Richardson takes blame for new helmet rule
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson said his hit that knocked off the helmet of Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Kurt Coleman was apparently Exhibit A for the competition committee in adopting the rule that will penalize backs who lower their heads and lead with the crown of the helmet.
"I feel like I made it bad for all the backs," Richardson told The Cleveland Plain Dealer . "I feel like it's my fault."
The new rule passed 31-1 with only the Cincinnati Bengals voting against it. Many running backs, including Richardson, have voiced their concern with how the rule will be interpreted, something that can lead to a 15-yard penalty and a fine.
"I know why they did it, but I won't say that I fully agree with it," he said. "I'm not saying it's a dumb rule, but the backs are all talking about it and it's kind of hard on us."
But in the new safety-conscious NFL, Richardson and others had better get used to it, because it doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com