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Making it safe

Posted on: March 23, 2009 10:12 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2009 1:32 am
 

DANA POINT, Calif. -- There will be a few tweaks to the NFL game this year, but the biggest concern the league's competition commitee has is with player safety.

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, co-chair of the competition committee with Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, said several areas will be made points of emphasis this season to help guard the players' health.

The horse-collar tackle, which is a 15-year penalty, will be watched closer. Defenseless receivers can not be hit with a shoulder or a forearm to the head by the tackler. That joins helmet-to-helmet contact as now being subject to a penalty. And defenders cannot be blocked high to the head after a turnover anymore, much like Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward did to Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers last season.

The committee also wants to make it illegal for a defender to go low on a quarterback with force. That's what I call the Tom Brady rule. Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard went low, and Brady was lost for the season. That would now be subject to a 15-yard penalty. A player can go low by grasping, but not using force.

Two other changes will come with replay. The incomplete-fumble call, otherwise known as the "Ed Hochuli call," would now be subject to review. In the past, it was reviewable, but not if the official blew the play dead. It would be now if it is determined that the defense recovered the football. In the past, it was dead as soon as the referee ruled it over.

 The other involves whether a kickoff goes out of bounds and is recovered by the kicking team. That situation came up in the Philadelphia-Arizona playoff game. The Cardinals recovered the kick, but the play was blown dead because the ruling was the ball went out of bound. It never did. Now that could be a reviewable play.

 

 

 

 

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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 6:35 pm
 

Making it safe

This is not for player safety, give me a break.....i am sorry, but to me that tom brady hit was a good clean hit, what do you expect a man to do who is being blocked down, get up and let brady throw 40 yards downfield, no, he tried to sack him.......now because Bra
dy got hurt, they make a rule to protect him and other quarterbacks, that isnt right, if they do that, then they need to make a rule saying a offensive lineman cant block a safety who is on the ground. 




Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:50 pm
 

Making it safe

Defenseless receivers can not be hit with a shoulder or a forearm to the head by the tackler. That joins helmet-to-helmet contact as now being subject to a penalty. And defenders cannot be blocked high to the head after a turnover Then it should be called flag football!

 

 

The committee also wants to make it illegal for a defender to go low on a quarterback with force. That's what I call the rule. Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard went low, and Brady was lost for the season. That would now be subject to a 15-yard penalty. A player can go low by grasping, but not using force I'm a Pats fan and it was an accident ...stop with the crap! what happened to the Qb's getting hit having bloody noses and going back to the line like Johnny U

If i want flag foot ball i'll call all the women i know and have them play Flag in thier underwear

That would be more fun to watch than what the nfl is turning into




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:49 pm
 

Get Rid Of The Ridiculous Horse-Collar Rule

 There are too many restrictions on football as it is, and the horse-collar rule must be repealed. It is part of the players jersey, and there were not any injuries that I ever heard of from a horse-collar tackle. Defensive players have to walk on eggshells just to avoid getting a penalty nowadays, and it is taking away from the game.




Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:36 pm
 

Making it safe

Pride?   whats that?  I doubt CBS pays much, so i doubt they would pay proofreaders to read these hacks crap.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:11 pm
 

Making it safe

 The change to the replay rule doesnt make sense. The play ends when the whistle is blown. So what is there to review? In the Hockuli situation the only thing it would have changed is field position. The ball was loose at the time the whistle was blown. Even if it is reviewed to deternine it was a fumble, Denver keeps the ball anyway.




Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:28 pm
 

Making it safe

 

 I was going to post the same thing wiseguy1991.  WTF are they doing.  Going low with force!?!?! How should the tackle anybody.  Its not anybody's fault Tom Brady is a little nancy boy.  The patriots are the cheetingest team around.  Ask the Jets, ask the packers, and the bills ASK ANYONE.  And blocking to hight???? Hines Ward is a good player who player hard for the steelers so they can win.  I do not like the team and wanted Arizona to win but what can you do?  We need to bring "the NUTS" back into football or we might as well change it to the NFFL national flag football league.

GO DOLPHINS and go to hell goodal




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:26 pm
 

Making it safe

Ok, let's break out the flags and all put on our pink tutu's.  This is rediculous.  It is football, it is a contact sport.  There is unethical behavior, but you have standard rules and the rest is part of the game.  I don't want to see anyone get hurt, but this is going way too far.  Hits are part of the game, like hockey.  This sport is not as tough as hockey, but it was generally tough, but it is becoming a sissy game.  Injuries are also part of sports.  Goes way back on that.   




Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:23 pm
 

Making it safe

Seems to me like The NFL is trying their darnest to gain more viewers, and by that I mean women.




Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2009 1:50 pm
 

Making it safe

How about fixing the stupid tuck rule.  If you get hit any other time it's a fumble but if you attempt to tuck in desperation you can do no wrong?  98% of the time they're tucking to pull in a potentialy bad pass and drop the ball.   Stupid rule that was misused and wrongly called.




Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 1:24 pm
 

Making it safe

I love football.  I cringe everytime there is a low blow to a player's legs.  That is how knee injuries occurs.  We need to protect those who are at risk for that type of injury.  They are not making it gay just less potential for serious injury.  We have all seen QB's taken down with such verocity that it is amazing that their aren't hurt to the point of no coming back to the game.  Do we want to see players hurt over and over again or see teams actually play the same 11 starters from week 1 to week 17.  I for one would like to see that.  I am tired of all the injuries.  Hopefully we will. 



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