A new proposed rule by the NFL competition committee is under fire from every direction, but mainly from current and former running backs. The rule proposed is a flag for backs leading with their helmet outside of the tackle box. In theory, it makes sense to prevent serious injuries, especially concussions. However, NFL game speed is not conducive to backs being able to make such decisions on the fly while trying to gain yards and evade pursuit.
Former Rams and Colts running back, the legendary Marshall Faulk, sounded off on Twitter about the new proposed rule:
The new RB rule is a joke. #competitioncommittee
— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) March 18, 2013
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The NFL is trying to “take the head out of the game” and eliminate concussions wherever possible, but this figures to be a tough rule to enforce. How you do determine whether it was incidental contact with the helmet or whether a runner is using the helmet as a weapon?
With so much opposition already, I highly doubt the NFL can seriously implement this rule, even though there are good intentions behind it.