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Published March 21, 2013
RULES ARE RULES: The AP’s Barry Wilner reported the NFL is “looking to make the Rooney Rule more effective," and that one focal point will be "reinstating a symposium program that was primarily focused on coaches.” Goodell said that the symposium “likely will have some potential GM candidates also attend.” One team “suggested to Goodell there needs to be more flexibility in the interviewing process.” Teams still involved in the playoffs are “very reluctant to grant permission to interview their personnel, although the NFL has established a small window for those interviews early in the postseason” (AP, 3/20). Meanwhile, in Boston, Shalise Manza Young notes the NFL's "tuck rule" yesterday at the owners meeting was "stricken from the rule book by a 29-1 vote.” The Steelers “voted against eliminating the rule, and the Redskins joined the Patriots as teams abstaining.” The Raiders “showed some good humor Wednesday when the message, ‘Adios, Tuck Rule,’ was posted on the team’s Twitter page after the results became public” (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/21).
SAFETY IS THE TOP PRIORITY: The NFL yesterday passed a new rule banning runners from lowering their head and using the crown of the helmet to hit defenders. NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano said, “There are some who think that the new helmet rule will change the game.” The vote to approve the new rule was 31-1, with the Bengals the only team to vote against it. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said team Owner Mike Brown “feels like we in some ways are moving too fast in making change." Lewis: "What he would like to see happen is us be more proactive to talk about the positives and how we have made changes and continue to further player safety and how safe the game is becoming as opposed to keep going the opposite direction.” But Falcons President Rich McKay said, "We're not looking for places in which there's incidental contact with the helmet. We're looking for places where players decided in the open field, outside of the tackle box, that they're going to deliver a blow by lowering their head and using the crown of the helmet." Texans President Rick Smith: "Our players understand that we are committed to their health and their safety" ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 3/20).