Originally posted by kingairta:
If DBs have to keep their head up when laying a hit a ball carrier should have to as well.
Everyone cried that changing how DBs have to hit that it would change the game etc yet I've yet to see a degrade in the game.
Huh? When many times per season over the past few years you've watched a game and seen a good, hard, CLEAN hit that was flagged as defenseless receiver, leading with the helmet, etc. that really wasn't, that is degradation of the game. Or when a D-Lineman's finger inadvertently grazes a QB's helmet, or a def player is already mid-air and then the QB slides late or runner steps out of bounds.
We're not talking the occasional outlier, it's a fairly frequent occurence. And now the NFL has taken something (ballcarriers covering up) many aren't convinced is a truly a problem, but instead is an over-reaction to media hysteria and lawsuits, and is just inviting more fuzzy interpretation by old guys working a PT job with calls that can't be reviwed. If that doesn't degrade the game then I'm not sure what does.
Sure, if they're only going to call truly blatant cases where a runner actually SPEARS the defender, then fine...but you've got to know it's not gonna go down like that. Game-speed, Gore is 8 yds downfield and lowers his shoulder, but oh, looks like maybe
his facemask was more parallel to the ground instead of perpendicular...*FLAG*, 15-yds. I'm not optimistic.