Ravens’ Rice, Leach dislike helmet rule, but players will adjust

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Ravens running back Ray Rice and fullback Vonta Leach have the same reaction to the NFL’s new rule against runners delivering shots with the tops of their helmets as practically every other NFL running back: They don’t like it.

But just as players have adjusted to other safety rules, both Rice and Leach say they’re ready to adjust to this one, too.

I don’t like it,” Rice told BaltimoreRavens.com. “I’m just telling you right now, there’s not going to be a guy that’s going to be able to get a free lick on me and think it’s alright. I will defend my case, and I will defend myself as a runner.”

Rice said he doesn’t plan to change the way he plays, and yet at the same time he realizes that he can’t afford to cost his team 15 yards by using his helmet as a weapon.

“I don’t like it, but at the same time I’m not one to complain. I feel like you either adapt to the change or you get weeded out,” Rice said.

Leach had a similar sentiment.

“It’s crazy,” Leach said, “but I think we’ll adjust to it and we’ll overcome it.”

The players always adjust. Whether they like the rules the owners pass or not.

32 responses to “Ravens’ Rice, Leach dislike helmet rule, but players will adjust

  1. Leach dislikes it a little more. He will be without a job next year. Traditional fullbacks will be officially obsolete.

  2. Off topic: is there ever gonna be games on NFL Network game of the week/classic games that do not in fact involve the Ravens, Colts, Patriots or Steelers?

    Are there any other teams in the league? Just wondering

  3. “I don’t like it, but at the same time I’m not one to complain. I feel like you either adapt to the change or you get weeded out,” Rice said.

    This is the problem, let 1 person (Roger G.) force a ridiculous change and just roll with it. You can’t play football the way it was intended with this rule.

  4. You can still use the crown of your helmet at the first level I think this will blow over by week 3.

  5. Ravens are the greatest thing since sliced bread. The rest of the NFL teams simply do not exist.

  6. Ray Rice needs a better understanding of the rule, instead of jumping on the ” I Hate The New Rule” bandwagon. Ask Trent Richardson, he knows the new rule well…don’t use the crown of your helmet as a spearing weapon in open field…99% of backs don’t do this so the new rule will not affect them and backs can still lower their head and run behind the pads..

  7. I love the “the way the game was intended to be played” argument. You know, the game was actually intended to be played with no helmets and no forward pass, but I don’t hear anyone complaining about that. Every sport evolves… It’s going to happen. Sure, not every change is going to be beneficial to the game, but enough of this “the way the game was intended to be played” argument, because its subjective based on when you became a fan of the game.

  8. Why do you people click thumbs up or down (mostly down) for the ravenguy (or girl)? Please ignore this moron and they will go away. Thank you. Happy Easter!!

  9. Such hatred for theWorld Champs!!! pollard is right, nfl gone in 30 years. Way to kill the golden goose.

  10. Who cares what ray rice thinks? This team won’t even be relevant in a few more months. The Patriots in the other hand will win the next 5 Super Bowls. I don’t here anyone on that team crying about the new rule not like the cryavens sounds like Ray Rice needs the waaaahmbulance.

  11. Enough already!

    Can we at least wait until we see how they enforce the rule before declaring the NFL dead? If what the league said is true, that it would have been called around a dozen times all last season, it’s really a non-factor.

  12. You mean NO pass interference in the end zone, don’t you? Now, apologize to Darrell Jackson and give back that trophy!

  13. Tainted Super bowl? Ok fine Pass interference on Smith and Pass interference on Crabtree for pushing off…right team won sorry…dont go down 28-6 to begin with, then catch up, then try four pass plays with the game on the line…lol people still crying about the Super bowl smh.

  14. i just wish the steelers would sign a player, any player soon. always have had confidence in their front office but not sure now. hope they got a plan in place.

  15. johnnyoclock says:
    Mar 31, 2013 2:13 PM
    Off topic: is there ever gonna be games on NFL Network game of the week/classic games that do not in fact involve the Ravens, Colts, Patriots or Steelers?

    Are there any other teams in the league? Just wondering

    Well, over the last 13 years (besides the Raiders one appearance) those 4 teams are the only teams to represent the AFC in the Superbowl.

  16. A ridiculous rule from someone who never played football past the high school = Roger Goodell.

    Fix the Helmets, Roger ….

    The ProCap was used by NFL players, who were told their careers were in jeopardy due to concussion risk. Dating back to the late 1980s and early 90s, the ProCap was used by NFL players whose careers were threatened due to the threat of concussions.

    The Bills, Mark Kelso saved his career…extending it 5 yrs.

    The Colts, Randy Dixon and the 49ers, Steve Wallace, also wore the Pro Cap.

    Before the ProCap (in 1967) the Chiefs, Willie Lanier, who darned near died from a concussion when he was a rookie…used a helmet with added padding on the outside and he went on play 10 more seasons on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

    This is not rocket science folks…Goodell could mandate a much safer helmet tomorrow…BUT for some reason, safer helmets are not a Goodell/NFL owners priority, regardless of what they say in public.

  17. all the RAVENS haters need to worry about
    there own team.after the draft and final rosters
    are in then its time to worry about RAVENS
    playoff bound again

  18. Uhh bull crap power outage? The trophy is where it belongs. San Fran can’t beat Baltimore on any field, not in this lifetime. Steelers and patriots arnt complaining because they have no play makers on their teams. Be quiet when Mr. Rice talks. He’s burned both of your teams time and time again.

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