PFT- The NFL is considering a rule that won’t necessarily change the game on the field, but will change the way the game looks, and a rule that players have long advocated for: Loosening the restrictions on jersey numbers, including allowing more players to wear single-digit numbers.
A proposal that owners will vote on at the upcoming league meeting would allow single-digit numbers to be worn by more players than just quarterbacks, kickers and punters, who are the only players currently allowed to wear single digits. Under the proposal, defensive backs, linebackers, running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, H-backs and wide receivers would all be allowed to wear jerseys in the single digits. Defensive backs and linebackers could wear any number from 1 to 49, while running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, H-backs and wide receivers could all wear 1 to 49 and 80 to 89.
Quarterbacks, punters and kickers would still be required to wear numbers 1 to 19, linemen would still wear 50 to 79, and defensive linemen and linebackers could also wear 90 to 99.
Oh you thought Andy Reid was just going to take that ass kicking in the Super Bowl laying down? Now that Big Red got a taste of championship champagne, he can't get enough of it and is clearly ready to do whatever is necessary it takes to get to the top of the mountain again even if it means changing the rules. I've seen this in fantasy leagues where people who had a stud QB wanted six point passing TDs instead of four. But pulling a move like this in the National Football League is outrageous.
I already went into great scientific detail about how certain numbers are faster and slower than others.
However, the Chiefs being the team looking to take advantage of this is scary. They may not actually even need an offensive line after all if they have a bunch of their already superduper fast players wearing single numbers all with Patrick Mahomes slinging the ball, let alone if this happens.
Jesus Christ. Tyreek rocking the double oughts and CEH being able to go from the clunky 25 to a smooth single digit 2 would turn the Chiefs from an already terrifying offense to a flat out unfair offense as illustrated by this meme.
As for the rest of the positions, I always felt like linebackers with single digits were faster but worse at tackling while DBs with single digits were just flat out better. By a lot. And if you are a tight end with a single digit, you better be fast as the wind because your blocking is immediately suspect as fuck.
The biggest winner in all this may be Jadaveon Clowney and the team that signs him since I'm pretty sure once he puts the number 7 back on, he immediately becomes this monster again.