Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Originally Posted by zipazoid
Don't know if that specific rule change is wussification. I mean, it wasn't changed due to players getting injured. It was changed to see more scoring.
What pisses me off, as a Browns fan, is we got one of the best CBs in the game in Joe Haden, and our top pick was Justin Gilbert, the best CB in the draft. We got the capacity to have two shutdown Corners...and then the league goes and changes the rules; basically neutering that competitive advantage.
I think the way team are going to have to play this is, get right up on the WR at the LOS & basically smack them in the mouth at the snap.
So did they actually change the rules again this year? The 5 yard rule has been in there for several years now. And I agree 100% that it was not an injury/"wussification" thing, but a "lets make it really easy for Peyton, Tom, Aaron, et. al. to light up the scoreboard week after week" rule.
But it sounds like they made it even more stringent? Or did the refs just get flag happy the other night?
The five yard rule has been in effect since 1974. It has been "re-emphasized" a number of times. It works for and against ever team. It just seems that Bad-dell doesn't like defense winning Superbowls.
Sweeping rules changes were adopted to add action and tempo to games: one sudden-death overtime period was added for preseason and regular-season games; the goal posts were moved from the goal line to the end lines; kickoffs were moved from the 40- to the 35-yard line; after missed field goals from beyond the 20, the ball was to be returned to the line of scrimmage; restrictions were placed on members of the punting team to open up return possibilities; roll-blocking and cutting of wide receivers was eliminated; the extent of downfield contact a defender could have with an eligible receiver was restricted; the penalties for offensive holding, illegal use of the hands, and tripping were reduced from 15 to 10 yards; wide receivers blocking back toward the ball within three yards of the line of scrimmage were prevented from blocking below the waist.
The five-yard contact rule will be enforced more stringently.
Hits with the helmet or to the head by the defender will be flagged as personal fouls and subject to fines. This is being done to protect the offense, particularly the quarterback.
Bill Polian whines and they re-emphasize it again.