NFL approves change to rule on blocking below the waist

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NFL owners tabled a proposed change to the rules governing blocks below the waist earlier this year, but they voted to approve it on on Wednesday.

The change expands the area where blocks by offensive and defensive players are prohibited. Such blocks are now against the rules when they occur within the tight end box.

The tight end box is defined as five yards on either side of the line of scrimmage and two yards outside either tackle position. All contact below the waist outside that box is now barred except for when it involves a runner or player trying to catch a forward or backward pass. That would include a defensive player taking out the legs of a pulling lineman in addition to any blocks made by offensive players.

A penalty for an illegal block below the waist will cost a team 15 yards.

7 responses to “NFL approves change to rule on blocking below the waist

  1. A penalty for an illegal block below the waist will cost a team 15 yards.
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    We’re going to need a bigger field…

  2. Just what we need. More stupid penalties for plays that would normally be celebrated by football fans.

  3. “Such blocks are now against the rules when they occur within the tight end box.”

    “All contact below the waist outside that box is now barred except for when it involves a runner or player trying to catch a forward or backward pass.”

    Just more confusing rules complicating the officiating and delaying the game… I get the safety part but football, especially at the pro level is an inherently dangerous game, hence the size of those game checks.

  4. This corrects the weird situation where a chop block by the adjacent player is illegal but legal if the player lines up two people away. In any case, this just reinforces the notion that you have to be a lawyer to understand the rules of football and I’ve watched all my life. How is any newbie supposed to enjoy watching a game?

    Just another step in the destruction of the game.

  5. one step closer to the NFFL, no tackling, no real blocking, no hands on a WR, TE or RB, no wedge, and soon there will be no more KO’s- this has become strictly about gambling and fantasy, does not remotely resemble actual football

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