When asked by Dom Cosentiono of Deadspin.com to provide the official language of the new helmet rule, the NFL provided the Unnecessary Roughness rule, as revised. After PFT provided its two cents on the apparent expansion of the Unnecessary Roughness rule to prohibit ramming, butting, or spearing with the helmet in a necessary and/or non-rough way, the NFL provided to PFT a separate codification of the new helmet rule.
So, yes, it’s got the potential to be a mess. In large part because it already is a mess. And depending on how the rule is applied, it could be the biggest single change to the game of football since the legalization of the forward pass.
And if you think that’s an exaggeration, give me one rule that has had a greater impact on every aspect of the game than the new helmet rule could have.
The 2004 Madden iteration of Vick was so good that it earned the No. 1 spot in NFL.com’s list of the top players with a 99-overall rating in the game’s history, despite never actually earning a 99-rating.
It’s true. Michael Vick received no 99 overall ratings from EA Sports, NFL.com’s Nick Toney writes. And yet … he’s hands-down the greatest ‘Madden’ player of all time. His 2004 avatar was invincible. He had the arm strength to hit Peerless Price on deep route after deep route or Brian Finneran over the middle (just flip the play because Vick’s a lefty). He had the speed and acceleration to roll around the field with immunity.
Michael Vick is difficult to contextualize in Falcons history because he’s polarizing for a number of reasons, Rank writes. But his six-year run in Atlanta was amazing. The playoff win at Green Bay. The overtime walk-off against the Vikings. And, of course, Madden ’04. He’s the reason why there are so many Falcons fans in the world. So, you could either be a flaming star like Nirvana, or be a mediocre band that churns out a bunch of terrible records. Like Nickelback. Seriously, Vick or Steve Bartkowski’s on-the-field career? Thought so.