To really understand the NFL, one must know that it is a quarterback-driven league. Quarterbacks are the central focus of the offense; they control where the ball goes. Quarterbacks dominate the league's marketing. Quarterbacks get the biggest contracts. Quarterbacks are legion in the broadcast booth. Even though football is less star-driven than many other sports, quarterbacks make up the most recognizable figures in the game today. The league recognizes this, and has taken steps to protect these athletes, to insulate them as much as possible from the harsh realities of this physical game. Sometimes, though, the desire to protect quarterbacks can interfere with the game itself. This cannot be allowed to happen. Monday night's game provided prime examples of over-protection. Sacks by both ...
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Article written by Mike Gleason