Quarterback sneaks won’t violate the new helmet rule

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The new rule against lowering the helmet and initiating contact with an opponent applies anywhere and everywhere on the football field. With one important exception.

Quarterbacks who drop their helmets and ram forward on a sneak play will not be subject to punishment.

NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron explained during a Friday visit to #PFTPM that the Competition Committee decided that, in such situations, the quarterback is bracing for impact from the moment he starts to move forward. That may or may not mesh with the plain language of the rule, given that quarterbacks who deliberately plunge forward, with their heads lowered, may indeed initiate contact with an opponent.

Regardless, the decision has been made that the rule won’t apply to quarterbacks executing a sneak, based on the notion that they are always protecting/bracing when trying to “sneak” the ball forward, into an (ideally) empty “A” gap. Keep that in mind as the games that count approach.

42 responses to “Quarterback sneaks won’t violate the new helmet rule

  1. Stupid rule. Nonsensical stipulation. They all brace when lowering. Who’s making these seat of the pants’ decisions? The White House?

  2. Lol….this is TOO funny.

    Like a QB can’t get concussed or broken neck bones diving head first into an angry pile of humanity that is also bracing….bracing to pound the vulnerable QB so that he doesn’t gain yds.

    At this point it’s like a bunch of suits who never played the game are just sitting in a pitch black room and throwing darts at a wall hoping something sticks.

    But they turn the lights on to save the all important time honored tradition of the QB sneak.

    Can’t have it both ways, morons.

  3. the quarterback is bracing for impact from the moment he starts to move forward.

    —-

    So, basically the quarterback is doing what every single ball carrier who is about to be hit is doing but the rule doesn’t apply to him for some reason. Got it.

  4. The exception to the exception is anytime the Patriots try a QB sneak it’s 15 yards and a potential ejection.

  5. What if the NFL gets another QB the size of Jared Lorenzen. Dude was like 380 pounds. A QB that size diving head first into someone elses head isnt gonna mess up anybody?

    All this protect the QB crap. Until it comes to the QB sneak. Huh?

  6. Thats stupid. You are applying a “bracing for impact” clause to only the QB. While defenders basically have to try and tackle square every time and not brace for impact or else they’ll get flagged.

  7. Couldn’t one then also assume a FB is also just “bracing for impact” when he lowers his head on a short yardage FB dive? Can a player still jump over the lines on a goal line play? He’s trying to get over the pile, but he’s leading with his head, or that considered leading with his hands and the ball?

    I understand wanting to get helmet contact out of the game, but the way they’ve tried to rush this in, and the way no one seems to truly understand the rule is going to lead to chaos.

  8. “superfanentertainment says:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    What if the NFL gets another QB the size of Jared Lorenzen. Dude was like 380 pounds. A QB that size diving head first into someone elses head isnt gonna mess up anybody?

    All this protect the QB crap. Until it comes to the QB sneak. Huh?”

    The round mound of touchdown. At this point you might not be able to legally tackle him without 3-4 flags being thrown everytime.

  9. Just snap the ball to the running back, now he’s the ‘quaterback’ and can initiate contact. This league is losing its mind and revenue stream!

  10. The new helmet rule is simply a way for the NFL to have some control on the outcome of games. The loss of Rogers last year and subsequent loss of revenue due to his injury led the NFL to realize that some teams are too important to be irrelevant. The Packers are s good story, and a winning Packers organization is good for the NFL’s bottom line.

  11. The Brady exception to the helmet rule. Thanks Goodell, maybe Mr. Kraft will invite you to another Thanksgiving party.

  12. So if the QB can lower his helmet can the defender grab his face mask to stop his progress?

  13. superfanentertainment says:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    What if the NFL gets another QB the size of Jared Lorenzen. Dude was like 380 pounds. A QB that size diving head first into someone elses head isnt gonna mess up anybody?

    All this protect the QB crap. Until it comes to the QB sneak. Huh?

    I don’t remember that guy but you are 100% right. QBs today are coddled. May as well put a skirt on them. No wonder they get the stats they do. You can’t actually touch them and the rules don’t apply to them either. It’s total BS.

  14. stung4ever1983 says:
    August 17, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    And a defender meeting the QB in the gap?

    Will get called for lowering the helmet. SMH

  15. The Packers are s good story, and a winning Packers organization is good for the NFL’s bottom line

    The Green Bay Packers could announce they are dissolving the franchise, wiping all the record books of their accomplishments, and burn down Lambeau field and literally no one would care except a bunch of fat, disillusioned people in a small part of Wisconsin.

  16. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    “The loss of Rogers last year…loss of revenue…some teams are too important to be irrelevant.”
    ————
    Stay in the basement, blinders on, & ear plugs in.

    ~❤, the rest of the world.

  17. This is one of the dumbest rules the sport formally known as football has shoved down our throats. The first game my team loses because they can’t tackle….I’m out.

  18. .
    unless it does…
    1 exception, when Tom Brady does a QB sneak, whomever his helmet comes in contact with will be flagged and fined.

  19. The league needs to realize that many concussions are caused by the helmet hitting the ground or the bodies of players, not just when helmet to helmet contact happens.

  20. patriotmaleorgy says:
    August 17, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    Brady has been an exception to intentional grounding his whole career so I understand the QB exception to this rule as well.

    Also that game in 2012 v Seattle where they ran off time and NE didn’t get a FG try b/c Brady did what a thousand QB’s did a million times before him, threw a ball out of the end zone.

  21. What surprises me is no one has commented about the new give up rule. This stage that with her diving or sliding feet first as soon as the action is initiated, the ball is dead and spotted there.

    Why would this not apply to quarterback sneaks?

  22. Let’s see now. The defense can’t sneeze the quarterback for fear of injury, but the quarterback can ram his own head into a brick wall…..Check!

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