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    Touchback Rule: Fumble Through the Endzone

    One rule I would like to see changed in football is the touchback rule when a fumble goes through the endzone. Why is it a touchback? Why does the defensive team gain possession? It makes little sense as a rule.

    In my opinion, the rule should be changed to place the ball at the spot of the fumble. No fumble forward, but no change of possession either.

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    I think it is a good rule honestly. If you fumble through the endzone it should be a touchback. It is essentially an unreturnable punt.

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    I agree. That rule never made sense to me either. The offense should get the ball from the spot it was fumbled, like they would anywhere else on the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcdon00 View Post
    I agree. That rule never made sense to me either. The offense should get the ball from the spot it was fumbled, like they would anywhere else on the field.
    Not true. In most situations, a fumble can advance the play, if you legitimately fumble forward into the endzone and somebody recovers, it's a TD. I believe how it works is if the quarter is in stop-clock timing (last five mintues I'm fairly sure), the fumble cannot be advanced by anybody but the fumbler, and if it is it's re-spotted at the point of fumble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_bleed_purple View Post
    Not true. In most situations, a fumble can advance the play, if you legitimately fumble forward into the endzone and somebody recovers, it's a TD. I believe how it works is if the quarter is in stop-clock timing (last five mintues I'm fairly sure), the fumble cannot be advanced by anybody but the fumbler, and if it is it's re-spotted at the point of fumble.
    If someone recovers they get the forward progress, but if the ball goes out of bounds the ball goes back to the spot it was fumbled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcdon00 View Post
    If someone recovers they get the forward progress, but if the ball goes out of bounds the ball goes back to the spot it was fumbled.
    Ah, i misunderstood you then. I believe you are correct.

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    They should have a jump ball, oh wait, wrong sport. Or they could do that goofy thing the XFL did several years ago in place of the coin toss where they placed the ball at midfield and had a player from each team run for it haha. I'm indifferent about the defense getting possession, but I think they should get it at the 2.

    What brought about this topic anyhow? It makes me think of a few other rules I'd like to see changed while we're on the subject lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minniman View Post
    One rule I would like to see changed in football is the touchback rule when a fumble goes through the endzone. Why is it a touchback? Why does the defensive team gain possession? It makes little sense as a rule.

    In my opinion, the rule should be changed to place the ball at the spot of the fumble. No fumble forward, but no change of possession either.
    It's not always a touchback. sometimes it's a safety. It all depends on which endzone you're talking about that the player fumbles out of.

    If you change one are you also going to say that if a QB fumbles out of the back of an endzone after being pinned deep, that they give the ball the ball back at the spot of the fumble or original LOS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by singersp View Post
    It's not always a touchback. sometimes it's a safety. It all depends on which endzone you're talking about that the player fumbles out of.

    If you change one are you also going to say that if a QB fumbles out of the back of an endzone after being pinned deep, that they give the ball the ball back at the spot of the fumble or original LOS?
    I believe that would still be a safety. If the fumble goes backwards out of bounds, the offense gets the ball where it went out. If that is in the endzone then it's clearly a safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_bleed_purple View Post
    Not true. In most situations, a fumble can advance the play, if you legitimately fumble forward into the endzone and somebody recovers, it's a TD. I believe how it works is if the quarter is in stop-clock timing (last five mintues I'm fairly sure), the fumble cannot be advanced by anybody but the fumbler, and if it is it's re-spotted at the point of fumble.

    Isn't that the Kenny Stabler rule?
    Why must you defend everything this FO does....to the point of making your self look like a yes man.

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