Owners from the NFL voted on two rules for this upcoming season. Earlier today the voted on eliminating the tuck rule and whether or not to penalize offensive players, especially running backs, on using the crown of their helmets to hit defensive players.
The tuck rule was voted out of the league. There has to be some joy in Oakland to have this rule eliminated from league rules since that rule was famously brought to light in the 2001 playoffs. Back then the Raiders thought they forced a fumble on the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but the tuck rule kept the ball in the Pats possession and helped New England go to the Super Bowl.
You got feel for Tom Brady. First it was Wes Welker leaving and now this! Poor dude needs to catch a break….oh wait I think will be just fine.
So moving forward to the 2013 NFL season if a quarterback starts to bring the football back toward his body while trying to throw, it will be ruled a fumble instead of an incomplete pass.
The Oakland Raiders tweeted out, “Adios, Tuck Rule.”
The next rule came with some harsh reaction from players around the league. A rule new that will be on the offensive side is the one with the crown of the helmet hits rule. This rule will mostly affect running backs.
If a player is more than three yards downfield or outside of the tackle box delivers a blow with the crown of his helmet a 15-yard penalty will be called. In the heat of the moment the rule can be charged to both offensive and defensive players. If any player lowers his head and uses the crown of the helmet to make contact, that player will be penalized.
Matt Forte, who is a running back for the Chicago Bears, is upset at the new rule. He tweeted, “Wow so they really passed that rule, last time I checked football was a contact sport. Calling bank now to set up my lowering the boom fund.”
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher gave his thoughts on the rule by saying, “We had discussions with the players association and the players themselves, the coaches’ subcommittee. A lot of people talked to us about this rule and how to roll it out in our game.”
You have to thinks some players on the defensive side are happy to hear this news. Usually it is the defense having to change the way the play. This time it is the offence that has to make an effort to conform to the new rules.