The National Football League has announced Tuesday that they will be enforcing rules on hits to the head more strictly.
The fact is that there is another way to deliver a big hit without it being to the head.
Defenders in football are universally taught one tackling technique that being the head on the side where the ball is, shoulder into the body about waist high and a arms wrapped around the legs of the person catching the football.
If defenders were to follow this technique with offensive players coming across the field to make a catch then we wouldn’t have a problem with blows to the head. However, defenders are also taught to injure offensive players and with football being such a fast sport natural instincts kick in.
Unfortunately, sometimes this instincts tell a person to deliver a blow to the head to send a message to the offense.
So, how do you get defenders to think twice?
The answer is the penalty for delivering a blow to the head has to be so severe that when a defender tries to deliver a blow to the head something clicks and tells them not to.
In the end, as the saying goes there is more than one way to skin a cat.