NFL team owners approved three rule changes Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. While the "Tuck Rule" and the red-flag rule changes were met with modest reaction, it appears the same can't be said about the NFL's new crown-of-the-helmet rule.
Starting next season, it will be illegal for ball carriers to initiate contact with the crown of their helmets in the open field. Many NFL players took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.
Wow so they really passed that rule...last time I checked football was a contact sport. Calling bank now to set up my lowering the boom fundâ Matt Forte (@MattForte22) March 20, 2013
Guess I'll get my fine money ready #loweringtheboomfundâ Matt Forte (@MattForte22) March 20, 2013
I'm not Sliding!! #NewHelmetRuleâ Fred Jackson (@Fred22Jackson) March 20, 2013
So I'm guessing I'm going to have to find ways to strengthen my chin now lolâ Justin Forsett (@JForsett) March 20, 2013
These rules are getting out of hand, I wonder when they realize they are going to have to change the name of the sportâ Tank Carder (@tankcarder) March 20, 2013
Soon everyone will get a trophy for participationâ Harrison Smith (@HarriSmith22) March 20, 2013
Us players use to Joke around and say we play a grown mans version of tag.. Well now...Jokes over, 2 hand touch by 2015 watch what I say lolâ Carlton Mitchell (@C_Mitch18) March 20, 2013
Listen, American football is a violent sport. U choose to play at ur own risk. And with that u have to accept the injuries that come with itâ Rashad Butler (@RB2cool) March 20, 2013
Joique Bell (@JoiqueBell) March 20, 2013
My main concern is that the rules are just too confusing at times. Ex. When can a RB lower his head now to protect himself?â Brian Robison (@Brian_Robison) March 20, 2013
I don't agree with the rule change but the way they're changing the game, it's only fair for a defender to have ONE rule in our favorâ Terrell Thomas (@TerrellThomas24) March 20, 2013