NFL to consider rule preventing multiple dead ball fouls to run time off clock

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In the Titans’ playoff win over the Patriots in January, they were able to run more than a minute off of the clock by taking back-to-back delay of game penalties before punting the ball away.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had employed a similar tactic in the past, but the Competition Committee has proposed a rule that would keep Belichick, Titans coach Mike Vrabel or any other team from doing so again in the future.

When Belichick used the tactic in an October win over the Jets, he called it “a loophole that will be closed and probably should be closed.” Now the NFL has a chance to close it once and for all.

The NFL announced that the committee has proposed amending the rule about when the game clock starts in order “to prevent teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.” The rule currently calls for the clock to start after a penalty outside of the final two minutes of the first half and the final five minutes of the second half or if a specific rule states that the clock should not start.

12 responses to “NFL to consider rule preventing multiple dead ball fouls to run time off clock

  1. I must thank Mike Vrabel for the most entertaining and enjoyable 5-mins of football I have had in years.

  2. Yeah, and watch the media call it the “Vrabel Rule” in a lame attempt to insult Belichick.

  3. Glad it worked against Bill. Came back to bite you bill??? His face was priceless during that. Lol.

  4. I’m absolutely positive regardless of what the rules are if the Raiders have tried that they wouldn’t have allowed it simply because it would have given them an advantage

  5. Bill did it in a blow out win against the Jets…. he did it to show the committee that it is bad & needs to be addressed so that people like Vrabel wouldn’t be able to do it at a time when it actually mattered like he did in Playoffs….cudos to Vrabel for taking advantage of it….if Bill had of done that in a game or situation that mattered the cheating mantra would have lit up the internet….Bill did the right thing & brought it to the attention of the NFL…. Vrabel took advantage of the rule to win, there is a difference!!!

  6. cardinealsfan2o says:
    April 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Yeah, and watch the media call it the “Vrabel Rule” in a lame attempt to insult Belichick.

    Please. Let’s not pretend that Bellicik invented it. I was watching an old Vikings game on YouTube and Bud Grant did it in the 80s. It’s NOT that genius for crying out loud.
    Not everyone is all about thinking “How will this affect Bill”…
    Geesh….

  7. The reason BB and the Pats get accused of cheating so often is because they’ve been suspected so many times, and caught more than once. You get a reputation and it follows you. I’m curious, as everyone else is, whether or not BB or TB can win w/o the other one. If neither one does you can expect even more talk of them being cheaters.

  8. I have to commend a HC that read’s and understands the rule book(there’s not many of them out there) and isn’t afraid to wander into the gray areas, you can sure tell he’s a Belichick disciple!

    KUDO’S Vrabel!

  9. Bl00dwerK says:
    April 10, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    The reason BB and the Pats get accused of cheating so often is because they’ve been suspected so many times, and caught more than once. You get a reputation and it follows you.
    ______________________________________

    REALLY? Then why doesn’t anyone talk about the Broncos, Jets, Colts, Steelers or 49er’s?
    According to your team cheats they are the 5 worst offenders and I remember very well the 49er’s and all the times they were caught cheating in the 1990’s and early 2000’s(salarycap gate, stickem’ gate, slippery gate, etc), the owner and GM got a hell of a fine and lost several draft picks for a few years which sent them to the back of the bus for over a decade!

    BTW the Pats aren’t even in the top 10, they’re listed in 14th place. The Giants, Ravens, Raiders, Dolphins and Packers round out the top 10.

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