Alec Ogletree isn’t towards the brand new rule that penalizes gamers for main with their helmets to any a part of the physique. He understands the aim behind it and believes it might reduce concussions and head accidents.
However the Giants’ new center linebacker additionally thinks it’ll make his job tougher.
“It’s a troublesome place to place the protection in for positive,” Ogletree stated after Wednesday’s coaching camp observe. “It’s one thing you simply must take care of. It’s an offensive-driven league. Us defensive guys, now we have to attempt to regulate our approach of taking part in the sport.”
On Wednesday, the NFL launched a truth sheet in regards to the new rule that was handed in March. League officers have been visiting groups throughout coaching camp to coach gamers about it, and they’re scheduled to be at Giants camp on Thursday. With participant security in thoughts, it’s now a 15-yard penalty if a participant lowers his head to make contact with an opponent’s helmet or neck space. Likewise, a participant can not decrease his head to provoke contact with an opponent’s torso, hips or decrease physique. It applies wherever on the sector, not simply in open-space performs, and it may well result in an ejection if:
- 1. A participant lowers his helmet to determine a linear physique posture previous to initiating and making contact with the helmet.
- 2. There’s an unobstructed path to his opponent.
- 3. Contact is clearly avoidable and the participant delivering the blow had different choices
“These new guidelines will assist the offense get open some form of approach,” Ogletree stated. “As [defensive players], it’s a must to study to regulate and proceed to do your job the easiest way you may.”
Huge Blue defensive deal with Damon “Snacks” Harrison stated he doesn’t count on the brand new rule to affect the way in which he performs. He tries to not use his head and does suppose it’ll reduce head accidents. Nevertheless it might result in extra lower-body accidents, as a result of gamers will attempt to keep away from hitting excessive.
“I feel they’ll must decrease the goal, which can trigger extra accidents,” he stated.
As for Ogletree’s concern in regards to the rule impacting defensive gamers, Harrison can see it. Defensive backs will likely be challenged essentially the most, he stated, as they go for passes within the air.
“I hope they get on these offensive linemen for main with their helmets, too, however that’s one other factor,” Harrison stated. “I feel it’ll be good if it’ll assist restrict head accidents.”