NFL proposes crown-of-helmet hit rule

Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jackie Battle (44) runs with the ball. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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?

ChargerGirl Cindi

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  • RussinSactown

    I get the idea of the rule but I have a huge problem with it. Running backs are taught from Pop Warner on to not lead with the crown of their head or they run the risk of being paralyzed for life. However no running back can disengage his head (run straight up and down) and not be a huge inviting target for a defensive lineman. The majority of backs will lower the shoulder to prep for a hit/run over a linebacker in their path. You can’t do that and leave the head out of the equation. The second we lose a big gain because Monty Ball, or whoever our next drafted RB is, puts a shoulder pad in the chest of a DB, you’ll see this is an over reach by the NFL.

    • 619chargers4life

      WORD!!!

  • 619chargers4life

    riddle me this. if i have a football in my hand and im running and im sure all players are told to get lower then there opponent then how do i not drop my head low if im trying to get lower then the defender. but i understand they dont want players going heads up with there heads down . but when there in a live game situation and its not practice im sure its pretty hard to get lower then ur opponent and keep ur eyes on the road at the same time. im all for player safety but this one takes the cake. not to sure about this one. would be strange to see a RB try to raise his head and open up his body and get blown up like a hot air balloon .

    • arnie

      use your shoulders. it’s what they are for. the helmet is supposed to protect from collisions. not initiate them.
      as i understand the rule, it’s when a “ball carrier” intentionally lowers there head and uses the crown of the helmet as a weapon. the rule will not be applied when a ball carrier lowers the head to protect themselves from a hit, or in the box, and goal, first down/short yardage situations.

  • Cgoodness13

    Yup, flag football here we come!!!! Brady will love this rule

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