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Old 09-22-2011, 09:43 AM   #31
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What if you led with your shoulder but your head got there first? On most people the head comes before the shoulder. Only Merton Hanks with his gigantically long neck could move his head far enough away from his shoulder to ever really not hit with part of his head first. I am pretty sure spearing meant you specifically used the top of your head as the lead point of force. That is not at all what Robinson did.
I was always taught to keep my head up and that way if my helmet did hit firs then it would generally hit with the facemask not the crown of my helmet. Also on the freakishly long necks point what about Steve Largent? He had the neck of a giraffe!
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:00 AM   #32
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"leading with your helmet" was called spearing when I played and was a 15 yard penalty. I am pretty sure it is a 15 yarder in the NFL
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A tackler using his helmet to butt, spear, or ram an opponent.
I dont think Robinson was guilty of any of the above. And like i said above thats probably why his fine cited the defenseless receiver rule, not the helmet to helmet rule.

I havent had time to look up the official rules, but the summary page doesnt really help in debating the nuances of the rules; which is why i created this thread since the NFL seems to use nuances of rules when fining or cracking down on big time hits.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:05 AM   #33
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And it is all statistics. When your head is lowered you are more likely to injure someone. I side with the NFL on all this. The game is too fast and players are too strong. We see what some of the NFL vets have had to go through and its a shame. Any rule that benefits the NFL Players' health, I support, even if it fundamentally changes the game I love.

You got anything to back that up, or quotes from people who have said that? Im not trying to be a dick, and i get that keeping your head up can prevent injury to yourself but im not so sure about a opposing player.


For this Robinson hit i think the rule is complete bs, thats what i dont like about it. I would support making it a penalty for a QB to lead a receiver into a hit, but I donít think id support making zone coverage illegal. Would you support either?
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:21 AM   #34
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You got anything to back that up, or quotes from high ranking people who have said that? Im not trying to be a dick, but i get that keeping your head up can prevent injury to yourself but im not so sure about a opposing player.

For this Robinson hit i think the rule is complete bs, thats what i dont like about it. I would support making it a penalty for a QB to lead a receiver into a hit, but I donít think id support making zone coverage illegal. Would you support either?
Not sure that's the way to go either. Then you are discouraging QBs from making certain throws, and that will open them up to taking more hits and sacks.

I don't think there's an easy answer to all this, otherwise the NFL would already be doing something different. They want to make the game safer and also keep it entertaining. For all the gripes about this sort of stuff, it sure isn't hurting the ratings. Until it does, I don't think much is going to change.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #35
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Not sure that's the way to go either. Then you are discouraging QBs from making certain throws, and that will open them up to taking more hits and sacks.

I don't think there's an easy answer to all this, otherwise the NFL would already be doing something different. They want to make the game safer and also keep it entertaining. For all the gripes about this sort of stuff, it sure isn't hurting the ratings. Until it does, I don't think much is going to change.
it has nothing to do with ratings. of course we're going to watch. that's not the point. the integrity of the game is being ruined by the league office. roger goodell should go be the commish of tennis or something cause he's not a football person.
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it has nothing to do with ratings. of course we're going to watch. that's not the point. the integrity of the game is being ruined by the league office. roger goodell should go be the commish of tennis or something cause he's not a football person.
No, it kinda is the point.

If the integrity of the game was truly being ruined, people would tune out.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:09 PM   #37
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I believe helmet to helmet is for a denfensless player only. A Linebacker can hit a WR in the process of making a catch they just cannot lead with their head because they are a defenseless player. After they have made the catch and become a runner they are no longer a denfenseless player. Its really not that hard.

Im pretty certain the helmet to helmet rule is for any tackle.

Also im pretty sure that a WR can only be touched during a catch or immediately after a catch as long as they are not considered defenseless. So a WR being trailed closely from behind by a CB or LB can get hit as soon as he catches the ball. However a WR running in the direction of a CB or LB cannot be touched until they are running AND they are also in a position to defend themselves.

Maclin caught the ball and was running and even made a attempt to avoid contact, however; since his catch was made in front of Robinson he was ultimately in a defenseless position. Robinson techniqely couldnít do anything, but would of likely gotten away with a arm or whiff type tackle if he tried.

If i was a offensive coordinator i would be designing plays that would put a WR in a defenseless position after a catch when certain zones coverages are used. Youd be foolish not to. Theoretically the WR shouldnít get touched and if he does its 15 yards from the spot of the foul even if he drops the catch. Its troubling in my opinion that offensive coordinators have that opportunity.

So I put pretty certain and pretty sure above in italics because ive searched hard and cant find the definition of these rules anywhere. Anyone have them or know where to get them? This a HUGE part of the problem......
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:13 PM   #38
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What I want to see is offensive players fined/flagged when they lead with their helmet. You see a running back constantly drop their helmet into the defenders helmet and create that helmet to helmet contact. Why should a RB be able to lead with his head into a pile?
im pretty sure you can hit a running back or any established runner helmet to helmet.

the helmet to helmet rules apply to defenseless players only i think (players with ball who havent established themselves as runners)

as to qbs you cant hit them at the knees or below if you have an unobstructed path (seems real vague to me), you cant touch their head/helmet with any part of your body and im still trying to figure out if you cant lead with your helmet anywhere on a qb.

ps - the rules for defenders is almost impossible for them to comply with all the time, the game is just too fast, players move/lower their head at the last second before impact changing where the defender's intended point of impact . . . its just become impossible really.

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Old 09-22-2011, 01:17 PM   #39
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Im pretty certain the helmet to helmet rule is for any tackle.


So I put pretty certain and pretty sure above in italics because ive searched hard and cant find the definition of these rules anywhere. Anyone have them or know where to get them? This a HUGE part of the problem......
im pretty certain helmet to helmet is fine if it is on an established runner.

i looked at nfl.com, the rule books, digest and surprising found nothing explaining it or laying out the exact language of the rule. . . im sure it is some where . .probably an espn artilce detailing the news rules and emphasis.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #40
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No, it kinda is the point.

If the integrity of the game was truly being ruined, people would tune out.
So you like watching all these ticky tack personal foul calls? Wow.
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So you like watching all these ticky tack personal foul calls? Wow.
Huh? I never said that.

Despite the ticky tack fouls as you say, I'm still watching, you're still watching, and so are millions of others.

So how much impact do these fouls really have on the so called integrity of the game??
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:02 PM   #42
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Not sure anyone remembers this....In a pre season game a Jacksonville rookie hit Chad Johnson. Clean hit, Johnson even said so after the game. Not only was it a god awful call but the guy got fined and he hadn't even made the team yet. I think the guy ended up making the practice squad but he still has to pay this big fine and it was a large part of his salary. If this isn't ruining the integrity of the game then I don't know what is....the essence of what defensive football is all about....getting a big hit and trying to seperate the offensive player from the ball.

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Huh? I never said that.

Despite the ticky tack fouls as you say, I'm still watching, you're still watching, and so are millions of others.

So how much impact do these fouls really have on the so called integrity of the game??
I'm just asking you a question. Does it bother you when you see a ticky tack call that could potentially have impact on a game?
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I'm just asking you a question. Does it bother you when you see a ticky tack call that could potentially have impact on a game?
Nobody likes a bad call period... but at the same time I think we just have to accept this is the route the league is going and it's not going to change. It's not perfect, but letting guys get blown up the old way wasn't right either.
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im pretty sure you can hit a running back or any established runner helmet to helmet.

the helmet to helmet rules apply to defenseless players only i think (players with ball who havent established themselves as runners)

as to qbs you cant hit them at the knees or below if you have an unobstructed path (seems real vague to me), you cant touch their head/helmet with any part of your body and im still trying to figure out if you cant lead with your helmet anywhere on a qb.

ps - the rules for defenders is almost impossible for them to comply with all the time, the game is just too fast, players move/lower their head at the last second before impact changing where the defender's intended point of impact . . . its just become impossible really.
I agree...and if you have a rule that is impossible to comply with in any situation then your rule is crap. To me it simply is not fair to ask the defense to allow for something to happen that they are specifically on the field to prevent. Allowing a "defenseless" WR to catch a ball and establish himself is telling the defense "don't do your job" of defending the field. And it is also rife with other concerns that others have pointed out. Quite frankly I see the benefits of said rule being somewhat bogus too.

The rule should be no direct and primary contact to the helmet of any kind, for any player on the field at any time. ie: you directly hit a guy in the helmet with your shoulder (or any body part)...penalty. you hit a guy in the shoulder with your shoulder (or any body part) and your helmets bump...clean. And the caveat is that the offensive player can make no motion to put their helmet in harms way. ie: if they duct their head into direct h2h contact then it's clean.

Honestly if they don't want to get hurt being in "defenseless" position...they just shouldn't get into defenseless position. Why is that notion not ever discussed? Everyone talks constantly about how it is the defenders responsibility to be less reckless...but shouldn't the offensive player be at least as responsible?
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