Competition committee to propose ban on leaping to block kicks

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Leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicks has become a controversial tactic, in the minds of both players and coaches.

So now, the league’s competition committee is trying to do something about it.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the competition committee is expected to propose a ban of defensive players leaping over the line to try to block kicks, and the measure could come up for a vote at next week’s owner’s meetings.

Representatives of the NFLPA suggested such a rule to the competition committee during a meeting at the Scouting Combine.

And it will likely have traction among some coaches, including Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who was upset after Seattle’s Bobby Wagner did it twice last year.

Under the current rules, players can leap as long as they don’t land on an offensive player, which was the case in Wagner’s in last year’s overtime tie with the Cardinals.

48 responses to “Competition committee to propose ban on leaping to block kicks

  1. I’m sure they’ll say it’s a safety issue while not producing any verifiable statistics to show that it causes injuries more than any other play. Just like kickoffs.

  2. Well, the Pats have had 2 of the 3 players that have done it in the last couple season, though Collins is of course a Brown now.

    Would assume the conversation started as “How can we stop the Patriots from getting even more of an edge next season….”

  3. For years now they have been making the rules so that FG’s and extra points would be easier and easier. You can’t pull offensive lineman, you can’t touch the snapper, you can’t touch the kicker, and now you can’t leap over the line. Why don’t they just make all kicks free kicks and take the other 19 players off the field entirely. The NFL has legislated the FG block out of the game.

    But what can you expect when the stupid “competition committee” which is made up of a who’s who of Patriot haters and Goodell suck ups, that continues to worship on the alter of more points per game.

  4. W E A K ! ! ! ! !

    Blocking kicks is a staple of the game. Why not just set up the defensive unit with a tea party on the sideline when the other team is kicking?

    So ridiculous (again).

  5. You had to know this was coming when the Patriots had success with this play two or three times this year.

    Well guess what. Make all the rules you want – the Patriots are still going to dominate next season.

  6. Oh, and it’s “hilarious” watching the NFL feigning out concerned they are for player safety.

    What a crock.

  7. So, the Richard Sherman around the edge and play through the whistle issue (which was VERY dangerous) is perfectly legal, meanwhile, the Kam Chancellor / B-wag leap over the line, where no player is actually contacted, is somehow unsafe.

    Right.

  8. Ok let’s stop attempting to tackle people on all running and passing plays while you’re at it. That makes as much sense as not leaping to block a kick.

  9. As expected, it’s just the latest version of the Bill Polian approach to “competition”:

    Patriots win the Super Bowl, let’s change the rules

  10. But you still let the Packers leap into the stands while any other team in the NFL would be fined.

  11. They should just have a snapper, holder and kicker on the field for the offense, give the defense one player with a trampoline, make them time the kick so he is low when they kick it…

  12. There are already two penalties associated with it.

    Offsides if you time it wrong and Leaping if you come down on another player which is a personal foul. A smart coach would find a way to… I don’t know… change things up or do something in the process to get the free yardage instead of outright banning it.

    A lazy coach, idiotic coach, or someone who is set in their ways of doing things would want to actually ban it.

    Besides, IT IS A TACTIC YOU COULD USE TO WIN A GAME! You should want that!

  13. Wah, wah, wah! They beat us with that so let’s ban it. That’s as ridiculous as pats fans thinking that the pats were the first and only team to do it making them the reason for the attempted rule change. Both seriously lame.

  14. There is a point when it gets to be too much, we’re past that point. Instead of spending money to help further medical research and aid due to the sports related injuries and disabilities, developing better equipment to protect the players from those same said injuries and also providing better health care and screening…we’ll save money by turning the sport into a shell of what it once was and made the game great.

  15. The NFL and its Competition Committee are going to “propose themselves right out of the living rooms of America”!!! Enough already with rule changes. You want to change a rule? Pay the refs!!!

  16. MasMacho says:
    Mar 20, 2017 12:20 PM

    So, the Richard Sherman around the edge and play through the whistle issue (which was VERY dangerous) is perfectly legal, meanwhile, the Kam Chancellor / B-wag leap over the line, where no player is actually contacted, is somehow unsafe.

    Right.
    ________________________________

    Did you watch the replay of Sherman’s “FG block?” Because if you did, you would know that he didn’t play through a whistle. The zebra threw a flag, but no whistle was blown until after the play. Not saying it was a safe play, just stating facts.

  17. or, hey, what about this? Instead of making more rules on how players can’t jump or how offense can’t intentionally cause a penalty to end the game or how an eligible player needs to tell everyone three times then turn around twice and whistle we just make the coaches do what they are paid to do and come up with creative ways to stop them?

  18. Did you watch the replay of Sherman’s “FG block?” Because if you did, you would know that he didn’t play through a whistle. The zebra threw a flag, but no whistle was blown until after the play. Not saying it was a safe play, just stating facts.

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    Yes, I watched it. Agree on all points. I thought it was a legal play as well. Still dangerous.

  19. They can always just change the rules to where you can’t rush the kicker at all. Just let him have a free kick and he either makes it or misses it, with no opposition.

  20. codytha035 says:
    Mar 20, 2017 12:16 PM

    Rabble rabble I’m done watching the NFL

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    I’m going to call bs on that. You care enough about the NFL to come to a site discussing the NFL, and now one possible (not yet enacted) rule change will cause you to never watch the NFL again? Liar.

  21. I would have worked on the stupid “ice the kicker” last second time out before this play. Nothing makes an already boring play worse than having to watch them do it twice.

  22. They don’t really have to ban it. They just need a guy standing next to but behind the center and he will simply block whoever tries to make a leap, low-bridging and upending the guy so he lands on his head if necessary.

  23. [Sarcasm]The rule should be changed to require all defensuve people within 5 yards the line to have to try to block the kick while sitting on their posteriors. [/sarcasm]

    It’s only fair, right?

  24. A little more wussified every season. Where does it end? Will it come down to two quarterbacks meeting at a table at mid-field, sitting down, and battling it out on Xbox?

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