Crown of Helmet Rule – Reactions, Implications, and Questions (video questions!)
Forte Before Rule Passed:
“The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I’ve ever heard of… In order to lower ur shoulder u obviously have to lower ur head. It’s a way of protecting ur self from a tackler and a way to break tackles.” ~ Matt Forte via Twitter
Forte After Rule Passed:
“Wow so they really passed that rule…last time I checked football was a contact sport. Calling bank now to set up my lowering the boom fund” ~ Matt Forte via Twitter
Earl Campbell to NFL.com
“I do not think (said rule) is going to last. I think people want to see the running back running the football. I thought we were getting back to that, but pretty obviously we’re not- we’re getting farther away from football.”
NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock read here on NBC:
“I’m not a fan of this rule at all. I think it crosses a line. We all love safety, but at some point, football’s got to be football…If a running back can’t drop his pad level, I don’t think it’s football anymore.”
Don Banks Sports Illustrated:
“The rule change… won’t represent a sea change in the way running backs ply their craft. Education and adaptation will help mitigate this issue in time. But we’re not there yet.”
Adam Schein via Twitter
I hate the “crown of the helmet” rule. I feel awful for running backs. Disagree with NFL and owners completely.
Justin Onslow via Bleacher Report:
…and while passing measures to continue the evolution toward a safer playing environment is the right move, the league missed the mark on its latest rule change.
Local buzz here in Arizona is that NFL directed coaches not to bad-mouth the new helmet rule… Of course they did.
Trent Richardson to The Plain Dealer:
“I feel like I made it bad for all the backs, I feel like it’s my fault.”
The best “pro-rule” article I found is oddly enough at The Wooder Cooler
Click on the above link for an objective read.
Quit fretting. Your 3rd-and-1s and 4th-and-1s are safe. The tackle box is the area extending two yards wide on each side of the offensive tackles before the snap, back to the offense’s goal line, and roughly three yards past the line of scrimmage. When you need your running back to dive into the line to get that last yard, this penalty call will never be made. Shonn Greene’s job is safe yet another year. ~ The Wooder Cooler
These types of hits are not rare. The league office studied every game during two weeks of the 2012 season — Week 10 and Week 16 — and determined that 11 total hits during those 32 games would have drawn flags. To the extent those numbers can be extrapolated, that’s one flag for illegal use of the crown of the helmet in the open field every three games. ~Third to last paragraph click here for entire read
Bear with me folks! This is my first go at video editing. In this video I will propose questions concerning the crown of helmet rule.
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