Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
I am sitting in my house during a lull in hoops action and I am thinking about this new NFL safety proposal. I finally understand how many of you feel. Every time the NFL changes a rule based on safety and the concussion issue, I defend it, while many of you tell me the NFL is turning into Powder Puff Football. Well, today I feel like you do.
The NFL competition committee is considering making it illegal for a ball carrier to lower his head in space against a tackler. In the box, it would still be legal to do, but out in space, it would be a 15 yard penalty. How the heck are you supposed to break a tackle without lowering your head. Power backs in space would be in even more trouble. How the heck are you supposed to protect yourself when a defender is trying to go all Ronnie Lott on you?
It is one thing to get rid of hits to defenseless receivers. They don’t know the shot it coming and can’t defend themselves. But, a tackler in the open field is ready for the collision and is trying to knock the runners block off. All time leading rusher Emmitt Smith said “what is a back supposed to do, stay straight up and get hit in the chin?” He said it sounds like a rule created by people who didn’t play football. Alot of callers to the Mac Attack say that when I defend safety changes. I finally agree with you.