Here we are for round 2 of Unhealthy Addiction and this week I have a major bone to pick with the proprietors of our great sport. As previously posted by Sander, the NFL owners met, and voted to enact some rule changes on the football field. These changes were previously presented at the owner’s meetings in March however were tabled because some teams felt the wording of the original proposal was too vague. Now the owners have unanimously voted to pass 3 rule changes.
First the league expanded on the previous rules that protect defenseless players to those who are "clearly not a runner." Those players include placekickers and punters who are not attempting to make a tackle, quarterbacks following an interception or fumble and a player who is blocked from the blind side when the blocker is moving toward his own endline and approaches the player being blocked from behind or the side. Hits on those players are now forbidden. If the receiver or runner is able to avoid the impending contact from an opponent, however, that receiver or runner is no longer defenseless. Owners also voted to make it against the rules for a player to leave his feet prior to contact by springing forward or upward into an opponent or using any part of his helmet to make forcible contact against any part of his opponent's body. Last, a defender grazing a quarterback's head with hands, arms or any other part of the body will no longer result in a personal foul unless they are forcible blows. It is a judgment call by the referee to determine if the hit was a forcible blow.
Utterly Unsubstantiated Rumors Yet to be Started
- After hearing that the Buccaneers would not be going after a top tier free agent this year, Nnamdi Asomoi began a facebook campaign advocating Derrelle Revis as the league’s top corner.
- When asked about Jay Cutler’s body language Mike Ditka suggested that Cutler sign up for Dancing with the Stars.
- The real reason behind the "secret meeting" (which had to be the most highly publicized secret meeting ever) between the trade association and the owners was to draw attention so that the real negotiators representing their respective sides Terrell Owens and J-Lo could hammer out a deal elsewhere without interference from the media.
This week’s Buc Banter Quote comes from one of my all time favorite Buccaneers; Mr. August himself Earnest Graham. This quote just shows again how classy Earnest is and makes me love this guy that much more. This was his reply when asked about his role in the offense as being a fullback vs. a running back.
"Do I miss running the ball?" Graham said. "Yes, I missing running it."
We didn’t have any nominations in this category however that’s ok. I found this little gem under Sander’s post about LGB. In response to Titankillah’s comment that our offensive line was "flimsy" we got a follow up on an expert in flimsy:
This week I just want to say Yo Rah, can Graham get some more touches this year? All he does is everything and he does almost all of that pretty well. So Rah get him the ball a little!
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