NFL Proposed Rule Changes Milquetoast The Game

Phillip BuntingContributor IMarch 22, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sifting through NFL.COM, I watched a new official review video. In the video, Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira explained that there will be four rule changes voted upon at the NFL spring meetings.

Here are the rules as follows with a detailed break down:

  1. Onside Kick: Right now on the kicking team you must have four players on each side of the Kicker. The part that they want to change is return team. Owners will vote on this rule that states return teams can no longer line up in bunch formation. This rule was drawn up to keep player safety in check.
  2. Blindside Block: To improve player safety the competition committee submitted this rule stating that offensive play will no longer be able to block a defender from the blindside. Referring to the block that Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers put on Cincinnati's line backer Keith Rivers.
  3. Peel back: This will be a rule stating that neither defenders nor receivers will be able to peel off of one another to get open for the ball.
  4. Defenseless Receiver: This rule will also extend to player safety. A defender can no longer run into a receiver shoulder or head first into the head or neck area. They say too many receivers have injured their necks being hit like this.
  •  Bonus Rule = Overtime: Instead of having sudden death in overtime, some owners expressed that they'd like to see each team have a chance with the ball first. This would give each team a fair shot before it goes into sudden death overtime.

Here goes the link to the Video:


In my view of things it seems like the more rules that are applied the more pansy the game of football gets.


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