The NFL has announced a number rule changes this f-season, including a stricter helmet-hit rule that will penalize players who lead with the crown their helmets to initiate contact against an opponent on any play.
According to USA Today Sports, an NFL spokesman laid out the rule as such, “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field.” Such a hit would warrant a 15-yard penalty and the fender could be ejected from the game depending on the severity the hit.
Obviously, this had some NFL defenders scratching their heads. Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman questioned how players are supposed to tackle anymore.
San Francisco 49ers corner Richard Sherman called the new targeting rule "ridiculous."
Others, such as Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, also expressed concern over the rule.