As the NFL continues to encounter the concerns surrounding its players and head injuries, Roger Goodell has attempted to take the necessary steps to make the game safer. One way that he has tackled this issue is by implementing rules that limit head-to-head contact between players.
Yet, these rules have led to the biggest problem in NFL officiating—the disparity between normal tackles and tackles that are caused by players launching with their heads.
With the players more athletic and stronger than ever before, it has become increasingly difficult for them to adapt to not only the rule changes, but also the lack of proper calls made by the officials.
Many defenders have fully adapted to the rules and make punishing hits without leading with the crown of their helmet. The most recent example from this past season was Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor applying a major tackle on San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, and managed to still be called for a personal foul on the play.
Ultimately, as the league moves into the near future, the biggest concern will be whether or not the quality of officiating will improve.