DENVER, CO - AUGUST 11: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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Vikings Coach: New Helmet Rule Is Going to Cost Jobs and Playoff Spots

“I think it’s very hard to tackle a guy,” he said.

They might be rivals on the football field, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer agree about one thing: the NFL’s new helmet rule is going to be a headache.

During Minnesota’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend, two plays drew 15–yard penalties against the Jaguars and Zimmer’s ire. 

On one of them, Vikings fullback C.J. Ham, lowered his shoulder after catching a pass and Jaguars corner A.J. Bouye lowered his head as he braced for contact with the offensive player and made the tackle.

Even though the penalty wasn’t called on his team, Zimmer sent tape of that play to the league because he didn’t see why it was a penalty or what Bouye could have done as he tackled Ham around the legs and did not use his head to make a hit despite lowering it.

Upon hearing back from the NFL, Zimmer said his understanding about the rule was no better and that it makes it “very hard to tackle a guy.”

“It’s going to cost some people some jobs – playoffs, jobs, the whole bit I’m guessing,” Zimmer said. “We haven’t had any called on us so far. It’s just hard to figure out. No one has ever said to me, ‘Hey. Don’t worry about it, we’re going to call it less or we’ll get it straightened out in the regular season. Or we’re going to come up with a revised rule.’ No one has ever said that.”

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