The biggest new rule for the 2013 season flows from the league’s decision to prevent a player from using the top of the helmet as a battering ram in the open field.
Despite plenty of complaints and concerns about the banishment of a practice that many assumed had been outlawed long ago, the first 17 games of the preseason have resulted in zero infractions.
That’s what a league spokesman told John Kryk of the Toronto Sun.
Not bad for 2,225 offensive snaps.
The move applies to offensive and defensive players. And it’s still permitted within the tackle box.
Coincidentally (or not), NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino will join yours truly on Wednesday’s Dan Patrick Show to discuss this and all other new rules changes and points of emphasis for the 2013 season.