NFL reportedly to discuss helmet-rule tweaks Wednesday

The NFL will spend the majority of a previously scheduled Wednesday conference call discussing the league's new helmet rule and how to tweak or improve it, according to multiple reports Monday.

The rule -- which penalizes a player for lowering the helmet with intent to initiate contact -- has been a source of confusion and frustration for players, coaches and fans alike through the first half of the preseason. The conference call could lead to some simplification.

Pro Football Talk reported that tweaks could include limiting the application of the rule to the top or crown of the helmet (it currently applies to all parts of the helmet), or requiring forcible helmet contact, which would eliminate penalties for incidental contact or glancing blows from the side. PFT adds that replay review could be added as a failsafe.

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ESPN reported that NFL vice president of officials Al Riveron will make revisions after the preseason to the video tutorial that has been sent to officials, coaches and players, helping them better understand what plays will and won't be called in the regular season.

NFL players sound off against new helmet rule
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NFL players sound off against new helmet rule
@LRiddickESPN Welcome to NFL football. More offense is all they want. That’s why the calls go the way they do.
There is no “make adjustment” to the way you tackle. Even in a perfect form tackle the body is led by the head. T…
@RSherman_25 The fact that rule changes are made without the thought of asking the player who PLAY is baffling to me. Dumb dumb dumbbbbbb
These penalties are getting ridiculous. Tough to take someone to the ground without landing on them, whipping them…
Just bring out the flags and play flag football smfh
I’m glad I’m not playing right about now...might as well play flag football.🤦🏿‍♂️SMH
Wow. This Helmet lowering rule is really TRASH! Safeties are literally helpless. #Eagles vs #Patriots.
Man these rules in the NFL right now...I don’t get it
....... uhhh.....
Out of control
CHANGE THE RULE!! Or ease up off the Gas peddle with throwing them flags!
Man these NFL hits that are being flagged are comical smh
The @NFL is majorly screwing things up! 🤷🏻‍♂️
That’s a picture perfect tackle. Slips head to the side at the last second!
If plays like this are gonna be called during the regular season the @NFL is going to have another big time controv…

ESPN also quoted a source saying the reaction to the rule has been "predictable hysteria" because of how new it is, with another source expecting a "probable three-year" adjustment to the rule changes.

The rule was added this offseason to improve player safety, but players and coaches have been vocal about their confusion.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told The Athletic on Monday, the rule is "going to cost some people some jobs. Playoffs, jobs, the whole bit, I guess."

One of Zimmer's players, hard-hitting safety Andrew Sendejo, expressed his disdain for the rule earlier this month, wearing a hat bearing the words "Make Football Violent Again."

--Field Level Media

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