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KcMizzou
03-24-2009, 07:50 PM
Hope this isn't a repost.


Four Rule Changes Approved

DANA POINT, Calif.--The NFL's franchise owners approved four rule changes today related to player safety issues, including one that makes it illegal for a defensive player to hit a defenseless receiver in the head with a hit using the forearm or shoulder.

It already was illegal for a defender to deliver a helmet-to-helmet hit to a defenseless receiver. The new rule extends the protection given to the receiver who's in the act of catching the ball, also prohibiting hits to the receiver's helmet when the defender leads with his shoulder or delivers a forearm.

The rule change was recommended by the NFL's competition committee and was approved by at least three-quarters of the teams. The vote took place here today at the annual league meeting.

The owners also approved a rule giving similar protection to defenders, making it illegal for an offensive player to deliver a blindside block by using the helmet, shoulder or forearm to deliver a blow to a defensive player's head.

Two other safety-related rule changes that were approved apply to kickoffs and kickoff returns.

The kicking team now is prohibited from bunching too many players in the middle of the field, or on a single side of the field. That eliminates dangerous scrambles involving too many players on onside kicks.

The receiving team now is prohibited from using a blocking "wedge" of more than two players on a kickoff return.

Other rule changes proposed by the competition committee haven't been voted upon yet by the owners and remain pending.

One of them would expand the range of plays subject to instant replay review by making a fumble incorrectly ruled an incomplete pass initially subject to replay review.

That rule change would address the officiating gaffe made by referee Ed Hochuli in a game early this past season. Hochuli erroneously called a fumble by Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler an incomplete pass, negating a game-saving fumble recovery by the San Diego Chargers. Because the call was not subject to replay review, the Broncos retained possession of the ball and went on to score a touchdown and game-winning two-point conversion.

Under the proposed rule change, such a call could be reversed by instant replay and the defensive team could be awarded possession of the ball.

A vote on that proposal could come later today or Wednesday.

The competition committee enacted a change on its own to protect quarterbacks against low hits by defenders. As part of an officiating point of emphasis, the committee instructed officials to penalize any defensive player who lunges from the ground, after being knocked down by a blocker, and drives his head or shoulder into the quarterback's lower leg. It remains permissible for a defender to swipe at a quarterback's legs from the ground.

That change does not require a vote by the teams because it is an officiating point of emphasis, not a rule change. That move comes in the offseason after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury on a low hit in last year's opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

http://views.washingtonpost.com/theleague/nflnewsfeed/2009/03/four-rule-changes-approved.html

KcMizzou
03-24-2009, 07:56 PM
Might as well put 'em in skirts.

No wedges on kick return teams? And it sounds like they're trying to kill on-side kicks altogether.

The last part is just moronic and reactionary... Oh noes!!! The Golden Boy got hurt!!

Nice to hear that you can still lay prone on the ground and "swipe" with your arms. God forbid a football player actually try to tackle a QB.

The Bad Guy
03-24-2009, 07:57 PM
I'm really fucking getting tired of this shit.

keg in kc
03-24-2009, 07:57 PM
Hope this isn't a repost.Hold hope in one hand and reposts in the other, and see which fills up first.

KcMizzou
03-24-2009, 07:59 PM
Hold hope in one hand and reposts in the other, and see which fills up first.Well, shit.

Gonzo
03-24-2009, 08:01 PM
Hold hope in one hand and reposts in the other, and see which fills up first.

ROFL

luv
03-24-2009, 08:07 PM
Well, shit.

If this is a repost, I missed the first one, too. Link anyone?

keg in kc
03-24-2009, 08:10 PM
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=204696

PHOG
03-24-2009, 08:12 PM
If this is a repost, I missed the first one, too. Link anyone?

Yup, so did I....What, is this the NEW Brady law?

Bacon Cheeseburger
03-24-2009, 08:33 PM
Well, shit.
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Dr. Facebook Fever
03-24-2009, 08:54 PM
The competition committee enacted a change on its own to protect quarterbacks against low hits by defenders. As part of an officiating point of emphasis, the committee instructed officials to penalize any defensive player who lunges from the ground, after being knocked down by a blocker, and drives his head or shoulder into the quarterback's lower leg. It remains permissible for a defender to swipe at a quarterback's legs from the ground.

That change does not require a vote by the teams because it is an officiating point of emphasis, not a rule change. That move comes in the offseason after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury on a low hit in last year's opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.


If Pollard had hit Jon Kitna and knocked him out for the year this would have never been an issue.

KcMizzou
03-24-2009, 09:03 PM
If Pollard had hit Jon Kitna and knocked him out for the year this would have never been an issue.No shit. Gotta protect the Golden Boy.


It's not that I have any particular dislike for Brady, either... it's just a huge double standard. The only other QB I could see them changing things for (based off of that play), would be Peyton Manning.

Anyone else? Meh, shit happens.

You didn't see any changes after Geathers destroyed Trent Green during a hook slide, for example.

58kcfan89
03-24-2009, 09:10 PM
Last I checked, football was a contact sport. In contact sports, injuries happen, good teams deal with it. The way they're going, the NFL will turn into a bigger Arena League where the defense can't touch the offense and 50+ points will happen for each team every game.

Nothing against arena ball, I like it, but it's not even close to the NFL.

splatbass
03-24-2009, 09:12 PM
The kicking team now is prohibited from bunching too many players in the middle of the field, or on a single side of the field. That eliminates dangerous scrambles involving too many players on onside kicks.

The receiving team now is prohibited from using a blocking "wedge" of more than two players on a kickoff return.

That's some stupid shit right there. :thumb:

boogblaster
03-24-2009, 10:02 PM
Nothin like the old days ... Im sad ....

kcfanXIII
03-25-2009, 04:30 AM
ever get the feeling they're making rules just to make rules?

J Diddy
03-25-2009, 05:10 AM
ever get the feeling they're making rules just to make rules?


Not yet. I'm waiting for the eventual it's illegal to hit a player while squinting into the sun to catch a pass because the giant star prohibited his line of sight.

PhillyChiefFan
03-25-2009, 05:47 AM
Last time I checked, QB's were football players too.

If a bead of sweat touches the QB it's a penalty.

InChiefsHell
03-25-2009, 06:02 AM
The Brady-fication of the NFL continues...Tuck Rule, now this.

Lord, this is really bad. Are they TRYING to get people to stop watching the NFL??

And it's definitely true, this would not even be talked about had it been Kitna, or Huard, or any other QB in the league, except maybe Manning (either one) or McNabb.

...no more wedges on kickoffs?? WTF? I guess they are tired of the kickoff being a potential game changer or something. They might as well just place the ball on the 20 and not bother kicking off at all...

Demonpenz
03-25-2009, 08:34 AM
I like these rules. Last year I was screwed when brady went down in my FF league

Jethopper
03-25-2009, 09:01 AM
Thank god the teams can still run the Ol' Maryland-I

Darth CarlSatan
03-25-2009, 09:11 AM
I like these rules. Last year I was screwed when brady went down in my FF league

Piss on you! :D

Thank god the teams can still run the Ol' Maryland-I

ROFL The first time I read that stuff, I literally could not believe what I was reading. I've said in the not-so distant past that I felt this league was getting softer by the year, and so it is.

Sully
03-25-2009, 09:31 AM
When it comes to something like the tuck rule, it makes sense because it takes the judgment completely out of the call. Either the arm was still moving forward or it wasn't.

As much as I disagree with the rule change, the death of the force-out rule does the same thing.


But these rules all seem to add more judgment for the refs.
"Were those players 'too' close on the kcikoff?"
"Was that a leg swipe, or a lunge?"


besides the fact that more and more rules lately, especially those protecting the QB, seem to completely go against the spirit of playing to the whistle.
This isn't a game played in lab coats on linoleum. It's played on grass, and things happen. Injuries suck...but they are a part of the deal every player signs up for.