I mentioned the other day about a proposed rule change where running backs can no longer lead with a helmet.
Matt forte has thrown his opinion regarding the change into the mix. Forte wrote on Twitter that he thinks it's ridiculous to tell running backs that they can't lead with the crown of their helmets. According to Forte, lowering the shoulders is a vital part of breaking tackles. It is literally and physically impossible to lower your shoulders without lowering your head.
"The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I've ever heard of." says Forte. "In order to lower your shoulder you obviously have to lower your head. It's a way of protecting yourself from a tackler and a way to break tackles. You can't change the instinctive nature of running the football."
This is the feeling of most running backs out there. It was recently brought up with Emmitt Smith you totally agrees with Matt Forte on the issue. "You've absolutely lost your mind." says Emmitt Smith. "As a running back, it's almost impossible. The first thing you do is get behind your shoulder pads. That means you're leaning forward and the first part of contact that's going to take place is your head, regardless."
Of all the NFL's proposed rule changes for 2013, this one has been met with the most criticism, and will likely be subject of a fierce debate during league meetings.