Mike Vrabel calls new helmet rule “important” in trying to reduce head injuries

AP

Mike Vrabel experienced concussions in his playing career. The Titans new head coach said both of his sons, one of whom plays football, also have had concussions. So he thinks the league’s attempts to reduce head injuries with the new helmet rule is “important.”

“Anything we can do to make our game safer for our players, the players in college, at every level,” Vrabel said, via Jason Wolf of The Tennessean. “Players in high school at every level, and most especially the players at the youth level. Whatever we can do to make it safer, we need to try to do that.”

Coaches and players remain uncertain what the prohibition against lowering the helmet to initiate impact means, but Vrabel said his practices won’t change. The Titans will spend time on the fundamentals.

“We’re always spending time on the fundamentals,” Vrabel said. “If it comes down to, yeah, ‘Don’t turn your helmet into a weapon,’ I think that’s pretty important. I don’t think we ever want to use our helmet or our headgear as a weapon. We’re not out there to injure players or to try to turn our helmet and our bodies into torpedoes or spears or missiles. We’re trying to play football as competitively and as physically and within the rules as we possibly can.

“I think that there’s a fine line, but I don’t think that you ever want to turn your body and use your helmet as a weapon. I think that’s pretty cut and dried. Hopefully, that’s where we can move to.”

9 responses to “Mike Vrabel calls new helmet rule “important” in trying to reduce head injuries

  1. “Anything we can do to make our game safer for our players”

    Everytime I hear this I can’t help but think we’ll we watching NFL flag football within a decade.

  2. Because it is. Head injuries are just about the only thing that could really take this league down. Knees and shoulders will not be the end of the world. The changes suck but I can understand the reason behind the league looking out for its future.

  3. It is sad but we cheer these massive hits in the past but how many of us look at the players from the past decades and see where they are at. I admit I haven’t until they appear in the news and it is heartbreaking.

  4. “I don’t think that you ever want to turn your body and use your helmet as a weapon”

    Love Vrabel but while he was not known for spearing/crown of the helmet hits, he certainly hammered people and “used his body as a weapon”.

    Different era though. The reality is in another few years the NFL will not resemble actual old school football very much if at all. They may well keep the fantasy geeks and younger fans who haven’t known hard hitting football as fans, but I believe they will lose a lot of older fans such as myself. I’m not interested in watch fantasy football come to life on NFL fields with scores of 85-55 because if a defender even looks the wrong way at an offensive player he’s flagged or ejected.

  5. If you want to get rid of the leading with the helmet hits just get rid of the huge cage facemasks. Go with the old Theisman single bar masks and the only ones you will have will be the inevitable accidental ones.

  6. It’s been said before “remove all helmets”. Play bear headed. No one will lead with head anymore, well , except for some cowboys.

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