Leaping on field goals and extra points banned

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Field goals and extra points may have gotten a little easier today, or at least less contested.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the rule banning leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks has passed.

Viewed as a player-safety measure by the NFLPA, the decision cuts down on the possibility of offensive linemen being landed on, or the leapers themselves being cut for a flip when trying to hurdle the line.

A number of players voiced their displeasure with the rule when it was proposed, notably Seahawks Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor. But that wasn’t enough to compel owners.

58 responses to “Leaping on field goals and extra points banned

  1. Pats and Seahawks are doing it and it helps them win games against teams we’d rather have win. Ban it !

    Corruption runs deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

  2. i know what the rule is intended to stop, however, they had better get the language perfect. having the rule state that players cant “leap over the line of scrimmage” will result in players being penalized for jumping from one side of the line over a player to the other. that sounds logical, until a player jumps over the line but not a player. will he be penalized?
    sounds ridiculous, but once upon a time i knew what a catch was. that was until the rule book was consulted to help us learn what is and is not a catch.

  3. Too entertaining to survive the Goodell era. But that Ravens innovation where every player intentionally holds to run out the clock? A-ok.

  4. What a shame! It was one of the few things that made field goals and PATs exciting.

    Just another ploy to stick it to the Pats.
    #conspiracy
    #firegoodell

  5. This makes it nearly impossible to block kicks. It’s a bad rule. The possibility of injury is present in every play during a game. Banning leaping over the line to cut down on injuries is yet another move toward making the game a non-contact sport.

  6. DUMB. This was a strategy that an intelligent coach could use to their benefit. They could either draw an offside or a personal foul if the defense did not execute it perfectly. Also, this was an exciting way for the defense to win a game by blocking or returning the block. I guess most coaches (Owners as well) are as fragile as their kickers if they couldn’t find a way to exploit this to their benefit.

    Glad to see that the nonsense issue of safety for this relatively safe play became such an issue that it needed to be removed. A better experience for all will come of it…. No fun league.

  7. Did you even read the article or have been following this? this one has nothing to do with Goodell, this one has been pushed by the NFLPA who represents the players not the league.

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 2:12 PM
    Pats and Seahawks are doing it and it helps them win games against teams we’d rather have win. Ban it !

    Corruption runs deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

  8. I don’t mind the rule change. Someone is going to break their neck but then let them line up over the long snapper again or else we will never see a kick blocked ever again.

  9. About time. The previous rule should have been enough but the refs refused to enforce the contact rule, thus making an outright ban a necessity. Blame the refs for this. Often when leaping there was minor contact that wasn’t called or seen by the refs. Even minor contact can lead to injuries to the o-line. Had the refs’s been doing their job, not enough coaches would have complained to outlaw this practice.

  10. more cheating against the pats

    lazy coaches don’t want to coach and here we are yet
    again at the end of a season with selfish, entitled
    losers calling the shots from the competition committee

  11. So if it’s about “player safety”, did the NFL cite how many injuries have occurred on this type of play? I cannot remember a single one….

  12. As much as I like the dynamic of the potential for the leaping block and despise the Goodellbot there are limits to what he can be blamed for. This was an NFLPA initiative

  13. Great change Roger

    You champion of safety

    A HUGE percentage of NFL injuries occur every year on THIS EXACT PLAY

  14. arvinkp says:
    Mar 28, 2017 2:52 PM
    More players have be injured celebrating TDs than jumping over the Center… more dumb rules in the name of player safety.

    Heck, more players have been injured celebrating field goals!

  15. Another rule change in the name of “player safety” without showing any data supporting it.

  16. More players are injured during the kickoff than on this, even with the changes the NFL made to the kickoff as smart teams pooch it and pin teams inside the 20 – how about u guys take another look at that rule change, that you know, actually has data on guys getting hurt rather than 1 play where someone might get hurt at some point in the future…

  17. It’s the NFLPA that wants this, so get off the (getting old fast) Goodell is to blame (and really NE fans need a life); it’ll ruin the game, and OMG it’ll be two hands touch soon. It’s not the Colosseum. If you watch for blood and gore, go MMA. JMO

  18. I wonder what sneaky idea is percolating in the mind of Bill Belichick that we will be reading about in conjunction with a rule change next year at this time.

  19. And, Shea Mcclellin just lost his job.

    ———————

    Get the joke, but between he and Chung, as the big Nickels in certain alignments, he’s not going anywhere. He’s a luxury on RBs out of the backfield, because he’s essentially an over-sized Safety who can run out of a LB spot.

    He’s a poor man’s Sean Lee, if not close to being on par with Lee, on a better D in NE, as opposed to Chicago.

    Why the Bears thought a guy so small for a DE, could thrive in a 4-3 DE spot, while limiting his athleticism, is beyond me.

  20. I wonder what sneaky idea is percolating in the mind of Bill Belichick that we will be reading about in conjunction with a rule change next year at this time.

    ————

    Was someone “sneaky” when the flea flicker or forward pass was created?

    Or playaction?

    Or anything that was never considered “sneaky” in decades past?

    I mean, listen to yourself.

    BB coaches things so well down to the T, you’re simply jealous of it like those on Park Ave and those on the Competition Committe, who work behind the scenes to cheat the Pats.

    It’s that simple.

    Trying to limit what a team does well is cheating, when you change the rules every year, targeting said team.

  21. Meh. Everyone acting like they care so much about this.
    When the season comes around no one will care.

  22. Good. It was cheesy and bush. Almost like having the Giants in Tecmo with LT blowing up every kick. Games shouldn’t be decided based on who has a jumper or not (or who chose to take the Tecmo Giants or not).

  23. Looking back it seems like years and years would go by without any major rule changes. But now every offseason stuff gets tweaked–sometimes like this with the same thing being addressed multiple times. Why can’t they just make up their minds and stick with anything?

  24. Are they going to ban linebackers diving over the line to stop running backs on goal line stands? Hypocrites.

  25. Its actually quite refreshing to hear that a team can no longer win a game by a fluky blocked field goal or extra point……

  26. Surprising no team has blocked a kick from an edge rusher? Oh that’s right they have. Get over it!

  27. Should have kept the play in the game. Just once would love to see the jumper get blocked in the nuts.

  28. vegasdestroyer says:
    Mar 28, 2017 4:27 PM
    Should have kept the play in the game. Just once would love to see the jumper get blocked in the nuts.

    Or the snapper launches the jumper 2 stories up so he’s doing the Running Man on the way down.

  29. Great move, once again by the NFL. No need to wait for someone to break their neck, and then say “gee, that was kinda risky”. That’s why Roger makes the big bucks.

  30. You know, just to be on the safe side, why not just ban leaping from the whole game? I mean, if you can’t catch the ball without leaping for it, it should have just been a better pass, right? No leaping on defense to knock the ball down either. Anyone who jumps once will be warned, second offense means automatic ejection, any past that is a lifetime ban,

  31. How many players have gotten hurt doing this lineman or the person leaping? You would think if it was for player safety there would be overwhelming evidence that this type of play directly correlates to injuries.. I can’t remember seeing any

  32. nhpats says:

    So if it’s about “player safety”, did the NFL cite how many injuries have occurred on this type of play? I cannot remember a single one….
    —————————————————————-
    Yeah, well you also think Richard Sherman is average so what does that say about what you know?

    31-24

  33. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 28, 2017 6:53 PM
    nhpats says:

    So if it’s about “player safety”, did the NFL cite how many injuries have occurred on this type of play? I cannot remember a single one….
    —————————————————————-
    Yeah, well you also think Richard Sherman is average so what does that say about what you know?

    31-24

    ———–

    Did you just try and do a ‘mic drop’ with a regular season game score as some sort of exclamation point the year the Patriots won another Super Bowl?

    How is that supposed to hurt exactly?

    How about 28-24–there’s one everyone will remember. For a long, long time.

  34. Back in the 60s and 70s, the Vikings were notorious for blocking kicks. So what happened? You guessed it. The NFL tightened the rules to cut down on it. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  35. has leaping the line been a major concern for years that now it had to be abolished? I don’t recall it being a pressing issue before.. I DO recall B. Arins pissy comments about wanting to get rid of leaping after BWagz did it in that tie game. it was fun to watch

  36. What about defensive players leaping over the offensive line to down a RB or QB in the backfield? Is that going to be banned now, too? Troy Polamalu was great at this. (Or the time Mike Mitchell tried this against the Jets when Jets QB was running out the clock on a kneel and Mangold sent him flying. Maybe not the smartest move by Mitchell in that scenario.)

  37. Pretty soon you’ll see safe spaces on the field!!! They are slowly stripping down this great game. Are they going to take running out?…or jumping WRs for catches? What about QBs that throw with too much zip…might hurt some hands! Rediculoust!!!

  38. for all these casual fans making remarks about Goodell….he has NOTHING to do with these rule changes….the owners propose them, and then vote on them….please go to ESPN, leave ProFootballTalk for the real fans

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