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Trent Richardson a poster boy for ban on runners lowering heads

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As the NFL considers a rule change this week that would penalize runners for lowering their helmets into tacklers, Browns running back Trent Richardson is being presented as the poster boy for the proposal.

Specifically, a play in the September Eagles-Browns game, when Richardson was making his rookie debut, has been used as the example by the Competition Committee of the kind of play that needs to be banned, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. On the play in question, Richardson lowered his helmet into Kurt Coleman of the Eagles, sending Coleman’s helmet flying.

Mortensen said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the rule passed and added, categorically, “It’s passing.”

But if the NFL is going to pass this rule specifically because of Richardson’s hit on Coleman, it’s worth noting that Coleman didn’t suffer a concussion on the play and didn’t sound after the game like he wanted any kind of protection from that kind of collision. Coleman said he got cut when his chin strap scraped his face as his helmet flew off, but other than that he had no effects from the hit.

I didn’t have a concussion,” Coleman said. “My head was fine. . . . I was fine. It got a little bloody. It’s a man’s game and I love it. I thank God for being able to play this game.”

But football is a game that’s changing, and that hit may result in a major change to the NFL’s rules.

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123 Responses to “Trent Richardson a poster boy for ban on runners lowering heads”
  1. explosionsauce says: Mar 18, 2013 5:10 PM

    Next thing players will have to support their pecks with padding that is worn from straps.

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:10 PM

    running backs are going to take huge hits when defenders know they cant protect themselves now. good job roger you idiot

  3. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    The nfl will lose its popularity as more restrictions go into place.

  4. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Mar 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    Someone should kidnap and misplace Roger Goodell

  5. clayjayhawk says: Mar 18, 2013 5:14 PM

    does anybody remember who won that game?

  6. treysdown says: Mar 18, 2013 5:14 PM

    The NFL should make a rule saying that defenders must tackle the player with the ball from behind. That should eliminate any unnecessary head-on collisions.

  7. bullcharger says: Mar 18, 2013 5:16 PM

    the defenders can hit the runner with the crown of their helmet… it’s only fair that the rule stays as is.

  8. addict2sport says: Mar 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Prior to the rule passing, Goodell should be required to scrimmage 20 plays in full pads while playing running back and not lowering his head while being tackled. Then let’s see it he’s still willing to pass this rule.

  9. the2013miamidolphins says: Mar 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Coleman just made the point……It’s a mans game and knows the risks…and thanked god for being able to play it…and he was on the business end of this example……..leave it alone, please……. Goodell is the only man in this country that wants this passed……

  10. djstat says: Mar 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Why not just play touch football

  11. primemundo says: Mar 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    lame

  12. rpiotr01 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Goodell sucks.

  13. dasmol says: Mar 18, 2013 5:18 PM

    How many seasons til we see a RB decapitated, as a result of this safety rule?

  14. kane337 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:18 PM

    What’s a RB supposed to do to protect themselves? Run straight up and let a LB smack the **** out of them?

  15. sonofsamadams says: Mar 18, 2013 5:19 PM

    Next rule: no bringing players to the ground on tackles.

  16. johnschatzan says: Mar 18, 2013 5:19 PM

    Every power back in the league going to be jobless

  17. ballboy48 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:20 PM

    C’mon Roger! We already have a wimpy form of football!!! It’s called soccer.

  18. wrdtoyrmama says: Mar 18, 2013 5:22 PM

    Ya know, if these fellas tightened up their da*n chin straps their helmets might stay on.

  19. Max says: Mar 18, 2013 5:22 PM

    Soon its going to be flag football out there!

  20. winninitall says: Mar 18, 2013 5:22 PM

    Maybe players should just strap on there helmets. Was is just me or did it seem like someone lost there helmet on every play during the SB.

  21. dieterlaser says: Mar 18, 2013 5:24 PM

    This is absurd. A RB lowering his head/shoulders does so instinctively and to protect himself and the ball. These guys aren’t lowering their head to knock defenders out. How exactly are the runners supposed to protect themselves if they can’t lower their head/shoulders? If the RB can’t lower his head into a defender, then defenders shouldn’t be allowed to even make contact using their head….

    The NFL goes out of its way to protect WR’s and QB’s, why are RB’s all of a sudden the ones causing a problem? These guys are going to get killed and its going to be ridiculous that the NFL is trying to take away an instinctual move kids grow up mastering.

  22. 3sweetness4 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    Absolutely ridiculous.

  23. gotti11 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    Kurt Coleman should be the poster boy for how to NOT wear your helmet.

    If you watch the play, when Coleman comes in, his chin strap is already over his mouth. The collision looked a lot worse because Coleman was not properly equiped.

  24. simonsoccerstar says: Mar 18, 2013 5:26 PM

    Of all the rule changes this may b the one worst one ever

  25. cappa662 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:26 PM

    A distraction on the real issue… cut blocks.

  26. thejuddstir says: Mar 18, 2013 5:26 PM

    They already put skirts on the QB’s, handcuffs on the DB’s, what’s next, putting flags on the jerseys? You may be the greatest sport in America , NFL…….but I hope you don’t start thinking you are invincible.

  27. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:27 PM

    I can’t wait till everyone is running around looking like Forrest Gump. Should make for excellent football.

  28. truthfactory says: Mar 18, 2013 5:29 PM

    I’ve been in support of most of the rule changes, but this one crosses the line and is borderline absurd.

  29. kowallazy says: Mar 18, 2013 5:29 PM

    That hit was the poster child for why the NFL is great. Trying to ban that makes me loathe Goodell even more.

  30. redbirdsrising says: Mar 18, 2013 5:30 PM

    Next year’s uniform: Bubble Wrap. For a hilarious take on the wussification of the game, look up the South Park episode Sarcastaball.

  31. kd75 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:30 PM

    Goodell wants tampons to replace Gatorade.

    The NFL can’t legislate this rule. Lowering the shoulder pads happens on every running play.

  32. chief67 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:31 PM

    Anybody remember Walter Payton , he lowered his pad level and dropped his head to avoid big hits all the time . It was one of the reasons he was healthy most of his career . and in my mind Mr Payton was the BEST !

  33. fishroy says: Mar 18, 2013 5:31 PM

    In related news: The NFL is considering adding an additional flag as well. The proposal would have the flag attached to a belt that would then be loosely tied to each player. Upon removal of the flag from a ballcarrier, the play would be dead. The intent is to create a safer game with fewer injuries.

  34. showtyme34 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    I watched this play quite a few time and don’t see Trent Richardson doing anything wrong. Coleman wasn’t in position and Richardson’s helmet caught the bottom of his face mask.

    When a running back is surrounded by defenders, what are they supposed to do from now on? slide like a quarterback so the defenders don’t tee off on them?

    This sport might not exist because of concussion lawsuits and the violence, but it will not exist if Goodell keeps making his changes.

  35. mrsandusky says: Mar 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    Well I guess we’re just not going to run the ball anymore. Might as well just line up five WR every play and replace linemen and a the pass rush with a shot clock

  36. lovefootball4life says: Mar 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    Let’s take poll and ask players if they want to be protected. If the majority say yes it happens. If not, it goes away. What makes NFL “leadership” think they can make decisions for full grown adults?

  37. just1dude says: Mar 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    “Next thing players will have to support their pecks with padding that is worn from straps.”

    Almost lost my drink on that one.

    I have been for almost every rule protecting the players. I know the rule changes are changing the game, but always felt it was necessary as more and more information came out about the brain issues long time players have shown to get. It’s getting a bit out-of-hand now. There is an inherent risk, and these players know those risks coming out of college, when they sign their first contract. Maybe every rookie contract should come with a 2 week class on the types of life changing injuries some ex-NFL players have to deal with. Then, being over 18, they can weigh the health disadvantages to the $$$, and make a completely educated, adult decision whether to sign by the X. Then make 20% of all proceeds (before its split between Players/Owners) goes to health and support for all retired players.

    Everybody is informed of the risks, everyone agrees to the plan, and we move on to playing the game.

  38. chilomane says: Mar 18, 2013 5:35 PM

    I’m okay with trying to make the game safer but this exposes the running backs and is going to far Godell should back off.

  39. klink6224 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Just wait until the first player gets paralyzed from having his head snapped back from keeping his head up. It’s human nature to tuck your head down like that before contact for a reason. It’s called protection which Goodell claims is his priority. The commish is a joke.

    Not that it will, but I hope if this rule does pass the players strike or even retire stating the inherent danger the rules leaves them is the basis for refusing to take the field.

  40. bucs4242 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    If defenders cant lower their head, runners shouldnt be able to either. It was VERY hypocritical, and made little sense logically to not allow tacklers to lead with their head but to continue allowing runners.

    That said, football isnt football if you cant lead with your head

  41. slvrnblk4lf says: Mar 18, 2013 5:37 PM

    There is only one person I really hate in this world, and that is Michael Moore….Roger Godell is quickly being added to my list. He will destroy the NFL. Don’t the owners have the ability to fire this idiot?

  42. tangysizzl says: Mar 18, 2013 5:39 PM

    I understand that defensive players need some protection too but if they pass this rule they might as well just play flag football for real.

    Collisions of any kind will cause damage to a players head, its the the helmets hitting that cause brain injuries its the brain bouncing inside the skull that causes the injury.

  43. catfanatic1979v1 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:39 PM

    Has Roger Goodell even played football?

  44. classyjacklambert says: Mar 18, 2013 5:40 PM

    I think Goodell should be the poster boy for condoms. He’s really into protection especially at the cost of physical enjoyment and the world would be a better place if his dad had worn one.

  45. themagicman1223 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    As if NFL running backs didn’t have a short enough career as is. This is will definitely kill them, how else are they supposed to protect themselves now? What a bunch of idiots this will lead to more injuries.

  46. thebrownyelf says: Mar 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    In other news, QB’s are no longer allowed to throw the ball over hand, and DB’s can’t leave their feat to deflect the pass. Goodell is ruining this game.

  47. anasdonuts says: Mar 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    On one hand I’ve admired Goodell for his business sense. He is after all CEO of the league and his job is to maximize the owner’s wealth- multi billionaires became multier billionaires and he had a lot to do with that. On the other hand he’s really become meddlesome always tweaking his product with rule changes. Makes you long for Tagliabue and Rozelle. How often did we hear their names in the news?

  48. Nick says: Mar 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    If a helmet comes off than it wasn’t being properly worn. All of these rule changes have seemed to only increase the number of penalties, not change the way players play. This all stinks of moves to prevent lawsuits and nothing to actually make the game safer.

  49. losntina69 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:43 PM

    So are players supposed to run straight up then? I agree with them only when the offensive player is blocking for someone then you shouldn’t lower your helmet but if your running with the ball then whats the big deal???

  50. pleasefiregoodell says: Mar 18, 2013 5:43 PM

    Please fire Goodell

  51. idolized1 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:44 PM

    I don’t want to sound like the crazy guy in the group, but boys, until we hit them where it hurts, they will keep crapping all over the fans.

    Until Roger and his crew quits ruining the greatest game on earth, people (myself included) need to quit supporting this kind of garbage.

    1 weekend of empty stadiums will get them to change their tune in a hurry and give football back to the fans!

  52. rexryansdirtysock says: Mar 18, 2013 5:45 PM

    As a running back, from the day you first learn to play the game, you are taught to get lower than the defender. Keep your shoulders down. And… I’m no expert on anatomy, I think your head is somewhat near your shoulders. And, I think, when your lowering your shoulders and running forwards, your helmet would be the first thing to make a collision with a defender.

    This is flippin ridiculous.

    Goodell just doesn’t want to get sued. But he’s going to lose a lot more money when the league’s revenue starts to decrease because of how much he’s changed the game.

    The players choose to play. They choose to subject themselves to risk. And in this case, none of them want to see this rule change. Players don’t, fans don’t, media doesn’t, coaches don’t. This is utter BS. And it’s the first time I’ve said that it’s gone too far.

    The NFL is ruining the game, and I hate it.

  53. barbasol11111111 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:46 PM

    Thought I heard someone on espn saying this play wouldn’t be flagged under the new rule? They certainly showed this clip any time they discussed the rule…

    Props to Coleman for taking it like a champ, giving Richardson his due props, and loving hard-nosed football

  54. flyyseven says: Mar 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    They are slowly killing the game,you expect a RB to just sit there and take the blow,this commish might as well turn the game into 7 on 7,get rid Goodell please

  55. tombstone7 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    This may be a good thing, but it fails the smell test for me. I would have had more respect for the rule if there were more evidence than a X-box video image of the player and some jerk of of a commissioner yells, ” That’s what I want to eliminate!”

    I just listened to Jim Brown (perhpas the greatest RB of All-Time) suggest on Sirrius to Pat Kirwan that the committee never talked to any of the runnings backs, past or present to form an opinion. This meeting could have been used to set the stage for the discussions, not to make the decision.

    On the other hand, Jim said he used his shoulders and his forearms, never his head. (played 9 years and never missed a game) But he also likes what he’s seen in Trent Richardson. He does have an opinion worth listening to.

    Goodell is a tool! As Mother Teresa once said, “common sense has died!”

  56. vikings28 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    This is dumb!! Running Backs Knees will be the talk of the league. We’ve had a league high 87 ACL tears this year and it’s due to running backs not being able to lower their heads. I mean C’mon…..that’s how RB’s protect themselves. That’s why everyone preaches “get low” dang. This is a really stupid rule. Imagine….the Ray Rice play last year at the end of the game. What happens on that play, Ray Rice lowers his head to protect himself and try to get the extra yard for the first down…NOPE..>FLAG…15 yard penalty. END OF GAME…………
    I know that’s not how it went down, but that could be how a play could go down. JUST DUMB!!!

  57. beavertonsteve says: Mar 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    I can’t wait to see the first QB sneak with this rule in place. Some QB is going to get lit up!

  58. lacedemen says: Mar 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    Once all the good ol players retire before the cam newton draft class, the nfl will be boring to watch because then it will be flag football

  59. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    Richardson is a beast. Trucking Coleman only proved that Coleman doesn’t know the proper way to tackle.

  60. jrzee619 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    Asking a running back or any other player in that matter to not lower there head is rediculous. So what the NFL is saying is don’t lower your head to the offense and defenders can not lead with there shoulder, use there head or tackle low? why not just give the men who make millions to catch a ball, run and tackle a pair of flags and let them play cuz that’s what it’s turning into. football is losing a lot of fans as the days go on. the players dedicate there lives to the game and know what to expect. There gonna get injured, there gonna get hit in the head. They shouldn’t even be aloud to sue the NFL.

  61. warhammer420 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:53 PM

    If this passes, I foresee myself watching a lot less football. Goodell won’t be satisfied until he’s completely gutted this great game.

  62. 1bucfan813 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:55 PM

    I would be scare to run the ball in the NFL and not lower my head. What other way can I run and evade a tackle. I think the fan base needs to go on strike and not attend any NFL games until Goodell resigns. This dude is pathetic, and it makes me sick.

  63. eaglesfan036 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    I’ll say it once again. Coleman’s helmet was jarred loose from fighting off the blocker before Richardson hit him. However, since this doesn’t agree with the point the author is trying to make my first comment got deleted.

  64. bigblue00 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    It’s only a matter of time before Roger Goodell declares no more winners of losers in fear of discouraging the players.

    Please, before the NFL starts drafting players from the Girl Scouts, just bring back the XFL. They at least understood that this is a man’s game.

  65. bartlettruss says: Mar 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    Any boxer will tell you that the best way to knock someone out cold is a blow to the chin. I get that the league wants to reduce concussions, but this rule might increase them.

  66. remyje says: Mar 18, 2013 5:58 PM

    I hate complaining about the NFL changing and all that… But how do you lower your shoulders without your head coming down at the same time? When you’re running that fast directly at each other sometimes your head will hit before the shoulders do..

  67. jontaesmith5 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:59 PM

    there’s nothing more beautiful then seeing a RB lowering the boom on a defender and keep going

  68. macbull says: Mar 18, 2013 6:00 PM

    FIX THE HELMETS, ROGER…

    Tell the sports media why “you and the NFL” refuse to even test a device that worked nearly perfectly to protect those players who wore it, dating back to the 1980s.

    The ProCap successfully protected NFL players in the past, yet the Goodell and the NFL would rather screw up the game of football with their ridiculous rule changes, just put on a show.

    Goodell and the NFL won’t even test the ProCap against the existing helmet makers products…some in the media need show enough courage to ask Roger Goodell , WHY he refuses to test the ProCap or try it on a trial basis.

    Stop messing with the game of tackle football and FIX THE HELMETS, ROGER !!!

  69. bigtrav425 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:02 PM

    this is getting out of control.im tired of ppl in general blowing things out of proportion,which is what The head Nazi and the NFL is doing.Its absurd and cant believe this has any followers at all

  70. playbookofeli says: Mar 18, 2013 6:03 PM

    Anyone consider there might be less concussions if the league passed a rule requiring players to buckle both sides of the chin strap like we were all taught in the pee wees? When did it become to halfway wear your chin strap which holds your helmet on? I was always told my helmet was my best friend on the football field and to wear it properly

  71. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:05 PM

    They’re going to ruin an already struggling run game?

  72. vaphinfan says: Mar 18, 2013 6:05 PM

    I like watching football. I just hope I can still be interested in it. The more judgement rules the more the refs dictate the outcome of the game.

  73. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:06 PM

    Commish be a smart man. Ban it now, forestall lawsuits later.

    Just take a look at the physical wreck that is Earl Campbell, the ultimate lower-your-head-and-bash RB. Only now, the players are bigger and faster than before.

    RB’s just have to revert back to the lost art of the stiff-arm.

  74. randallflagg52 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:07 PM

    If this rule passes I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see running backs start getting phased out of the game. Absolutely ridiculous.

  75. gator2006 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:10 PM

    He just wants more passing and falling down. Brandon Lloyd is the poster child.

  76. huskersrock1 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:11 PM

    Might have to get a subscription to watch austalian rules football this year.

    At least they can hit each other in “footie”

  77. Karmi says: Mar 18, 2013 6:13 PM

    Give ‘em a flag and stop tackling…

  78. godevilsasu says: Mar 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    I think South Park predicted the future. They’ll all be playing with bras on and tinfoil hats kicking a balloon around and complimenting each other. No Fun League…

  79. imageflood says: Mar 18, 2013 6:17 PM

    I think the NFL should ban all tackling, period. They could replace it with flags, and call it “flag football.” Then they should replace all those top-tier athletes with fat middle-aged men, put a keg in the middle of the field and make a picnic out of it.

  80. ravensfan8780 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:20 PM

    The Saints wish this was a penalty a few years ago in the playoffs against Seattle, Lynch would have got flagged three times on that one play.

  81. openseason51 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:22 PM

    Stupid. Get out your electric football game boys. Not football anymore.

  82. mrpowers88 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:23 PM

    If the rule is intended for “clearly outside the tackle box”-purposes, I have a hard time seeing a ref throwing a flag on that play 100% of the time (could easily be as low as 50%). That hit happens one yard earlier, I don’t see it being a penalty at all.

    And one question that nobody seems to be asking: If young defenders are being taught to play with their “heads up” or are not supposed to “lower their head,” why shouldn’t offensive players be conditioned to do the same? I’m not saying I’m for this rule (I am not for it at all), but if the rule is strictly intended to be enforced “clearly outside the tackle box,” how many collisions will actually fall under it?

  83. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 18, 2013 6:23 PM

    The hit in this case is exactly like the James Harrison hit on Colt McCoy. It is a natural instinctive bracing for impact. Every guy does this & cannot help it. Go run at someone and just before colliding, you’ll both lower your heads/shoulders as you brace for impact. To ban this is silly.

  84. 6superbowls says: Mar 18, 2013 6:26 PM

    Worst commissioner in the history of sports. Doesn’t have a clue what his fans want and doesn’t care. Sounding more and more like Bernard Pollard was right when he said the NFL will be gone in 30 years?

  85. cchicinfan says: Mar 18, 2013 6:27 PM

    Everyone keeps complaining about how the rules to protect the players are changing the game. Well wake up! The game has been changing since it started and if you haven’t noticed, the sheer size and weight of the modern player has changed the game immeasurably whether you like it or not. Whether Goodell said it or not, someone is going to get killed on the field sooner or later just from a hit, and when that happens, it isn’t a game anymore. You talk about problems, wait till someone is held accountable by manslaughter charges. It could happen. And have you looked at the rule, it only applies outside the tackle box and only if the head is lowered to deliver a forceful blow. Back in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s, extreme hits by defenseive backs on receivers was rare, so rare that when it happened, usually by George Atkinson of the Raiders, it was big news. Now these plays are a staple of every football game. The game is changing whether you like it or not. Oh and if you want a poster boy play for this type of hit, re watch the Seahawks vs. the Bears from this past year. I think it was M. Lynch who lowered his head into a Bears defensive back and put him out for the season. The Seahawk knew before the Bears player hit the turf it was a serious injury.

  86. bigalhebdman says: Mar 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    First Goodell failed with proof of Bountygate, even though he claimed to have 50K pages of evidence (like Wilt Chamberlin and his 100K women) and now this. This will p off every running back in the league.

  87. SilentMajority says: Mar 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m all for player safety, but I think they’re going about it the wrong way. I mean they already have too many commercials and now they want to waste more time with more penalties. They need better equipment and better testing for steroids and HGH.

  88. ghjjf says: Mar 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    Theres a difference between getting low to brace yourself for a hit and using your helmet as a battering ram. Apparantly most people against this rule don’t understand the difference.

  89. nou04 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    Goodell is such a tool. I am all for protecting players, but this is a CONTACT sport. Your massive fan base Mr. Goodell, loves the product you have now. If you go and keep watering it down, you won’t have a fan base, but you will be unemployed. Jack*ss

  90. weneedlinemen42 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    How is this going to work around the goal-line and in short yardage downs?

    If the runner can’t lower his helmet it effectively removes any attempt to dive over the line. Hell, runners wont even be able lean forward.

    I am no fan of head shots. I am glad they’ve cracked down on defenders delivering cheap shots to the heads of defenseless players.

    I want to see cheapshot blocks taken out of the game as well. Defenders shouldn’t have to fear having their knees taken out.

    I want to see blockers and tacklers forced to take on the full momentum of the opposition player. Let the strongest man win the battle. I don’t want to see someone knocked out or crippled by someone they couldn’t even see coming.

    But this “Richardson Rule” is rediculous. It’s going to provide minimal protection for defenders, and force running backs to run upright.

    What do you hear about any running back in the draft who runs with an upright style, that they wont last very long in the NFL.

  91. runwright44 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:39 PM

    Roger Godell is quickly being added to my list. He will destroy the NFL. Don’t the owners have the ability to fire this idiot? To answer your question: yes, they do. And if the rule becomes reality it will be because of the owners who will vote at the owers meeting needing at least 24 votes to pass.

  92. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 18, 2013 6:40 PM

    If you want the perfect runner you may have to watch tape of Eric Dickerson. If anyone runs the way Goodell wants them to run in today’s league, look at Darren McFadden. Guy runs exactly what Goodell wants, head up and stood tall, but with bigger, faster defensive players, the guy takes so many open shots he’s failed to stay healthy for a full season.

  93. JMClarkent says: Mar 18, 2013 6:42 PM

    You gotta give Goodell credit – people said that football was impossible to kill. Damn if he isn’t going to do his best to do so!

  94. boogerhut says: Mar 18, 2013 6:44 PM

    Sorry Rodger but you just don’t seem to learn anything from your mistakes. Players, coaches, and fans overwhelmingly reject this idea but since you like it “it’s passing”. BS Bubba. You are not the Czar of football and I believe that the competition committee has a say. What’s that called? Oh yeah, a VOTE. You stick your finger in places beyond your authority and get them cut off only to do it again. Even a 2 yr old won’t touch the stove twice. Starting to think you have a extra chromosome or two boy.

  95. geniusesq says: Mar 18, 2013 6:49 PM

    Tackling will now be called “Hugging”

  96. cchicinfan says: Mar 18, 2013 7:02 PM

    Why can’t people understand it doesn’t apply to the tackle box and therefore wouldn’t apply to goal line plays up the middle. Also, it wouldn’t apply if the runner was outside the tacle box and just lowered his head to protect himself. Read the rule before you start condemning it.

  97. Deb says: Mar 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    Mortensen said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the rule passed and added, categorically, “It’s passing.”

    On a previous thread re this topic someone posted the names of Competition Committee members and urged us to bear in mind this is their doing and not Goodell’s. I hope no one else tries to sell us that bill of goods. As this quote makes clear, EVERYTHING that happens in Goodell’s sphere of influence is Goodell’s doing. And it is all about corporate PR: convincing the public, the government, and the courts the league cares about safety.

    Nothing about this has anything to do with achieving actual safety. To do that requires collecting quantifiable data to show exactly what rule changes will make players safer–something the league has never done. Instead, the Commish picks out a visually jarring play that injured no one and uses it to whip people into a frenzy for arbitrary rule changes. This won’t reduce the number of injuries. But it will help him sell football to those who don’t know any better.

  98. keylimelight says: Mar 18, 2013 7:18 PM

    The thing I hate worst about this rule is that it places even more discretion in the hands of the referees. They will now have to judge whether the runner’s head was lowered or not. How do you determine that?

    For those like me who like to say the fix is in, this gives the ref yet another tik-tak picky flag followed by yet another time wasting debate between the refs.

  99. keylimelight says: Mar 18, 2013 7:21 PM

    How on earth are the refs going to be able to call this consistently, given that on every run play, the runner will likely be hunched around the ball as he makes his way thru the line?

  100. greatestgamensports says: Mar 18, 2013 7:29 PM

    Don’t know his name but dude that tried stopping Trent got blasted on that play! I bet next time he see Trent running at him he falls down and plays dead lol….

  101. whooty says: Mar 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    ban on runners lowering heads poster boy for nfl irrelevancy

  102. billsfan1 says: Mar 18, 2013 7:33 PM

    blame Rog but dont forget the NFLPA has to agree with this.. If they do then they are equally to blame

  103. kb5523 says: Mar 18, 2013 7:48 PM

    Just a random thought: Why doesn’t the NFL allow the players to vote on all rules related to ON FIELD rule changes.Since they are the ones affected,shouldn’t they be the ones to decide,not 40-60 y/o men in an office? This would help the NFL as well. If the players voted against alot of these changes the last cpl years, they could point to that in any future lawsuits by current players. If the players voted against the rule, how could they later sue the NFL?

  104. titansbro says: Mar 18, 2013 7:52 PM

    The NHL is loving this. It’s a tougher & more manly sport now.

  105. dedreu400 says: Mar 18, 2013 7:54 PM

    Soon the Lingerie League players will have to show the NFL players how its done. Or maybee they can unite as one league, and then just maybee I sign up. Would’nt mind having one of those girls as my center.

  106. etoharin78 says: Mar 18, 2013 7:58 PM

    I don’t know if a RB should get penalized, but if the RB lowers his head and then a flag is thrown for head to head contact then the penalty should be negated. I saw a defender get flagged a few times last year when he would have hit the RB in the chest, but the RB lowered his head and that was the reason for the head to head contact.

  107. mudmandenny says: Mar 18, 2013 7:59 PM

    Goodell professes to hate the effort players give in the Pro Bowl, but is turning the regular and post season games into that very same thing.

  108. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 18, 2013 8:10 PM

    Who wants to try to tackle a 230 pound wrecking ball? Just get out of his way and you won’t get hurt.

  109. w1thinreason says: Mar 18, 2013 8:16 PM

    I have been a die hard football fan since I could walk. Grew up going to every Raider game. Spent the past 20 years of fall Sundays glued to my TV. Played fantasy football since I was 9. Coached high school football for 7 years.

    If this rule passes, I will walk away.

    What a travesty that do-gooders, politics and litigation has ruined a truly beautiful game that is the essence of why America is different (better) than any other country.

  110. dillpx183 says: Mar 18, 2013 8:22 PM

    if they want to reduce head injuries, maybe players should tighten their chin straps so their helmets dont pop off all the time.

  111. mikesmajormojo says: Mar 18, 2013 8:23 PM

    Roger Goodell you are out of control. What the heck. I say convert the NFL to a video game league. You can have the All-Maddens vs the Techmo Bowlers. Think about how much money you’d save the owners in concussion tests and potential litigation then… and don’t get me started on player salaries and health insurance.

  112. elimanningup says: Mar 18, 2013 8:35 PM

    Trent Richardson is a BUST

    #3 overall pick and only averages 3.6 yards per carry, showing no signs of speed/agility/explosiveness whatsoever. Also a below average pass-blocker.

    The Browns’ 2012 draft is one of the worst of all time.

  113. heidism97 says: Mar 18, 2013 8:45 PM

    I wonder if all you tough guys would see things differently if you were responsible for defending the league against a 1000+ retired players (former tough guys) suing for head injuries?

  114. mancave001 says: Mar 18, 2013 9:08 PM

    I was at that game as a Philly fan. Brutal hit…thought Coleman’s head might be in that helmet. I’m often opposed to some of the “safety” changes, but to be honesty don’t see why this hasn’t come up earlier. Why is the defender prevented from using his helmet while the runner is not? It never made sense to me.

  115. cmdrsmooth says: Mar 18, 2013 10:01 PM

    He about stiff arms? That should be illegal.

  116. giantsfanlewis says: Mar 18, 2013 10:01 PM

    Do it goodell. Pass this through and watch as the NFL and therefore your paycheck are gone. I love football. I was born and raised a giants fan, my first daughters birthday was a week after the giants won the sb. They won one other time when I was sick and once when I was born. The giants bleed through my vains but I will not spend another dollar on giants or any NFL memoribilia if this rule passes and will not watch another game. I’ll be counting down the days til a true rival league that plays real football opens up and does it right so I can watch football again instead of this joke call the nfl

  117. istateyourname says: Mar 18, 2013 10:43 PM

    Just end it. Who cares? It was fun while it lasted. Hey did you see Barack Obama is the devil? I saw it on the History channel.

  118. ibreathefootball says: Mar 18, 2013 11:01 PM

    Safety? Who cares about safety, these fools are getting paid millions of dollars!

  119. latchbeam says: Mar 18, 2013 11:07 PM

    And with this rule passing, professional football just became a non-contact sport.

  120. commonsensedude says: Mar 18, 2013 11:12 PM

    I can imagine a headline from not too many years from now:

    “In an effort to protect wide receivers from the many violent hits they receive after catching passes, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has proposed a new rule that will outlaw the forward pass.”

  121. watchfullhose says: Mar 19, 2013 7:19 AM

    This is garbage. From grade school football players are taught that by getting low, they have more leverage. This lesson is ESSENTIAL in learning to play football.

    If I see rbs getting flags for running hard, I don’t think I’ll have any choice but to turn it off.

  122. wesdix07 says: Mar 19, 2013 11:27 AM

    I wish someone would lower their head and knock some sense into Roger. This rule is ridiculous!

  123. rukkus1 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:52 AM

    Marshawn Lynch is screwed.

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