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 Post subject: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:49 pm 
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Is now a 15 yard penalty. Causes too many concussions. This technique was seen often in the NFL. Now, flags will be flying.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Good luck enforcing that one. This sport is on the verge of death. Borderline unwatchable.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:55 pm 
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Wasn't that what happened to Shaz?


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:00 pm 
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Does this apply to offensive players as well?

Part of what drives me insane about these rules is that the responsibility is 100% on the defensive player. The NHL isn't perfect by any means, but at least they try to acknowledge that the guy getting hit has some obligation to protect himself and/or not put himself into a vulnerable position.

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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:13 pm 
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Applies to any player anywhere on the field. Get ready for two handed touch.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:20 pm 
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Leading with the helmet or using the helmet as a weapon is a habit that players develop early and with successful results. It's something that Shazier and many other players do, offense and defense.

If you are a running back with proper technique, getting low and forward lean, of course you are leading with the helmet. And the Hard helmets cause more injuries and create different techniques than the old leather helmets or no helmets like in rugby. It's natural to use the Hard helmet as a weapon. Will a new rule help save players? Probably not. It's partly a public relations move.

I recently heard a documentary about how Head injuries are threatening the future of football like never before. More CTE, and more kids who simply are not allowed to play. High schools can't get enough players and combine with other high schools to make a team. Would you let your son play high school football? I wouldn't. But I still love and respect the game and those who choose to play the game.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:25 pm 
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genie left out a pretty big detail:

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It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent,” the new rule says, according to the NFL. “The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:02 pm 
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The death of football right there. They fix the subjective bullshit nature of catch rules then go ahead and make every hit everywhere on the field potentially an ejectable play.

This won’t end well.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:46 pm 
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So this is their version of the college targeting rule, correct? Oh boy.


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 Post subject: Re: Lowering head to initiate contact with the helmet
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:47 pm 
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If you thought the old catch rule allowed refs to change the outcome of games ... this rule which can be enforced or not enforced on any and every play in a game just gave the reffos full discretion to manhandle and manipulate any game they choose.


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