NFL will consider another chop block rule

AP

Although rules changes to restrict helmet-to-helmet hits have drawn more attention, the NFL has also in recent years increasingly restricted low blocks, in an attempt to protect players’ knees. And another rule may be coming this offseason.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL’s Competition Committee is considering a rule that would eliminate the chop block.

It’s unclear precisely how the new rule would be worded. Last year the league voted to further restrict chop blocks by making it illegal for a running back to chop a defensive player engaged above the waist by another offensive player outside the tackle box.

Chop blocks are still legal in certain situations in line play, and the NFL could eliminate those situations. Some defensive players have argued that the league needs to go further and ban all low blocks. The Competition Committee will need to come up with the precise wording of a new rule designed to give greater protection to defensive players’ knees, and then the league’s owners will vote on the proposal. Given the league’s emphasis on player safety, it’s likely that any proposal will be approved by the owners.

22 responses to “NFL will consider another chop block rule

  1. Meanwhile defensive linemen are allowed to act like animals from hell. Refs still called chop blocks that weren’t chop blocks last yearn should be a challengable call. Refs have too much power

  2. If a running back can’t stop a blitzer, might this not lead to more hard QB hits, resulting in QB injuries?

  3. The quality of play is being lowered by kneecapping blocks. How many players never had a chance at greatness due to this type of block altering their career path?

    They are people, not gladiators. I know, it’s fun to sit in the comfort of your living room while young men are dealt blows that may cripple them for life. Says a lot about those who would thumbs down an attempt at keeping these guys on the field.

    On the other hand, player turnover gives others a chance at greatness. Bledsoe Brady being one example, but that was a legal hit.

  4. Good should have happened already

    Now we can get all the comments from the “old school” people telling us how they are “hurting the game of football”

  5. Having played both sides of the ball in High School and suffering an ACL injury from a cut block, I say get rid of the cut block, o-linemen just need to get stronger…

  6. Why do ball carriers get to grab the facemask of the defender? If grabbing a facemask is inherently dangerous, shouldn’t nobody be allowed to touch a facemask?

    As for ‘warding off a defender’ by simply pushing on a facemask, I say bull snot. Time after time a ball carrier’s fingers are inside a defenders facemask thoroughly controlling that defender’s head and neck.

    I don’t know why defenders are not suing the NFL for putting their health and safety at risk.

  7. I hope they make it reviewable. The Lions received a phantom call against the Rams that turned 1st and goal at the 2 to 3 and 15 or something from own 40.

    Clear as day the blocked player was not engaged by anyone but the RB when they played it back.

  8. NFHS (ruling body for most of the nation in HS football) just made “clipping” in the free blocking zone illegal a few weeks ago. It rarely happens there, but this is the first piece of the puzzle which I believe will make every low block illegal anywhere on the field at every level in the next 5-7 years, IMO.

    All other legal low blocks will remain this year, my guess is they will be done away with in the next 2 to 3 years at the HS level.

  9. torebear says:
    Feb 29, 2016 2:19 PM

    I hope they make it reviewable. The Lions received a phantom call against the Rams that turned 1st and goal at the 2 to 3 and 15 or something from own 40.

    Clear as day the blocked player was not engaged by anyone but the RB when they played it back.
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    If it was a crack-back block…which was deemed illegal in 2012 in the NFL, being engaged with anyone is irrelevant. Not sure which one you are referring…just an FYI.

  10. @CannedHeat It was the penalty that was new last year:

    “illegal for a running back to chop a defensive player engaged above the waist by another offensive player outside the tackle box”

    The problem in the game was there was no offensive player engaging the defender. Only the RB.

    The ref saw something that wasn’t there. Something a quick replay would have cleared up in two seconds.

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