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No They DITNT!! CHI ignores 35yd rule

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ThunderHorse17, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000...e-new-kickoff-rule?module=HP11_headline_stack


    As if to reiterate their presumed opposition to the new kickoff placement rule, the Chicago Bears defied it twice in the first half of Saturday's preseason victory over Buffalo.
    The Bears lined up Robbie Gould's first and second kickoffs at the 30 instead of the 35, as called for in the new rule. When told of the kickoffs, Carl Johnson, the NFL's vice president of officiating, called Soldier Field and ordered officials to "put a stop to it," according to Fox Sports.

    As it turns out, the Bears were more interested in practicing kickoff coverage than defying the new rule. The team reportedly told the officiating crew beforehand that they would kick off from the 30 at some point.
    "Robbie Gould ... we can put it on the 35 and he can kick it out each time," coach Lovie Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We’re not really getting a good evaluation of what we can do coverage-wise on some of our players. That’s what we were trying to do with it."
    The Bears are believed to be one of six teams that voted against the rule change at the owners meetings in March. The league hopes the change improves safety.
     
  2. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    Kick offs are pointless now but is only going to help the Chargers, lol. Damn you Seattle!!!
     
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    5 yards makes a difference? Child... Please!
     
  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Add 5 yds of avg distance to every kicker in the game?? And now a strong legged kicker that were far and few between have lost their edge. Now they have to ease up on their kicks. It doesnt make much difference to the pace of the game.

    I just find it funny to hear a Team was violating NFL rules. Yea players I get, but ur coach told u to go out there and break a rule? AND why were they breaking that rule? SO they could get a better feel for their game lol. How is that not like CHEATING??
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    No my point is Lovey tried to make the excuse that they needed five more yards to keep the kicker from kicking it out.
     
  6. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    What is more disconcerting to me is not that a team was violating the rule but the officials on the field allowed this to happen.
     
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  7. SDRaiderH8er

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    then I guess next time just send out 10 guys have them all offside’s, then take the 5 yard penalty then send in the real kick off team
     

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