NFL fans blast league on Guardian Caps over Jets HC Robert Saleh criticism
The NFL implemented new concussion prevention protocols this year during training camp. They added Guardian Caps to help prevent concussions from head-to-head collisions during workouts.
According to the league:
“Wearing the Guardian Cap results in at least a 10% reduction in impact severity if one player wears it, and at least a 20% impact reduction if two colliding players wear it. This is, of course, just one element of our larger efforts to reduce avoidable head impacts through better helmets, improved techniques and training programs.”
However, not all players are fans of the new headgear. Jason Kelce made fun of the caps by putting bubble wrap around his own, and JJ Watt said he felt like a bobblehead wearing it.
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh expressed concern that their use and removal could shock players accustomed to traditional helmets and negatively affect them.
NFL fans backed his criticism of the article, with one calling the introduction of the new helmets a PR gimmick.
Other fans wondered what the next steps might be to prevent concussions.
Other NFL fans think the new helmets look bad and don’t want to see them in a real game.
Another answer asked if helmets were actually effective.
Another NFL fan said the league just wants to look like it cares.
Another fan thinks coaching might be responsible for some of the head injury epidemic.
A fan brought up an interesting point about their removal.
Others think there is a fine line between safe and absurd gambling.
A fan wishes the Guardian Caps had been around for a long time.
Another brutally trolled the Jets coach.
The league doesn’t seem ready to introduce them for game settings, so Saleh’s comments might prove true sooner rather than later.
The NFL and concussions
The league’s relationship with head injuries is not good. Football has been linked to CTE, a degenerative brain disease that has led to the death of many people, either from the disease itself or by suicide.
It also seems to cause erratic behavior which is why many are worried about players like Antonio Brown.
In recent years, the NFL has pledged to stop the onslaught of head injuries, but their actions haven’t quite matched that.
There is a concussion protocol, but it seems teams and players can easily circumvent it. Many players, probably concussed, enter the tent and return moments later to return to the field despite a heavy blow to the head.
Guardian Caps may or may not be another ploy to trick fans into thinking the league cares. However, they can also really help.