The NFL is trying to cut back on head injuries by increasing unnecessary roughness penalties, but NFL players old and new alike aren’t too pleased with them — especially defenders.
On Sunday, we saw two helmet-to-helmet shots penalized in the Patriots-Jaguars game. The first was on a play that Tom Brady appeared to duck down at the last second, before receiving a hit from Jeremy Mincey that drew a roughing the passer penalty. The second was a bang-bang play where Patrick Chung led with his shoulder and hit Cecil Shorts in the head as he was defenseless. Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham didn’t particularly like either flag, but he had a bigger problem with the hit on Brady.
Chatham thinks the window to hit a quarterback is getting too small, and that it’s becoming too difficult to play the game fast while staying within the rules. You can’t hit a quarterback low at the knees and you can’t hit him high in the head.
Watch Chatham discuss the new NFL rules with Dale Arnold and Kevin Faulk on NESN Daily.