I feel like I'm whining a bit given that the targeting rule contributed greatly to my team's loss this weekend, but I've seen enough negative sentiment toward the rule from elsewhere that I believe I'm justified in my disdain for it. I also saw plenty of garbage targeting calls in other teams' games yesterday. The rule essentially ties one hand behind the defense's back, and it makes passes over the middle almost automatic unless the QB stares a receiver down and allows a pick. Combined with some of the other recent rules changes to prevent injury, we're getting a bunch of 48-45 type games, which, in my highly-esteemed opinion, is complete garbage. I don't like the game of football when the point of the game is to break your opponent's serve on defense a couple of times in order to win. In short, I miss defense.
Therefore, I propose a MAJOR shift in the rules of the game. We're obviously not going to see the targeting rule (and other assorted safety rules) rescinded because the folks running the game are too afraid of lawsuits, and probably rightfully so. Therefore, starting in 2014, pass interference should become legal. Defensive holding would still be illegal, therefore cornerbacks couldn't just man up at the line and tackle receivers, but they'd be free to bump, handfight, trip...whatever it takes to prevent a receiver from getting away. As it is now, you either have to luck into being in perfect position to tip/intercept the ball, or you just have to wait for the receiver and lightly wrap him up, lest you give up a 15-yard penalty for playing the game of football the way it has been played for decades, despite not technically breaking any rules. Allowing pass interference would have the secondary benefit of reducing the amount of serious collisions, because you'd have far fewer receivers running free in the open field, which is what leads to most of these violent hits.
This would shift the current advantages back away from the offense, and severely limit the goofy levels of scoring we've seen lately. I mean, honestly, Georgia's QB, who has no doubt been very solid, now owns passing records for the SEC and he is barely halfway through his senior season in a career that included a losing record in his freshman campaign. That's just insane when you step back and think about it given that Georgia runs one of the more balanced offenses in the SEC these days.
Anybody know a good way to get this in front of the NCAA rules committee?