Posted by Josh Katzowitz
The first time the NFL’s competition committee recommended rules changes to the owners for the 2011 season that would alter a players’ ability to launch into a defenseless receiver while trying to make the game safer, it was met with a shrug and then tabled.
Now, as Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reports, the competition committee, led by Rich McKay, is trying again (a relaunching, if you will), introducing three rules next week at the owners' meeting in Indianapolis that ultimately will lead to what it was the competition committee wanted in the first place.
The reason for the revision of the rules, which was tabled in March? Basically, the owners wanted more specifics.
Writes Marvez: “The measures are designed to provide further protection for ‘defenseless’ wide receivers, i.e. those attempting to catch a pass or who have completed a catch and not had time to protect themselves or clearly become a runner. The other change would further ban illegal ‘launching’ where a defensive player leaves his feet to strike an opponent with his helmet and upper torso.”
To me, this seems like kind of an easy rule to vote for (a no-brainer, if you will). But hey, it didn’t work the first time, so who knows if 24 of the 32 owners will give it a yes vote in order to pass it.
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