Fewer People Are Watching NFL Games

Oct 20

Fewer People Are Watching NFL Games

The NFL is experiencing a ratings drop for the first time in a really long time. So what’s the cause of this? Well there are a few things that could be contributing to the sudden drop in views.

Peyton Manning

For starters the great Peyton Manning is no longer in the NFL. There is a large group of NFL fans that tuned in for years just to see what Mr. Manning was doing, what his stats were and how many fantasy points he was accumulating. I think it’s safe to say he was many people’s favorite player and now that he’s gone it’s sort of left a void, which is causing some of his fans not to care as much about the league.

Tom Brady Suspension

The Tom Brady suspension didn’t sit well with many NFL fans. Much like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady has the heart of many NFL fans all across the nation and if he’s not playing, these fans don’t really care what’s going on. Not only do they not care, they sort of have a bad taste in their mouths about how the NFL is being run and the way that Roger Goodell is laying down the hammer.

Oversaturation

Personally I think the NFL is spreading itself too thin. I understand the business of it and that they’re trying to maximize on every opportunity but in my opinion the thing that made the NFL so great is the anticipation.

Now there is no anticipation. Viewers are able to get NFL packages through their cable or satellite providers where they can watch every single game. Along with these packages the games are spread out over more days. Currently we are able to see every NFL game on Sunday, Monday night games, and now Thursday Night Football is a constant. We even get some games really early in the morning when the NFL travels to London; which I like and I’ll touch on that subject later.

Most people will probably say that having more games accessible is great but what actually happens is that they don’t have to make Monday Night Football a priority because if they miss it, they can just catch another game another day since they won’t have to wait that long.

Colin Kaepernick

Probably the most serious reason why people aren’t watching the NFL is because of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem situation. I’m not going to discuss whether or not I think what Colin is doing is right or wrong right now but what I will say is that it has rubbed many NFL fans and viewer the wrong way. Some people are so disgusted that they are threatening to never watch the NFL again.

Conclusion

I’m sure there are many other reasons for the drop in viewership but the topics that I listed are the ones that I immediately thought about. I’d love to hear what you think. Why do you think NFL views have fallen off this season?

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Are NFL Teams Putting Too Much Stock In Rookie Quarterbacks?

May 14

Are NFL Teams Putting Too Much Stock In Rookie Quarterbacks?

I think they are. There has been way more misses than hits when it comes to drafting quarterbacks at the top of the draft. Unlike college basketball where the top picks are one and done, we usually get to see a pretty extensive body of work from college football players before they enter the draft. I use the term ‘usually’ loosely because there have been a few exceptions, but we’ll talk about that in a later blog.

I totally agree with the masses that the quarterback position is the most important position on the field but some people place the stock of the QB too high above the rest of the positions. Years ago it probably could have been justified to take multiple risks on getting a top notch quarterback every year or two until you get it right, but in today’s game it doesn’t make as much sense for an array of reasons. Let’s be real here, the Broncos won the Super Bowl with mediocre quarterback play.

I’m not saying that teams drafting at the top shouldn’t pick a quarterback, I’m just saying that if you’re going to pick a quarterback with the number one or number two pick in the draft it should only be for guys like Jameis Winston or Andrew Luck, the type of guys that have proven themselves in pro style systems for multiple years. The thought of picking a player at the top of the draft based on the theory that he has a high ceiling is a bit strange to me.

Who Should They Pick?

I’m a really big fan of the other premium positions in the NFL, the LT, WR, OLB/DE and CB. As I stated earlier, the Broncos won the Super Bowl with mediocre QB play but what wasn’t mediocre is their defense. They had ballers on every level of the defense. The Bronco’s defense carried them the entire season and ultimately was the main reason they won the Super Bowl.

As for the offensive side of the ball in the NFL, we’ve seen more and more left tackles get big money and rightfully so, they protect the blindside of the highest paid player on the field.

As far as the WR’s go, well you just can’t have enough good ones. With all the great teams that have won the Super Bowl in the last 20 years, the one that sticks out to me the most is the St. Louis Rams. They were the greatest show on turf and they had multiple weapons on the offensive side of the ball with seasoned quarterback Kurt Warner, wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce and running back Marshall Faulk. The diverse skill set that Marshall Faulk displayed during his career is becoming more sought after in today’s game because more teams are trying to duplicate what the Rams did during those years.

Conclusion

I don’t deny the notion that quarterbacks are supposed to be the leaders of the team and that a team is in a better position if they have a good one. What I don’t buy is that you have to have Aaron Rogers or Tom Brady to win in the NFL.

A well rounded team with a solid defense seems to be a better recipe for success. So yes, teams should pull the trigger if they have a prospect like Andrew Luck sitting there but if they have a need in one of the other four priority positions, there shouldn’t be any hesitation to pull the trigger. But just because a top notch prospect isn’t a priority position guy, teams need to think twice before they make that call. If there is a player in the green room with Marshall Faulk type talent, don’t pass on him because you’re “SUPPOSED” to take a quarterback.

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