You guys are bat **** crazy if you think that the equipment guy just gives them a helmet and says "here you go, and good luck!"
Equipment guys spend countless amounts of time fitting and re-fitting helmets. It is their job to be very thorough when fitting equipment, especially helmets and shoulder pads. With my experence with helmets is that they are much safer than they have been in the past with the new technologies inside them, but with these improved technologies I believe there is a catch 22 where the helmet is more prone to come off unexpectedly. Also- having you chinstrap undone is not a fad or is cool. They come undone sometimes and the player is unaware that it is undone. Everyone is just more aware of it because of the emphasis that has been put on it this season so far.
And you're assuming players aren't readjusting those helmets afterward. As others have mentioned, you can see players pulling their helmets off with no resistance. I doubt those started that way on the first day of practice. This rule gives the coaches a reason to enforce having tight helmets.
Terrible rule change this year. It took George out of the game on Tulsa's 4th and 1 td run and happened a couple different times later in the game. It's already happened in the Michigan and Clemson games as well.
in year one and maybe two, this rule will really hurt some teams. eventually, coaches, equip managers, nike, adida, teammates, etc. will make sure this doesn't happen. if those aforementioned make the extra effort, helmets should rarely, if ever, pop off during play. players need to look out for one another. just like when a shoulder pad pops out. you always see a teammate come over and put it back. eventually players will start to notice a strap not buttoned up.
there will be some growing pains for sure. as someone mentioned above JG had to come out for a 4th & 1. crucial.
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