On one hand, defensive players have possessed the short straw for quite some time when it comes to the NFL's continued effort to introduce rules that better protect players from their peers. And thus it's nice to see things creep closer toward being balanced with a new rule that will penalize ball carriers for lowering their heads into defensive players.
But on the other hand, this is a change that seems to dramatically contradict the way running backs and other offensive players are taught to play the game. Has the league finally gone too far?
As Emmitt Smith told me earlier this week, this rule change "is totally against what people are teaching players." It caused Smith to wonder if the people behind these proposals have ever played football.
I've played football. Not in the NFL, but I've played. And I've learned a lot about the game over the years. With that experience and knowledge, I can buy the idea that a defensive player shouldn't be allowed to use his helmet to hi...