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New Era for Football Safety: NFL Bans Dangerous Hip-Drop Tackle

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 25, 2024
NFL prohibits hip-drop tackle despite NFLPA’s protests

The NFL has made a historic decision to ban the hip-drop tackle following a vote at the spring owner’s meetings in Orlando, Florida. This news was confirmed by a source close to Yahoo Sports just moments before the official announcement. For months, there has been growing momentum to ban this dangerous tactic, with league competition committee executive vice president Jeff Miller stating that it results in about 25 times more injuries compared to a typical tackle.

There have been some concerns over what constitutes a hip-drop tackle, but competition committee chairman Rich McKay cleared up any confusion by playing a video compilation of examples during media availability. The ban applies specifically to the “swivel” version of the hip-drop tackle, which may be difficult for officials to consistently enforce.

The NFL plans to train its officials on how to enforce the new rule by looking for three specific elements: grabbing the opponent, swiveling them, and unweighting them. Some high-profile incidents like Patrick Mahomes’ injury against the Jaguars and Mark Andrews’ injury have prompted discussions around this tactic.

The NFLPA released a statement ahead of the owners meetings expressing their opposition to banning the hip-drop tackle, citing concerns about confusion for players, coaches, officials, and fans. Several players like Dolphins safety Jevon Holland and Vikings safety Josh Metellus were among the first to publicly voice their support for keeping this tactic legal. Other notable players like J.J. Watt and Kenyan Drake later joined in as well.

By Samantha Johnson

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