New York Jets coach Robert Saleh says he is involved over use of latest protecting helmet shells

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets coach Robert Saleh expressed concern over the brand new Guardian Cap, saying the protecting shells are inflicting gamers to make use of their helmets greater than common — and he’s anxious in regards to the potential results when they’re eliminated later within the preseason.

“I think the spirit of it all is really good. It’s got great benefits … but I do think there’s a balance in everything, right?” Saleh stated Saturday after apply. “Too much of anything is a bad thing.

“I do assume due to the delicate blow, it is type of lending the gamers to make use of their heads a little bit bit extra. I do assume the primary time after they take it off — anyone who has performed soccer is aware of the primary time you’re taking your helmet off otherwise you hit with the helmet or you could have a collision, there is a shock. I do assume that should you’re ready till the primary sport for that shock to occur … I do not know, time will inform. It is simply attention-grabbing with these Guardian Caps and what precisely are we making an attempt to perform.”

Offensive and defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers are required to wear the cap through the week of the second preseason game. The cap provides a soft, padded outer shell for the helmet. The NFL’s goal is to curb the concussion rate. Saleh said he’s concerned.

“I’m as a result of I believe there’s an acclimation interval that’s wanted for precise pads for what they’re really going to make use of within the sport,” he said. “So should you’re ready till the sport to truly really feel that, I believe it is simply going to be attention-grabbing to see what kind of suggestions we get from gamers.”

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said in a statement: “The mind doesn’t acclimate to go impacts. The Guardian Cap helps mitigate these forces at a time of the season once we see the best focus of them.”

No Jets player has complained publicly about the cap. The general feeling is that it just takes some time to get accustomed to them.

“It feels just a bit bit heavier,” defensive end Jermaine Johnson said. “You’re feeling type of bobbleheady. It isn’t too unhealthy. As a defensive lineman, we come out and we strike with our palms anyway.”