The NFL has proposed a new rule change that would outlaw players from leading with the crown of their helmets. This new rule would mostly affect running backs and defensive backs and force them to change their manner of play or possibly get a penalty. While some claim this is making the game “wimpy”, I say I appreciate the fact that the NFL is finding new ways to protect players heads and necks from permanent injury. Something that all San Diego Chargers fans understand after the loss of Junior Seau due to the issues he had from continued brain injuries.
I understand that change is tough, but leading with your shoulder just makes sense. You can still lower your head to protect the ball and to make yourself a smaller target, but I can understand some folks resistance. In my opinion, the head butting that happens in the plays where helmets fly off or guys are laid out are not part of the job. You know how much I love to see (and hear) a great hit. I just want to see the same guys being able to make great hits and blocks for years and then live a normal life when they retire. I believe that is what the NFL wants here too.
Let me know your thoughts. Should the helmet be a weapon or not?