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    Electric!! NFL: Too violent or Rukes changing the game too much?

    Interesting video discussing the latest round of violent hits in the NFL.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-networ...dled-correctly

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    Default Re: NFL: Too violent or Rukes changing the game too much?

    Interview with NFL VP of Rules enforcement & the fines dished out this week....

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-networ...r-safety-rules

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    It's kind of a tough thing for the officials to judge, given the speed of the game. A defensive back is running full speed at a wide receiver and intends to hit him in the chest. The WR sees the DB coming and tries to get on the ground as fast as possible. When the WR ducks his head down the DB kills him. That's a tough one to call.

    Having said that, there are a few occasions where the DB or LB clearly leads with the helmet, and that's a no-no.

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    This may sound crazy, but I think if they took away the new helmets, this would happen less. Back in the 70's or 80's helmets weren't as protective as they are now. That meant that the defensive player might get hurt just as bad as the dude he's hitting.

    A concussion happens not from the hit but from the sudden stop of the head. The head stops but the brain keeps moving and slams into the cranium which causes the concussion. Helmets today enable a defender to thrust his body like a torpedo into the unsuspecting wide reciever and continue going forward without any injury to himself. It's a different story for an offensive player who has the ball and is running with it because they both are taking the chance and therefore there should be no complaint. But, if helmets didn't protect the defender so much for hits on unsuspecting offensive players, these hits wouldn't happen as much.

    We all played tackle football in backyards without pads, growing up. How many of you went head first into another player? Probably not many because it was going to hurt you as much as him.

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    Default Re: NFL: Too violent or Rukes changing the game too much?

    Ditka was on the radio here in Tampa the other day stating just that: Go back to leather helmets & the concussion problem with "spearing" will go away.

    It seems that the "safer" helmets have just made players more reckless & when MILLIONS of dollars are on the line for these guys to keep their jobs they are still gonna do what they need to do to stop their opponent & win the game. Cuz the sport is about Ws not safety.

    When you average NFL career is 3 years & the average player makes about a million per year, thats a lot of money in a short time & can really change someone's life. Its an opportunity that many take on the risk of bodily injury to achieve. That competition for that kind of money can make people do stupid & nasty things. Hitting guys in their pocket book "seems" to be the only way to control them & even that doesn't do the trick.

    Unfortunately I think that it will take someone dying or being crippled for life before they really see that their measures aren't really gonna cut it.

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    Or you could go the opposite way and force everyone to wear Gazoo helmets.

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    Have to say I agree with Schlereth 100%. Scroll up from the comments to see the video. Sometimes stuff on that site are borderline NSFW, so be aware.

    http://boston.barstoolsports.com/ran...ople/#comments

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    Default Re: NFL: Too violent or Rukes changing the game too much?

    NSFW?
    As a player he has a point. It's called being Hypocritical, meaning the NFL makes $ from the violence while penalizing people for it. Thats BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kr1963 View Post
    NSFW?
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