Sunday’s cavalcade of helmet-to-helmet hits could inspire real change in how such penalties are policed moving forward.
The change could take place immediatley. “Going forward there are certain hits that occurred that will be more susceptible to suspension,” Anderson said.
The league could go even further after the season.
“[Anderson] said NFL could change rules after the season to ban all hits with helmets,” Judy Battista of the New York Times relays.
So who could be suspended? Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson would seem to be in the most danger. Robinson would be an especially tough hit to police because of where he made contact with Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.
Anderson says he can handle any criticism.
“If we’ve got to face the backlash of those who say we’re making the game too soft, then so be it,” he told the New York Times.