The NFL’s new rule to prevent injuries by disallowing players from lowering their heads before impact comes with good intentions but will create more problems than it solves, believes Nick Canepa of The San Diego Tribune. It would cripple the flow of the game by penalizing movements that players often make automatically, without thinking. Officials will have a hard time identifying when helmets are lowered in a supposedly dangerous way or not. Many players have already spoken out against this rule, claiming that it is overly restrictive and will even cause more injuries. It’s a poor attempt to improve football.
Even though the NFL’s proposed rule to penalize players lowering their helmets before ramming into each other is controversial, it will ultimately make the sport safer, holds Alex Marvez of Sporting News. Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier endured a spinal contusion after going into a collision with his head down. It left him temporarily paralyzed. The NFL has gotten increasingly dangerous in recent years and is rightly seeking to protect players. Removing collisions that risk great damage to players' health is a right step forward even though it may be controversial. Football is in need of such changes to remain popular.