Originally Posted by AdamJT13
Even on the Owens hit, it's not clear that he grabbed the shoulder pads. Watch it frame by frame, and you can see the jersey collar stretching into a V shape behind Owens. I don't think shoulder pads stretch.
From the way the rule was phrased, I would say they are trying to send the message to use the horse collar tackle only as a last resort and if a db can make a tackle any other way, he better do that instead of the horse collar.
Just a thought.