In theory, the NFL’s new helmet rule was intended to make the game safer. Everyone agrees that’s a good thing. In implementation, however, confusion has been the overarching theme, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports reports.
Earlier this week, Eagles players were “frustrated” after meeting with NFL referees to get some clarity on what amounts to a version of college football’s targeting rule, one that also includes ejections.
“We were trying to ask questions to get a better understanding, and yet they couldn’t really give us an answer,” Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “They couldn’t give us what we were looking for.”
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was less diplomatic when asked about the rule that was instituted this offseason.
“It’s ridiculous,” Sherman told USAToday.com’s Jarrett Bell. “They’ll see how ridiculous it is, once they make the refs call it. It’s going to be worse than holding, worse than the catch rule. On a good form tackle, guys will lead with their shoulder pads, but you bring your head. It’s going to be a disaster.”