what ifs around stuff like this.
4. If you hit a player with your shoulder, your head will lead. The "leading with your helmet" penalty is bull shite. There used to be a penalty called "spearing". Let's go back to using that penalty when it applies - all other instances do not warrant a flag.
same as above, the whole thing needs to be re-evaluated more fairly to defenses.
6. An official upstairs determines the result of the review - not the official on the field who blew the call in the first place.
Why is that official upstairs and not on the field? BC he's not as competent?
7. Pass interference be a 15 yard penalty or spot of the foul - whichever is farthest. This helps a defense not get killed by a bad call by the officials.
whichever is shortest you mean?
8. Quarterbacks are players too - same rules apply to them as everyone else. No more rules specifically for hits on the quarterbacks.
you can hit them, just not high and not low... maybe starting hitting them in their pecker every play.
9. Get rid of the illegal contact downfield. Too many officials blow this call because the receiver runs right at the defender, initiates contact, and the defender gets the flag.
lets get rid of cornerbacks and just have like 6 roaming safeties none of which playing man to man.
10. Use common sense. A lot of the NFL rules are actually not that bad if the official would use common sense when interpreting them and not enforce them literally. A "blow to the head" is not when a player grazes a helmet in the act of swatting for a ball. An official can, and should use his judgement when determining intent on a personal foul. Did the player act in a reckless manner or a manner that they intended to hurt the player? If the answer is "no" then don't throw the flag.
common sense isn't all too common so is it still common sense?