Why are visors necessary on football helmets

The NFL is entering its 100th season | Now there is no cheering
and sunglasses helmets

For all football fans, the wait for the new season is finally over!

214 days after the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the LA Rams (13: 3), the 100th NFL season starts on Friday night. At the start, the Chicago Bears will meet the Green Bay Packers (2.20 am German time).

BILD provides you with the most important information before the start of the season in a mini-series - today part 2: Expert Roman Motzkus explains the new NFL rules.

Not everyone is allowed to cheer

That's not fun! Especially for the team members on the sidelines. "Anyone who is not a jersey player and enters the field to cheer will receive a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct," says the NFL rules.

Roman Motzkus on the ban on cheering: “How do you want to control that? The head coaches, for example, don't wear a jersey. They run towards the referee in every important situation. When cheering - especially in game-changing situations - they are every 2 to 3 meters on the field. What if there are 10 people running on it? Is there a 150 yard penalty? I do not believe that. A strange arrangement. "

Dark visors for football helmets

Dark visors look cool, but are rare among NFL professionals - because they are prohibited. Only those who can prove it medically are allowed to use them. For example ex-Seahawks star Kam Chancellor (31), his eyes are sensitive to light. Otherwise the player will have to pay a penalty.

Completely transparent visors have already been allowed. "They protect against injuries, for example you won't get a finger in the eye," explains Motzkus. Now the NFL is loosening the regulation further: All players can use a slightly tinted model of the "Oakley Prizm Clear" type in the new season if they want.

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Roman Motzkus: “I think the semi-transparent visor is okay. It's a fashion thing. "

But the sunglasses-style helmets are also risky!

“When the doctor comes to the field to check the player's pupillary reflexes for a concussion, he doesn't see anything. This can also be problematic with the slightly tinted model, ”explains Motzkus.

Pass Interference

This rule change caused a lot of discussion in the run-up to the new season: From now on, given and not given Pass Interferences verified by video evidence.

The reason for this new rule is an incident from the playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints in January. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a pass at his receiver Tommylee Lewis. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman prevented Lewis from even getting the ball with a very questionable push. According to the rules, the defender must give the attacker the chance to do so before the ball arrives. Otherwise it is a pass interference.

Roman Motzkus: “I think the coaches won't call that that often. Then in the last two minutes of each half, in crucial situations. Coaches can only challenge decisions twice per game, so you have to deal with them sparingly. "

The new rule is considered controversial. The NFL wants to test them first this season and then decide what to do next.

Kickoff rules are fixed

In 2018, the NFL had introduced some rules for the kickoff on a test basis, which are now permanent. For example, 5 players must stand on each side of the ball. These 10 NFL professionals line up on an imaginary line at the level of the ball or at most one yard behind it.

The reason for the rules? Player safety! Since the 10 players on the kicking team cannot make a run-up, they are not traveling at full speed and the risk of injury when colliding with opponents is reduced. Such are the arguments of the NFL.

Roman Motzkus: "It doesn't really matter to the players in the kicking team whether you start from a standing start or with a 5-yard run-up - after 30 yards you have full speed when you hit the opponent."

The wedge block is also forbidden: Two or more players hook each other and run down the field side by side to tackle opponents. Spectacular but dangerous.

Blindside block

The NFL finally bans blindside blocks. These are blocks in which a player cannot see the opponent coming and is then tackled. The risk of injury from such actions is high.

Roman Motzkus: “As an ex-player, I have to say: It's a shame, because they were the most fun. But I can understand the rule and find it absolutely useful. If you run into someone who is not prepared, has no body tension ... it makes a real riot and causes really bad injuries. "

Blindside blocks were also banned last season if they aimed at the head and neck. Now the rule is tightened. There is a 15 yard penalty for a blindside block.