Randall Cobb says the NFL’s helmet rule is ‘smoke and mirrors’

Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb sees a big year in store for Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham, but also believes the NFL got the helmet rule wrong.

The NFL has taken a beating in the public spectrum for its constant tinkering with existing rules and the addition of new ones. This summer was no different, as the league instituted a new law, mandating that a player — offensive or defensive — that leads a tackle with their helmet is subject to a personal foul penalty and depending on severity, ejection.

Most have panned the new law in columns and radio shows, but the players also believe it’s impossible to enforce. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb explained his position on the new rule to FanSided.

“I think it’s smoke and mirrors,” Cobb said. “The NFL is talking about making the game safer and doing everything they can and this is their way of doing it, but it doesn’t seem like they put their full thought into it. They’re talking about putting the game in slow motion and fining guys, ejecting guys. Guys are going to do everything they can to lead with their shoulder, but obviously if you lead with your shoulder your head comes with it. If offensive guys make even a partial move, it’ll look like the defender is leading with his helmet. It’ll be interesting to see how they call it the first few weeks of the season.”

While the rule is going to dominate headlines, Cobb expects his Packers to be among the top-line conversations as well. After going 7-9 last year, Green Bay should be back as a contender with Aaron Rodgers healthy and Jimmy Graham in the fold. Cobb, 28, will continue being the offense’s versatile chess piece, something he believes will become easier with Graham working the middle and in the red zone.

“We’re excited about it,” Cobb said. “Definitively with the addition of Jimmy and Marcedes Lewis, I think those two guys at tight end are going to provide a different look in Green Bay since I’ve been here. It’s going to be a lot of fun and Jimmy is going to do great, he’ll be the vintage Jimmy Graham because he’s back in his style of play. He’ll be the big red-zone target Aaron hasn’t had in a while.”

On Sunday night, the Packers will kick off their season with an opener in primetime against Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears. Cobb wasn’t floored by news of the trade sending Mack to Chicago from the Oakland Raiders, although he does think it could be a game-changer for the Bears.


“I wasn’t that surprised,” Cobb said. “There had been talk in the news for awhile and it’s a market for a reason. Every player has a price tag and they were able to get two first-round picks for it. I guess they think they have some young talent that can make an impact. The Bears were looking for a big name and a playmaker on defense.”

This week, Cobb also talked at length about a program that he’s working on in tandem with U.S. Cellular. The former University of Kentucky star is promoting the Most Valuable Coach program, which is encouraging kids to nominate their favorite coach from grades kindergarten through 12th grade at TheMostValuableCoach.com. The deadline is Sept. 10 at 11:59 a.m. ET.

“The biggest thing is I’ve had a lot of coaches through the course of my career, kindergarten through 12th grade,” Cobb said.” I think back to my middle and high school coaches and the impact they had on my life, and this is why I wanted to be part of a partnership with U.S. Cellular, because they don’t always get the recognition they deserve. … We just want to honor those coaches.”

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