NFL penalties include putting a player in the box.
Imagine for a second an NFL where instead of getting the yardage for a defensive pass interference, the defense actually lost that player for a down. Or two. Or whatever I don’t know I haven’t thought this idea all the way though yet. I just know the concept of an offense getting a crack at a 10 or 9-man defense would be fun as hell to watch.
Maybe you only get put in the box for blows to the head. “Blow to the head of a defenseless player, number 43 of the defense, 15 yards and FOUR PLAYS IN THE BOX.” The crowd would go nuts. Then the offense would get four downs against the Steelers with no Polamalu. Maybe the same rules apply for an offensive lineman caught holding or tripping — in the box. It would mean higher scoring, and after the season if it sucked the league could always tweak how many yards are added to the penalty box plays to even things out. Brilliant idea if you ask me.
Got any good cross-sport rule changes you wanna see?