NFL bans low blocks from behind

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Defensive players are now protected from being blocked in the knees from behind, after owners voted to change the league’s rules today.

The rules change, which seemed to be popular both with players and fans, will go into effect for the 2013 season. It will make the rule on low blocks consistent everywhere on the field, after the rules had previously banned low blocks from behind in most areas of the field but allowed peel-back blocks into defenders’ knees inside the tackle box.

As the NFL has increasingly cracked down on hits to offensive players’ heads, defensive players have increasingly complained that their knees need more protection. Now the NFL has listened to those complaints.

The owners also voted on a rules change that will prevent teams from loading up on one side of the line of scrimmage on extra points and field goal attempts, to try to prevent injuries in pile-ups on such plays.

More controversial proposals on the tuck rule, replay challenges and players lowering their helmets have not yet come to a vote at the league meeting.

42 responses to “NFL bans low blocks from behind

  1. Bout damn time. Any block to the knee should result in an ejection. I’ve seen too many seasons and/or careers ended by these obviously dangerous blocks.

    Ever had knee surgery? It’s about as painful as it gets. But as fans, we just shrug our shoulders and justify it by noting that they’re well paid.

    This is a long overdue, common sense move.

  2. Agree.

    But that RB crown stuff makes me sick.

    Unless you want to see broken chins and jaws.

  3. NFL Players and the NFLPA had better never complain about these new rules. Why you ask? Simple, every NFL player ever is suing the NFL, that costs millions in legal fees for the NFL plus all the liability involved.
    It is the same principle in medicine. Patients who who think they’ve been injured sue the doctor or hospital, the insurance company pays, the doctors liability insurance skyrockets, and the increase is passed on to customers via higher premiums.
    I side with the owners here, they must protect themselves from the players.

  4. Foster’s(Denver) block on Tony Williams(Cincy) back in 04′ on Monday night against the Broncos was gruesome…It ended the dudes career…This is way overdue!

  5. The problem with this will be the ref’s interpretation of this rule on the field.

  6. They didn’t ban cut blocks you moron. They banned blocks to the knee from behind. You now, the thing the shredded Cushing’s knee and contributed in the long run to the downfall of the Texans?

    One useless and cheap block destroyed that team’s season.

  7. OK depends on what else they do, I might ban ever going back to any NFL stadium.

    Red Zone Channel here I come.

    The NFL already has an attendance problem so changing the game we love to the point where you can no longer recognize it will not help them sell tickets.

    I mean really guys enough is enough. Rember the talk of no more kickoffs, running backs can’t lower the head, totally ridiculous. When they start to lose money an attendance effects the bottom line then and only then may things change back to normal, a little bit.

    Time to invest in a 70 inch flat screen, a phrase the NFL never wants to hear.

  8. baltimorons says:
    Mar 19, 2013 2:54 PM
    Good thing Baltimore got their Super Bowl win this year. That’s a team that lived by the cut blocks.

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    What’s that you say – oh your team isn’t competitive, relevant, or the reigning superbowl champions. Got it.

  9. It’s about time. I couldn’t believe those blocks were allowed. Blind side, cheap shots. You could see some players pull up because they didn’t want to do it.

  10. Low blocks from behind have been illegal since I played football back in the late 1960s.

    It was called it “clipping” and was a 15 yd penalty.

    I believe it was a penalty in the NFL too, so it’s not like Goodell is breaking any new ground with this announcement.

  11. This was already penalized as an illegal block in the back.

    Here’s my proposed rule change. Get rid of yellow flags and give all the refs green flags. If the play is clean, throw a green flag. I’m sick of being conditioned to look for a yellow flag on every play. At least this way, flags can now be associated with good play.

  12. Great another rule for the refs to administer as they see fit, which will most likely not be called equally. Just like PI, hitting a defenseless receiver, and hits to the Qb….

  13. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 19, 2013 2:48 PM

    Agree.

    But that RB crown stuff makes me sick.

    Unless you want to see broken chins and jaws.
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    I understand your concern as far as those injuries, and I understand its going to cheapen the value of a power RB, but the NFL can’t have it both ways.

    Just, because AP has the ball doesn’t mean he can lead with the crown of his helmet and initiate the contact in that matter.

    How is that fair to the DBs. That make accidental helmet/helmet contact when someone’s protecting themselves, While AP is in a prime position to give/recieve concussions?

  14. Eventually, because of lawyers, lawsuits, and agents, the league will begin to resemble, quite literally, a non-contact sport. Of course this is likely 30 years down the line and will be internationalized by then, but nevertheless, sad.

  15. This is at least a rule change that makes sense. If you’re concerned about player safety, then this one, and an increase in the standards for field conditions make sense.

    Stopping the running back from running behind his helmet makes sense in theory, but if applied in a way that prevents a running back from running behind his pads does not. You also can’t flag a RB from turtling up in an effort to protect himself and the football from a linebacker or safety bursting through the hole full speed. That’s going to put a lot of judgement of intent into the implementation of the rule, which is never a good thing.

  16. ravenator says:

    What’s that you say – oh your team isn’t competitive, relevant, or the reigning superbowl champions. Got it.

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    Get over yourself already. You make Steelers fans look humble.

  17. There will be so many rules that games will take six hour for all the refs to get together and see why the flag was thrown.

  18. So, if you’re a tackle and an edge rusher beats you off the snap, instead of recovering with a low block you’re legally only allowed to watch him crush your QB. Brilliant.

  19. micknangold says: Mar 19, 2013 5:26 PM

    So, if you’re a tackle and an edge rusher beats you off the snap, instead of recovering with a low block you’re legally only allowed to watch him crush your QB. Brilliant.
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    Well, they could hold the guy that beat them….oh wait, they already do.

    That low block outside the tackle box or free blocking zone in HS/college is illegal anywhere else but in the NFL.

    It still isn’t illegal….read the from behind part, genius. Crack backs are illegal on the back of the legs. LOW blocks are still legal…..for this week anyway.

  20. If a thread pops that refers to sideline chalk, someone will find a way to bring up the Ravens.

    I almost don’t want to win another Superbowl.

  21. Every new rule change places control and outcome of the game in the ref’s hands,
    and that’s not how sports were meant to be played.

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