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Old 03-17-2013   #1
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Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith didn't mince any words when asked about a potential NFL rule change on Thursday.
If the league's competition committee approves a rule outlawing contact that is initiated by the crown of the helmet, Smith says that will be proof that the league "has lost" its "mind.
Twenty four of 32 votes are needed to pass the safety-minded rule, which would apply to players on both sides of the ball when contact is made outside the tackle box. The vote will be made at next week's owners meetings in Phoenix.
Smith, the league's all-time rushing leader who fought for every one of his 18,355 yards, will apparently be watching with much interest.

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“If I’m a running back and I’m running into a linebacker, you’re telling me I have to keep my head up so he can take my chin off?’’ Smith said Thursday in an exclusive interview with Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. “You’ve absolutely lost your mind.’’
“As a running back, it’s almost impossible (to not lower your head),’’ said the Dallas Cowboys legend. “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."
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Telling RBs they can't lower their heads is just silly.
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith:NFL (rules) has lost their mind

There are going to be alot of knockouts when the RBs start taking it in the chin.
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith:NFL (rules) has lost their mind

How many plays would this have effected last season? I'm guessing only a handful
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Default Re: Emmitt Smith:NFL (rules) has lost their mind

They are talking about plays like the infamous Earl Campbell one. It rarely happens.
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How many plays would this have effected last season? I'm guessing only a handful
Prety much every run up the middle where the RB is trying to get just a few yards. Also will eliminate some of theood hits on defense that seperate players rom the ball.

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Default Re: Emmitt Smith:NFL (rules) has lost their mind

It sucks but it is only fair for defenders.

Defenders can't lower their head so why should any one else be able to?
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Prety much every run up the middle where the RB is trying to get just a few yards. Also will eliminate some of theood hits on defense that seperate players rom the ball.

I love football but i am starting to hate the NFL
If these changes pass, it will open the door for a new league to start up with the old rules and the NFL will eventually lose alot of its popularity.

The new league will have players sign waivers. The USFL almost became competitive with the NFL as a fall league.

The NFL owners/God'ell think they're bulletproof and are protecting themselves from having to pay out big $$$$ in lawsuits. They probably are going to have to pay out big $$$$ anyway and are going to destroy the integrity of the game. But their shortsidedness is going to create competition within the market. The greedy owners just need to pay the former players off and make the lawsuits go away, or God'ell/owners risk killing the golden goose.
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I don't ever recall Foster lowering his head in the open field.

He ducks and dives, runs out of bounds at the end of a run, I don't recall him lowering his head. He abstains from contact as much as possible.

Did Schefter mean to type Adrian Peterson?

SMH. Am I the crazy one here?
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