The NFL has implemented a new rule for 2018 that lays out a very specific way players are required to tackle, and the always outspoken Richard Sherman was well, outspoken, about it over the weekend saying defenders have absolutely no chance of adhering to it—at least not the ones that are playing what we call football.
After one of his teammates was flagged for unnecessary roughness in a preseason game for violating the new rule, Sherman took to Twitter and unloaded on the NFL with this challenge:
“To all those [people] including those who made the rule. I want a video of YOU running full speed and being led by anything but your head while also attempting to bring down a moving target. You will soon realize it’s impossible.”
And this, well, I’d call it a complaint but this is actually more of a factoid from the Stanford grad:
“There is no ‘make adjustment’ to the way you tackle. Even in a perfect form tackle the body is led by the head. The rule is idiotic And should be dismissed immediately. When you watch rugby players tackle they are still lead by their head. Will be flag football soon.”
The NFL can still alter the rule before the regular season, but as of now the league expects players to either lead with their facemask or not use the head at all while tackling—which are both ridiculous and nearly impossible.
Until then, NFL players have to choose between violating the rules of the NFL or violating the rules of physics.
Source: Larry Brown Sports
There is no “make adjustment” to the way you tackle. Even in a perfect form tackle the body is led by the head. The rule is idiotic And should be dismissed immediately. When you watch rugby players tackle they are still lead by their head. Will be flag football soon.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) August 19, 2018