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MORE RULE CHANGES TO PROTECT PLAYERS?

Player safety will be a major focus at the NFL owners meetings, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Specifically, the league could pass rule changes pertaining to the violent nature of special teams plays.
Per Mortensen, the league is expected to banish three-man wedges on kickoff returns.  And a rule change prohibiting bunch formations during onside kicks is also likely to be passed.
The league could take another step towards protecting quarterbacks as well.
A potential rule change would make it illegal for defensive players on their knees to lunge at quarterbacks.
The specific play Mortensen referenced was Bernard Pollard’s hit on Tom Brady last season.  Under the new rule, a similar play would draw a penalty and possibly a fine from the league.

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43 Responses to “MORE RULE CHANGES TO PROTECT PLAYERS?”
  1. greggyd717 says: Mar 22, 2009 12:25 PM

    Are they going to pass the two-hand touch rule next year for defensive players, too?

  2. glennC says: Mar 22, 2009 12:26 PM

    Two hand touch anyone?

  3. clevefan1 says: Mar 22, 2009 12:27 PM

    I’m still waiting for them to pass a rule that QBs have to wear skirts.

  4. savocabol1 says: Mar 22, 2009 12:29 PM

    Pretty soon the league will outlaw sacking the quarterbacks all together. If they want to make all sorts of hits on the quarterback illegal then they need to make instant replay available for ALL roughing the passer/kicker calls. I would love to see a stat on how many bogus roughing the QB calls were made last year.

  5. jersey73 says: Mar 22, 2009 12:33 PM

    Any word on that rule of requiring QB’s to wear skirts?

  6. alamedaman says: Mar 22, 2009 12:34 PM

    okay… let’s see, if Commish Goodell and the owners are willing to institute these rules, will they also stop putting “big hit” replays and stuff on NFL network? answer: no, because it is these big hits that keep people, especially casual fans, interested in the NFL.

  7. GR365 says: Mar 22, 2009 12:36 PM

    Good, I mean Morris had Pollard on the ground, he wiggled lose and nailed Brady’s knee!
    It could’ve been avoided. This year, I hope none of the QB’s get hurt ala Palmer, Brady. I think it taints the season…
    Had this been addressed after the Palmer hit, maybe Brady wouldn’t had to get his MCL and ACL fixed.
    I also like the no shots to the head rule! I thought Boldin was paralized for sure after that hit! The last thing a team needs is another paralized player…The TE from Buffalo was on ST’s when he got hammered. Hopefully these rule changes will help protect players from getting killed while trying to handle the ball! Ask Darryl Stingley, oh wait he’s deceased! Get the point!

  8. philwauke says: Mar 22, 2009 12:36 PM

    If it would have happened to any other qb would it even be under consideration?

  9. Old School says: Mar 22, 2009 12:38 PM

    Tennis, anyone?

  10. locustsofdeath says: Mar 22, 2009 12:38 PM

    Let’s stop this nonsense immediately. No one wants to see quarterbacks tackled at all. I’m outraged they haven’t gone the extra step and given the QB flags.

  11. Patscantcheatkharmabitches says: Mar 22, 2009 12:38 PM

    Where does this end? It is a part of the game. I understand protecting people, but dang.

  12. vikefanman says: Mar 22, 2009 12:42 PM

    Just put the QB’s in dresses and use the “Two hand touch” rules on them. Just what we need…another replay catagory to determine when a player re-establishes “knees off the ground” before they make a hit.

  13. Slow Joe says: Mar 22, 2009 12:44 PM

    You gotta be kidding me. That “no lunging at quarterbacks from the knees” rule is a huge disadvantage to the defense. So, a DL can be right next to a QB and can’t touch him until he gets up? That’s ridiculous, and against every instinct a defensive player has.
    If they create that rule, every time a defensive player is in that situation, he’ll take the flag rather than give up the tackle, I promise you.

  14. slutnuts says: Mar 22, 2009 12:46 PM

    a further pansification of the league. so if you’re on the ground you cant play anymore? too bad that brady got hurt that way, its ridiculous to tell players not to continue playing through blocks.
    what type of flags are they going to wear in the upcoming seasons? the clip on kind, or the velcro kind?

  15. FittyOneFitty says: Mar 22, 2009 12:47 PM

    Holy balls, this is some ridiculous crap here.
    Will halftime now include tea and strumpets?!

  16. nxtgrtreceiver says: Mar 22, 2009 12:49 PM

    I think the league is getting into some shady territory here with the rule protecting qbs. I think it is a overreation to the Tom Brady injury. These types of things happen. Its football.
    How do you determine when a defensive player is on his knees? What if he is getting up and stumbled trying to get to the quarterback? Offensive linemen could just be taught to trip linemen so that if they were stumbling on the way to the QB they could get flagged.

  17. finsfan85 says: Mar 22, 2009 1:00 PM

    The owners are going to destroy the NFL in one season with these rule changes and no salary cap.

  18. KramersPalLomez says: Mar 22, 2009 1:00 PM

    Jesus H. If a defensive player on the ground can’t go after the quarterback, there’s going to be a serious rash of blown-out knees from pass rushers getting chopped low on every single play.

  19. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 22, 2009 1:02 PM

    Awww, let’s change the rules because Brady got hurt. LOL. Brady’s every bit as spoiled and pampered as Patriots fans claimed Manning was for years.

  20. Ralph GreNader says: Mar 22, 2009 1:05 PM

    I move to promote the use of flags work on the belt. Do we have a second?

  21. finsfan85 says: Mar 22, 2009 1:08 PM

    “Good, I mean Morris had Pollard on the ground, he wiggled lose and nailed Brady’s knee!
    It could’ve been avoided. This year, I hope none of the QB’s get hurt ala Palmer, Brady. I think it taints the season…
    Had this been addressed after the Palmer hit, maybe Brady wouldn’t had to get his MCL and ACL fixed.
    I also like the no shots to the head rule! I thought Boldin was paralized for sure after that hit! The last thing a team needs is another paralized player…The TE from Buffalo was on ST’s when he got hammered. Hopefully these rule changes will help protect players from getting killed while trying to handle the ball! Ask Darryl Stingley, oh wait he’s deceased! Get the point!”
    Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills actually became paralized while “hammering” another player. He also now walks and lives a normal life.

  22. nsw-pirates says: Mar 22, 2009 1:20 PM

    Unreal. At this rate basketball will be more of a contact sport than football.

  23. savocabol1 says: Mar 22, 2009 1:26 PM

    Besides one or two Brady lovers, these comments are absolutely hilarious. Keep up the good work fellas.

  24. FittyOneFitty says: Mar 22, 2009 1:30 PM

    Further proof that Tom Brady is a naive bitch.

  25. DSTULL says: Mar 22, 2009 1:36 PM

    The NFL has become just like the government.The government is destroying the nation with regulation after regulation with no end in sight. The NFL is destroying professional football the same way.Rule after rule after rule. It is destroying the game. Football is about hitting and tackling.The NFL needs to stop the insanity. The referees have already ruined the game with their nonsensical calls. This will totally finish the sport. Professional football has become professional wrestling. It is no longer a sport. It is entertainment.

  26. Osterhouse says: Mar 22, 2009 1:36 PM

    These rule changes are beyond the J and D..even for a casual fan. The UFL has a chance after all if the NFL keeps doing this.

  27. beastmode says: Mar 22, 2009 1:37 PM

    Qbs are protected enough. I think the other ideas though are worth pursuing. Kickoffs are the most dangerous plays in football and it’s not the stars that are literally risking their lives out there busting wedges.

  28. rdesai says: Mar 22, 2009 1:45 PM

    This is still a contact sport right?

  29. blitzburgh1 says: Mar 22, 2009 1:46 PM

    Another rule to protect every quarterback not named Ben Roethlisberger. You can hit him anyway you want and no penalty will ever be called.

  30. RedskinPete says: Mar 22, 2009 1:47 PM

    Anything that happens to the Patriots or Brady gets a rule change, who’s in charge Robert Kraft

  31. bondem777 says: Mar 22, 2009 2:07 PM

    I guess Hines Ward is out of business. Now the refs can’t ignore his dirty hits.

  32. LiveNBreath Football says: Mar 22, 2009 2:09 PM

    Let’s not let anyway touch the quarterback at all. You stand five yards from the quarterback and yell “You are down.”
    But you cannot be standing within 5 yards of any other player when you make a run for the ball or try to stop any other player.
    In fact, only two players can be on the field at any one time — 1 offensive player and one defensive player. They may not touch each other, only yell insulting things at each other until one starts to cry.

  33. bgman says: Mar 22, 2009 2:15 PM

    It is (until the rule change is adopted) legal for a defender on the ground to hit the QB and try and get the sack instead of just giving up on the play.
    All I head was how cheap Jared Allen was for doing this. Now all I hear is complaining that the same play will result in a 15-yard penalty.
    This fake outrage on both sides of the same issue is annoying me. People make up your mind. Should this be allowed or not? If so, shut up when it happens.

  34. blackglass3 says: Mar 22, 2009 2:35 PM

    Yes, idiots, it’s because of Tom Brady this is happening. But don’t think for a second if the same type of injury happened to Lord Favre or one of the Manning boys the league wouldn’t have done the exact same thing.

  35. Stitches says: Mar 22, 2009 2:44 PM

    GR365:
    “The TE from Buffalo was on ST’s when he got hammered. Hopefully these rule changes will help protect players from getting killed while trying to handle the ball!”
    Your argument is beyond stupid when you include this in it, because the Buffalo TE was trying to make a play as a defensive player when he got hurt. He was not trying to handle a ball.
    I mean, we may as well do away with punt return or kick return all together since those are the players most likely to get killed while handling the ball.

  36. blownvr6 says: Mar 22, 2009 2:52 PM

    this would have never happened if brady didn t get hurt. now im glad i laughed when i saw it

  37. hawaiiR8dr says: Mar 22, 2009 4:18 PM

    WHAT NEXT?! Quarterbacks can’t be tackled!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. GR365 says: Mar 22, 2009 6:46 PM

    The defensless receiver rule,(ball handling) Was what I was refering
    was trying to make that point. Technically the TE was on D on ST’s. Got me there!
    Look, I like a solid hit as much as any fan on this board.
    I wouldn’t think anyone would be in favor of a helmet to helmet
    hit like the one Boldin took.
    If that’s your idea of football, maybe you should rethink it a little? I’ve seen more missed tackles by DB’s trying to make the kill shot instead of wrapping up.
    By the way, the players didn’t want OT changed. They said it was a saftey issue? Extra time on the field…?

  39. sullijo says: Mar 22, 2009 10:33 PM

    Well, at least Pollard will be remembered for something when he’s selling cars in a few years.

  40. Kevin from Philly says: Mar 23, 2009 9:08 AM

    “The specific play Mortensen referenced was Bernard Pollard’s hit on Tom Brady last season. Under the new rule, a similar play would draw a penalty and possibly a fine from the league.”
    Don’t kid yourself – you knock out the starting QB and your odds of winning the game go up dramatically. Any D-lineman will take the penalty and fine for a win.
    Oh, and DSTULL – the economy is in the shitter because financial derivatives were NOT regulated. Read a newspaper some time.

  41. batfreight says: Mar 23, 2009 9:08 AM

    Get rid of all the players, just have the two coaches play “Madden” against each other and put it on the big screen at the stadium. Commissioner Goode… I mean Commissioner Kraft, is destroying the NFL. Trying to legislate injuries out of the game is absurd. It will just force players to react against their instincts, or hesitate, which could actually lead to more injuries. The other downside is that it affords the incredibly incompetant officials to make even more totally subjective, game changing calls. Games will be decided by idiotic “roughing” calls and 50 yard pass interference penalties. The NFL continues to take the outcome of the game out of the hands of the athletes and put it into the hands of a myriad of part time refs and league beaurocrats.

  42. Streetlight says: Mar 23, 2009 12:10 PM

    In the 50’s, Godzilla was 265 lb – today its 400 lbs. Very simple, get hit by a 350 lb.’er at speeds near 30 feet/sec = injury.
    Its only the better equipment which helps keep the toll down. Now add all the knowledge these defensemen have about where and how to hit to hurt. You’d do better running across an interstate. Its not our imagination, serious injuries now are routine in EVERY game. The NFL must make ejections for making dangerous hits (“MDH”) – where any ejection for an MDH costs the player automatically the next game. Issue 1. Eject ANY helmut to helmut. No matter what. Issue 2. Eject for ANY slamming of a QB down. Issue 3. A defenseman is wholly responsible for a Blind side hit. If the QB (or ball handler) is injured – Eject.

  43. gump211 says: Mar 24, 2009 9:57 AM

    here’s an idea, why don’t we just get rid of offensive and defensive lineman all together,and make any player that wants to rush the quarterback count to ten mississippi.

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