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dplank wrote: Fri Mar 29, 2024 6:04 pm Did they do anything rules wise about the tush push, or generally having players push an offensive player forward scrum style?
I don’t believe so, but I expect Philly won’t be so good at it without kelce anchoring in front of the QB.
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What's with this hip drop tackle talk. I keep seeing it talked about.
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mmmc_35 wrote: Sun Mar 31, 2024 8:44 pm What's with this hip drop tackle talk. I keep seeing it talked about.
Looks like a disaster in the making, players are pretty uniformly pissed off about it. I can't explain the tackle technique exactly, but it comes from chasing behind a guy then grabbing around his waist and lifting your legs up to generate pressure and landing on the back of their legs - something along those lines. It's good to get plays out that cause injuries, but this will be very hard to referee and will lead to mistakes.
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mmmc_35 wrote: Sun Mar 31, 2024 8:44 pm What's with this hip drop tackle talk. I keep seeing it talked about.
It's when a defender wraps up an offensive player on the side or from behind, generally around the waist, then drops their hips becoming dead-weight while trapping the legs of the defender underneath.

This is the best video example I could find.

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I get the tackles. We called it an ohlay tackle.

I should have been more clear. This technique doesnt seem to cause injuries. It's a completely natural move. Why would they ban it.
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NFL approves more helmets specifically for quarterbacks, linemen
By Patrick Finley

The NFL will feature eight more position-specific helmets in 2024, with the goal of protecting players from impacts most likely to occur at quarterback and offensive and defensive line.

Linemen have had the option of choosing their own unique design for two years, quarterbacks for one. This year, linemen will have six more choices, quarterbacks two.

“The growing availability of position-specific helmets is a central part of our effort to provide players with the best possible protection for their position,” Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president of player health and safety, said in a statement Tuesday. “Quarterbacks and linemen will have a range of tailored helmets available to them, with more positions to come in the next couple of years."

The league is adding 12 new helmets across all positions, with cooperation from the NFLPA. Five of them tested better in a laboratory setting than any others in league history. It's mothballing six helmets because of poor testing.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/bears/2024 ... nemen-2024
Any improvement in equipment design to help mitigate the risk to players even to a small degree is always a positive step.

I wonder if the new QB helmet designs attempt to address the issue of concussions caused by the back of the the QB's head hitting the ground. That seems to be perhaps the biggest cause of injuries, certainly head injuries, for that position now there are all the rules that greatly restrict how a QB can legitimately be hit.
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More on helmet rules:
NFL expands uniform policy to allow third alternate helmet design

Two years after alternate helmets designs were approved to return to the NFL, the league has expanded its uniform policy to allow for a third helmet to be added to teams' uniform closets, the league announced on Wednesday.
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Teams going through a re-design process for the 2024 season have been offered a third helmet option, and it will be available for all teams for the 2025 season. The teams must inform the league office of their intent to utilize an alternate color helmet for the 2025 season by no later than May 1, 2024.
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  • Clubs must obtain an entire new set of alternate color helmets for all players
  • Alternate color helmets must be the same make, model, and size as the applicable player's primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be made available to all players at the start of training camp and should be fit at the same time as the primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be worn in practice at a minimum during the week leading up to the game in which they will be used.
These conditions were put in place to maintain player health and safety, ensuring that the alternate color helmets fit properly and players have had enough time to practice with them on before wearing them during game action.
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Full article: https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-expands-un ... met-design
Personally I hate all these uniform expansions. Teams only play a maximum of two dozen games a year including preseason. There's absolutely no need for multiple helmet designs or even more than two uniforms, one for home games and the other when for away games. There's also no reason (other than the almighty dollar of course) to keep redesigning uniforms all the time.

The Bears orange helmet is an abomination as it is.
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HisRoyalSweetness wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2024 5:00 pm More on helmet rules:
NFL expands uniform policy to allow third alternate helmet design

Two years after alternate helmets designs were approved to return to the NFL, the league has expanded its uniform policy to allow for a third helmet to be added to teams' uniform closets, the league announced on Wednesday.
...

Teams going through a re-design process for the 2024 season have been offered a third helmet option, and it will be available for all teams for the 2025 season. The teams must inform the league office of their intent to utilize an alternate color helmet for the 2025 season by no later than May 1, 2024.
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  • Clubs must obtain an entire new set of alternate color helmets for all players
  • Alternate color helmets must be the same make, model, and size as the applicable player's primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be made available to all players at the start of training camp and should be fit at the same time as the primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be worn in practice at a minimum during the week leading up to the game in which they will be used.
These conditions were put in place to maintain player health and safety, ensuring that the alternate color helmets fit properly and players have had enough time to practice with them on before wearing them during game action.
...

Full article: https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-expands-un ... met-design
Personally I hate all these uniform expansions. Teams only play a maximum of two dozen games a year including preseason. There's absolutely no need for multiple helmet designs or even more than two uniforms, one for home games and the other when for away games. There's also no reason (other than the almighty dollar of course) to keep redesigning uniforms all the time.

The Bears orange helmet is an abomination as it is.
I generally like the alternate looks (well, not necessarily the Orange helmets, but the polar/white one would look good). I'm in favor of the change in policy.
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HisRoyalSweetness wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2024 5:00 pm More on helmet rules:
NFL expands uniform policy to allow third alternate helmet design

Two years after alternate helmets designs were approved to return to the NFL, the league has expanded its uniform policy to allow for a third helmet to be added to teams' uniform closets, the league announced on Wednesday.
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Teams going through a re-design process for the 2024 season have been offered a third helmet option, and it will be available for all teams for the 2025 season. The teams must inform the league office of their intent to utilize an alternate color helmet for the 2025 season by no later than May 1, 2024.
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  • Clubs must obtain an entire new set of alternate color helmets for all players
  • Alternate color helmets must be the same make, model, and size as the applicable player's primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be made available to all players at the start of training camp and should be fit at the same time as the primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be worn in practice at a minimum during the week leading up to the game in which they will be used.
These conditions were put in place to maintain player health and safety, ensuring that the alternate color helmets fit properly and players have had enough time to practice with them on before wearing them during game action.
...

Full article: https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-expands-un ... met-design
Personally I hate all these uniform expansions. Teams only play a maximum of two dozen games a year including preseason. There's absolutely no need for multiple helmet designs or even more than two uniforms, one for home games and the other when for away games. There's also no reason (other than the almighty dollar of course) to keep redesigning uniforms all the time.

The Bears orange helmet is an abomination as it is.
Eh, it's fun. As long as it doesn't get to the level that some college teams take it. I think a black or a white helmet would be cool.
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An interesting discussion with Richard Hightower about the new kick off format (about 15 minutes):

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Not a change for this year, but a proposal for next:
NFLPA working to finalize proposal to overhaul offseason workout program

The NFL Players Association is considering pushing for changes to the offseason workout program.

The NFLPA is working to finalize a proposal to overhaul the offseason starting as soon as 2025, eliminating voluntary on-field work in the spring in favor of a longer training camp ramp-up, with players reporting in mid-June to early July, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday, per sources informed of the plan.

A formal proposal is expected this summer.

Under new leadership since July 2023, the NFLPA has sought feedback from players on adjusting the offseason schedule, with the majority supporting the changes, Pelissero reported.
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Offseason work rules are collectively bargained, so any changes require an agreement with the NFL.

Per Pelissero, the NFLPA has consulted medical and performance experts to create a solution for reducing injuries and maximizing players' recovery time. Under the potential proposal, virtual classroom work would still be permitted in the spring, but no practices until camp.

Restructuring the NFL's offseason could help break up the calendar, giving players a deeper layoff following a grinding season and a longer ramp-up period before the start of the season, which could prove helpful to avoid soft-tissue injuries that plague some players during training camps under the current structure.

Full article: https://www.nfl.com/news/nflpa-working- ... ut-program
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