As we all know the NFL will put a new rule into effect that will severely punish helmet to helmet contact and devastating hits. I for one hate this rule, seeing someone get hurt is terrible, but the game of football has always been a "collision sport" and a game of instincts. When the ball goes into the air a defender has a small amount of time to react and a small window to make a play.
Now brings up the question that a friend and I had discussed earlier, it will take time for players to get used to this rule. They have all played the game at a high speed level, tackle how you can tackle, jar the ball lose, etc. And now it will be a time to adjust and second guess what you will do in a small amount of time. My friend, as a Bengals fan, knows the Steelers all too well, he hates them as they are a divisional rival but also respects their defense and how aggressively and passionately they play. Could the thing that makes them so good, be there downfall now? Troy Polamalu will have to play more conservatively and will no longer be able to make a bang bang collision without a high risk. Hines Ward will have to be more careful on his punishing crack blocks he is known for.
Now I know there is a game to play Sunday, and a very tough one at that, and that I am solely speculating on what may be the case. But does anyone else think that this favors a Miami team that is much less aggressive? Does this help the fact that the Dolphins are a check down type of team? Most helmet to helmet collision are underneath where a linebacker or safety is waiting. Have we perhaps got the Steelers at a great time? The video below is what has symbolized Steelers football for awhile now, knowing they can no longer play this aggressively without risk, or will have to adapt to the new rules, does this better our chances of beating one of the NFL's top teams?
via Brin7, youtube.