If you tried to put together a 2012 highlight reel of Kurt Coleman, it would likely featured countless plays with receivers dancing in the endzone, and Nnamdi Asomugha throwing his hands up in disgust at Kurt Coleman. However it appears Coleman’s 2012 debacle of a season did accomplish one thing for the NFL.
Yesterday at the annual NFL owners meetings, a new rule that will penalize running backs for leading with the crown of their helmets outside of the tackle box. To clarify to some fans inside the tackles, running backs will still be able to lead with the crown of their helmets. But the rule was accepted yesterday and will go into effect next season. And what does Kurt Coleman have to do with all of this? If you remember the first game of the season where the Eagles painfully escaped with a win over the Browns, Trent Richardson had one of the greatest trucks in NFL history, when he laid Kurt Coleman out. If you don’t remember the play the highlight below should refresh your memory. This play was reportedly one of the biggest examples of why “the T-Rich rule” was implemented yesterday.
This used to be the type of play that we just marveled at, and would watch time after time. However, having learned as much about concussions and the long-term effects of hits like this over the past few years, it changes your perspective on this play. Seeing stories of guys who have brain damage or kill themselves after their career because of CSE or similar brain damage related diseases, makes it hard to watch this play more than once. I applaud the NFL for making this move as someone who has dealt with past concussion problems, because as much as I hate seeing the game changed, player safety needs to be at the forefront of the NFL’s agenda. And because of one play that Kurt Coleman made in 2012, the NFL will be safer in 2013.