The NFL is standing by its controversial new helmet rule.
In a statement released this afternoon Taven Bryan Jersey
, NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Troy Vincent said that while the league’s competition committee listened to feedback from players, coaches and officials, there will be no changes.
“The committee resolved that there will be no changes to the rule as approved by clubs this spring Kerry Hyder Jersey
, which includes no additional use of instant replay,” Vincent said. “The committee also determined that inadvertent or incidental contact with the helmet and/or facemask is not a foul.”
But that last part of the statement points to a reason this rule may be officiated inconsistently: Two different officials could look at the same play and come to different conclusions about what constitutes “inadvertent or incidental contact.” The league is in for a rough time if officials aren’t all on the same page about that.
The regular season starts two weeks from tomorrow, and there are still more questions than answers about the new rule. But one question has been definitively answered: The rule is here to stay.
Much has been said about the NFL’s new rule against lowering the helmet to initiate contact. But less has been said about what will happen when two players both lower their helmets and run head-first into each other.
What will happen on those plays? It appears that the league is planning to call offsetting penalties on both players Malik Jefferson Jersey
, if they both lower their heads and make contact with each other.
The league asked Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn to narrate a video explaining the new helmet rule. In that video, Lynn shows a play on which a ball carrier and a tackler ran into each other with both of their helmets lowered, and Lynn says he thinks that will be an offsetting penalty.
“Here’s a play with two guys Michael Brockers Jersey
,” Lynn says. “The offensive player and the defensive player. Two wrongs do not make a right. . . . This is probably offsetting, I’m not sure how they will call this to be honest with you, but it’s probably offsetting. Two guys both using the wrong technique.”
It doesn’t speak well for the NFL’s ability to explain this new rule that even the head coach whom the league asked to narrate a video about the new rule admits he isn’t sure how a play in that video will be called by the officials. But an offsetting penalty has always been the call when two players on opposing teams both commit the same foul on the same play. There’s no reason this new rule wouldn’t lead to offsetting penalties.
But it’s going to sound strange the first time it’s called: What used to be a good Martinas Rankin Jersey
, hard football collision will now be a penalty on both players. Womens Brian Allen Jersey