NFL Quality Lost in Political Correctness

NFL Quality Lost in Political Correctness

The National Football League regular season ended Sunday …

If you were interested in the social ramifications of the murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (none), the continued debate over concussions (point taken), a possible rule change to dilute a game already too diluted (terrible idea), and this amorphous thing called the NFL culture,  in which players act violent off the field because they are violent on it (duh), then it was maybe the best regular season ever.

If you were interested in the quality of play—watched only out of Pavlovian habit or fantasy football or gambling—then the 2012 season ranks among the worst. Not as bad as the 2011 season, in which a Pop Warner second-stringer could have passed for 5,000 yards because of defenses neutered by rule changes and stripped of aggression. But close.

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