It would be just like the NFL to fix one issue only to make a mess of themselves with another.
Remember how we didn’t know what a catch was for YEARS? Well, we do now. Everything is simpler in that regard. But what about a tackle? That’s right, fans — a football tackle. We’re talking about something that happens on just about EVERY play during a football game.
So, do you know what a tackle is? Because the NFL seems to be trying to reinvent the wheel here. For instance, THIS would result in a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty over the weekend.
— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) August 18, 2018
I mean, what? That’s not a dirty tackle or a late tackle. He’s certainly not head-hunting. But according to the new rule, THAT’s a penalty. Apparently. Per Yahoo’s Blake Schuster, this is the wording of the new rule:
“…lowering [the] head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent” will result in a 15-yard penalty. So yeah, it looks like fans (and players) are going to have to adjust. But how can you adjust from that? That’s a textbook tackle. And players are not happy about it. Over to you, Richard Sherman.
“There is no “make adjustment” to the way you tackle. Even in a perfect form tackle the body is led by the head. The rule is idiotic And should be dismissed immediately.”
If Sherman is too outspoken for you — whatever that means — he’s got plenty of backup. DE Derek Wolfe of the Denver Broncos, for instance.
“These penalties are getting ridiculous. Tough to take someone to the ground without landing on them, whipping them down, grazing their head or hitting their legs. This is a tough game for tough people.”
Free agent Robert Ayers has a thought as well.
“Just bring out the flags and play flag football smfh”
Look, if you want to point to something that will make people stop watching the NFL, point to this. Not players kneeling. This. Once again, the NFL doesn’t know when to stop, Player safety is very important, and the league has taken important steps to improve that.
But at the end of the day, football players have to tackle one another. That’s kind of the point.