09/01/2012 12:38 pm ET

Fixing Football: Three Rule Changes For Our Greatest American Game

Here's something I hate about myself: Whenever the NFL introduces a new rule, I'm automatically against it. My natural reaction to any change in the rule book is to assume it's wrong.1 And yet — despite this reflexive disagreement with every change made by other people — I annually find myself inventing potential rule changes that I'd undoubtedly be against if they were proposed by anyone who wasn't me.

Here are three rule changes that I would consider wrongheaded, except for the fact that I thought of them …

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