03-20-2013, 05:11 PM
NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson was on the Stephen A Smith show today stating that they are prepared to do just that .
Originally Posted by Roosevelt
he had a very clear description of the rule .....and it still seams ridiculous to me
I understand they player safety is of the utmost importance .....but officiating this rule is going to be a nightmare and someone is going to make a judgement call in a very important game and the sky will fall
this is football....a full contact violent game that every one of these guys signed their name on a contract to play with the full and clear understanding that the possibility of future health issues is an absolute possibility
Last edited by YATittle1962; 03-20-2013 at 05:14 PM.
03-20-2013, 05:18 PM
I mean its a close call. I want to say most of these hit would be legal by the new rule, but then again some of them may have been illegal. What do you guys think?
03-20-2013, 05:18 PM
Not going to lie, I think Bradshaw made a living off of this earlier in his career.
I've also seen Wilson lead into a defender with the crown of his helmet.
I must say, I like the theory behind the rule. If defenders cant lead with the helmet, why should a RB be able to spear you with his? Lets just wait and see how this is actually enforced before we cry and whine that the NFL is turning into a 2-hand-touch league.
03-20-2013, 05:19 PM
I am under the impression that they can lower their heads. Its really about using your head in a flagrant way as a battering ram.
Originally Posted by gmenfan0488
I think the uproar may be misguided here. Its not about being forced to run upright at all. Its only about using your head as a weapon as a runner.
03-20-2013, 05:22 PM
wait and see how many "leading with the crown" calls are made when the runner blows a safety over with his shoulder
they expect these 60 year old plus men to make these hair splitting calls that change games ...at full speed
you are going to see coaches pulling their hair out on the sidelines wishing they never voted for this ridiculous uncallable rule
more judgement calls to ruin the game
I feel bad for you Marshawn Lynch, Frank Gore, Stephen Jackson, etc...
Last edited by YATittle1962; 03-20-2013 at 05:25 PM.
03-20-2013, 05:22 PM
It's only if your running several yards ahead and you lower your head to clearly ram someone. If your on the line of scrimmage and its in the tackle box it's fine. Using it as a weapon to ram someone is different than lowering your ahead to protect yourself.
Originally Posted by Cloud57
03-20-2013, 05:23 PM
The uproar is because with most any arbitrary rule that relies on the judgement of the official they get it wrong just as much if not more than they get it right. In this case though there is no ability to challenge the call and games absolutely will eventually be decided by this and that is not a good thing.
03-20-2013, 05:27 PM
The oringinal poster is exaggerating the new rule change. Backs can get low, they can run behind their shoulders, they just cannot lower the crown of their helmet.
In truth, this rule has always existed as lowering the crown of your helmet has ALWAYS been illegal. It is called a spear. It was just never called on offensive players. Now, it will be as it has been made a point of emphasis.
03-20-2013, 05:31 PM
That's what annoys me about some D players these days. Most D players would rather ram a guy or push than actually wrap their arms around them. Every time I look at LT, the 85 bears, the steel curtain, the 2000 ravens.... They are all wrapping their arms around them.
Originally Posted by gmen46
03-20-2013, 05:32 PM
As a runner you can lowerer your pad level and lead with your shoulder. its possible I have done it multiple times. Now! I am not saying that there will not be instances where it is inevtable that the head is apart of the first impact. but they are not looking for those instances where its just a happenstance they are from what i read about the ruling change looking for blatant violators. The helmet does not protect from concussion, the brain is going to rattle inside the spaces of the cranium, they are just trying to prevent the same issues the former player are now complaining they need benifits for.
Originally Posted by YATittle1962