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    NFL May Tweak Some Rules

    NFL might tweak offensive holding, false start rules


    NEW YORK -- The NFL is satisfied with its officiating but concerned that high-profile errors in the playoffs and Super Bowl left a bad impression.

    So beginning next week at league meetings in Orlando, Fla., it will tweak a few rules, dealing mostly with player safety, offensive holding and false starts.

    "Because of the magnitude of the games, there's an indictment of the system," Atlanta general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman of the league's competition committee, said Wednesday during a conference call.

    The main topic will be the first steps in choosing a successor to Paul Tagliabue. The commissioner will appoint a committee Monday to begin the process.

    McKay, a leading candidate, dodged several questions on that subject. Instead, he spent most of his time discussing officiating, as did his committee during meetings the past month in Indianapolis and Naples, Fla.

    In the 256 games during the past regular season, there were 850 false-start calls. To cut that number, the committee is ready to recommend that minor flinches by wide receivers be ignored if they have no effect on the play.

    The committee also is considering recommending to officials that they make sure there was holding on a play before throwing a flag.

    "We want to make sure they actually see the foul," McKay said.

    One such play occurred in the Super Bowl. Seattle right tackle Sean Locklear was called for holding on a pass completion early in the fourth quarter that would have put the Seahawks at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line, poised to go in for the tying touchdown. After the penalty, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception and the Steelers eventually scored to take a 14-point lead.

    The committee also wants to change the rule on hits by defenders below the knee on quarterbacks. McKay said defensive players will be told they must make an effort to avoid hitting QBs in the legs to avoid serious injuries, like the hit on Cincinnati's Carson Palmer against the Steelers in the playoffs.

    Another recommendation expands the rule put in place last year against "horse collar" tackles. That violation mandated flags only when a defensive player coming from behind got his hands inside the shoulder pads of a player with the ball. If it is expanded, it would extend that to tackles inside the shirt.

    The committee also is considering an annual proposal from the Kansas City Chiefs to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams. He said there was more interest in it this year, although he stopped short of saying the committee would recommend it.

    In addition to McKay, the committee includes coach Jeff Fisher of Tennessee, the co-chairman; general managers Ozzie Newsome of Baltimore; Bill Polian of Indianapolis; and executives John Mara of the New York Giants and Mark Richardson of Carolina. Coach Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati is a nonvoting member.

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    Wow, great read....how are you supposed to tackle a qb like culpepper not below the knees?? your gonna have to blind side them!....they shouldnt make a rule like that!!! that gives all the advantage to the qb!

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    Too Bad its so late. seattle could have won the superbowl and i wouldnt have had to watch stinky old shitsburg win it. pooh
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    The QBs already have too much protection. You want protection, get an o-line. I agree, someone like Culpepper is already tough to bring down. Maybe they should just put flags on the QB and say he can never be tackled.

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    Don't expand the playoffs. If they are expanded, it only devalues the importance of them.

    I don't want the NFL Playoffs to end up like the NBA Playoffs. At the rate we're going you could see a team with a losing record end up in the playoffs! It wasn't that far off from happening this year. And the Chiefs are only proposing this because they know that soon the only way they'll get into the playoffs is through expansion because they won't be good enough otherwise.

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    "Benet" wrote:
    Don't expand the playoffs. If they are expanded, it only devalues the importance of them.

    I don't want the NFL Playoffs to end up like the NBA Playoffs. At the rate we're going you could see a team with a losing record end up in the playoffs! It wasn't that far off from happening this year. And the Chiefs are only proposing this because they know that soon the only way they'll get into the playoffs is through expansion because they won't be good enough otherwise.

    In order for that to happen, we would have to see several teams from both the NFC, and AFC have losing records. It could happen, but it seems like teams are bettering themselves off with the exception of Oakland. :grin:

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    Hell there is holding every play. You see jersies stretching and hands grabbing........

    They need to call it more often if anything.

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    Re: NFL May Tweak Some Rules

    From the USA Today

    Expanding playoffs, instant replay on NFL owners' agenda

    Posted 3/22/2006 7:56 PM

    Expanding playoffs, instant replay on NFL owners' agenda
    By Larry Weisman, USA TODAY
    Proposals to expand the NFL playoff field from 12 to 14 teams and to make all penalties eligible for instant replay review will vie for attention by team owners next week as they also look to establish a process by which they will replace Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
    The league meeting in Orlando begins Monday and concludes Wednesday. Tagliabue, who announced his retirement earlier this week, will discuss procedures for creating a committee to handle the search for his successor.

    Adding two playoff teams and widening the scope of replay as an officiating tool are under consideration by the competition committee, which makes recommendations about the rules of the game to the owners. The Kansas City Chiefs pitched the larger playoff field, having missed qualifying for the postseason this year with a 10-6 record. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pitched the expanded use of replay.

    Adding playoff teams has been discussed before and voted down but committee co-chairman Rich McKay, the Atlanta Falcons general manager, says it "has definitely sparked some interest." Part of that stems from the first-ever Super Bowl victory by a team (the Pittsburgh Steelers) seeded sixth (last) in its conference.

    McKay said the league was also concerned about the perception that officiating had slipped but he emphasized that the concern was more about the perception than any actual decline. He did not argue that some calls made during the playoffs and Super Bowl were, at the very least, controversial.

    "We thought the officials had a very good year," he said in conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. "There was no question there were a couple of calls in the playoffs and the Super Bowl that we wish we had back but by and large it was a very good year."

    The competition committee is also looking at a couple of other issues, including:

    Low hits on quarterbacks: "We're going to put a little more onus on the defensive player when he has the opportunity to avoid" such contact, McKay said.

    Protect long snappers on kicks: A rule change would not allow anyone to line up head up on the centers.

    Blocks in the back: The proposal would prohibit the kicking team from pushing or blocking in back while the ball is in the air.

    No loading up on onside kicks: The NFL would adopt the college rule mandating at least four players on either side of the kicker.

    Broaden the horsecollar tackle rule: To include tackles made when players grab the inside of the back of the jersey, not just the shoulder pad.

    Instant replay: Allow review of plays where the officials ruled a player down by contact, which was proposed last year but did not pass. The committee also wants to cut the referee's review time from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.

    False starts: Would allow eligible receivers to reset after a flinch instead of forcing officials to throw the flag and kill the play. There were 850 false-start penalties last year.

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    False starts: Would allow eligible receivers to reset after a flinch instead of forcing officials to throw the flag and kill the play. There were 850 false-start penalties last year.

    YES YES YES! Let them play the damn game. Way too many false start penalties last year!

    expand the NFL playoff field from 12 to 14 teams

    No way. Come on... what's next. Two teams from each division get in the playoffs? Leave ti at 12, so making the playoffs is still something special. heck, I think they should institute a rule that says no team with an 8-8 record or lower makes the playoffs. Teams that would have played them just get a bye!
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    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Defense to get headsets...

    Thought this was interesting...

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2380489

    "ESPN's Len Pasquarelli" wrote:
    Like their offensive counterparts, NFL defenses could be wired in 2006.

    As part of its report to owners during next week's annual NFL meeting in Orlando, Fla., the influential competition committee will propose that teams be permitted to install a radio headset into the helmet of one defensive player. The apparatus would be similar to the ones inside the helmets of quarterbacks and would provide coaches an opportunity to communicate with the defense without using hand signals.

    Several defensive coaches, including a few prominent coordinators, have lobbied the league for the past few years to permit headsets for the helmet of at least one defensive player. Those coaches contended that the offense has an unfair advantage because of the quarterback headsets. The competition committee finally agreed that the issue is worthy of consideration.

    Atlanta Falcons team president Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee, acknowledged Tuesday there is some evidence that opposition coaches have been able to decipher the manual signals used by defensive coordinators to set their various schemes.

    "Let's just assume they're borrowing the [hand] signals," McKay said.

    After experimenting with helmet radios during preseason play for a year, the NFL implemented them for regular-season games in 1994. Since that time, the technology has made the headsets increasingly reliable.

    The proposal that will be presented to NFL owners next week would permit each team to designate one defensive player per game to wear a headset. The defensive player could be from any position, although the assumption is that most teams would designate a linebacker.

    When the designated player is off the field, the headset cannot be transferred to another defender. And if the player is injured and forced from the game, the team would lose the use of the headset. "It basically would end the communication," McKay said.

    McKay declined to say of the competition committee will present the proposal with its recommendation. But since the proposal originated with the committee, it almost certainly has its approval, and that usually carries weight with the owners. As with any rules change, the proposal requires a three-quarters vote of the membership or the support of 24 of 32 owners to be approved.
    I think it is probably a much needed change. What do you guys think?

    DR? You are the local football guru, do you think this will have any impact?

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