If anyone has watched an NFL game on a Thursday night over the past few years, it is not hard to tell that the caliber of play on the field does not even compare to the level displayed during the games that are played on Sundays. The reason for the slide in play during these matchups has yet to be specifically identified, but many assume it is due to the lack of recovery time each team has been dealt with leading up to their mid-week game.
Recently, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman expressed his opinions on the NFL’s attempt to make Thursday night football a regular aspect of each season.
Poopfest, it’s terrible. We got home like 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that on Monday, and then you’ve got to play again. Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season, so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger.
Sherman is the latest player to voice his displeasure with the weekly Thursday games as many feel the mid-week matchups totally contradict the league’s current agenda to emphasize player safety. In this sense, the players may actually be right.
Lately, the NFL has made a conscious effort to find solutions they hope will make the game safer for their players. New rules have been implemented in the past few years in an effort to reduce the amount of injuries that occur on the field each week.
Concussions are now more serious than ever before as missteps in the NFL’s history have proven to be costly in both a monetary sense and for the overall reputation of the the league. Kickoffs have been shortened, as the NFL has determined that many injuries during previous years have been a result of this specific play.
So the league is most definitely doing things to make the their sport as safe as it can possibly be. However, the point brought up by Sherman and other players about the league’s Thursday games does seem to put the NFL in a bit of a hypocritical position.
This is also not the first time the Seahawks cornerback has expressed his disdain for the league holding matchups during the middle of the week.
Any time you play a football game and play another one a few days later, it’s going to be tough on the body. But it’s just another one of those things. Another one of those simple contradictions of the league, because they care about us.
The Seattle corner has been highly critical of many decisions made by the NFL during the past few years. Yet he usually answers reporters’ questions each week while also wearing a hat with a big fat league logo plastered on it.
So who exactly is the hypocrite here, Richard?
This most certainly will not be the last criticism of the NFL voiced by Sherman. Maybe one day the league will take his suggestions into consideration and actually take action on an issue that he and other players have with the league.
But then again, probably not.