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“Lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet is a foul."

Discussion in 'Other NFL' started by Galant, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Galant

    Galant Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2014

    "It didn’t appear on last week’s (supposedly) comprehensive list of proposed rule changes. By Tuesday afternoon, however, it passed with a vote of 32-0: “Lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet is a foul.”

    The rule came from Proposal No. 11 of the Competition Committee, which had made only 10 proposals in advance of the annual meetings.

    Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the process began in Indianapolis, during the Scouting Combine. Last week, discussions continued among the members of the Competition Committee, with Saints coach Sean Payton (a first-year member of the committee) being very supportive of the rule.

    As of Sunday, presentations began to be made to coaches and General Managers. Discussion occurred during Tuesday’s meetings, with the vote and announcement delayed to the afternoon due to efforts to firm up the language of the rule."

    As of the morning session, however, support for the rule change already was universal among the owners and coaches. Which confirms just how seriously the league is now taking the effort to get the head out of the game whenever and wherever possible.
  2. Carmen Cygni

    Carmen Cygni Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    On the brighter side, at least are cheaper investments than full pads and a helmet for the future of the NFFL. (National Flag Football League)
  3. Nappy Roots

    Nappy Roots Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    This is going to be such a **** show.....I am tired of it already. Slow games down. At least 3-4 players ejected a game.

    Have the people making these rules ever stepped foot on a football field? How on earth are you supposed to not lower your head when getting, A. Lower than the defender, and B. Lower than the runner. I get the launching with the crown of your helmet, I get it....This...is abysmal
  4. Galant

    Galant Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    I think the key phrase here is "...to initiate contact with the head". Which is going to be rather tricky to prove. One might aim with the shoulder and then a change of direction leads to head to head contact.
  5. Galant

    Galant Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2014
  6. #1 fan

    #1 fan Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Just what the NFL needs. More play stoppages and rules no one understands.
  7. texanphinatic

    texanphinatic Senior Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin TX
    The players will adapt, and this is frankly how it should be taught in lower levels to begin with (and has been more recently with things like the Head's Up initiative). It's just emphasizing form tackling vs. full speed collisions. The biggest hitters are going to struggle, most will be fine.

    They just really don't want to see more Ryan Shazier incidents out there.
  8. jpep13

    jpep13 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Guess players will be ejected getting to Brady.

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