It's interesting to me that Gregg Easterbrook, who writes TMQ for ESPN page 2, has not only been harping for years about the NFL's "mostly hot air" approach to concussions and how helmet spears are rarely flagged, he's also been blasting his own employer for how their announcers and journalists cover such hits.
Here's one of his weekly articles from last month where he devoted most of his space to the subject:
I know this was a pretty regular topic for him all last season as well, although at that time he was mostly focusing on helmet improvements and mouthpieces.
Personally, I think on this particular type of hit I favor much stricter enforcement. I love the violence of football, but I don't need to see a guy unconscious on the field. Plenty of exciting collisions occur without the need to spear a guy with a helmet.
So whaddaya you guys think - much stiffer penalties and suspensions for intentionally leading with helmet good, or bad?
More frequent flags and stiffer penalties for helmet as weapon calls....
Sissy stuff (55 votes)
Overdue (92 votes)
147 total votes