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NFL Coaches, Execs Deny Rule Changes Have Made The Game Less Physical
Published March 26, 2013
GAME IS GOING TO CHANGE SOME: Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber said of the rule changes implemented to increase player safety, “It’s going to change. The future of the game is going to slow down.” Steelers S Ryan Clark said “on paper” the game is going to “be safer, but on the field it’s going to softer.” Former NFLer Donovan McNabb said the league “is covering themselves” and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “is coming up with more rules and litigating everything now to make it look like we’re trying to protect everyone. But they still want to see explosive players so we can see it on highlights.” Former NFLer Shaun O’Hara: “They’re trying to make the game safer for us as players, but they want to see their investments out on the field” (“NFL Total Access,” NFLN, 3/25).