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Officials visit Chargers Park - Rule changes

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Friday, August 6, 2010 at 1 p.m.


    Three members of NFL officiating crews have spent the past two days at Chargers Park working practice and presenting NFL rules changes and points of emphasis to the team. It is an annual happening at every training camp.
    After meeting with players and coaches on Thursday, the officials met with the media Friday, showing the same video they showed the Chargers and answering questions.
    A rundown of the main points:

    • The biggest change affecting games will be that the umpire, who has in past years stood on the defensive side of the ball, will be in the offensive backfield opposite the referee. The move was studied for years due to an increasing number of umpires being injured. The officials said yesterday the biggest challenge for them will be new "mechanics," as in which official is responsible for watching which players. Since it is the umpire who places the ball before it is snapped, him having to go further and get into the backfield could also slow down offenses that use a quick huddle or no huddle. (The umpire will move back to his traditional spot for the final two minutes of a half.)
    • The NFL has expanded the rule to protect defenseless receivers to say that a defender cannot leave his feet (launch) to make a hit if the initial contact is to the head or neck.
    • Of interest to long snapper David Binn, certainly, is that the NFL also expanded on a rule implemented last year htat said a player within one yard of the line of scrimmage could not line up directly over a snapper on kicks, meaning have their helmet lined up inside the snappers should pads. This year, they cannot have any part of their body (including hands) lined up inside the snapper's pads.
    • A punt returner must have a "reasonable" chance to catch a muffed kick, meaning a defender cannot snag a ball the returner bobbled out of the air until the receiving player has had a chance to get the ball after his initial bobble.
    • If there is a dead ball foul at the end of the half by the offense or defense, the penalty will be applied at the start of the second half. Previously, a dead ball foul by the defense gave the offense the option of extending the half. They no longer have that option.
    • If a ballcarrier's helmet comes off, the ball is dead at the spot his helmet came off.
    • The NFL video also addressed the new postseason overtime rules. In the postseason only, if the team that wins the coin toss scores a field goal on that possession, the other team gets one possession to score as well. If the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown on that possession, the game is over. If both teams score a field goal or do not score on their opening possession, whoever scores first (field goal or touchdown) wins. One interesting thing about that rule is that an "opportunity to possess" includes a muffed punt or fumbled kickoff.
    • One thing the NFL addressed in its video is that players are increasingly begging (my word) for fouls to be called, such as when a receiver comes up pulling an imaginary flag from his imaginary pocket. There is no rule change imminent, but the inclusion in the video and admonition by the league to cease likely portends a penalty down the road.
     
  2. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I still hate that overtime rule. :mad3:
     
  3. boltsnow

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    Let's not forget this one.....

    On Friday morning NFL officials showed a video explaining rule changes for 2010. The video included a segment indicating that a focus for officials this year will be good sportsmanship. A heated Philip Rivers, the Chargers' QB, was shown twice in the segment as an example of how not to act.

    :icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl:
     
  4. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Concur.
     
  5. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    THIS.

    And the OT rule change AKA the manning rule is some bull.

    Funny was gonna make a thread about how much this makes me laugh post all the PR love that media has been fawning over.

    All of a sudden its like they think they arent too late to get on the river wagon and be able to say they have been there all along, when actualy they a little late to the party. Like 8am late to the party.

    Rules are made to be broken.
     
  6. foober

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    I like the new overtime rule. Makes it so teams that first get the ball are not given an unfair adavantage. Good rule.:yes:

    If you have to go into overtime your dead even with the other team. So its only fair to go into overtime with some eveness to it.
     
  7. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Eh I guess im commin round to the OT change. Its not like we cant win it all one drive O or D come that time. I just dont like change to my NFL i guess.

    No matter the rules we are going to play to win the game.
     
  8. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    OT is now semi-sudden death (sudden death if it's a TD). It's a reasonable compromise, not ideal, but reasonable nonetheless.
     
  9. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    I wanted a no FGs in OT rule (and to make it more fun, how'bout no punting) :tup:
     

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