Yes, James (sir!), I believe you are correct - IMO the main reasons are:Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel
1) "Your honor, it's not our fault they're all brain dead, we tried so hard to protect them ..." and,
2) "We have to tap that virgin demographic of cute little housewives who like to see big strong men running around, but don't really want to see big hits ... there's more of them than hard core old-time football fans, we can throw the latter under the bus to open the new revenue stream". Hello SD, Indy ... good bye Pittsburgh/Baltimore.
And ... not only have they neutered defenses built like ours, but they've neutered Ben - his comparative advantage was that he wouldn't go down where other QBs would. Now, since no QB is going to be tackled much (the penalty for a fine/ejection/etc. is too high, the hits will be namby-pamby at most), Ben's amazing elusiveness and complete-the-pass-while-being-pummeled skills will be irrelevant and of historical interest only. Kind of like some secretary who's the fastest in the city at taking shorthand. What's "shorthand"?? And what's a "secretary"?