NFL New Rules

Essay by Fabio20College, UndergraduateB, May 2014

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25 April 2013

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NFL new rules

The NFL is cracking down on hard hits and is trying to make the game safer. The NFL should not have any rule changes because players should be able to play the way they grew up to play, teams and players get penalized and fined for unjust reasons, and the game will be less exciting. In the last few years, NFL players have been getting injured due to illegal hits. In addition, the owners of NFL teams had meetings and changed rules due to many injuries of players. Jarret Bell, writer for USA Today, explains the rules that define defenseless players as the following: a quarterback in the act of throwing, receiver trying to catch a pass, a player fielding a punt or kick, and a player on the ground (Bell). The NFL tries to defend the quarterback position the most because the quarterback position is one of the most important positions in the game.

When the quarterback is going to pass the ball, his eyes are looking down field, and he can get sacked from a member of the defense because he does not see him. The point of the defense is to disrupt the offense and stop them, but there are times where the quarterback releases the ball right before he gets hit and it doesn't count as a sack. Unfortunately, there are usually flags thrown because the referees would call a late hit or unnecessary roughness on the defender, and the team would be penalized. Kickoffs are plays that can be exciting parts of the game but also very dangerous parts the game. Before the 2011 season, the ball was placed on the thirty yard line and was kicked to the opposing team, so they can return...