Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney talked about the NFL’s player safety rules on Thursday’s edition of “NFL Total Access” and said while he understands the league’s desire to protect players, there should be some changes to how they are applied.
“There’s too many rules,” Freeney said. “I understand what the NFL is trying to do, and I commend them for that. But I think there has to be some type of rule change to where it’s intent. You know, intent to hurt instead of, ‘Oh he just hit him high, he hit him low. Let’s just throw the flag.’ “
It’s a statement that has been echoed by a number of current players, both on offense and defense. The consensus is that the guys on the field would like to see the rules focus on players who deliberately attempt to injure others. Players also would like to see more consistency with when and how penalties are called. It’s likely something the league will look at and continue to refine in its quest to improve player health and safety.
– Marcas Grant, contributing editor