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Giants RB blasts 'stupid' rule

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08:04 AM ET 03.22 | Add David Wilson to the list of critics taking aim on the new crown rule. [Wilson] had watched his YouTube highlights before. But never like this. During a quiet moment at Boost Mobile's "Shrink Hunger" community event on Thursday in Harlem, the Giants' running back huddled over his smartphone, staring at his running form, focused on the position of his helmet. All of this because of a new NFL rule change that Wilson said was "stupid." ... It's a regulation aimed at player safety, but to Wilson, it makes no sense. "It's stupid," he told the Daily News. "Runners, when you run, you're automatically tilted. Even a track runner, when they cross the finish line, the first thing there is their head. ... It's a stupid rule."

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David Wilson, US Presswire David Wilson, US Presswire
March 22, 2013  08:33 AM ET

The NFL may be unleashing the law of unintended consequences with this rule. Change a ball carrier's running style and it will result in fewer hits to the head, but more hits to other parts of the body, equally as vulnerable (knees, lower spine), and maybe the trend changes from head injuries to a rash of knee injuries. It's a big experiment and it will take a couple of years to see how it turns out.

March 22, 2013  08:37 AM ET

We will all have to just wait and see how it is enforced. My guess is that unless it is in the open field and flagrant, then it will not be called. Just like offensive holding, happens every play and rarely called.

March 22, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Agreed. By making backs run holding their heads higher it will also slow them down and make it harder to avoid contact. It's harder to pull through a stride with head and back up and it's harder to move side to side in that same position. I'm sure they had "experts" study the result of changing the natural running position but they were paid by the NFL to agree so yes, we'll see how it shakes out.

March 22, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Yet another "brilliant" idea from the puddle of Goodells' leadership. I hear they're experimenting with bubble wrap as well.

March 22, 2013  08:55 AM ET

It is only a rule if someone enforces it, and after the pre season is done it will rarely be called. It will take a hat on hat hit that is obviously intended. A new rule was not necessary, it could have been enforced under the old rule book. Jeesh!

March 22, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It is only a rule if someone enforces it, and after the pre season is done it will rarely be called. It will take a hat on hat hit that is obviously intended. A new rule was not necessary, it could have been enforced under the old rule book. Jeesh!

Let's hope you're right. The first time a back hits a safety five yards down field for a first down at a key point in the game and the ref calls him for illegal contact there's gonna be a riot in the stands.

March 22, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Let's hope you're right. The first time a back hits a safety five yards down field for a first down at a key point in the game and the ref calls him for illegal contact there's gonna be a riot in the stands.

But, the back would have been called for a penalty under the old rules anyway. I think that's the point.

March 22, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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But, the back would have been called for a penalty under the old rules anyway. I think that's the point.

Any penalty for such plays was already there. I don't think it will be a big deal, besides, most of these guys run out of bounds anyways. We shall see.

March 22, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Yes it is a stupid rule but the only people to blame for this are the players and former players. Their own stupidity is coming to bite them in the rear end.

March 22, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Any penalty for such plays was already there. I don't think it will be a big deal, besides, most of these guys run out of bounds anyways. We shall see.

they can go to the Earl Campbell School of Stiffarm

March 22, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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We will all have to just wait and see how it is enforced. My guess is that unless it is in the open field and flagrant, then it will not be called. Just like offensive holding, happens every play and rarely called.

I disagree. I think it will be called like the "defenseless" WR rule where it seems like every hit on a WR results in a first down and is part of the reason all the offeenses are almost impoosible to stop. The NFL is on the road to irrelevancy with these rule changes.

March 22, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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they can go to the Earl Campbell School of Stiffarm

They cant do like Big Earl because theres only one Earl Campbell.

March 22, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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They cant do like Big Earl because theres only one Earl Campbell.

This would be penalized now

March 22, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

they can go to the Earl Campbell School of Stiffarm

That looked more like shoulder and brute strength to me than stiffarm.

March 22, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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This would be penalized now

There isn't any penalty on that play. It's just Earl running over Isiah Robertson. In that same game he also knocked the safety Bill Simpson out the game with a chest bruise.

March 22, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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They cant do like Big Earl because theres only one Earl Campbell.

EXACTLY!!!

March 22, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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That looked more like shoulder and brute strength to me than stiffarm.

WORD!! He threw the guy back five yards! DAMN!

March 22, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This would be penalized now

Nice. Otis Anderson had no problem with it either. good vid. Thanks.

March 22, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

they can go to the Earl Campbell School of Stiffarm

Earl was a BEAST....

 
March 22, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Games are going to take longer and longer because now they'll replay to see if the runner lowered his head or the defender dropped down.......it's a giant cluster****. Why can't all players just sign a waiver that says they won't ever sue the NFL for allowing them to play football the way it's supposed to be played?

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