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Back in the day I used to watch a lot of Canadian Football during the off season and have recently seen its back on ESPN. Watched some last night and tonight. What changes if any would you like to see the NFL, college and or High School make? I like the 3 downs for a first but maybe in the U.S. Keep the 4 downs but make it 15 yards for a 1st. Like Arena league football all offensive players minus the QB and the 7 on the line can get a running start for a snap. ( not sure if I like it or not but it's different) Not up to date on all of their rules but like some of them including if a punter kicks the ball out of bounds on a punt outside of the 20s it's a penalty. Notice on PATs they have to make a 32 yard field goal and not straight on but from either hash mark. Do not like the goal posts at the front of the end zone.

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I like those bigger end zones too but changing the size of the field ain't happening. Changing some rules can. Looks like they don't have kick offs either which I unfortunately think will be a rule change in our country sometime soon. Edmonton Eskomos home field is Commonwealth Stadium. Almost looks like Jets Packers are playing.

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That's why they need to lengthen the 1st downs or subtract a down to get 10.

 

Two major effects. One, running and running backs would be almost completely eliminated from the game. Second, with the added passing comes longer games. Three downs works in Canada for several reasons, mostly because the rules are so slanted towards the offense. The wider field, and extra eligible receiver opens things up a bit and allows for bigger plays. Also, d lineman have to line up at least one yard off the ball, another big advantage for the offense. I guess I'm not sure I understand how the 3 down rule by itself makes the NFL game better.

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Make a good point. When they made the 10 yards in 4 plays to get a 1st doubt they envisioned how the forward pass would evolve. I personally would like to see them at least NFL wise go to 15 yards for a 1st. Also get rid of extra points and everyone must go for 2.

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I would like to see the field widened by 5 yards. As players have gotten bigger, faster and stronger the field is just too small width wise. Yes I know it can't happen as there is no room at the stadiums and the cost would be way too much. But with the size and speed of todays athletes I think it would help eliminate some of the collisions by giving more room to maneuver. That is really the only thing I wish could change.

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Make a good point. When they made the 10 yards in 4 plays to get a 1st doubt they envisioned how the forward pass would evolve. I personally would like to see them at least NFL wise go to 15 yards for a 1st. Also get rid of extra points and everyone must go for 2.

 

Again, same effect. More passing, since the run would be devalued even more, especially on first down. Even a rush of 5 yards on first down (and the average rush is just under 4 yards per carry), leaves a 2nd and 10 which is an unfavorable situation for the offense, and usually a passing situation in the NFL under current rules. Even the best NFL teams convert 3rd downs less than 50% of the time. Longer 3rd downs by lengthening the to go distance from 10 to 15 yards really slants things toward the defense, but not necessarily in a good or balanced way. More throwing and deeper drops by the QB's (to allow for longer patterns because of longer to go distances), also expose QB's to more hits and ultimately more injuries, and thus more backup QB's playing. Making things harder doesn't make things better, and I'm still not sure what effect you're going after by lengthening to go distance from 10 to 15 yards aside from making it harder on the offense.

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