Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints

NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The NFL is planning further changes to the kickoff, hoping to reduce the number of high-speed collisions that happen on the play. A proposed new rule that owners will vote on next week will make several changes to the kickoff. ...

Like Tree9Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-16-2018, 07:55 PM   #1
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 26,537
Blog Entries: 29
NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

The NFL is planning further changes to the kickoff, hoping to reduce the number of high-speed collisions that happen on the play.

A proposed new rule that owners will vote on next week will make several changes to the kickoff. The key takeaways are:

1. The kicking team must line up within one yard of the line where the ball is kicked (typically the 35-yard line), and must have five players on each side of the kicker. That changes the rule that allowed players to line up five yards behind the spot where the ball is kicked to get a running start. Now the kicker will be able to get a running start, but everyone else will get one step at best.

2. At least eight of the 11 players on the receiving team must line up within 15 yards of their restraining line, which would typically mean between the kicking teamís 45-yard line and the receiving teamís 40-yard line.

3. At least two players on the kickoff team must be lined up outside the numbers, and two players between the numbers and the hashmark.

4. Until the ball is touched or hits the ground, players on the receiving team canít cross the restraining line (typically the 45), or initiate a block within 15 yards of the line where the ball is kicked.

5. Wedge blocks will be eliminated. Past rule changes have limited wedge blocks to two players, but now even the two-man wedge will be banned.

6. The ball will be dead if it touches the ground in the end zone. In the past the returner could pick up the ball off the ground in the end zone and run it out, but now it would be a touchback immediately if it touches the ground in the end zone.

Link Back to PFT
SmashMouth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
12,000 BS Posts
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Metairie, LA
Posts: 12,205
Blog Entries: 5
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

If we return a lot more kicks for TDs, our division rivals don't return any for TDs, we stay healthy and have no turn overs, I'm for the rules changes.
Seer1 likes this.
foreverfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2018, 11:24 PM   #3
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 6,502
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

What a train wreck. The penalties would pile up. It's watered down enough.
Garry42 likes this.
Beastmode is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 06:51 AM   #4
Hu Dat!
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 4,194
Blog Entries: 6
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

At this rate, just eliminate the kickoff and do a basketball tipoff of the football at the 50 yard-line. Whoever recovers the ball gets to elect if they wish to start on offense or defense and then the ball is placed at the respective 20-yard line. Crazy idea, but it would be probably be better than jacking with these kickoff rules.
neugey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 07:20 AM   #5
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bossier City, LA
Posts: 7,382
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

Pat Kirwin and Jim Miller have been proposing their own kickoff rule change on NFL Radio's Moving the Chains show for the past few months since talk of even eliminating the kickoff has percolated. They propose replacing the kickoff with a punt. Far fewer impactful collisions take place on a punt. And instead of an onside kick the team could run a fake punt and could retain the ball if advancing it a designated ten or fifteen yards. The percentage chance of its success would probably be around the same with basically the same downside of a failed onside kick.

I see this as a far better solution than simply giving the ball to the other team without any interactive play.

Understand, of course, Kirwin and Miller (and myself) would rather not see the kickoff disappear at all.
neugey likes this.

AsylumGuido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 07:58 AM   #6
Site Donor 2018
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Thibodaux
Posts: 22,662
Blog Entries: 32
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

How many players now won't have the opportunity to play in the NFL now?

Kickoffs are going the way of CC:, Manual Transmissions, and kids playing outside...
SmashMouth likes this.
jeanpierre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 08:12 AM   #7
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 26,537
Blog Entries: 29
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

Originally Posted by jeanpierre View Post
How many players now won't have the opportunity to play in the NFL now?

Kickoffs are going the way of CC:, Manual Transmissions, and kids playing outside...
Exactly....

I still drive a car with a manual transmission, BTW.
foreverfan and jeanpierre like this.
SmashMouth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 08:12 AM   #8
Site Donor
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Bedford, TX
Posts: 10,648
Blog Entries: 1
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

SmashMouth and jeanpierre like this.
K Major is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 08:52 AM   #9
Hu Dat!
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 4,194
Blog Entries: 6
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

Originally Posted by AsylumGuido View Post
Pat Kirwin and Jim Miller have been proposing their own kickoff rule change on NFL Radio's Moving the Chains show for the past few months since talk of even eliminating the kickoff has percolated. They propose replacing the kickoff with a punt. Far fewer impactful collisions take place on a punt. And instead of an onside kick the team could run a fake punt and could retain the ball if advancing it a designated ten or fifteen yards. The percentage chance of its success would probably be around the same with basically the same downside of a failed onside kick.

I see this as a far better solution than simply giving the ball to the other team without any interactive play.

Understand, of course, Kirwin and Miller (and myself) would rather not see the kickoff disappear at all.
Hmmm. Under these rules and in an alternate universe, could you imagine how crazy it would be in the Saints return to the Superdome game if Gleason's block was the first play of the game?!
neugey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 10:42 AM   #10
12,000 BS Posts
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Metairie, LA
Posts: 12,205
Blog Entries: 5
Re: NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions

Originally Posted by SmashMouth View Post
Exactly....

I still drive a car with a manual transmission, BTW.

Yea but you are still a Nerd.
You'd have a hard time scoring at that's girls football game.
You don't even know who this is.

foreverfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://blackandgold.com/saints/88851-nfl-vote-new-kickoff-rules-limiting-full-speed-collisions.html
Posted By For Type Date Hits
NFL to vote on new kickoff rules, limiting full-speed collisions This thread Refback 05-16-2018 08:02 PM 3


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:53 AM.


Copyright 1997 - 2018 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts