The NFL competition committee has proposed six rules changes for the upcoming season at the owner’s meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The proposal that has generated the most discussion is the one aiming to eliminate players initiating contact with the crown of their helmets.
“I think even what they’ve tried to do on defense, they’ve tried to eliminate the crown of the head,” Head Coach John Fox said. “That’s in essence using the helmet as a weapon. Instead of just relegating it to the defense, now they are relegating it to the offense because they saw examples of it.”
Fox said it wasn’t a surprise that the NFL is looking into this rule change based on the recent emphasis on player safety.
“It’s just basically eliminating that crown-leading type of blow of the head,” he said. “They’ve been teaching that for years on defense to get away from that because it is very potentially dangerous, especially for the neck area.”