The NFL banned lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet on Tuesday, a surprising rule change that came with no advance notice to the public and resulted in fans everywhere wondering what, exactly, the new rule means.
What are a running back and a linebacker doing when they collide in the open field? Those things could all be interpreted as lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet. If the NFL is going to tell the officials to flag this new penalty under the strictest interpretation possible, then the sport we’re going to see in 2018 will barely resemble the sport of football we’ve been watching our entire lives.
On the other hand, Sean Couturier Youth jersey this might turn out to be like the rule change from 2013, when the league put restrictions on ball carriers lowering the crowns of their helmets into tacklers. At the time the rule passed, there were warnings that the sport of football would never be the same. (Just read PFT’s comments that day.) As it turned out, the rule barely registered because it was so rarely enforced: The league told the officials only to flag the most flagrant, obvious examples of players using their helmets as weapons.
Authentic Youth Paulo Orlando Jersey So will the league similarly instruct the officials on this new rule? Or is this a change that could result in several 15-yard penalties every game, and players dramatically changing the way they run, block and tackle to avoid getting penalized? Right now, we just don’t know. We may not know until the season starts.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, owners were given a presentation yesterday of the findings of a previously secret study on gambling and the patterns of behavior associated with it.
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Such reports are secret largely because the mere mention of the word makes commissioner Roger Goodell either clam up or spasmodically say the phrase integrity of the game.
But owners heard an update on the technology available so owners were up to speed when it is legalized.
Albert Breer of SI.com added that representatives of the Buccaneers and Rams spoke to the group, since sports gambling is common in the English soccer league where their also own teams (Manchester United and Arsenal). He also spoke to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, who said gambling could be a factor in helping the league grow into places like China.