- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The new helmet rule was approved at the NFL owners meeting. Offensive players will be flagged 15 yards next season for lowering the crown of their helmet into defenders in the open field.
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson had an interesting take on the controversial rule. Jackson took his opinion to Twitter on Wednesday:
I'm not Sliding!! #NewHelmetRule
— Fred Jackson (@Fred22Jackson) March 20, 2013
Jackson probably echoes the thought of a lot of offensive players. Defenders routinely dish out punishment, especially to running backs. Lowering your helmet is an instinctive move for protection and/or to run through tackles and get the tough yards. It seems difficult to suddenly take that instinct away from an offensive player.
The most interesting part of this rule will be how strictly it is officiated. The early response from players suggests it could be a difficult adjustment. If Jackson is any indication, expect some growing pains with the helmet rule this upcoming season.