NFL’s New Rules for 2008
Posted by Ryan on August 13, 2008
NFL.com is reporting that a few rule changes discussed in March will indeed be going into effect next season. Among them, I liked these two:
- They are getting rid of the “force out” rule — one has to honestly make the catch and come down with it in-bounds, regardless of whether the defense has knocked you out, allegedly before you had a chance to come down in-bounds. I agree with the NFL that this rule is not consistently enforced as it has both helped and hurt every team.
- Also, they are not penalizing “incidental” facemasks like they did last year. Every team has been a victim of this rule more than a few times each season.
However, there were no new rules involving handling the quarterback. Brushing against this player can cost a team 10-15 yards! Football is still a contact sport last time I checked and quarterbacks and the NFL needs to accept this. However, the NFL still coddles those in this position, even though the hits quarterbacks get are not consistently called either.