By: Alexander Kamel
In 2017, people were up in arms about the catch rule. Everyone thought it was a terrible rule that needed to be fixed, especially when it cost the Steelers a crucial Week 15 game against the Patriots. The loss eventually led to them dropping down to the #2 seed which changed everything about the playoff picture in the AFC. The NFL has gone back to the drawing board and has supposedly fixed the rule, but like the NFL loves to do, the replaced one problem with an even worse one… They added the new helmet rule.
The new NFL helmet rule states “It is a 15-yard penalty if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.” People have heard about this rule the entire offseason but have not known exactly what it means. Well, these first 2 weeks of preseason have proved that it is going to be very controversial and extremely frustrating for defensive players. Watching preseason football always gets me excited for the NFL season, but these penalties are crazy. Check out some of the hits that have warranted flags so far this preseason:
I understand the NFL is trying to make the game safer, so they protect themselves from any huge law suit, but this is too far. These are clean hits that are being called penalties and I PROMISE this rule is going to affect the outcome of a number of games this season. Vikings S, Andrew Sendejo is already wearing a “Make Football Violent Again” hat in regard to the new rule and I am sure most, if not all defensive players have the same idea in mind. If the NFL continues to stray away from what made the game of football so entertaining to watch, then I’m sure Vince McMahon and the XFL will be glad to take over for them.
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