Shelby Harris on Guardian Caps: “They’re stupid”

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For the first time ever, certain players on every NFL team (OL, DL, LB, TE) are required to wear Guardian Caps in practice through the first two weeks of the preseason. Some players don’t like it. On Wednesday, Seahawks defensive lineman Shelby Harris made it clear that he doesn’t.

“They’re stupid,” Harris told reporters. “Because here’s the thing though, I get what they’re trying to do, but the main thing is, you might have guys that start leading with their head more because they’re used to not feeling it, and don’t know they’re doing it, because they have this big old helmet thing on. And then you get in the game, and next thing you know, they knock themselves out. I don’t know, I just don’t think this is necessarily the answer because of the fact that if you do get used to getting hit in the head with this, you wouldn’t even know. But, you do something in practice without that thing on, you’re like, ‘OK, I’m not doing that again.'”

He said it’s not awkward, and that he doesn’t really feel it on his head. But he’s concerned that it will create a false sense of security.

“I honestly think that you will end up having more head-to-head blows because you’re used to having the helmet pad on,” Harris said. “I get what they’re trying to do now, but I think later on it’s going to cause more of a problem.”

But it’s not as if the Guardian Caps eliminate the consequences of blows to the head. It only reduces the impact by 10 percent, which isn’t all that much.

And it’s up to coaches to teach and players to use proper techniques, so that they don’t get so comfortable with Guardian Caps that they become reckless when they’re off.

18 responses to “Shelby Harris on Guardian Caps: “They’re stupid”

  1. Ridiculous. Like motorcycle helmets create a false sense of security. Again, ridiculous.

  2. He’s right. In fact if feel the need to use guardian caps in practice then it’s better to just have helmet less practice.

  3. I agree. Should be a better way. With all the advances of technology seems like they could come up with something.

  4. On one hand, I get it. Get used to squishy marshmallow helmet bumps and the real gameday helmet collisions will be a shock when they come.

    But at the same time, they are currently minimizing/lessening blows to the head. When the real ones come, it’s not gonna take a half-season for guys to figure out the difference. 2-3 snaps, tops, and guys will remember right quick.

    Professional boxers have been wearing headgear to spar/practice for 70 years. It’s all about reducing the repetitive/cumulative blows to the noggin.

  5. I’ll never understand this argument. You know you’re not supposed to lead with your head, that should be ingrained but you put on one of these Guardians and you completely forget fundamentals?

  6. Unless the NFL decides to remove tackling and sudden stops (being tackled or hitting the ground) they will always have a concussion or cte problem. You could wrap the players in bubble wrap, but that does nothing when the human brain is like a single pickle sloshing around in a jar if you shake or smack it around violently. Also, he’s right, putting players in cushioned helmets during practice will cause some players a false sense of security come game time when there is zero cushion and most of the time players a going on spit second reactions.

  7. I agree with him completely. What’s the point of using them for two weeks, creating a false sense of security, then removing them?

  8. Very gimmick’e and the logic is flawed. Protect the head in practice BUT not the game?

  9. Hey let the fools who lead with their heads knock themselves out, we don’t need those kind of players in the NFL!

  10. Why dont they get ride of the hard plastic helmets and just use double layer soft helmets in games.

    It would be way safer.

  11. No helmets would actually be the best way to prevent serious head injury, or bubble wrap all the players.

  12. That 10% is a gigantic positive, but i wonder if it’s even true, as this is the first time they’ve ever been used by the league, and the league would never intentionally deceive the players, or worse, the fans, with made up stats and flat out lies

  13. Helmets themselves contribute to players being reckless. I’d like to see comparisons between football and rugby as to percentages of serious head and neck injuries.

  14. Remember when grocery stores had arrows on the ground to prevent Covid..

    People are dumb.

  15. They are stupid. All they do is deaden the noise if you bang helmets. There isnt anything that can help protect the brain. The brain is in fluid in your skull, and the damage comes from your brain slamming against the inside of your skull. If you could inject gelatin into your skull so the brain wouldnt move, perhaps. But dont see that happening.

  16. I thought the main benefit was to prevent injuries to QB’s when their throwing hand strikes on offensive or defensive lineman’s helmet. Apparently this has happened already more than once in training camps.

  17. Then sign an agreement that you won’t sue after your career is over. The reason this is happening is because of all the free money legal action.

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