That’d be more likely if they were able to make a blocker whiff right away. Players on the kicking team have to lineup within 1 yard of the restraining line, eliminating the running start. The root of the recent changes to the kickoff process in pro football is the NFL's effort to make what statistically is the most dangerous play in the sport less perilous. The changes should significantly decrease the likelihood of an injury. With eight players in the “setup zone”, that leaves two blockers and a returner near the goal line. The rule will be reevaluated next offseason. Sign up for the For The Win newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Most of the return team is confined to a “setup zone”. No wedge blocks are permitted. Tabasco sauce, as we all know, is the hot sauce you use when there isn't any other better hot sauces around to put on your food because let's be honest - Tabasco is the worst of the hot sauces. Cam Newton’s decline is such a damn shame. Imagine it like a gunner on a punt team who gets a free release. A wedge block is defined as “two or more players intentionally aligning shoulder-to-shoulder within two yards of each other, and who move forward together in an attempt to block for the runner.”. ", https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f/f6/nfl-onside-kick-092520-getty-ftrjpg_1bilaap7kxx4v1mup08ita7wzm.jpg?t=-940311068&w=500&quality=80, What's so wrong with the latest onside kick rule change proposal. "It's possible after further discussion that such a change could take place down the road. One of the most noticeable changes will be apparent as soon as teams lineup. The Rams are coming off a tough 24-16 loss last Sunday night against the 49ers but are still 4-2 and looking to build on that record when they take the field at home. “It’s that serious. The running start and the extra player on the right side gives the 2017 players a clear advantage. Kickoffs will look a little different in 2018 after the NFL passed a new set of rules in May that aim to make the play safer. For example, the kicking team will line up at the 34-yard line for a kickoff from the 35-yard line. If the offense were to convert, it would keep the ball. The new rules make kickoffs safer for players and reduce the amount of violent collisions that can occur, as players are no longer allowed to have a running start before the ball is kicked. On the receiving team, players cannot cross the restraining line until the ball hits the ground or is secured by the returner. Are they going to kick it short and make teams return it or are they going to go ahead and try to kick it deep to get a touchback?”. We settled that 4th-and-15 would be slightly easier (third chart) pic.twitter.com/53lUy0uzoC. At the time, Kellerman claimed that Brady was going to "be a bum" and "fall off a cliff.". According to NFL Media, the league's team owners did not officially vote on the proposal, but they did take a show of hands during a virtual meeting, and it didn't get the 24 of 32 in support it would need to pass. A conversion would allow the team to maintain possession. This is a small time saver, but the goal is to blow a play dead earlier so that unnecessary collisions don’t happen. By forcing blockers to wait, they’ll have a better chance of at least slowing the coverage team down. The new rule will force players to wait at the 34-yard line. I’ll let Jon Bois explain: The impact of the change may take years to figure out. It takes away what the NFL calls the “jump-set/attack” block. - Penalties rear their ugly head The NFL is waging a war against the inherent physical dangers of football. The other is the fact that kicking team members are no longer allowed to get a running start. In the case of punt returns, the majority of players on the field begin close to the line of scrimmage. If not, the defending team would take over at the dead ball spot. The Falcons lost another heartbreaking game in unforgettable fashion. The official site of the The National Football League Kickoff game, marking the official start of the NFL regular season. One is the fact that kicking teams can't load one side of the field with extra players; there must be five kicking team members lined up on each side of the kicker, and at least two of them on each side must be lined between the numbers and the hash. Here’s a rundown of how kickoffs will work in the 2020 Super Bowl. The coverage team can’t be blindsided by blockers when they know exactly where the blocking will begin. Previously, blockers were allowed to start anywhere, so long as they were behind their “restraining line”, which was 10 yards from the kicking team. “I think these changes are probably going to be for the better,” Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri said on The Rich Eisen Show, via Pro Football Talk.