I was talking about Harrison, Rodney, not Harrison, James.
Yeah, I got it. I just shifted to Harrison, James in my comment without clarifying. The +1 was for your comment regarding Harrison, Rodney. B)
I honestly don't have a problem with punishment for guys leading with the head because it risks serious injury to both the hitter and the hit-ee. Got no problem with punishing a guy for "launching" himself in order to hurt a player. But the league is trying to regulate something that is nearly impossible to regulate.
What if a player is launching himself to knock down a pass and ends up hitting the receiver? What if a guy hits a guy in the numbers, then rolls the hips (proper technique) and catches him under the chin? Some guys take cheap shots, but it all happens so fast that it's nearly impossible to determine a cheap shot from a clean hit that just hurts really bad.
Two points that I think the NFL should address in regards to this issue:
Rather than making rules about hitting, how about requiring players to wear better helmets that can help with the concussion issue? How about making them buckle the chinstrap and wear a mouthpiece? How about investing a few million with the ole R&D side of things?
2. Rule changes.
Heard it suggested today that perhaps they should widen the field or make other such adjustments that might make violent hits less likely. I have no idea if this is the answer, but maybe they need to consider some changes that aren't punitive.