TOFN podcast: Why Gary Plummer thinks NFL's new tackling rule is "a joke"

Former NFL linebacker Gary Plummer calls the NFL's new tackling rule "a joke" and says "if it's enforced strictly, I think people are going to turn off their TVs."

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Former linebacker Gary Plummer knows something about making tackles. He had over 1,000 of them in his 12-year NFL career with San Diego and San Francisco. He also knows something about making unfiltered observations, unafraid to say what he thinks.

So he was the perfect guy to consult for the NFL's new tackling rule, one that prohibits players from lowering their heads to initiate contact and threatening in-game ejections for egregious examples of it. It's a rule that would've dramatically changed how Plummer ... and most other linebackers in the 1980s and '90s -- played, and it's one he believes is unenforceable.

"It's a joke," he said on the latest Talk of Fame Network podcast. "It's impossible to legislate in the front seven. When you're talking about the front seven, you're talking about offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends, fullbacks and linebackers.

"It will never happen. There's just too much going on in there. To take it out of the game for the perimeter players is going to be difficult enough. It will change the entire complexion of the game."

Now the question: How? What impact will it have on the game itself? As always, Plummer was direct with his response.

"If it's enforced," he said, "it's definitely a completely different game. Sometimes that's a better thing. Clearly, the forward pass was a better thing. Clearly not clubbing people across the head was a better thing ... If it's enforced moderately, it might be acceptable. If it's enforced strictly, I think people are going to turn off their TVs."

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