Tuesday, April 1, 2008
NFL owners approve communication device for defenses
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Taking another technological step forward, NFL owners approved a communication device for defenses Tuesday.
One defensive player will wear a helmet similar to what the quarterback is allowed on offense. Should that player leave the game, a teammate can be designated to also have the device. But only one defender with the device can be on the field at a time.
The vote was 25-7 in favor -- 24 yes votes were required -- and all seven negatives came from head coaches with offensive backgrounds.
Voting against the measure were Seattle (Mike Holmgren), Tampa Bay (Jon Gruden), Oakland (Lane Kiffin), Philadelphia (Andy Reid), St. Louis (Scott Linehan), Washington (Jim Zorn) and Green Bay (Mike McCarthy).
Titans coach Jeff Fisher noted this change won't eliminate entirely the need for signals from the sideline, something that pretty much has disappeared for offenses.
The owners also tabled discussion of a rule banning a player's hair from flowing over the nameplate and number on the back of the uniform.