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NGT Nate Jackson (retired receiver) on why AB and his helmet

ThreePoints : 8/14/2019 7:07 pm
A good read from Jackson, who played in the NFL for 6 years.
Deadspin - ( New Window )
Good article  
Sneakers O'toole : 8/14/2019 7:27 pm : link
His book is very good too.
Finally  
MattinKY : 8/14/2019 7:36 pm : link
a football relevant article written by a former football player that makes sensible points. Thanks ThreePoints
I get that elite athletes are creatures of habit,  
81_Great_Dane : 8/14/2019 7:37 pm : link
that AB may be used to his helmet, and that changing helmets requires an adjustment period, and that may be disruptive to his performance during that period.

But I'm not very sympathetic to this despite all that. As long as everyone has to change to the new helmet, he's not at an unfair disadvantage. if he chose to wait until the last moment to make the change, so he's behind the competition, that's his choice ó but choices have consequences.

In any event, all this is an argument to get him more practice time in the new helmet so he can be adjusted to it and comfortable in it ASAP.
Guy has had multiple  
LauderdaleMatty : 8/14/2019 8:03 pm : link
Episodes w extremely erratic behavior. His skill and what heís paid has nothing to do why heís controversial. Some good nuggets but the lengths people go to alibi for sine people is just sad
I donít think you have to by sympathetic towards Brown,  
UConn4523 : 8/14/2019 8:09 pm : link
Iím not. But that doesnít mean he didnít have a valid gripe. He doesnít deserve the benefit of the doubt due to the type of guy he is, but I understand why he didnít want to change it. I can do without the kicking and screaming but I donít buy that it was for real anyway, sounded like an attention grab the entire time.
I understand the point,  
Mad Mike : 8/14/2019 8:35 pm : link
but given that only a very few players complained (at least publicly), I'm skeptical that the adjustment to one of the approved models is really that big a deal. And one think Jackson doesn't address is that the change took place last year, and guys who liked their existing helmets had a year grace period. AB could have spent time this entire off-season trying new helmets, practicing running routes and catching balls wearing a new one. It's not the same a full practice or games, but it's not like he showed up this summer having had no ability to prepare.

Jackson's point that can be a significant adjustment seems valid, but he doesn't really explain why it's so much more difficult for Brown than anyone else, or why he didn't take advantage of the full year given to him to try and find one that works for him.
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