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Multiple times the past couple days has a player's helmet come off because the opposing team has pushed it off after the whistle, yet the player who lost his helmet still has to come off for one play, even if the team calls a TO.
Once again, a rule change isnt implemented properly. These refs arent going to call penalties on a sneaky player who gets the other team's star player's helmet off. Its another thing that will screw a team out of a game.
Just mentioned the rule to my doctor wife. She thinks its great. I think it is a good thought, but poorly planned out for the reason you mentioned. Instead, you should sit out if the refs see you aren't using your chin strap...not if some douchepouch knocks your helmet off in a scrum.
Could you imagine us being down by 5 with 10 seconds left. We are on the goal line and on a 3rd down play we try to sneak and LT gets stopped and at the bottom of the pile the other team pulls his helmet off and then he has to come off for the last play...I definitely can.
The rule is a joke. I know it is for safety reasons but it is still ridiculous.
Thats essentially what came to mind after seeing it several times already this weekend. No telling the outrage that would occur. They dont even give the option of calling a TO to bypass the rule like they do for ACTUAL INJURIES.
The better question is why are the helmets coming off so damn easy?
Thank you! You'd think with all the money spent on helmet R&D they'd have set aside a portion for figuring out how to make one that stays on your head.
That is something I've talked about for a couple of years now. Since teams have switch to the Air pump type hemets, there has been a marked increased of them coming off. At least that's my thoughts on the matter.
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