Blocked Field Goals, Better Coaching

Nik ScaliseContributor INovember 9, 2008

I have never played a down of football other than flag football and pee-wee.  I am struggling to understand how any field goal inside a kickers easy range can be blocked as it goes over the line of scrimmage.

Case in point, the Alabama vs LSU game.  Alabama risked losing the game outright on Saturday as winning field goal in regulation was blocked.

Now I do not know much about the X and O's but is it illegal to snap the ball further back?  Why don't these teams who are kicking short field goals to win games move back 2-3 yards so they have no issue with jumping defensive lineman?

Clearly players could run around the outside a bit easier but I think it is worth the risk.

This article is pointless if there are rules about field goal kicking proximity to line of scrimmage but if not, I find it crazy that these coaches do not make short kicks a few yards longer.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices