NFL’s Rule of Helmet to Helmet: Needs to Re Reviewed.

Before you throw the flag, review it.

Every year the NFL always changes or adds some type of new rule to the book and then as a result it causes confusion to the players, coaches, and referees. The only difference is that this rule, helmet to helmet contact, has been around.

The NFL’s rule of helmet to helmet hits is a long very confusing process that defines a very fine line of what’s right and what’s wrong. So here’s a short summary of it: A defenseless player will be defined as a quarterback in the act of passing, A wide receiver in the act of making a catch, a kick or punt returner in the act of making a catch, a runner who is in the grass or whose forward progress has been stopped, a player on the ground at the end of the play, a QB after a change of possession, and a kicker or punter after the ball is kicked. Violations will result in a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

Confusing right? We know, and the worst part is that the above paragraph is only just a summary. The helmet to helmet rule which is very detailed in length has caused so much confusion and controversy in the NFL that referees can’t even get right.

Last week during three games, the Cleveland Browns vs. the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings, and the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars all had a helmet to helmet penalty called in their game and after further review, the penalty flag should’ve never have been thrown.

In the Cleveland, Seattle game a flag was thrown in the first quarter for unnecessary roughness when Seattle safety, Kam Chancellor made what appeared to be a sack on Colt McCoy forcing the Browns to a fourth down but instead was ruled as a helmet to helmet hit, resulting in a 15 yard penalty, automatic first down.

Perfect hit, right from behind, right between the numbers, no penalty at all.

As you can clearly see from the picture above, Chancellor’s head is no where near McCoy’s head therefore there should’ve been no penalty, fourth down for Cleveland. Chancellor did everything right on the play, he timed it perfectly, hit McCoy from behind and most importantly he hit him right in the numbers; a perfect tackle/sack that shouldn’t have resulted in a penalty.

Next up was a 3rd down and 13 for the Vikings when Clay Mathews rushed Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. While rushing Ponder it appeared that Mathews first was blocked in the back before he recovered and eventually appeared to tackle Ponder. The referee felt differently as he threw the flag and a 15 yard penalty was tacked on. Broadcaster Troy Aikman felt differently about it too as he said, “I don’t know about that — I think that’s a bad call.”

Again perfect hit between the numbers, no penalty. If anything there should've been a penalty thrown for block in the back on the Vikings.

As you can see from the picture above there’s no helmet to helmet contact at all. You can clearly see that Mathews (in the white) makes a perfect tackle on Ponder (in the purple) right between the numbers.

Last but certainly not least was on Monday night on a controversial game changing drive. The Jaguars had the ball on a 3rd and 7 where the pass was thrown to running back Deji Karim over the middle where safety Bernard Pollard landed a tackle on Karim forcing him to drop the ball. The play was then ruled as an unnecessary roughness call, helmet to helmet, 15 yard penalty automatic first down. The Jaguars would go onto make a field goal on that drive in what may have changed the game which gave the Jaguars the win.

As seen in the video Pollard lands a clean tackle right in between the numbers of Karim not connecting with his helmet at all. ESPN analyst, John Gruden couldn’t have said it any better “It’s just football.”

Now to the referees defense, making the right call in the moment of it all happening is very hard to do, don’t get me wrong. However,  since it’s such a complex, very detailed rule, in the event of a helmet to helmet contact, the referee(s) should huddle together and review the play in the replay booth to make sure the call their making is correct.

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It’s Official Lebron James is Going To the NFL: Now It’s Just A Matter of Where

Where will James go?

During the NBA Lockout Miami Heat forward Lebron James has been playing football with his former high school team, St. Vincent-St. Mary. James has been practicing with the team in full pads which as a result has gained the attention of the media and has started a question, is Lebron James going to switch sports and play football?

On Tuesday, October 4th after finishing up a practice with his former high school team James tweeted, “Just got done practicing with the St.V Varsity football team, full pads and all.. Felt great being back on the field. Should I?”

“Should I?” A question that James was hinting towards; should he play football. The tweet immediately spread by users re-tweeting and responding to James tweet as everyone was shocked that this “football thing” was going this far.

Fast forward to Monday; David Stern addressed the media that the NBA was canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season due to the owners and players not coming to an agreement. “I’m sorry to report…that the first two weeks of the season have been canceled,” Stern told reporters outside the New York hotel in which the sides met. “We depart on good terms with negotiators. We just have a gulf that separates us.”

Stern would also go onto add, “We remain very, very far apart on virtually all issues.”

James would respond to the news by tweeting, “I wanna sincerely say sorry to all the fans! It’s a sad day for all of us, especially u guys! There’s no US w/o You. loveuguys.”

Though that wouldn’t be all for number six as the following day James would ask ESPN’s John Clayton, “When is the deadline for a team to sign a free agent?”

So does this mean that Lebron James is considering playing football this season in the NFL? It seems that way indeed, strike one: Lebron James practices with his former high school football team in full pads, strike two: James asks the fans if he should play football, strike three: James asks ESPN’s John Clayton when the free agent deadline is. Those three strikes are all leading up to what could possibly be another decision; to play or not to play? That is the question.

Now let’s just say that James decides to play, where would he go?

Buffalo Bills: Why not? They’re hot and on fire and the addition of Lebron James to their football team couldn’t hurt them at all, it would only help them. Now say that James doesn’t live up to the hype and can’t play, then their back in the same situation that they were in before except with a bigger fan base.

Miami Dolphins: Wouldn’t that be something, Lebron James takes his talents to South Beach again. James could really fit into their offense and at 0-4 what’s the worse that could happen?

Cleveland Browns: A coming home party? How would Cleveland react is the big question…would they let him back or would they boo? However James would make a nice fit in Cleveland at either the receiver or even a tight end position.

Chicago Bears: The city of Chicago took part in a transition like this before when Michael Jordan left basketball to play for the Chicago White Sox, so why not again? Let’s face it when your running back is your leading your receiver you know that you’re in trouble.

Devin Hester, isn’t going to work out maybe he’ll break a long one here or there but he’s a return specialist not a receiver. Then too Jonny Knox; he’s not bad but he shouldn’t be a number one receiver on any team. Then to Roy Williams; reunited with Mike Martz and expected to have the season of his career, well six receptions, 81 yards, and zero touchdowns doesn’t sound that great to me.

San Francisco 49ers: On the west coast, in California, which has Lebron James written all over it. The 49ers need a receiver because who knows when Braylon Edwards is coming back, Josh Morgan has a broken a leg, Michael Crabtree is basically getting paid for free and that’s about it. So lace them up big fella because San Fran is just a phone call away.

Seattle Seahawks:

Pete Carroll and Lebron James are doing more than just tweeting, they’re actually talking and what their talking about, is James suiting up in Seattle. With two good receivers as their starters it wouldn’t seem to make any sense to bring in Lebron James, but it does; it makes perfect sense. Not only will he bring some talent, but he’s going to bring media, fans, and more.

Other teams: Dallas Cowboys- Jerry Jones is all about signing big name players that bring attention to his football team and with that being James’s favorite team, the two sides might just work something out.

Tennessee Titans- It could happen, while it’s very low, it could happen. Another injury or two and James could just slide his way in there.

Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons.

Now James wouldn’t be the first player to make the move from basketball to football as there has been players to do so such as Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. However the only problem is, James has been away from the game of football for about eight years and just ask anyone that’s a long time so it’s very questionable if he would be any good. However that’s why James has been preparing for the move, by practicing with his former high school.

As of right now James hasn’t signed with a team or talked with any yet, because he’s trying to find an agent which he’s doing right now. Give it about another two weeks and if the lockout is still in tack which it should be, you will be seeing James in a football jersey.

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