Quinn was assured he understood the rule earlier than the Falcons took the sector Friday, however in opposition to the Jets, Atlanta working again Ito Smith drew a flag for decreasing his head and making contact along with his helmet on an opponent as he tried to throw a block.
“I knew that would occur,” Quinn stated, by way of ProFootballTalk. “I used to be shocked it occurred on a go play on a blocker. …. So we knew it may occur on a receiver on a crack block or an offensive lineman perhaps that was pulling, however perhaps that’s one which, OK, that’s a part of it.
“If that’s the way in which it’s going to be officiated, I feel that’s good that it occurred now, not just for our workforce however for different groups across the league to offer examples. I’m certain different groups are going to do what we’re and preserve exhibiting examples to their golf equipment to verify everyone sees it the identical approach.”
The rule, handed unanimously in late March, states:
It’s a foul if a participant lowers his head to provoke and make contact along with his helmet in opposition to an opponent. The participant could also be disqualified. Applies to any participant anyplace on the sector. The participant could also be disqualified.
Through the preseason, officers will err on the facet of warning in terms of throwing the flag, in keeping with referee Brad Allen.
“It’s an emphasis and I used to be upset to see our workforce, that we take a lot pleasure in that, to see these fouls,” Quinn stated. “However we’re not solely going to indicate ours, we’re going to indicate ones from across the league this week so now we have extra educating alternatives to do this. Clearly now we have work to do in that space and we’ll commit the time to it as a result of it’s that vital.”