Rams CB Aqib Talib calls new helmet rule changes ‘good for the game’
There has been a lot of uproar from the players about the new helmet rule changes although not everyone is against the new rule. Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib said on Thursday that the new rules are “good for the game.”
“They’re just trying to keep the game safe,” Talib said via ESPN. “Trying to keep guys healthy.”
Under the rules that changed this NFL offseason, a 15-yard penalty will be enforced if a player lowers their helmet when they go in for a tackle. Players can also be ejected if the hit is considered egregious enough and that is sure to cause even more controversy.
“They’re trying to have guys healthy when they retire,” Talib said. “So it’s good for the tackler, it’s good for the offensive guy.”
The NFL had their first taste of the new rule during the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night, and it caused a lot of controversies.
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— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) August 3, 2018
Twitter was up in arms about the new rules, and many were saying the NFL wouldn’t be able to survive if the new rules were enforced. There is a chance that the NFL could go back and try to change the rule after seeing it applied in game one but chances are the rule is here to stay. Players are going to just have to adjust to the change, and that is something Talib think they will do.
“They put an emphasis on something every year, so we’ve just go to adjust,” Talib said. “That’s why we’re pros. We adjust on the fly, we adapt to all kinds of situations.”