Two Steelers are happy with the new helmet rule

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Over the past several years, Steelers players have developed a habit of complaining about the league’s efforts to make the game safer. When it comes to the new rule that prohibits lowering the helmet to initiate contact, a pair of Steelers players welcome the change.

Offensive lineman Ramon Foster (pictured) likes the new rule, in part because each of his four concussions occurred when a defender used his helmet to hit Foster in the helmet.

Every time has been a D-lineman or a linebacker head first,” Foster said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Last year when we played the Patriots, 52 [linebacker Elandon Roberts], the same thing, head first. He’s a heady guy. I hate heady guys.”

So Foster welcomes the new rule with open arms, and non-lowered helmet.

“I’m not opposed, not even a little bit,” Foster said. “It’s because I know what the safety of the game is, and if I can pull my head out of the situation — meaning my helmet — then I will do that. If they’re trying to protect it, I’m not going to fight that.”

Safety Morgan Burnett also likes the rule change, even though past Steelers safeties like Ryan Clark and Mike Mitchell were at the forefront of complaining about safety rules.

“You can tell that the league is taking control of player safety, and that’s really big for players,” Burnett said. “You don’t want to see any guy get hurt or have any effects from this game once they leave the game. So I think that’s real big and very important, to make player safety first.”

While it’s possible other Steelers don’t feel quite that way, the fact that any Steelers are willing to speak out so clearly and strongly in support of safety is both encouraging and surprising. And as long as the new helmet rule doesn’t fundamentally change the game, that’s a good thing for everyone.

15 responses to “Two Steelers are happy with the new helmet rule

  1. Someone is claiming the Patriots play dirty? Shocking. Burnett shouldn’t have an issue because he can’t tackle anyways, even if he is way better than the Mike Mitchell that let Mike Wallace stiff-arm him for a 95 yard touchdown after he ran his mouth all week before the game.

  2. I think in the league study they said only about 3-4 plays they reviewed would have been penalties under the new rules. Hopefully the refs can get a clear idea on how to make these calls during the preseason because the last thing the game needs is more stoppage and video replay reviews.

  3. These guys are not real Steelers! Complaining and whining about rules, officiating, and everything else is the “Steeler way”. The next thing you know, Mike Tomlin will do something smart…

  4. How many of you got a concussion playing football. I got 3 just in 10th grade. Two in one game on the same goal line stand. So maybe one was compounded. Took me 6 hours to walk home (1.5 miles) and didn’t go to school until Tuesday. I never dropped my head again on the goal line (except for practice drills, see below).

    We didn’t even have water at practice. Zero hydration. We also lined up and had ‘Head On’s’. You run straight at each other and drop your head. We got paid if we cracked the other guy’s helmet. Practice felt like a life threatening experience. That’s REAL old school football.

    So complain all you want. You never played when it was truly ‘old school’, if at all.

  5. I hate the Steelers with the red hot passion of dealing with an 0-16 season, but tip of the cap to these guys for sharing their thoughts and why the new rule is important.

    And even if it “fundamentally changes the game” – perhaps it will do so for the better and then more kids rather than less, will play. Over time, the game will get better.

    I am still interested to see what will happen when a running back lowers his helmet to drive through a defender.

    I’m also shocked that the “stiff arm” is still allowed. I’m guessing that will be next on the hit list.

  6. Good rule. Take a look at the way Devante Adams was hit twice last year, and the way teams are staying away from Coby Fleener. Once you’ve had 4 concussions, teams are reluctant to sign them, and it will cost the player millions.

  7. Its common sense to keep your head up in football, if you want to be safer. If not you are old school because that’s how you played. Witch would explain why all the old schooler’s have no common sense when it comes to change. They have had their brains scrambled in grade school.

  8. backintheday99 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 9:48 am
    How many of you got a concussion playing football. I got 3 just in 10th grade. Two in one game on the same goal line stand. So maybe one was compounded. Took me 6 hours to walk home (1.5 miles) and didn’t go to school until Tuesday. I never dropped my head again on the goal line (except for practice drills, see below).

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    It probably took you 6 hours to walk home because it was uphill both ways and you were walking in the snow with no shoes on.

  9. backintheday99 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 9:48 am
    How many of you got a concussion playing football. I got 3 just in 10th grade. Two in one game on the same goal line stand. So maybe one was compounded. Took me 6 hours to walk home (1.5 miles) and didn’t go to school until Tuesday. I never dropped my head again on the goal line (except for practice drills, see below).

    Uncle Rico? That you? Can you still throw a football over them mountains?

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