We have a great game in the National Football League. We don't have to change the rules every year.

Body contact makes the game. I think the fans want to see football players who are football players and not track stars. But that appears to be the way the game is going - to speed. Speed, and less and less body contact.

If you take the aggressiveness out of the game and legislate to get more points on the board, the purpose and excitement of the game will be defeated.

There is a term in football this year that I've never heard before - "incidental contact." it is a questionsable way to get yardage. A defensive back merely touches an opponent and it is "incidental contact" and an automatic first down.

How will the fans react to this situation, for example? A long pass goes uncaught but is ruled complete on the two-yard line because of "incidental contract."

I think the fans will be disgusted. I doubt that they want to see an increase in scoring when their team can lose because of a call like this.

I think the fans will be disgusted. I doubt that they want to see an increase in scoring when their team can lose because of a call like this.

I think that if you continaully dilute the defense to help the offense, you can cheapeon the game if you're not careful. The rules changes are putting more pressure on the officials and slowing down the game. The reason is that most, if not all, of the new rules involve judgment calls.

For example, two years ago the rules said it was an automatic foul if a player kicked the football.

A week ago Dave Casper accidentally kicked the ball, and it helped Oakland defeat San Diego. I thought it was an accidental kick, and so did the officials. However, it was still a debatable judgment call, along with two other questionable aspects of that play, Ken Stabler, was passing or simply fumbled.

It should be cut and dried.

The rules changes have not necessarily helped the kicking game, because of all the marginal penalties.

Today, only the two outside men can go downfield on a punt at the snap. The interior linemen must wait until the ball is kicked. Yet, in almost every game, some of the linemen are six inches, a foot, a yard beyond the line when the ball is kicked.

That's understandable. The other linement should not have to wait. They're trained to go and go fast. It is unnatural to expect them to wait! Yet they must, or risk a penalty, and more and more penalties are being called in this phase of the kicking game.

One thing the fans don't want to see is repeated punts. Frequently I've seen the ball punted two and three times on a single down due to penalties! This is an unnecessary delay.

One of the things that would really help the offense - and I've suggested this in the league meetings - is to go back to the old hashmark rule.

Today every time the ball is spotted, it's in the center or almost the center of the field. This is so the offense doesn't have to worry about a wide side and narrow side the way they did when the ball was spotted on one side or the other.

The present hashmark rule was designed - again - to help the pass offense. To may way of thinking, it has actually aided the defense on pass defense. It is beneficial, however, to the running game.

Under the old hashmark rules, it was much more difficult to doubleteam the wide receiver.

When the rules came into football, years ago, the one thing the defense could do was use its hands, and the one thing the offense could not do was use its hands. We've almost switched that around.

The defense has eliminated the head slap. It used to be the pass rusher could slap - make one move at the offensive man's head when rushing the passer to get man out of the way. Now you can't do that, and it further reduces the use of the hands by the defensive player.

Last year we put in a rule that a player is only allowed to "chuck" or "jam" on an offensive man within a distance of five yards. Any more than that is a foul, and an automatic first down. This was supposed to open up the passing game to a lot more bombs because the wide receivers could get downfield and not have to worry about a second jam.

So far there isn't much evidence that this change has increased scoring.

The holding penalties on offense have been reduced from 15 yeards to 10. Now an offensvie drive is not necessarily halted because of a holding penalty. So we're getting more holding.

We've altered the blocking rules of the offensive line so much that we've taken away good blocking technique.

What the fans want is good football. In 1970 they were booing the Redskins. In 1971, when we took over, the Redskins received standing ovations. And the scores weren't always high. When Dallas and the Redskins played, it was usually a low-scoring game. They beat us last year, 14-7.

The game today is too long. It should be about two hours and 20 minutes. With the constant penalties and delays and all the changes in the kicking game, the games are getting longer and longer.

For the sake of the game, the players and the fans, let's keep football moving.