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T-Rich on crown rule: 'I feel like it's my fault'

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08:02 AM ET 03.21 | With his helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles safety Kurt Coleman submitted as Exhibit A to help pave the way for a new crown rule, Trent Richardson feels responsible for spoiling the game for his peers. "I feel like I made it bad for all the backs," Richardson told The Plain Dealer [Wednesday]. "I feel like it's my fault." He's fairly certain that his name will always be attached to the rule, which prohibits runners from using the crown of their helmets to fend off defenders in the open field. "People keep telling me it's the T-Rich rule," he said. "I guess I made history today." It's not exactly what Richardson wants named after him. "I know why they did it, but I won't say that I fully agree with it," he said.

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March 21, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Nobody likes this Rule, that's why they put it in!!!!

March 21, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Yeah, Trent , you play too hard. We don't want that in our league.
-signed, Roger Goodell

March 21, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Might as well eliminate helmets then.

March 21, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Might as well eliminate helmets then.

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March 21, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Might as well eliminate helmets then.

have run around in rugby scrum caps?

March 21, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

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omg, on one play, one poor baby got hurt. Quick, get the buble wrap!!!!

March 21, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Might as well eliminate helmets then.

That would improve everything... players would stop leading with their heads.

March 21, 2013  09:23 AM ET

This is the dummest move the NFL has made yet since hiring Roger "Rabbit" Goodell. Its alright for a Defensive back to wallop a receiver/running back with his shoulder/helmit to basicaly a defenseless receiver or running back but now they are saying a running back can not protect himself or deliver the same punishment back to the defense.
But it is OK to lower there head at the line of scrimmage .......sounds like the NFL is talking out of both sides of there mouth.

March 21, 2013  09:51 AM ET

So now we are gonna get running backs leading with their shoulders to get a few yards outside the tackle.... leading to more injuries for the RB.

March 21, 2013  10:19 AM ET

The rule that needs changing is the one seemingly allows runners to face mask the guy who is trying to tackle them . The old stiff arm to your face. That one makes no sense.

March 21, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This is the dummest move the NFL has made yet since hiring Roger "Rabbit" Goodell. Its alright for a Defensive back to wallop a receiver/running back with his shoulder/helmit to basicaly a defenseless receiver or running back but now they are saying a running back can not protect himself or deliver the same punishment back to the defense. But it is OK to lower there head at the line of scrimmage .......sounds like the NFL is talking out of both sides of there mouth.

The NFL hypocritical? Noooooooo. Say it ain't so.

March 21, 2013  10:37 AM ET

It is unfortunate that the young man thinks it is all his fault. He shouldn't carry that burden.

March 21, 2013  10:42 AM ET

He isn't going to last long playing like that.

March 21, 2013  10:44 AM ET

Every rule for many years now has been to the offensive players advantage. This one is not, that is why the RBs are wailing. You don't here any defensive players moaning about it.

March 21, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Oh my. Somebody sure feels important.

March 21, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This is the dummest move the NFL has made yet since hiring Roger "Rabbit" Goodell. Its alright for a Defensive back to wallop a receiver/running back with his shoulder/helmit to basicaly a defenseless receiver or running back but now they are saying a running back can not protect himself or deliver the same punishment back to the defense. But it is OK to lower there head at the line of scrimmage .......sounds like the NFL is talking out of both sides of there mouth.

Earl Campbell doesn't agree with you
his style of play, alot of lowering the head, is part of the reason he can barely walk anymore.

March 21, 2013  12:06 PM ET
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Earl Campbell doesn't agree with youhis style of play, alot of lowering the head, is part of the reason he can barely walk anymore.

Jim Brown did not lower his head either, it was a fore-arm that cleared his way,there are many players from the past who can't walk hardly and most of them are not RB's so that is a moot point.

March 21, 2013  01:22 PM ET
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omg, on one play, one poor baby got hurt. Quick, get the buble wrap!!!!

I know, right. Too bad Coleman didn't suffer a brain hemorrhage right on the field. Then he would have excuse to whine like a sissy. For his salary, he should feel privileged to die for our enjoyment. Why at this rate, we won't ever get to see a death on the field. Damn **** turning our beloved game into a spring dance.

March 21, 2013  01:25 PM ET
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Earl Campbell doesn't agree with youhis style of play, alot of lowering the head, is part of the reason he can barely walk anymore.

Unfortunately, for the average fan its not about game strategy and play execution, its about seeing grown men beat each other into a stupor. The average NFL fan is much like the casual NASCAR fan...he only really watches for the fiery wrecks. That's why a 30 minute highlight film contains 22 minutes of guys getting their heads ripped off.

 
March 21, 2013  01:40 PM ET
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Thanks for posting the T Rich run. I think it shows what a good running back is going to do when he gets in traffic: lower your head and get what you can. Forearm? What happened to both hands on the ball in traffic?

It's surprising Goodell doesn't have knee problems with all the jerking he's been giving them.

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