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Postby Bob 0119 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:45 pm

Apparently, the Redskins got a visit from the refs today to go over some new rule changes.

According to Grant Paulsen on twitter here are the changes

1) @granthpaulsen: 1st rule change: Ball-carrier can't initiate contact of defender w/ helmet crown while outside tackle box. (Head lowered, forcible blow).

2) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: On field goal block, you can't have more than six defenders on 1 side of snapper. Also, no pushing d-linemen into o-linemen.

3) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Snapper now considered a "defenseless" player until they become an active blocker. Good news for @NickSundberg.

4) @granthpaulsen: Major rule change: All players (except kickers / punters) must wear thigh & knee pads. Players have to wear them during pregame warmups too.

5) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Any loss of control of the football during passing motion is a fumble. Used to be incomplete pass (the tuck rule).

Someone asked GP the obvious question about "forward motion"

@granthpaulsen: @SportingParagon @simmons_tweets Asked him about this. Sounds like incompletion until arm is at 90 degree angle and ball is coming down.

Here are some points of emphasis for the refs according to Gene Steratore (via Grant Paulsen)

@granthpaulsen: 2013 point of emphasis: Cutting down on the number of shots players are taking from on-coming defenders, late to a pile up or tackle.


@granthpaulsen: Point of emphasis: Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.


Discuss:
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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby ACW » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:24 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:5) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Any loss of control of the football during passing motion is a fumble. Used to be incomplete pass (the tuck rule).

Someone asked GP the obvious question about "forward motion"

@granthpaulsen: @SportingParagon @simmons_tweets Asked him about this. Sounds like incompletion until arm is at 90 degree angle and ball is coming down.


@granthpaulsen: Point of emphasis: Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.
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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby Bob 0119 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:34 pm

ACW wrote:
Bob 0119 wrote:5) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Any loss of control of the football during passing motion is a fumble. Used to be incomplete pass (the tuck rule).

Someone asked GP the obvious question about "forward motion"

@granthpaulsen: @SportingParagon @simmons_tweets Asked him about this. Sounds like incompletion until arm is at 90 degree angle and ball is coming down.


@granthpaulsen: Point of emphasis: Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.
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I'm with you. I also like the RB leading with the helmet rule. I always thought it was unfair that a running back can grab you're face mask and go helmet to helmet, but a defender gets 15-yards for the same stuff.

Guess we'll have to see HOW they enforce it.
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Postby Countertrey » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:55 pm

With each "contingent rule" (if this, then that...), calling the game gets more complicated. This will simply pile on the increasing number of hideous calls by refs.

Remember the mess caused by the scab refs? When the refs have to review all the contingencies, circumstances, and modifiers, you will get similar results. I predict a big mess.
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Postby skinsfan#33 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:09 pm

I still don't get the needto to change the tuck rule our how the new rule well be enforced. It sounds like they just changed when the throwing motion end.

So now they just changed the argument point.

or is any pass that land behind the LOS a fumble?

I stillhave have no clue how they are going to decide between an incomplete pass and a fumble. Sounds like this is going to be a host route for a while.
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Postby Deadskins » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:01 am

Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.

This was Emmit Smith's favorite move.
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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby ACW » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:09 am

Bob 0119 wrote:
ACW wrote:
Bob 0119 wrote:5) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Any loss of control of the football during passing motion is a fumble. Used to be incomplete pass (the tuck rule).

Someone asked GP the obvious question about "forward motion"

@granthpaulsen: @SportingParagon @simmons_tweets Asked him about this. Sounds like incompletion until arm is at 90 degree angle and ball is coming down.


@granthpaulsen: Point of emphasis: Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.
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I'm with you. I also like the RB leading with the helmet rule. I always thought it was unfair that a running back can grab you're face mask and go helmet to helmet, but a defender gets 15-yards for the same stuff.

Guess we'll have to see HOW they enforce it.
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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby welch » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:29 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:Apparently, the Redskins got a visit from the refs today to go over some new rule changes.

According to Grant Paulsen on twitter here are the changes

1) @granthpaulsen: 1st rule change: Ball-carrier can't initiate contact of defender w/ helmet crown while outside tackle box. (Head lowered, forcible blow).

2) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: On field goal block, you can't have more than six defenders on 1 side of snapper. Also, no pushing d-linemen into o-linemen.

3) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Snapper now considered a "defenseless" player until they become an active blocker. Good news for @NickSundberg.

4) @granthpaulsen: Major rule change: All players (except kickers / punters) must wear thigh & knee pads. Players have to wear them during pregame warmups too.

5) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Any loss of control of the football during passing motion is a fumble. Used to be incomplete pass (the tuck rule).

Someone asked GP the obvious question about "forward motion"

@granthpaulsen: @SportingParagon @simmons_tweets Asked him about this. Sounds like incompletion until arm is at 90 degree angle and ball is coming down.

Here are some points of emphasis for the refs according to Gene Steratore (via Grant Paulsen)

@granthpaulsen: 2013 point of emphasis: Cutting down on the number of shots players are taking from on-coming defenders, late to a pile up or tackle.


@granthpaulsen: Point of emphasis: Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.


Discuss:


(1) Call it the John Riggins rule, but they are about 30 years late. Oh, the delight when Riggo swept the corner and purposely ran down a CB.

(2) ??

(3) Reasonable.

(4) Good.

(5) I don't understand this. Will the refs? The old rule was clear: if Troy Aikman saw Darrel Green step in front of the receiver and tried to pull the ball back, losing his grip, it was a fumble.

(points of emphasis) Both good. If a ball-carrier has been stood up, whistle the play and penalize 15 yards any thug who then hits him.

No grabbing the face-mask, whether to tackle or to make a modern stiff-arm. Open palm to the mask should be OK. A grip on the mask or a punch ought to be penalized.

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Postby welch » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:33 pm

Extra point:

These rules should be introduced in huigh school and college football. That's where technique becomes habit. Break the habit there. Might be hard to start at the NFLO, at the top.

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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby Bob 0119 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:42 pm

welch wrote:
Bob 0119 wrote:Apparently, the Redskins got a visit from the refs today to go over some new rule changes.

According to Grant Paulsen on twitter here are the changes

1) @granthpaulsen: 1st rule change: Ball-carrier can't initiate contact of defender w/ helmet crown while outside tackle box. (Head lowered, forcible blow).

2) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: On field goal block, you can't have more than six defenders on 1 side of snapper. Also, no pushing d-linemen into o-linemen.

3) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Snapper now considered a "defenseless" player until they become an active blocker. Good news for @NickSundberg.

4) @granthpaulsen: Major rule change: All players (except kickers / punters) must wear thigh & knee pads. Players have to wear them during pregame warmups too.

5) @granthpaulsen: Rule change: Any loss of control of the football during passing motion is a fumble. Used to be incomplete pass (the tuck rule).

Someone asked GP the obvious question about "forward motion"

@granthpaulsen: @SportingParagon @simmons_tweets Asked him about this. Sounds like incompletion until arm is at 90 degree angle and ball is coming down.

Here are some points of emphasis for the refs according to Gene Steratore (via Grant Paulsen)

@granthpaulsen: 2013 point of emphasis: Cutting down on the number of shots players are taking from on-coming defenders, late to a pile up or tackle.


@granthpaulsen: Point of emphasis: Ball-carriers controlling a defender by using their face mask. If you don't let go immediately, ball-carrier penalized.


Discuss:


(1) Call it the John Riggins rule, but they are about 30 years late. Oh, the delight when Riggo swept the corner and purposely ran down a CB.

(2) ??

(3) Reasonable.

(4) Good.

(5) I don't understand this. Will the refs? The old rule was clear: if Troy Aikman saw Darrel Green step in front of the receiver and tried to pull the ball back, losing his grip, it was a fumble.

(points of emphasis) Both good. If a ball-carrier has been stood up, whistle the play and penalize 15 yards any thug who then hits him.

No grabbing the face-mask, whether to tackle or to make a modern stiff-arm. Open palm to the mask should be OK. A grip on the mask or a punch ought to be penalized.



No, no, no...the old rule was that if the QB pumped and pulled the ball back and dropped it, it was still considered an incomplete pass. (See Brady: Tuck Rule).

Now, it will be ruled a fumble (as it should have always been)
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Postby Deadskins » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:47 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:Now, it will be ruled a fumble (as it should have always been)

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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby welch » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:31 pm


No, no, no...the old rule was that if the QB pumped and pulled the ball back and dropped it, it was still considered an incomplete pass. (See Brady: Tuck Rule).

Now, it will be ruled a fumble (as it should have always been)


Wait a minute. In the second Redskins / Cowboys game, 1992, RFK, near the end of the game: Redskins had driven deep into Cowboys territory. Punted, I think. Cowboys had the ball on their 1. Aikman spotted Michael Irvin, pumped, saw Darrell Green had read the play and stepped in front of Irvin, pulled the ball back just as DT Jason Buck [I don't know how I remember the name] barrelled over the center, smothered Aikman, who lost conmtro of the ball. (Ruling was that Aikman was pulling his arm back so it counted as a fumble) Ball rolled around the endzone, Emmitt Smith tried to pass, dropped the ball, Redskins recovered for the winning TD.

Jimmy Johnson got so mad he mussed his hair.

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Postby yupchagee » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:39 pm

welch wrote:Extra point:

These rules should be introduced in huigh school and college football. That's where technique becomes habit. Break the habit there. Might be hard to start at the NFLO, at the top.


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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby DarthMonk » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:54 am

welch wrote:

No, no, no...the old rule was that if the QB pumped and pulled the ball back and dropped it, it was still considered an incomplete pass. (See Brady: Tuck Rule).

Now, it will be ruled a fumble (as it should have always been)


Wait a minute. In the second Redskins / Cowboys game, 1992, RFK, near the end of the game: Redskins had driven deep into Cowboys territory. Punted, I think. Cowboys had the ball on their 1. Aikman spotted Michael Irvin, pumped, saw Darrell Green had read the play and stepped in front of Irvin, pulled the ball back just as DT Jason Buck [I don't know how I remember the name] barrelled over the center, smothered Aikman, who lost conmtro of the ball. (Ruling was that Aikman was pulling his arm back so it counted as a fumble) Ball rolled around the endzone, Emmitt Smith tried to pass, dropped the ball, Redskins recovered for the winning TD.

Jimmy Johnson got so mad he mussed his hair.


I was at this game in that endzone and this is (almost) exactly what happened. We had just picked up Buck from the Bengals. I think the refs were looking for the ball while one of our guys (Danny Copeland?) was running around with it.

This was Gibbs' last win at RFK.

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Redskins Recover, Pounce on Cowboys, 20-17
By Richard Justice
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Monday, December 14, 1992; Page C5

They'd been at it for three hours, pounding at one another like a pair of heavyweights, fighting through their emotions and their fatigue and their excitement. Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs later would call it a night he'd never forget, and running back Earnest Byner said it might be the biggest victory of his life, this from a guy who has played in three conference finals and a Super Bowl.

But with 3 1/2 minutes left, all Gibbs and Byner had to show for a long, draining afternoon was a four-point deficit. Then defensive tackle Jason Buck and safety Danny Copeland came up with an ending the Redskins will never forget, one that got them a 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in front of 56,437 yesterday at roaring, swaying RFK Stadium.

Copeland scored the winning touchdown picking up a fumble that ended a strange sequence begun by Buck's sack of Troy Aikman, and the Redskins had their third straight victory. They failed to clinch a playoff spot because Green Bay (8-6) defeated Houston last night, but can wrap up one with a victory in Philadelphia next Sunday. A loss to the Eagles would make the playoff picture much murkier; the Redskins would then be jockeying with the Vikings and Packers for the final wild-card spot.

Those possibilities were second to the emotion that swept through RFK and the home locker room yesterday after the Redskins rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit on a day that included a string of big plays.

"It was one of the hardest-fought games I've ever been in," Gibbs said. "Everyone laid it on the line out there. This was one of the most emotional games I've been in, and it's one I'll always remember. There were a lot of great plays back and forth. This was two great teams, and had everything wrapped into it."

Including: Byner throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass for the Redskins' only offensive touchdown. Linebacker Andre Collins making a goal-line interception to stop a Dallas drive that probably would have sewn up the victory in the fourth quarter. Cornerback Darrell Green having a tough day against Dallas wide receivers Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper, but also stripping the ball from Irvin to stop another Cowboys drive.

"For me, this is as big a game as I've played in for the Redskins," Byner said. "Well, not as big as the Super Bowl, but right there.

The Cowboys' wonderful offensive machine ran up 343 yards, with Irvin catching five balls for 105 yards and tight end Jay Novacek catching a pair of touchdown passes. But the Cowboys didn't score in the second half and they lost three fumbles, matching their total for the previous 13 games.

Then at the end, Buck and Copeland made big plays and running back Emmitt Smith ruined a fine day -- 99 yards on 25 carries -- with a big mistake.

It was an ending that came in several parts. It sent Cowboys Coach Jimmy Johnson sprinting to midfield for an angry postgame tirade at the referees, it sent players from both sides scurrying home to their VCRs and it left the Redskins both joyous and exhausted.

The Cowboys led 17-13 when Aikman came to the line of scrimmage for a second-down-and-seven play from his 5-yard line. In a flash, Buck overpowered center Mark Stepnoski. Buck and Stepnoski collided with Aikman. Buck got a hand on the ball as Aikman began his throwing motion. The ball squirted free in the end zone and was picked up by running back Smith, who was tackled from behind by Collins and Copeland.

Smith tried to flip the ball out of the end zone, but Copeland reached into a tangle of players and grabbed it for the winning touchdown with 3:14 remaining. Television replays showed that Aikman was beginning to make a throw and that the pass could have been called incomplete.

"I was trying to get it out of there," Smith said. "My mistake. A loss is a loss. I can't pinpoint any one thing. We just didn't capitalize."

Asked if his arm was going forward, Aikman said: "I don't think it was, no. It could have gone either way. When you play on the road, you don't get the call like this."

Referees may have been confused because Copeland was running around on the 50-yard line celebrating the touchdown while they were looking for the ball in a pile of players in the end zone. Teammate Monte Coleman urged Copeland to go back into the end zone and when the touchdown was signaled, he did a Nestea plunge in front of the end zone stands.

"Andre jumped on Emmitt and I heard them yelling fumble," Copeland said. "I looked and it was rolling around. It fell between someone's knees and I pried it out."

The Cowboys weren't out of it. Aikman completed three straight passes to get them to the Redskins 38-yard line in the final two minutes. But sacks by Shane Collins and Coleman and a pass deflection by Green ended a strange day that mirrors a strange season.

"This is the kind of game you love when you have time to look back on it," Green said. "You don't love it when you're playing it."

The Cowboys (11-3) probably lost home-field advantage to the 12-2 San Francisco 49ers (if both teams get far enough to need it).

"The Redskins gave a great effort and we gave a great effort," Johnson said. "They are to be commended. Our guys will be all right. We came up short against a good football team on the road."

The Redskins overcame a bad day by Mark Rypien, who completed just 12 of 29 passes for 144 yards.

Rypien got off to a bad start when Jim Jeffcoat dropped him for a seven-yard sack on the Redskins' first third-down play. His second pass was almost intercepted when he and Art Monk got mixed up on a route. His third was a nine-yard completion to Monk and his fourth was an underthrow of an open Gary Clark.

But the first costly mistake wasn't his fault. On third and two at the Dallas 47, tight end Terry Orr bobbled a first-down pass into the hands of safety Kenneth Gant for an interception.

Gant returned it eight yards to the Redskins 42, and the Cowboys slugged out 37 yards to get Lin Elliott in position for a 23-yard field goal with 5:03 left in the first quarter.

The Redskins couldn't go anywhere in two more possessions, and when Kelly Goodburn shanked a 30-yard punt out of bounds, the Cowboys were at their own 47 with 13:07 left in the second quarter. They turned the bad punt into points by driving 53 yards in six plays, with Novacek slipping between safety Brad Edwards and Andre Collins to catch a five-yard touchdown pass with 10:09 left in the half.

The big play of the drive was Irvin turning Green around and catching a 40-yard completion to the 12-yard line. Three plays later, it was 10-0.

The Redskins then got a break. Rypien was booed after missing a wide-open Clark on a flea-flicker and again after overthrowing Clark on third and 15. But Goodburn hit another punt badly, and in trying to get out of the way, Dallas's Kelvin Martin slipped down.

The ball touched him, and Guy Bingham fell on it at the Dallas 41 for the Redskins. Byner cashed in quickly by starting a sweep to the right, then stopping and hitting Orr with a 41-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-7 with 8:13 left in the half.

Just before halftime, the Redskins broke down again. Martin returned Goodburn's line-drive punt 18 yards to the Redskins 42. Green was called for pass interference against Harper for 19 yards. Linebacker Wilber Marshall was slapped with a personal foul that put the ball at the 5. Then Aikman hit Novacek with a five-yard touchdown pass for a 17-7 lead with nine seconds left in the first half.

The Redskins got to 17-10 with a third-quarter drive that went 68 yards and consumed seven minutes, but still ended with Chip Lohmiller's 32-yard field goal. That series got as close as the 1, but Jim Jeffcoat dumped Rypien for a four-yard loss on a reverse play. Rypien then missed Clark in the end zone on third down.

The Cowboys then appeared close to putting the game away again, driving from their 31 to the Redskins 2. On third and goal, Aikman threw to Martin, but three Redskins were in the area.

Collins got it, and took it back 59 yards to the Dallas 42.

"It's a wonder I held on," Collins said. "I've had butterfingers all year. I don't know what he was seeing. I was just floating out there and the ball came right to me."

Rypien hit Clark for 16 and Ricky Sanders for 13. Then on third and four at the 5, he overthrew Sanders as Jeffcoat knocked him down. Lohmiller's 22-yard field goal with 7:02 left in the fourth quarter made it 17-13.

A holding call on the kickoff backed the Cowboys up to their 10, and on third and eight at the 12, Aikman hit Irvin for 20 yards and a first down. But as Irvin was going across the middle, Green raked the ball from his arm. Copeland picked it up at the 39 and returned it 15 yards to the 24.

Again, the Redskins couldn't get into the end zone. Rypien hit Clark for 13 to the 11, and Byner ran it to the 7. Rypien dumped it to Orr for five on third and six, and on fourth and one from the 2, the Redskins went for it with 3 1/3 minutes left.

Rypien threw for Clark in the left corner of the end zone and the ball was barely overthrown. The Cowboys took over at their 2, and after a three-yard run by Darryl Johnston, Buck hit Aikman to force the fumble that turned into the winning score.

"I don't believe in luck," Gibbs said. "You make things happen."

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Re: NFL RUle changes

Postby skinsfan#33 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:51 pm

welch wrote:

No, no, no...the old rule was that if the QB pumped and pulled the ball back and dropped it, it was still considered an incomplete pass. (See Brady: Tuck Rule).

Now, it will be ruled a fumble (as it should have always been)


Wait a minute. In the second Redskins / Cowboys game, 1992, RFK, near the end of the game: Redskins had driven deep into Cowboys territory. Punted, I think. Cowboys had the ball on their 1. Aikman spotted Michael Irvin, pumped, saw Darrell Green had read the play and stepped in front of Irvin, pulled the ball back just as DT Jason Buck [I don't know how I remember the name] barrelled over the center, smothered Aikman, who lost conmtro of the ball. (Ruling was that Aikman was pulling his arm back so it counted as a fumble) Ball rolled around the endzone, Emmitt Smith tried to pass, dropped the ball, Redskins recovered for the winning TD.

Jimmy Johnson got so mad he mussed his hair.


I won a bet on that play. I had bet a Niner fan that the Skins would atleast split with the Cowgirls and it wasn't looking great until that play. I remeber the pump fake, Aikman resetting to throw and just as he was starting to throw the ball it was knocked out. Of course the Niner fan argued that it was incomplete because he had started the throwing motion, but the ball never moved forward at all so the "throwing motion" had not started. The tuck rule didn't apply to that play since previous throwing motion (the pump fake) had been completed when the ball was return back to Aikmans body.

I never had a problem with the tuck rule. You have to have a start and an end to the throwing motion and they were very well defined. Most people don't agree with how far the throwing motion extended, but the end of the motion very rarely needed to be judged, that's why the tuck rule surprised everyone.

Now I have no idea when the throwing motion ends. I assume it still starts when the ball starts to move forward, but I'm not even certain of that either.

The only tuck rule I had a problem with is the tucking Joe Gibbs got in Denver when Jake the Snake fumbled a pump fake that ended up in the end zone for an apparent Safety. If it was a case of the tuck rule, it should have been an incomplete backwards pass (the ball landed behind Plummer) and you know what they call a incomplete backwards passs?

Yep, A FUMBLE!

But the Refs ruled he was attempting to throw a forward pass so the fact that it went backwards didn't matter. Two things are wrong with that are; he wasn't attempting to throw a pass at all, it was a pump fake. And sencond since when does it matter the intent of weather a ball was meant to be forward or backwards?
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