If the National Football League continues its fundamental transformation of the game in the name of safety, Baltimore Ravens’ Bernard Pollard predicts the league will cease to exist in 30 years.

“Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence,” Pollard told CBSSports.com. “I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it.” …

The strong safety said he sympathizes with the league’s attempts to ensure player safety and even fears that “one day there’s going to be a death that takes place on the field because of the direction we’re going.” But he believes that what the league expects is at odds with what the coaches want.