NFL votes to make all blindside blocks illegal

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The NFL has made its first rules change, one NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent predicted last month would pass easily.

Owners voted Tuesday to make blindside blocks illegal.

Previous rules prohibited only blindside blocks to the head and neck area, but the NFL coaches’ subcommittee recommended the change to banish all blindside blocks. One-third of all concussions on punts were caused by blindside blocks, the NFL’s health and safety department found.

Now, any forcible contact by the blocker with his head, shoulder or forearm is prohibited.

Owners will have longer, more lively and more divisive discussions on expanding replay as the day progresses.

18 responses to “NFL votes to make all blindside blocks illegal

  1. I guess there will never be another NFL video of Hardest Hits of the Game. Hard hits are slowly being ruled out of the sport.

  2. Has the league defined what a blindside block actually is? Because I can see guys trying to “turn” themselves into a defenseless player to get a flag.

  3. yetipro says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    Great move and good for the game. If you need mindless brutality switch on UFC.

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    Mindless brutality?! The UFC is art in violent form. That is high level problem solving with dire physical consequences. Those are world class fighters playing a high level game, there is nothing mindless about it.

    As for the NFL, keep your head on a swivel. Blind side blocks allowed smaller men to take on much much larger individuals with great success. This game is moving away from physicality and moving toward who can run the fastest down the field.

  4. “As for the NFL, keep your head on a swivel. Blind side blocks allowed smaller men to take on much much larger individuals with great success. This game is moving away from physicality and moving toward who can run the fastest down the field.”

    Exactly I’m with you. Another few years they can stop calling it football because the more they soften the game with these rule changes the less the game resembles actual football.

  5. Too late to help all those people that dirty player Hines Ward purposefully injured.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: “Exactly I’m with you. Another few years they can stop calling it football because the more they soften the game with these rule changes the less the game resembles actual football.”
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    There were 23,866 recorded tackles in 2018. I dare you to step onto the field and take just one of the “normal” tackles by Khalil Mack, JJ Watt or Von Miller.

    Anyone that thinks those guys hit “soft” don’t actually watch football every week.

  7. That is going to hurt a big part of the Steeler’s, cheap shot receivers, offense.

  8. How will the Steelers block anyone on Cincinnati? If it isn’t illegal (or results in the inevitable after season rules change) you ain’t trying…..

  9. minnesotablizzard: You’re right–it’s not mindless brutality. It’s just a bar fight where the combatants actually trained. Totally unwatchable.

  10. Oh cool……thanks for turning around….. I had to stand here running in place waiting until you could see me before I could try to knock you off your feet

  11. a rule that is at least 60 years and countless career-ending injuries too late, like Dick Butkus;

  12. The NFL is just adding more and more details to an already inept refereeing group. This new rule will only help facilitate their ineptness and increase the expletives of the fan base. &%^$%@#$!# 😀

  13. Minnesotablizzard,

    dear little man, blindside blocks only serve one true purpose—to hurt better players on the other team out of the game;

    if you’re so small you have to hurt a bigger player just to be able to ‘compete’ against him, it means your talent is even smaller and you have no business playing the game at all;

    but then, the mentality that suggests locking two human pit bulls in a metal cage to go at each other like mindless savages is somehow an ‘art form’ will never know the difference between quantity and quality;

    football is a GAME, NOT a war;

    when the cheap element you subscribe to is removed, it approaches fine art—see Sanders, Barry;

    UFC pretend to be a game and a war and fails miserably in either case;

    there is no art to it at all save that of a barroom brawl;

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