Is the NFL Simply Becoming Too Soft?

July 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's a fine line that the NFL walks in the 21st century.
As evidence mounts about the severe long-term effects of head trauma, the NFL has made player safety a point of emphasis over the past several seasons.
However, as the NFL makes several rule changes to make the game "safer," some critics have questioned whether the game that's left behind is actually football at all.
Could the NFL be killing the sport despite its efforts to save it?
The latest rule to draw the ire of some players and fans is the "crown of the helmet rule" that was instituted this year. Outside of the tackle box, both offensive and defensive players are no longer allowed to lower their helmet before initiating contact.
The most affected position will be the running backs, who can no longer drop their hats and bulldoze opponents.
The rule was met with derision from players on both sides of the ball.
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte all but said that he'll ignore it.

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