NFL Owners Pass Four Rules To Protect Players In 2009

Well what can I say besides that the NFL will soon be a touch football league if they keep this up. I mean for crying out loud football is dangerous and anyone who plays knows this and are willing to take the risk to play and the more rules the owners come up with to “protect” the player just ruins the game of football in my opinion and I found the article about the rules on

NFL owners have passed four player safety rules for next season. One of them is the elimination of blindside helmet-to-helmet blocks.

The changes came Tuesday at the NFL meetings in California.

The new rules state that the initial force of a blindside block can’t be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent’s head or neck. An illegal blindside block will bring a 15-yard penalty.

Initial contact to the head of a defenseless receiver also will draw a 15-yard penalty.

On kickoffs, no blocking wedge of more than two players will be allowed. Also, the kicking team can’t have more than five players bunched together pursuing an onside kick.

So please tell me your feelings on these rules that are ruining the game of football.

  1. Kelly Horn
    Kelly Horn says:

    Ridiculous! Not that anyone needs to lose their life or be paralyzed for playing a game, but the rules are just getting to be too much. I think every defensive player will have to learn new techniques just so they aren’t penalized on every tackle. Expect alot of flags this next season.

  2. nate
    nate says:

    hines ward should be tarred and feathered but these rules are rediculous. National Flag-Football League.

  3. Danny
    Danny says:

    Wedges are taught since like Pee Wee football! WTF! No more than 5 on a side for onside kickoffs?! That totally eliminates that aspect of the game. A lot of games were decided with teh onside and limiting it to 5 players is going to ruin a Lot of games. This is a sad day for the NFL. Petition time!

  4. Joe D.
    Joe D. says:

    Wow, I’m not worried about the helmet to helmet contact, and the blindsiding, but changing the wedge formation to avoid blocking kicks???? I mean less than 5% of kicks are blocked anyway, why even go there?
    And my gosh… The onside kick was one of the most exciting and game changing plays in football. Strategies are built around the onside kick.
    Have they lost their ever lovin freaking their minds??