Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

New Leg Pad Rule. Helpful or PR Stunt?

In another attempt to pretend they care, league owners voted to require players to wear hip, thigh and knee pads during games in the 2013 season. The NFL Players Association opposes the policy.  I do too.  In all honesty, this sounds like another way for Nike to sell more stuff to the league, thus raising ticket prices, thus more money in the owners pockets.  Quentin Jammer agreed in an interview with U-T San Diego.

“It’s dumb,” Jammer, an 11-year veteran, said. “Ridiculous to me. I don’t think anybody should be required to wear (them). I don’t get hit, so I don’t need to worry about pads. Offensive players should wear them because we hit them, but I don’t think it should be mandatory.”

No duh.  This new rule came about when Nike CEO Mark Parker told Goodell that they sell more pads to the NBA than to the NFL.  Not to be outdone, Goodell came up with a totally bogus new rule.  Players who need pads wear them.  Players who do not need pads don’t.

“You play this game because you want to play this game, and the risks you take are the risks you take,” Jammer told the newspaper. “If you don’t want to wear hip pads, knee pads or thigh pads, you shouldn’t have to. It should be a choice.”

Who is getting hit in the legs?  I have seen a few chop blocks, but they are typically on lineman and backs and those guys are already wearing pads.  This new rule sounds like another bad move to me.  What do you think?

ChargerGirl Cindi

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