CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 09: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) who beat Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78) on the play during the second quarter of the National Football League game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns on September 9, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Is the NFL’s New “Body Weight” Worse Than the Helmet Rule?

Myles Garrett's play on Ben Roethlisberger may be a harbinger of the season to come.

Before the season began, everyone was worried about the NFL’s new helmet rule changing the course of play on the field and ruining.

But, in Week 1 at least, it was a non-factor.

However, as this play involving Myles Garrett falling on Ben Roethlisberger and being penalized 15 yards illustrates, another new rule may be the bigger issue.

Flagged under the new “body weight” rule, Garrett was essentially penalized for gravity causing him to fall on top of Roethlisberger after the collision.

The call, afterwards dubbed a mistake by the NFL, could be a harbinger of things to come, as five roughing-the-passer calls involving body weight were called in Week 1 (compared to one lowering-the-helmet flag).

Overall, 15 roughing-the-passer calls were made, the most in any week since 2001.

“It’s common for a new rule or a new point of emphasis to draw more flags when first introduced,” according to Sports Illustrated. “But the Week 1 results indicate that the body weight point of emphasis may actually be more of an adjustment for both players and officials than the lowering-the-helmet rule—and don’t be surprised if it has more of an impact on the 2018 season.”

Read the full story at Sports Illustrated