First off I know the OT rule has been discussed and that is not what I'm talking about here. I'm here to ask what you all think about the rule about the refs blowing a play dead if the ball carriers helmet comes off. I have to say I don't like it. After all this would not have been a 1st down had this rule been in place at the time.
Go to around the 1:10 mark and I think you will all know what I am talking about. I understand the importance of safety and do not wish injuries on any player. I do, however think that they are starting to make the game a bit vanilla. Join me after the jump and I will explain my thoughts and ask you my fellow fans for your thoughts as well.
By vanilla I mean they are putting so many rules in that I think it is starting to take away from the game of football as it is meant to be played. They have rules protecting the receiver/ball carrier that don't allow the defensive players to do their jobs the way they were trained. Same with the don't hit the QB below the knee (i.e the Tom Brady rule). Also the rule about no more three man wedges on kicks. Those are just a few examples.
For now I'm just talking about the helmet rule. This is football and big hits are part of the game, yet they are saying if the ball carrier looses his helmet the play is dead at that spot. Where is the hero with the guts to keep going, like Hill in the above video, going to get their accolades? Why is it just the ball carrier? Linemen loose their helmets quite often but yet no stoppage of play for that? Whats next if a player looses his shoe the play is blown dead?
Don't get me wrong I again say I don't wish to see any player injured. However I do like to see the big hits, the guys that go for it even without helmets or with a missing shoe, it shows me guts and courage, heck I even like (and miss) TD celebrations.
What do you all think on this matter? Let us know your thoughts.