Some coaches taking a wait-and-see approach to new helmet rule

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The NFL’s owners had no issue with the new rule that prohibits players from lowering their helmets to initiate contact. The NFL’s coaches didn’t, either.

As a source with knowledge of the situation explained it to PFT, there was no pushback or outcry from coaches when the new rule was discussed and eventually passed, 32-0. The source pointed out that, in past cases, the coaches haven’t hesitated to make their concerns known, loudly, when rule changes were being considered.

As another source explained it to PFT, some coaches have opted to be patient, for now. They’ll wait to learn more from the league regarding what the rule prohibits, what it allows, and how the rule will be enforced before coming to any final conclusions.

The sooner the coaches and everyone else knows the specific contours and limits of this rule, the better. With the offseason program opening soon, coaches will need to be ready to teach the players as much as the coaches possibly can.

For more on the new rule and other topics, check out the Thursday edition of the PFT PM podcast.

11 responses to “Some coaches taking a wait-and-see approach to new helmet rule

  1. coaches are likely going to hate the penalties that come early and likely often… but they would hate it even more when they lose a player to injury cuz of that type of injury that could be avoided.

  2. I’m sure the RB’s will love this new rule…sigh, this could be more frustrating for fans than the old catch rule.

  3. Have the players sign a waiver, and let’s get back to football the way it was meant to be played!

  4. I really believe we could see QBs become untouchable in the pocket. On scrambles they can only be wrapped up, not hit or tackled to the ground. I’ll be checking out that new league after the SB next year, see what it’s like to watch.

  5. “Wait and see approach”. What else can you do when the NFL passes a rule without consulting with any coaches or players, then release as little information as you can about it.

  6. This rule is going to be huge for running backs. We will see a huge increase in yards this year if this rule is truly enforced. Also it will continue to make safeties obsolete it’s almost better to have 4 corners out there since there is no need for a kam chancellor type player if enforced.

  7. 49erfan44 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    2019 meeting: Proposed to rule to prohibit contact while tackling

    2020 Meeting: Rule proposal: If a player has been found to have wrapped his flag twice around the belt, he will be ejected from the game.

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