Uneven Hall Of Fame Game For Revised Helmet Rule Shows Enforcement Might Be Challenge
It was an uneven night for the NFL in its first taste of the updated run proposing to remove the head protector from handles.
On the whole, four punishments were called under the modified run in Thursday night’s Hall of Fame Game preseason-opening 17-16 triumph for the Baltimore Ravens over the Chicago Bears. While the initial two calls were clear infringement, the accompanying two were more subtle and featured the troubles that may come in authorizing the administer in 2018.
The principal occasion occurred less than five minutes into the amusement.
With 10:31 remaining in the principal quarter, Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor was hailed 15 yards for an individual foul for driving with his protective cap. In the play, Onwuasor brought down his head as he thrusted into Bears running back Benny Cunningham, while Cunningham was being brought around Ravens linebacker Anthony Levine.
The second time it was the Ravens once more, when linebacker Kamalei Correa drove with his head protector to handle Bears recipient Tanner Gentry from the get-go in the second from last quarter.
Only a couple of minutes after the fact, the Bears were required an individual foul superfluous harshness, however the infraction wasn’t as clear as in the initial two cases in the amusement. Chicago cornerback Deiondre’ Hall was hailed as he propelled upwards to handle Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst to separate a pass. In spite of the fact that Hall’s make a beeline for Hurst, it resembled Hall’s shoulder may have started the contact.
“All things considered, I’ll be straightforward, the one at last zone is an outrageously intense require those authorities,” Bears mentor Matt Nagy said after the session of Hall’s punishment. “It’s hard. It’s hard. So as long as they disclose it to us, which is the thing that they did, that is whatever we can request. We’ve quite recently got the opportunity to do our best to educate our folks about what’s appropriate from off-base.”
The last punishment came in the final quarter against the Ravens — another pointless unpleasantness — this one against cornerback Bennett Jackson, who pigeon to make a handle against Bears tight end Daniel Brown, brushing his protective cap against Brown’s chest.