April 1, 2008 12:38 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
At least two NFL head coaches are impressed with today's rule change that will allow a defensive player to wear a communication system inside their helmet.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints were both for the ruling at the league meetings in West Palm Beach, Fla.
"It kind of gives a degree of equity to the defense,'' Lewis said. "I think that there's still going to be an opportunity where you have to signal and be prepared. But I do think it will enable some communication and even enhance some young players earlier.''
One player, most likely a linebacker, will wear a specially made helmet equipped with a communication device. A backup player also will be designated with a communication helmet, in addition to his regular helmet, in case the starter is injured.
"I think it is good,'' Payton said of the new system. "I'm sure they'll be little glitches we have to work through, but I'm glad it passed.''
I think this is a good thing personally.