Aaron Rodgers, Packers making progress on deal
Confusion and uncertainty continues to exist regarding the manner in which the NFL’s new helmet rules will apply.
As written, the rule that prohibits the lowering of the helmet and initiating contact with the helmet applies anywhere and everywhere, including at the line of scrimmage. The rule that prohibits ramming, butting, or spearing with any portion of the helmet except when incidental to conventional blocking and tackling applies anywhere and everywhere, including at the line of scrimmage. And the fact sheet recently distributed by the NFL makes clear the reality that, even though it may be hard for officials to see the instances among the scrum of bodies that collide at the snap, the rules still apply there.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes otherwise.
“That’s not what they’re after,” McCarthy told reporters on Thursday regarding the helmet-to-helmet contact that will occur when a running back trying to convert on third and short drops…