What part of the year do NFL coaches and general managers worry about the most? The down time of the league when players are left to their own devises. The combination of money and idle time is dangerous.
The NFL rules insures that the player has no contact with the team. The separation between team and player is supposed to be a penalty for both. But the structure and discipline of the team is exactly what players that have been suspended need most. The league keeps talking about how much it cares about the players’ health and safety. And when the player needs the team the most, the league prohibits even phone calls to team management. The league denies the type of support that can help a player get his life back on track. So what should the league do?
The league needs to change the rules to require the suspended player to continue attend meetings, training room and meals with the team but prohibit him from any field practices or games. The league could require testing on a daily basis and the team can better monitor the progress of cleansing. The structure that change would provide will help the … Read more at FryingPanSports