Jacksonville Jaguars security Barry Church has reservations concerning the NFL’s new rule that prohibits reducing one’s helmet to provoke contact.
The league accredited the brand new rule on Tuesday, revising the earlier one which had lined gamers utilizing “the crown of the helmet.”
The transfer, designed to reduce such harmful helmet-to-helmet contact, has unspecified language permitting for ejection, and the competitors committee is anticipated to work out a extra detailed clarification on the league’s conferences in Might. Some earlier language was faraway from the rule, requiring the motion be taken “violently or unnecessarily.”
Church contends that the brand new rule will end in a rash of penalties — as in, one on practically each play.
“I do not perceive it as a result of, as a defender, once you’re getting into for a deal with, your first intuition — you bought to decrease your self to get your pads even with the participant’s pads,” Church stated on 103.three FM ESPN in Dallas, through the Dallas Morning Information.
“So that you’re telling me should you’re a defender that should decrease your pads to get extra leverage on a participant, and the working again goes low to guard himself, and also you guys hit one another, hit him with the helmet or no matter — are they only going to throw a flag principally each single play?”
Church did not cease there, noting the chance for penalty flags to be tossed on working performs between the tackles.
“I imply, it occurs within the trenches each single play,” Church stated. “The working again comes by means of the opening, he lowers his head, lowers his physique, and so does the defender making an attempt to get leverage on him. It is principally throwing a flag each play, you’ll be able to if you wish to. It is form of like holds. It is robust. That is robust on defenders.”
Church was flagged and fined for delivering a concussion to New England Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski within the AFC Championship sport.
The 30-year-old Church recorded 74 tackles, 4 interceptions and 1.5 sacks in 16 video games final season with the Jaguars. He spent his earlier seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.