they refs are going to be super discretionary about it due to the ridiculous "ZOMG THE NFL IS ENDING" reaction.
It's meant to be a protective rule.
people can chill out
If the nflpa would take care of the retired players, none of this would be happening.
Long pass. If I wanted no physicality in my football, I could go to the park and watch flag football.
They reviewed every play in Week 10 and Week 16 from last season and found 5 instances in Week 10 and 6 in Week 16...
And it's not turning into flag football by any means, they are just trying to make the game safer. There's no stopping that. Accept it or stop watching the NFL. The rule changes are going to keep coming, people have to get over it. No matter what you decide to do on Sundays, I assure you the NFL will survive... it's bigger, making more money, and more popular than ever. Oh yeah and it's only expanding.
People are acting like all helmet hits will be penalties. The only thing you cannot do, which you can now, is you cannot hit someone with the crown of the helmet, without leading with anything else. Honestly, that is only fair. Not only is it dangerous to lead with the crown for other people, its also dangerous for yourself. You can still hit them with the helmet as long as you do it to protect yourself, and as long as you look up and know what you are doing.
They are really just going to throw a flag if you do something which a player should never do in the first place; you are not in a good place to protect the ball or yourself if you look down into the grass while ramming into someone.
I don't think everyone realizes what the crown of the helmet is either...
I know it sounds crazy, and I am half joking, but if they brought back leather helmets with no facemask, I'm pretty sure players on offense or defense would no longer lead with their head.