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What should the NFL do to reduce helmet-to-helmet hits?


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By Reader Poll  |  October 19, 2010; 1:00 AM ET  | Category:  Concussions , NFL , NFL Rules , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I see as always the NFL itself gets a free pass from posters.
What about the field turf?
It's a good chance that the attempts to save money by introducing yet another "too hard to be safe" playing surface is a much a cause as anything else.

Plus, far too many players don't wear bigger, lower-hanging,chin-protecting facemasks. Everyone including far too many d-linemen wear running back cages. Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and London Fletcher represent the last generation of LBs that wear LB cages. Lavar Arrington was the 1st player I can recall that started wearing a RB cage-he wore it at Penn State and with the Skins'. To my suprise,so did other LBs and DLs.

The QBs of the league almost never wear the 3-bar cages that Marino, Cunningham, and Bledsoe once wore. Eli Manning is one good hit from a concussion-look at his cage, it only covers his nose.

Look at the supposed shoulder pads-they never reach down past the ball of the biceps anymore, now combine that with a cheap, hard playing surface and Voila!-more shoulder/upper body injuries or so it would seem. So many players are so vain, they must show off those tatoos, even at the expense of protecting their shoulders.

Now look at the uniform pants, far too many RBs,WRs and DBs don't wear any leg padding-so when they fall on the ground, where is all that kinetic energy that isn't absorbed by the cheap playing surface supposed to go? That's right, back into their bodies. Everyone likes to point out how bigger,stronger,faster, better trained and conditioned the players are, so why so many hamstring/soft tissue injuries? Well, without any pads to diffuse some of the energy, it goes right through their legs with their muscles being the shock absorbers. I know, they're trying to be as swift and quick as possible, but it comes with more injury risk. Maurice Jones-Drew complained after a pre-season game last year that the opponent was purposefully trying to hurt him,but he didn't have any thigh pads on.

So in a league that supposedly cares so much about "safety", the shortcuts players take to try to gain just a little more quickness should be taken into account in all conversations concerning it.

I just finished watching the Titans/Jaguars on MNF and I'm struck by how close RB Chris Johnson's dreads push his face is to his cage, he doesn't have even in inch of separation-all it's going to take is one good shot to his face and he'll either have a broken jaw, nose or a concussion.
We must also take into account a media that overdoes every newsstory. The sensationalism around this story almost certainly guarantees that another rule change, which of course, ruins the game even more for a core fan such as myself.

I'm souring on the NFL more and more because of the whining, crying, legislating, and handwringing.

As another poster wrote, at some point in time everyone involved knows it's a calculated risk-same as boxing.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | October 19, 2010 3:09 AM

This is a national outrage! The same Dems who try to legislate away consequences for poor consumer decisions must be running the NFL. They want to take the violence out of the game because they are Fairies. NFL - The National Fairy League. A league best reserved for limp wristed pu$%ies who want to wear pink uniforms and dance naked in the rain. Absolutely disgusting and I want nothing to do with it... they are trying to emasculate the American male!!!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | October 19, 2010 10:41 AM

Suspensions are fine. Better technology of helmets seems mandatory. But if you really want to stop these violent hits, make them the equivalent of safeties: award 2 points to the team that takes the hit.

Then you'll have the rest of the team making sure no one goes helmet to face.

Posted by: thoughtful9 | October 19, 2010 3:58 PM

It is a sorry state of affairs if we condone head injuries for the sake of violence. Football is generally a young man's game and what you are talking about is a quality of life issue during the prime of their career and could possibly end careers. We have a young man that is currently paralyzed from the shoulders down. Will he recover, I am sure everybody hopes so, but we don't know! Former pro football players complained of permanent physical ailments. Do we need any more injuries like those of this young man from Rutgers or Darryl Stingley's? Tackle the correct way and eliminate the shots to the head and I think you will find the game higher scoring. Improved helmet technology will not help with spine compression injuries, it might help with some concussions. I think the only way to end the helmet-to-helmet hits is to make it very plain that they are illegal and will not be tolerated. I think suspensions are the way to go on this!

Posted by: wvs9231 | October 19, 2010 10:26 PM

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