With a 40 inch vertical, 4.6 speed & relentless motor it's easy to see why Khalil Mack is the talk of preseason workouts. As impressive a physical specimen as he is, something seems to be missing. The intimidation factor of "The Shredder Mask"!
As you know, non-standard/ overbuilt facemasks are now banned by the NFL. I'm just wondering why.
When Justin Tuck, Chris Canty, & Marvin Austin were in New York they were the epitome of unusual facemasks. The NFL also didn't seem to mind Robert Mathis, DeMarcus Ware, Brian Orakpo, Darnell Docket, & even Ray Lewis (briefly) having the same style of facemask. But, as soon as Tuck & Mack come to Oakland, they get banned.
If I was a multi billion dollar industry like the NFL I certainly wouldn't have football or helmet integrity standards based on studies conducted by the University of New Hampshire of all places. These studies claim that players are more likely to sustain neck injury wearing modified facemasks. Of all the players listed above only Justin Tuck & DeMarcus Ware had neck problems & their helmets were designed to help with them. Not to mention standout NCAA players like Louis Nix III & Ra'shede Hageman played with similar facemasks & did not receive neck injuries so I don't know where these statistics are coming from.
Maybe it goes deeper than this. Schutt, Ridell & other helmet makers could be mad that they're losing money to the nontraditional facemack industry? Maybe I'm just paranoid in thinking the NFL is using this as another way to keep the Silver & Black down. What's your opinion?