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League approves three rule changes at meetings

Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 6:30 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

All the NFL news today isn't necessarily bad. The league addressed, as expected at the owners meetings in Indianapolis, several rule changes. Three rules aimed at protecting defenseless players were approved 32-0.
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The biggest change appears to be the definition of a defenseless player. Now included in that definition, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, are players who are "not clearly a runner yet" (wide receivers), kickers and punters during a return and quarterbacks following a change of possession.

There was a change made to the "launching" rule too. A player will be considered to have launched himself if he leaves his feet prior to contact in order to spring forward into another player and using "any part" of the helmet.

Finally, there's a change with respect to the "blow to the head" rule on quarterbacks. It's now a judgment call when a defender grazes the quarterback's head, as opposed to an automatic penalty with any touching.

Rich McKay, head of the NFL Competition Committee, is expected to speak at more length about the new rules later in the day. And yes, it is refreshing to deal with real football news even if the lockout is still looming large enough to make any rule changes irrelevant.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:32 pm
 

League approves three rule changes at meetings

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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:18 pm
 

League approves three rule changes at meetings

This is clearly a good faith effort made by the league to show the players that they have their best interest in mind.  If there wasn't a lockout the rules wouldn't be quite this "soft". 

As much as I'd like to see the game taken out of the ref's hands, this is just another step towards a flag being thrown on every other play.  Being an Eagles fan , these rules are okay with me though, since they throw the ball 40-50 times a game that should equate to 60 or 75 yards worth of penalties.  Why would anyone ever run the ball when the odds are that even an incomplete pass earns you a first down?




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:25 pm
 

League approves three rule changes at meetings

I certainly don't believe that the league is out to get the Steelers.  The Steelers became the focus last year only because they have players that are willing to stand up for what they believe is wrong from the league.  Once one player said something (Harrison), then that opened the gates for other players (Polamalu, Woodley, etc.) to say the same thing.  Other players on other teams like Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher agreed with Harrison, but that didn't get as much play in the media.

I read another article on FoxSports.com that reiterated the rule of not hitting QBs in the act of throwing and WRs in the act of catching without having the opportunity to fend off the hit.  However, nothing about that is on this web site.  I don't know who to believe.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:44 am
 

League approves three rule changes at meetings

There isn't anything to be upset here.  The only thing that is changing is that the team will get the fine in addition to the player.  Either way the rules haven't change and the Steelers will adjust to the rules and keep their hard hitting style.  They always have and always will.  The league isn't out to get the Steelers, I don't see how you can spin it that way when the Steelers been in 3 of the last 6 super bowls and won 2 and was one drive away from winning the 3rd (Which is saying a lot I know, but if you watched Ben play these past several years you had ever reason to believe that he could lead the team to a GW TD on that last drive, ask Green Bay they saw it last year).  

So people are getting upset over nothing. Steelers will still win and they will still hit hard. 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:29 am
 

League approves three rule changes at meetings

Bearman, I didn't miss the point at all.  I simply chose to read from a few different sources on what I feel is a very important topic.  From the way this article was written, it doesn't seem like there is very much of a change at all.  So I wondered why everyone was so upset so I went to other sources. 

And to answer your question about what I think, from watching the horrible calls on the Steelers last year, yes, I do believe that the NFL's attention is to stop hits on QBs that are throwing the ball and a WR who is catch a pass.  You watch when they play (whenever that is) and you will see the referees over-protecting offensive players because of these new rules. 

That is just my opinion.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:09 am
 

League approves three rule changes at meetings

I have forgotten more about football then u will ever know Irregardless! Your a arm chair QB! A statistician, a wanna be reporter who gets off on attempting to put others down. (which u always fail and then get called out by everyone else) U have never played a down in your life and think u know the game because u read about it. Carefully articulating and spitting off random facts doesn't make u a football scholar, its just a con to cover up your lack of real football knowledge. GET OVER YOURSELF.


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