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 Should the NFL ban face masks?
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Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford saw something on television recently that he decided to pass along to his vast readership. He saw Bryant Gumbel of HBO's "Real Sports" advocating for the NFL to remove face masks from helmets to promote safer play. This was actually an idea Washington Redskins founder George Preston Marshall had in the 1950s, but it didn't really gain any traction.

"The concept of getting rid of the masks is sound, however, because nobody likes pain," writes Ford. "It would be interesting to see a study comparing the incidence of concussions between helmeted football players and helmetless rugby players. Does the obvious vulnerability keep rugby players from incurring as many concussions, or is it just too hard to tell the difference when they have them?"

I don't think this will happen in a million years, but it's an interesting concept. Unfortunately, I'm afraid there would still be a ton of injuries. Players have been taught from the time they were on Pop Warner teams to plant that face mask in the chest of an opposing player. You have to "see what you hit" is what we've heard throughout the years.

Players would have to learn a completely new technique, and that would take some time. And something tells me the players union might not be overly supportive of this concept.

If the face masks were removed, teams would suddenly look like motorcycle gangs. But hey, I'm willing to give it a try. Would you guys be bothered by the removal of face masks if you knew it would have a major impact on reducing head injuries?

Source: Should the NFL ban face masks? - NFC East Blog - ESPN

Something I came across browsing Twitter earlier.
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so instead of concussions players will be breaking their necks and getting paralyzed from ducking their heads
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horrible idea considering the type of athlete we see in today's game...horrible
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The only problem is that they would have to do away with all padding if they decided to get rid of helmets..and players in the NFL hit much harder than rugby players...No offense to rugby...And rugby hits are definitely hard, but there is no way you can tell me guys over there can hit as hard as Ray Lewis and other LB's in the NFL...
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Tempus # 1 said:
so instead of concussions players will be breaking their necks and getting paralyzed from ducking their heads
StateProperty88 said:
horrible idea considering the type of athlete we see in today's game...horrible
I disagree w/ it too. But in theory its supposed to make the players realize that they're not invincible so hopefully they wouldn't use their bodies as f**king torpedos
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No facemask will actually lead to more injuries than the number of concussions
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soooooo what we gunna talk about next... how many eyes get guaged out?


imagine what happens when the face mask is removed... think about what they accidently grab...
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ya'll just overreacting IMO. another writer has been saying this for years too.

Another theory he had was to bring back the bump and run. It would keep the spaces tighter thus leading to less high speed collisions. Basically the Peyton Manning rule along with the rules from the 1970s allowing offensive linemen to basically hold is what has caused this mess we see.

Another theory is to eliminate intentional grounding to get rid of the silly QB penalties. The QB could simply surrender and be embarrassed for being a b**ch and the defense would win because they busted their play.
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Are you f**king serious?

While we're at it lets go back to these helmets.


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