Transparency will be critical in connection with new helmet rule

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Whatever the NFL ultimately does with the substance of the new rule against lowering the helmet and initiating contact, there’s an important style point the league will need to consider. The league will need to embrace a high degree of transparency.

The first hint of such transparency came last Friday, when NFL senior V.P. of Al Riveron posted a lengthy video addressing the various violations of the rule from Week One of the preseason, including the fouls that were called erroneously. Riveron also spent a full 30 minutes with the #PFTPM podcast, answering all questions about the rule.

Moving forward, that will be a critical aspect of helping reluctant and concerned players, coaches, fans, and media come to terms with this significant change to the way the game is played. Every Friday, Riveron should produce another video that looks at: (1) every instance of the foul being called correctly; (2) every instance of the foul being called incorrectly; and (3) every instance involving a violation that wasn’t called.

It won’t be easy to embrace that kind of openness, especially since it will entail a willingness to wallow in mistakes. But at a time when people simply don’t understand what the rule is, and isn’t, this approach will assist with the education process of all concerned — including the officials who will be enforcing the rule each and every week.

9 responses to “Transparency will be critical in connection with new helmet rule

  1. The problem with The whole transparency thing is that half the league office thinks they mean acrylic helmets, the other half of the league office is trying to figure out how to suspend Tom Brady for it.

  2. TRANSPARITY…..LOL LOL LOL…… YEAH RIGHT!!
    TOO FUNNY…… The League being transparent……. isn’t that an oxymoron??!!

  3. (4) how much Vegas made due to the outcomes of games by application of this preposterous “rule”

  4. ““Transparency will be critical in connection with new helmet rule””

    I’m still out of breath from laughing for about 3 minutes straight. I can’t believe you typed that with a straight face. Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League is never “transparent” about anything.

    Speaking of transparency, maybe they’ll finally get around to releasing their PSI readings made the year after framegate. Or more probable than not they won’t because they know it would expose them for the science denying frauds they are.

  5. I agree with article but thought of league being transparent is a joke. Still waiting for Manning/Giants to be docked 4 games & 2 picks for defraudgate.

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