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 Post subject: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 7:49 pm 
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NFL owners voted today to change the rules on kickoffs, with the following implemented for the 2018 season:

1. No running starts before the ball is kicked.
2. The kicking team must line up with five players on each side of the kicker.
3. At least two players on the kicking team must be outside the numbers.
4. At least two players on the kicking team must be between the numbers and the hashmarks.
5. At least eight players on the receiving team must be within 15 yards of their restraining line, which would typically mean between the kicking team’s 45-yard line and the receiving team’s 40-yard line.
6. Until the ball is touched or hits the ground, players on the receiving team can’t cross the restraining line (typically the 45), or initiate a block within 15 yards of the line where the ball is kicked.
7. No wedge blocks.
All of these rules are designed to limit the number of high-impact collisions on kickoffs, which the NFL says are the most dangerous players in football. Eventually the kickoff might be eliminated altogether. At least for this season, it is remaining in place bus changing significantly.


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:05 pm 
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I hope this doesn't slow the game down [more] making it more unwatchable. Going through the motions or good intentions?


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:12 pm 
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Increased use of replay in light of betting and helmet contact rules will slow the game more.

NFL head of officiating Al Riveron confirmed to reporters today that linemen who come out of their stances with their heads down and initiate contact with the top of the helmet will be penalized.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Riveron was asked today at the league meeting, What if a defensive lineman coming out of his stance initiates contact with his head? “Can’t do it. He’s got to get his head up,” Riveron answered.
So NFL linemen are going to have to make significant changes to the way they do their jobs: In the past, linemen frequently made contact with their helmets when coming out of their stances. Now, they can’t.
Eventually, the NFL might just get rid of the three-point stance altogether. This new rule could be a first


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:35 pm 
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The kickoff rules are going to make the pooch kick the defacto standard. Receiving team can only have three guys back AND the receiving team can't block the kicking team until the ball is caught or touches the ground. Teams are going to pooch kick to the most empty spot on the field that they think they can get to before the ball can be caught/recovered by the receiving team. And it's going to work. A lot.

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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 7:20 am 
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Over complicating a very simplistic formula. 'For Player Safety'..., Right! Typical. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 7:51 am 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
The kickoff rules are going to make the pooch kick the defacto standard. Receiving team can only have three guys back AND the receiving team can't block the kicking team until the ball is caught or touches the ground. Teams are going to pooch kick to the most empty spot on the field that they think they can get to before the ball can be caught/recovered by the receiving team. And it's going to work. A lot.


They can block, just not within 15 yards of their restraining line.

Wouldn't it be more likely to mean that those front blockers would be running straight backwards at the kick, as they often do now anyways? Since the kicking team doesn't have a running start anymore, they should easily be able to get back the required 15 yards and be allowed to block.


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:13 am 
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Steelergenie wrote:
Increased use of replay in light of betting and helmet contact rules will slow the game more.

NFL head of officiating Al Riveron confirmed to reporters today that linemen who come out of their stances with their heads down and initiate contact with the top of the helmet will be penalized.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Riveron was asked today at the league meeting, What if a defensive lineman coming out of his stance initiates contact with his head? “Can’t do it. He’s got to get his head up,” Riveron answered.
So NFL linemen are going to have to make significant changes to the way they do their jobs: In the past, linemen frequently made contact with their helmets when coming out of their stances. Now, they can’t.
Eventually, the NFL might just get rid of the three-point stance altogether. This new rule could be a first


This is borderline hilarious

You're changing the way the game has been played. Pretty soon this will resemble rugby more than NFL football.
Not that rugby sucks or anything, it's just significantly different


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:46 am 
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Just like holding, you could have a helmet penalty on almost every play and a review on top of it.


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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:49 am 
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These rules will cause a lot more actual returns, thus more injuries. Brilliant.

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 Post subject: Re: New kickoff rules
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 9:39 am 
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Good bye onside kicks.


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