FOXBORO — It was pretty obvious I was trying Brad Allen’s patience.
The NFL referee was at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday giving the media a rules tutorial and answering questions about the 2018 “tweaks.” My question was, admittedly, droning on.
“Blah, blah, blah, the owners and the league, without conversation, without vetting to any degree announced on a Tuesday at the owner’s meetings, ‘Hey, we have a new helmet rule!’ which was a sweeping change’ . . . ”
“That’s a statement,” said Allen. “Is there a question in there for me?”
“Does it put you and your cohorts in a bad position for a sweeping elemental change to be made to the rules of the game?”
“There are a number of people who work within the rules process including on-field game officials. Owners, general managers, players, the competition committee, the NFL Officiating Department . . . they set the rules, we don’t set the rules. Once we are given the rules then it’s like . . . the speed limit, right? ‘Here’s the speed limit, you drive the speed limit. Let’s go coach ourselves up to officiate this rule.’ ”
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If only the league’s new helmet rule were as simple as the speed limit, where all you have to do is look at a sign and
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