Local Sports Fan React To NFL Rule Changes

March 20, 2013 | Updated: 11:06 p.m., March 20, 2013

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FOOTBALL Local sports fans are buzzing about NFL rule changes.

Sports fans weighing-in on NFL rules changes for 2013, and most opinions have been unfavorable.

“I don’t really like the fact that they’re changing the rules,” sports fan Louis Thomas said.

“Honestly, they make rules out of nowhere for everything,” sports fan John Bayhi said.

The change generating the most spirited remarks is offensive players will be penalized for leading with the

crown-of-the-helmet into defenders when outside of the tackle box.

Sports fans we talked to say that’s a bad call.


“That does seem hard to enforce because it’s a natural reaction,” Bayhi said. “When someone’s coming at you, what are you going to do? You’re going to tuck in.”

“That’s what you teach a kid from day one,” sports fan John Eckstein said. “I coached some youth football from day one you tell a kid to get low and try to protect them but it’s a bad rule.”

NFL owners also voted to abolish peel-back blocks.


“As a fan I like to see people get hit like that but I can understand how it’s probably unsafe and probably a liability for the NFL,” Thomas said.

“In my eyes yeah, just causes too many guys getting hurt and I mean if you look at it it’s ending people’s careers you know and they don’t want to do that we want to watch sports,” Bayhi said. “We don’t want people to get hurt.”

But sports fan are not so understanding when it comes to prohibiting the of overloaded special teams formations, and the tuck rule.

“But at the same time nobody’s going to stop watching it, so it doesn’t make any difference,” Thomas said.

“Football’s football,” Bayhi said. “People are going to get hurt whether they change the rules or not it’s still going to happen.”

The changes have been a hot topic for internet bloggers and on Twitter.