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RB's cannot lower their heads?

Ruin the game once and for all? Gonna hang flags around everyone's waist?

What say you?

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Hasn't been approved yet, I don't believe.

Hopefully the owners show some common since and vote against this stupid proposal.

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I understand their concern, but I believe that this rule would dramatically alter the game of football as we know it.

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This is the most asinine rule change in the history of the league. Its mind blowing, the lengths they(Goodell) will go to pervert the game that is paying him millions to rule over with an iron dildo. This is one of those moments where Goodell will just ram it home with out even the complementary spit on the tip first. Grab your ankles now football fans, things are gonna get uncomfortable.

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Jim Brown says that he's in favor and that there are other ways to go about breaking tackles outside the tackle box. Also from what I understand, the NFL reviewed all tape from week 16 and found that the penalty wouldve been called five times the entire week.
So I don't see this having a huge negative impact.

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Earl Campbell, Walter Payton and others would have never made the mark they did with this rule.


Will it help elevate the scat back and make folks like Eddie Lacey a bit less desirable?

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[quote name='MaineManPanther' timestamp='1363787022' post='2168604']
Jim Brown says that he's in favor and that there are other ways to go about breaking tackles outside the tackle box. Also from what I understand, the NFL reviewed all tape from week 16 and found that the penalty wouldve been called five times the entire week.
So I don't see this having a huge negative impact.
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Apparently it's just outside the tackle box in open space, but that will still lead to some weird situations for ball carriers (I.E. a runningback in open space on a pitch or a reciever on a lateral). Personally I would say that they should just look at changing the helmets, maybe to a softer, more absorbant material that doesn't incentivise people to use their noggin like a battering ram.

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[quote name='L-TownCat' timestamp='1363786924' post='2168600']
This is the most asinine rule change in the history of the league. Its mind blowing, the lengths they(Goodell) will go to pervert the game that is paying him millions to rule over with an iron dildo. This is one of those moments where Goodell will just ram it home with out even the complementary spit on the tip first. Grab your ankles now football fans, things are gonna get uncomfortable.
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What's Goodell have to do with this?

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[quote name='Johnny Rockets' timestamp='1363787400' post='2168620']


What's Goodell have to do with this?
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It was his suggestion, he is the 'Player safety' police, and a reporter (i cant remember which (mort?)) said that its Goodell that's pushing it and that it was gonna happen because Goodell wants it to happen.

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[quote name='Stroupe-a-loop' timestamp='1363787311' post='2168616']

Apparently it's just outside the tackle box in open space, but that will still lead to some weird situations for ball carriers (I.E. a runningback in open space on a pitch or a reciever on a lateral). Personally I would say that they should just look at changing the helmets, maybe to a softer, more absorbant material that doesn't incentivise people to use their noggin like a battering ram.
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Sure, I don't disagree that it will cause occasional "problems" for ball carriers. But I dont think its a integral move that they will fail to compensate for. Add to the fact that it doesnt seem to be a highly frequent or game changing occurence, I think its worth it if it noticabley improves the players saftey. Low risk, High Reward IMO.

As far as helemets, I agree and Im certain the NFL frequentley looks into devlopments. Itd be the fastest and easiest improvment to make after all. But I also think there is nothing out there currentley that would compensate for this rule change.
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I understand the theory behind it, but the practice of this rule sounds HIGHLY subjective to me... at what point is a player going to be flagged for protecting himself from impact by lowering his head?

Once you've lowered your head to protect yourself, how can you tell where the crown of your helmet is going?

RB's are taught to run behind their pads, which means lowering your shoulders - so how do you lower your shoulders without lowering your head? LOL

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This rule change is all going to depend on how its called on the field. From what i have read the intent is t to flag every ball carrier who ducks his head to protect himself. More it is supposed to be for someone in the open field who decides to use his helmet as a weapon and could also be called on the defense.

So there is a ton of grey area in the rule. Will come down to what they decide to throw a flag on

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It wont (rightfully) get passed. I dont see how they could make it work effectively.

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[quote name='L-TownCat' timestamp='1363790198' post='2168675']

It was his suggestion, he is the 'Player safety' police, and a reporter (i cant remember which (mort?)) said that its Goodell that's pushing it and that it was gonna happen because Goodell wants it to happen.
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It has to be voted on by the Owners. Goodell can only recommend the rule change he cannot force it onto the owners. Unless he has some major skeletons on each of them. LEVERAGE.

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i think they put in on the table for may. they'll need 24 owners to vote for it

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Power backs would become penalty backs.

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[quote name='panfan32' timestamp='1363794188' post='2168729']


It has to be voted on by the Owners. Goodell can only recommend the rule change he cannot force it onto the owners. Unless he has some major skeletons on each of them. LEVERAGE.
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True, point taken. But don't forget who hired goodell. If he recommends something to the owners they would more than likely be inclined to listen.

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I understand the concern because for a few years now backs have been lowering there hats and defenders have been called for helmet to helmet.

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Go back to the leather helmet.

Please.

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well now i just heard they are voting on it today

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[quote name='beckersteen' timestamp='1363796780' post='2168775']
well now i just heard they are voting on it today
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already passed. Official rule now. Ian Rappaport twitter is the source.

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Passed...

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Also, the tuck rule is gone and the Pro Bowl lives on.

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[quote name='XClown1986' timestamp='1363793050' post='2168707']
It wont (rightfully) get passed. I dont see how they could make it work effectively.
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Crow isn't half bad with a touch of texas pete.

In all seriousness, this is ridiculous. The rule better be implemented for blatant violent intent, and nothing else.

Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson are pissed right now.

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Not surprised it passed, they wanted to bring back the shoulder. The proper way to lay the boom as a rb, lower the shoulder and lead with it and not the helmet. [color=#333333][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]incidental contact isn't supposed to be called and it's got to be outside the box or further then 3 yards down the field. [/size][/font][/color]


[color=#333333][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Also of course Jim Brown would be for it, the man always lead with the shoulder, kept his head up when he ran. [/size][/font][/color]


[color=#333333][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]AP needs to get on the phone with Mr. Brown and learn a thing or two about running with power with out lowering the helmet down and losing field vision. [/size][/font][/color]

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