I'm all for player safety, but I'm also all about letting the players play the game. While I realize this is sort of a double negative, I realize those tasked with bringing balance to keeping football entertaining and promoting player safety are fighting an uphill battle.
Personally I feel that the ejection and that it could carry into the next game is a little bit over the top. There are a lot of gray areas in the realm of illegal hits. What constitutes a defenseless player?
While there are many reasons I'd contest this particular rule change, what first comes to mind for me is that this gives the referees far too much control to determine the outcome of many games. I'm not typically a consipracy theorist, but let's say we make it to the national championship game versus another bigtime school like Bama. Theres a the possibility that someone with means from either side (I'm taking of my scarlet and gray colored glasses here) approach a referee or the powers that be and give the green light to eject a key player if the opportunity arises on a questionable call. For instance, in this case Braxton throws an pick in the first series of the NCG and he makes a questionable hit on a "defenseless" player returning the INT. He'd be ejected from the game and the outcome of the NCG would be seriously altered.