SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – John Madden is getting the Madden Cruiser ready for a trip to Indianapolis for the competition committee meetings at the NFL Combine next week. John expects few if any rules changes.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of big things,” John said. “At some point we’re going to have to look at offense and defense and the scoring. The NFL has always liked scoring, they’ve always liked passing, they’ve always wanted that, and now obviously they have it in abundance. I think sometimes you have to wait a year or two for a trend. But the offense for some reason, if you look at last year, may really be ahead of the defense… I think that’s worth tracking now.”

John doesn’t yet see enough support among team owners for tweaking the rules to support defense.

“Football is at an all time (high in) popularity,” the former coach said. “To say ‘let’s get scoring down,’ you know they’d run you right out of the room. They’d turn my bus around so fast I’d be back in Omaha before I knew it.”

John said last year’s rule change that moved the ball up on kickoffs has made the game safer.

“It worked because we had half the concussions on kickoff returns than we had before, so I think that’s going to stay.” (8:30)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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