Steelers Not Overreacting to New Helmet Rule

Although team seeks clarity

Jeff Hathhorn
August 21, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) - With the NFL competition committee ready to discuss the new helmet rule on a conference call on Wednesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he’s “not ringing the alarm bell”.

Tomlin is a part of the competition committee as they, the players, and fans, are looking for clarity on the controversial new rule.

“I think we are all learning each and every week whether it’s our game, or another person’s game,” Tomlin said.  “The gathering of information, the league office is doing a nice job of sending instructional videos out to further educate us.  We are just simply working to play within the rules and gather information as it’s given.”

One of those flagged on the helmet rule was Steelers corner Coty Sensabaugh on Thursday in Green Bay. 

“It’s just a new rule we are all trying to adjust to and get better at, players and refs included,” Sensabaugh said.  “We just have to keep playing the game and hopefully get better clarity and understanding of the new rule.”

Sensabaugh said he hadn’t heard at all from the league about the hit and said he’s hopeful that they can correct what they are doing wrong. 

“It’s a part of the rules, so we just have to try our best to get our head out of the way,” said corner Artie Burns.

Sensabaugh said bottom line for him, “whatever benefits the Steelers and helps us win, I’m all for.”