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Helmets Off

Mar 29, 2018

The NFL owners meetings are taking place in Orlando and the big news is a major rule change.  Lowering your head to initiate contact will now earn you a 15 yard penalty.

Using your head as a battering ram is suspected to be a major factor in football related brain injury.

Scott recently was talking with some rugby players this week.  They are former football players and they had to re learn tackling because in rugby you're not allowed to use your head.  Also, they're unpadded and their heads are unprotected.

This new NFL tackling rule will affect players on both the offense and defense.

There's another rule change as well.  The new rule further defines what is and is not a catch.

The receiver must control the ball, establish themselves in bounds, and make a specific football move such as a step or a lunge.

Another new rule puts the ball out on the 25 yard line after a touch back.  That was a temporary rule last year and they're now making it permanent.  The rule used to put the ball on the 20 yard line.

Here's another new rule: You can hire a coach during the playoffs... who is coaching in the playoffs.  Remember when the Indianapolis Colts tried to hire away a New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels?  They couldn't because of the playoffs and then lost out big time.

Now teams don't have to wait.  The only expectation is that the coach doesn't take on his new duties until he's out of the playoffs.

The pass interference penalty is now only 15 yards.  That is huge and will change defensive strategy.  Now the defense may consider it worth while to tackle a receiver to prevent a touchdown.  Wouldn't you rather give up 15 yards than a touchdown? 

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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