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How about letting a catch count as long as the receiver was inbounds when he left his feet to make the grab. Think of the excitement this would create. Some of the greatest catches count for nothing. Instead we get another boring nonplay.
The best way to reduce tedium in pro football would be to prohibit field goals within the 30-or 40-yard line, except in overtime, which otherwise might go on forever. This would encourage longer passes and more exciting game plans as well as discourage coaches from settling for a field goal for fear of a fumble or an interception.
Increase the length of the end zone from 10 to 20 yards and move the goalposts back 10 yards. Such a change should increase touchdown production in the red zone by giving the pass receivers more room to maneuver and the defenders more territory to cover. At the same time, placing the goalpost 20 yards from the goal line would make a team truly earn a field goal.
Get rid of the pointless, drive-stalling false-start penalty. As more referees are calling it, defensive linemen try to provoke it. It's not needed to prevent injury or an unfair advantage; if an offensive lineman pulls back too soon, he tips off the defense and disrupts the offensive cohesion. If the defense makes contact before the snap after a false start, stop the play but don't penalize anyone. That will cut down on the silly spectacle of defensive linemen running into people, madly pointing their fingers. The result: fewer penalties, few nonplays, more offense and more real football.
1) Try a field that is wider and longer and has deeper end zones.
2) Allow the offense unlimited motion in the backfield.
3) Eliminate the fair catch, making the kicking game really count.