Chicago Bear Matt Forte isn't mincing words. In light of a potential new rule from the NFL, Forte is calling the proposed helmet rule “absurd.” Sports World Report shared the details of the new rule and the reaction it is receiving on March 18.
The new rule would restrict running backs or ball carriers from lowering their helmet on a defender. Matt Forte calls the helmet rule “absurd,” tweeting that lowering one's shoulder and head is the way players protect themselves and break tackles. He says it's the instinctive way of running the football, and even non-football players can nod in agreement on that one.
The NFL's possible rule change has also gotten a reaction from Hall of Fame player Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. Smith says, “You're telling me I have to keep my head up so he can take my chin off? You've absolutely lost your mind.” One might wonder if those making the NFL rules have actually played the game. As Forte points out, this positioning is largely instinct, and it seems it would be nearly impossible to force players to change the habit.
Is the NFL off the mark on this proposed rule? Should running backs not be allowed to lower their helmet on a defender? Or is Matt Forte right when he says the proposed helmet rule is absurd?