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SteelersinCA
03-16-2011, 01:52 PM
So now you can't hit a qb when he's throwing???!!!!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6223700

The NFL will be more aggressive in suspending players next season for illegal hits, and also could make changes to instant replay and kickoffs.

Highlights of NFL conference call
ILLEGAL HITS
NFL to be more aggressive with suspensions for illegal hits next season. Rules defining defenseless players expanded to eight categories:

QB in act of throwing
Receiver trying to catch pass
Runner in grasp with forward progress stopped
Player fielding punt or kickoff
Kicker or punter during kick
QB after change of possession
Receiver who receives blind-side block
Player already on ground

KICKOFF CHANGES?
Competition committee will propose moving kickoff to 35-yard line, and bringing touchback out to 25. No changes for touchbacks on any other plays, with ball coming out to 20.
No player other than kicker would be allowed to line up more than 5 yards behind ball.
Outlawing wedge on kickoffs; all blocking wedges were reduced to two players in 2009.

REPLAY CHANGES?
Committee will propose making all scoring plays reviewable. Replay official would order replays on any touchdowns, field goals, safeties and extra points without the coaches needing to challenge. Similar to current system for final two minutes of each half and overtime.
Eliminating third coach's challenge if he is successful on first two.

NFL SCHEDULE
NFL plans to release regular-season schedule in mid-April, despite current work stoppage.

ESPN.com NFL bloggers' reactions

Ray Anderson, the league's chief disciplinarian, said Wednesday in a conference call that repeat offenders or players committing flagrant illegal hits will have a much greater chance of being suspended during the 2011 season.

No suspensions were handed down in 2010 even after the NFL's crackdown on such hits, in part because "we were operating under the principle unless you have given sufficient advance notice of what the results could be, you need to be more lenient," Anderson said.

"Frankly, now that the notice has been given, players and coaches and clubs are very aware of what the emphasis is and we won't have that hesitation," Anderson said. "Everyone will be very clearly on notice now that a suspension is very viable for us and we will exercise it ... when it comes to illegal hits to the head and neck area and to defenseless players."

The NFL increased the amount on its fines for such hits last year after a series of fouls on one October weekend. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 for one such tackle, while Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather were docked $50,000 for hits to defenseless opponents that weekend.

Many more fines were implemented throughout the remainder of last season but no player was suspended, even though suspensions were considered, Anderson said.

"We want to be much more clear on what can be a suspendable incident," Anderson said. "The emphasis is on head and neck hits and what a defenseless player is. And we will work hard that people understand what is a repeat offender and what is a flagrant foul."

The league looks at two years worth of plays to determined repeat offenders.

Rules defining a defenseless player will be expanded and now will include eight categories:

A quarterback in the act of throwing;

A receiver trying to catch a pass;

A runner already in the grasp of tacklers and having his forward progress stopped;

A player fielding a punt or a kickoff;

A kicker or punter during the kick;

A quarterback at any time after change of possession;

A receiver who receives a blind-side block;

A player already on the ground.

At next week's owners meetings in New Orleans, the competition committee will propose moving the kickoff up to the 35-yard line, and bringing a touchback out to the 25. There would be no changes for touchbacks on any other plays, with the ball coming out to the 20.

No player other than the kicker would be allowed to line up more than 5 yards behind the ball, and the committee will suggest outlawing the wedge on kickoffs; all blocking wedges were reduced to two players in 2009.

"The injury rate on kickoffs remains a real concern for us and the players and the coaches' subcommittee," said Falcons president Rich McKay, the chairman of the competition committee. "This is a pretty major change."

So would be making all scoring plays reviewable, another proposal the committee will bring to the owners on Monday. This change would empower the replay official to order replays on any touchdowns, field goals, safeties and extra points without the coaches needing to challenge. It would be similar to the current system for the final two minutes of each half and for overtime. It also would mirror what colleges do on scoring plays for entire games.

Eliminating a third coach's challenge if he is successful on the first two also will be proposed; McKay said the third challenge rarely was used.

There will be no "Calvin Johnson rule" proposal on what is a catch. Johnson seemingly made a touchdown reception late in the Lions' season opener last September, but had it ruled incomplete because, with the ball still in his hand, it touched the ground as he raced off to celebrate. McKay's committee is only recommending a further clarification of the rules on such receptions.

"We confirmed a rule that has been there for more than 70 years which basically says there are three elements to a catch," McKay said. "Secure the ball in your hands; maintain control when have you two feet down or any body part other than the hands [are down]; and we will write it into the rules that you must control the ball long enough after 'A' and 'B' [to] enable you to perform any act common to the game. That doesn't mean you have to perform the act, but must have the ability to.

"Would Calvin Johnson's be a catch under 2011 rules? Our answer would be no."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league plans to release the regular-season schedule in mid-April, despite the current work stoppage.

"A specific date is not set," Aiello said. "We plan to do what we normally do."


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

SteelersinCA
03-16-2011, 01:53 PM
Wow, just wow. SO now you can't hit a QB when he's throwing, that's such BS.

SteelCityMom
03-16-2011, 03:44 PM
That's ****ed up.

I guess the only bright spot is that it will cut down on Ben's sack totals. :chuckle:

Eliminating third coach's challenge if he is successful on first two.

This is some bullshit too.

SteelersinCA
03-16-2011, 03:58 PM
Tom Brady has ruined the NFL.

MattsMe
03-16-2011, 05:18 PM
That's ****ed up.

I guess the only bright spot is that it will cut down on Ben's sack totals. :chuckle:



This is some bullshit too.

You're assuming of course that these rules will be applied to Ben.

Judging from past seasons, I have my doubts.

vasteeler
03-16-2011, 06:28 PM
i wonder how the superbowl would have turned out if that was in the rules last year

BigRick
03-16-2011, 07:32 PM
Wow! Why not put the QBs,RBs and recievers in neon jerseys and play two handed touch! :banging::banging:

Wallace108
03-16-2011, 09:08 PM
Wow, just wow. SO now you can't hit a QB when he's throwing, that's such BS.

I wonder how they're defining the "act of throwing." Is it only when the arm is coming forward to release the ball? Or is it when the arm is coming back in order to throw the ball (which, technically, is in the act of throwing)? It's ridiculous either way.

No wonder the calls are getting so bad in the NFL ... the refs have a lot to analyze on every play. They need about six more refs on the field to watch for possible infractions of all these pathetic rules. :doh:

jjpro11
03-16-2011, 09:43 PM
what a joke.. they still can't say for certain what is and what isn't a catch, yet all they worry about is how much hitting they can take out of the game. the NFL is being run by a bunch of **** ups.

steelerchad
03-16-2011, 09:55 PM
The kickoff rule would have helped Skippy while he was here. That rules perfect for him. Kicking from the 35 yard line, he should be able to get in to around the 2-5 yard line. With the new touchback rule of starting at the 25, kickoffs between the 1 and 5 yard line would be perfect.
I know they're trying to protect returners with this rule, but aren't they really rewarding bad kick off guys with this rule.

gameface75
03-17-2011, 01:33 PM
Football as we know it ,is about to be ruined by all these stupid rule changes . The next thing you will here are the words ,Welcome to the National Flag Football League!

MasterOfPuppets
03-17-2011, 02:45 PM
with every " new " rule , the out come of the game is put more and more in the refs hands where it doesn't belong. i've just about had it with the P U S S Y league.

Steelboy84
03-27-2011, 03:06 PM
So in that game on Monday night when Woodley hit Flacco and made him fumble, that's gonna be a penalty? Really?