Giants CEO John Mara, a long-standing member of the NFL’s Competition Committee says the new rules installed by the league to shore up player safety will not diminish the physical nature of the game.
Two new rules include the elimination of the “peel back block” and the “crown of the helmet rule.”
“I think most people feel like the game has never been better,” said Mara as per the team’s website. “You do read some criticism out there from certain quarters that the game is not as tough as it used to be, because we are restricting so many of these hits. I just don’t think that at all. And I have said this many times. If you were to stand on the sideline and watch a game, or even watch a scrimmage, you can’t tell me the game is any less physical.”
Peel Back Block rule: If A player who is aligned in the tackle box when the ball is snapped, he cannot initiate contact on the side and below the waist against an opponent if:
(a) the blocker is moving toward his own end line; and (b) he approaches the opponent from behind or from the side.
Note: If the near shoulder of the blocker contacts the front of the opponent’s body, the “peel back” block is legal.
Initiating Contact with the Crown of the Helmet: It is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box (an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line). Incidental contact by the helmet of a runner or tackler against an opponent shall not be a foul.
Note: The tackle box no longer exists once the ball leaves the tackle box.