NFL approves expansion of horse-collar rule

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When the NFL adopted a rule against horse-collar tackles, they made it against the rules for a player to tackle an opponent other than a quarterback in the pocket by pulling him down with a grab inside the shoulder pads from behind.

That rule will be a bit different in the 2016 season. The league approved a proposed rule change from the Competition Committee on Tuesday that will make it illegal when a “defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.”

The change is one of seven approved by the league on Tuesday, including the banning of all chop blocks and a permanent adoption of the rule pushing the snaps for extra point kicks to the 15-yard-line. None of the proposals dealing with an expansion of instant replay rules was approved.

That could be significant with the new horse-collar rule, which will call for officials to make a quick determination about whether a defender has grabbed at the name plate or just below it in their effort to bring down a ballcarrier. An expansion of replay that included the opportunity for coaches to use their challenges on penalties would have made such plays reviewable, but the league obviously didn’t see that as a pressing matter.

21 responses to “NFL approves expansion of horse-collar rule

  1. Ugh another thing the refs can screw up and use to manipulate the outcome of games. Got it.

  2. So we have an expanded rule for a tackle that has only injured one player in NFL history, yet we still have idiotic 46-man game day rosters, it’s still a penalty for a defender to bat the ball out of the end zone, we still don’t know what a catch is and the idiots on the competition committee are trying to find a way to ban the kickoff, probably the most exciting play in the game.

    OK, got it.

  3. Half the time, refs had been incorrectly calling the back jersey tackle (without shoulder pads) a horse-collar tackle anyway.

  4. And the New England Patriots just started designing their player jerseys to have the name plate placed under the players number, at the bottom of the jersey.

  5. tgifcarterthefourththefifth says:
    Mar 22, 2016 1:21 PM

    Does this mean they can’t tackle by the hair anymore? (I think the NFL considered the hair an extension of the uniform and therefore players were allowed to tackle using the hair)
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    I hope not.

  6. Yeah, football is going to be so much worse without players having to worry about getting their knees and hips ruined by poor tackling technique. How dare the NFL take the obvious step in protecting players so that stars remain on the field for our enjoyment?!?

  7. jlbay says:
    Mar 22, 2016 1:26 PM

    And the New England Patriots just started designing their player jerseys to have the name plate placed under the players number, at the bottom of the jersey.
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    That’s why they are winners, and everyone else are whiners.

  8. Another judgement call to be made by blind refs. Free 15 yards for touching a jersey of the offense.

  9. hsunblog says:

    How often do guys get injured by tackles like this?
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    Once. Terrell Owens in 2004

  10. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 22, 2016 3:36 PM

    hsunblog says:

    How often do guys get injured by tackles like this?
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    Once. Terrell Owens in 2004

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    Twice.

    It was TO, but it was another player too that got hurt. This was all because of the leverage technique the crappy slow safety of the Cowboys Roy Williams used.

    “The horse-collar tackle rose to infamy during the 2004 NFL season, in which it was implicated in six major injuries, four of which were caused by Williams, including two in one game. The injuries that season included broken legs for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Baltimore Ravens running back Musa Smith, and Tennessee Titans wide out Tyrone Calico.”

  11. Now that Roy Williams is gone, get rid of the rule.

    Anyone repeatedly using the cowardly tactics of Williams will be flagged for unsportmanlike conduct.

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