10 steps to make the game safer

Equipment changes and more careful monitoring could help

Originally Published: August 30, 2012
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The hardest part about taming today's NFL is that the sport's very foundation is built on violence. The most successful teams intimidate and brutalize their opponents, devouring their will. They understand that X's and O's don't always mean as much as force and ferocity. "The only thing that matters to a lot of guys," said one AFC assistant coach, "is being the baddest [dude] on the field."

The problem is that approach will go only so far in the futuristic version of the NFL. It can lead ...

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