Is NFL Contradicting Itself with new Flagrant Hits Ruling?
The NFL will immediately begin suspending players for dangerous and flagrant hits, particularly those involving helmets. The NFL said such discipline will be in place for this weekend's games.
We saw several vicious hits this weekend in both the pro and college ranks (a Rutgers player is in ICU in critical condition). This after the league has had more conversations than ever before about when players should return to the field following a concussion.
But is the NFL contradicting itself? Essentially, the NFL is sending out a message that it wants to protect its players with this new rule, but at the same time, NFL owners are negotiating to add 2 more regular season games to the schedule - even more opportunity for vicious hits to take place and for injuries to occur.
The other thing I wonder about is whether or not defensive players - who only operate at full speed and are faster and stronger than ever before - will be able to all of a sudden train themselves to "pull up" by this weekend?
I get the "helmet to helmet" rule when a receiver is catching the ball. But there is a grey area that will be very confusing for all other hits deemed "egregious" that will result in a fine.
What are your thoughts on the new rule? Are you in favor of it or do you think its an overreaction by the NFL after a particularly hard hitting weekend this past weekend?