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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 “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.

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32 Responses to “Ravens’ Rice, Leach dislike helmet rule, but players will adjust”
  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 31, 2013 2:08 PM

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

  2. classyjacklambert says: Mar 31, 2013 2:09 PM

    The ravens are soft.

  3. 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

  4. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 31, 2013 2:16 PM

    I can’t see how this rule will last…we have seen the end of football people just give them flags

  5. ososrule says: Mar 31, 2013 2:18 PM

    “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.

  6. dablackmoose says: Mar 31, 2013 2:23 PM

    So tell me this..Do fullbacks get called if they go in for a block and the crown is up?

  7. romoscollarbone says: Mar 31, 2013 2:24 PM

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

  8. ravenator says: Mar 31, 2013 2:29 PM

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

  9. scoobies05 says: Mar 31, 2013 2:31 PM

    i know we wont hear any steeler rbs complaining..they dont have any. go ravens

  10. themagicman1223 says: Mar 31, 2013 2:37 PM

    Hate the rule, but what I hate even more are Athletes who manage to blow 50 million dollars in a couple of years and come back to sue the league.

  11. daknight93 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:07 PM

    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..

  12. gab5040 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    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.

  13. detroit09 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:45 PM

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

  14. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 31, 2013 3:51 PM

    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!!

  15. ravensbob says: Mar 31, 2013 4:27 PM

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

  16. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 31, 2013 4:42 PM

    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.

  17. scoobies05 says: Mar 31, 2013 5:14 PM

    as long as tom brady is playing pats fans should never complain about members of another team complaining

  18. q1ller says: Mar 31, 2013 5:41 PM

    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.

  19. latenightroach says: Mar 31, 2013 6:32 PM

    At least there won’t be replacement refs calling games this year.

  20. dontstabmeray says: Mar 31, 2013 7:26 PM

    Pass interference in the end zone. Tainted super bowl

  21. morganstan100 says: Mar 31, 2013 9:30 PM

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

  22. mlbbal52 says: Mar 31, 2013 10:33 PM

    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.

  23. drone501 says: Mar 31, 2013 10:47 PM

    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.

  24. jamaltimore says: Apr 1, 2013 12:59 AM

    Because that’s what World CHAMPIONS do!!!

  25. hawksfansuicidewatch says: Apr 1, 2013 1:30 AM

    In related news, Rice and Leach do not like meat loaf day in the cafeteria, but will eat it anyways.

  26. conquerpeace4d says: Apr 1, 2013 3:06 AM

    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.

  27. macbull says: Apr 1, 2013 5:57 AM

    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.

  28. overratedsteelerhater says: Apr 1, 2013 8:25 AM

    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

  29. These2TrophiesArrrHeavy says: Apr 1, 2013 8:29 AM

    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.

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 1, 2013 8:51 AM

    I just think the Ravens dislike rules in general. Cheaters.

  31. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    A Raven whining.

    Imagine that.

  32. randallflagg52 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:57 PM

    Rice and Leach dislike the helmet rule.

    The entire steeler’s roster dislikes children playing on their lawns.

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