Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
It's ironic that the NFL was considering killing the Pro Bowl, yet is keeping it alive, thereby forcing players to RISK INJURY in a MEANINGLESS game. And with all the concerns over the "lack of intensity" players play with in the Pro Bowl, with this stupid new helmet rule they are on their way to ensuring that now we'll be treated to the same even in the regular season. I guess that's the goal, to make it a glorified touch football game with 50+ points scored by each team.
When players did not wear facemasks, they didn't lead with their head often and they definitely didn't play touch.
I think we will get back to true old school football minus the cheap shots. We are already seeing better wrapping up and shoulder tackles by defensive players due to a few years of penalties.
I do not share your optimism for the NFL to not completely F this up. I think you're underestimating just how sh***y of a rule this is...how subjective it is, how open to a ref's interpretation it will be, and just how illogical it is given the constructs of anatomy & physiology. But worse than that, it's yet one more step to water down the game.
possible to have player safety at the forefront without introducing stupid rules...for instance, I agree that QBs should be protected. To an extent. But how many times do we have to see a friggin PF-RTQB penalty all because a Def player's hand inadertently and barely brushes a QB's helmet? The NFL has just signed on for more of that. And I'm serious, if "player safety" is truly so paramount, then WTH are they continuing the stupid Pro Bowl, and why are they pushing so hard for an 18-game reg season? It's the $$. Same reason for idiotic rules like this...it's not player safety, it's to stem the tide of lawsuits. There's no bigger fan of capitalism than me, but not when they are ruining the game I love. And making me pay full-boat for 2 preseason games every year, but that's a whole 'nuther topic.