In the offseason, the NFL’s competition committee enacted a new rule that prevents players from leading with their helmets aimed at lowering head injuries.
Here is the exact wording in the NFL’s rulebook.
“It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.” The rule applies to all players on the field at all times, and contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area; lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips or lower body is also a penalty (loss of 15 yards).
The new rule has caused plenty of controversy considering that referees have been fairly aggressive in enforcing it during the preseason.
Last night, Niners Raheem Mostert was flagged for unnecessary roughness despite the fact that it appeared that he made a picture perfect tackle on the play.
Here’s a still shot of the tackle made by Mostert.
Outspoke Niners corner back Richard Sherman took to Twitter this morning to blast the new rules for being “idiotic” and unrealistic.
Can’t say that Sherman is wrong.