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Kick formation rules designed for safety

The kicking game has become more complex to officiate over the past few years, even before the ball is snapped or kicked.  The NFL, citing player safety, has developed rules to outlaw unbalanced lines in free kick and scrimmage kick formation. Free Kicks Gone are the days where the kicking team can line everyone up…

Sometimes a safety is just a safety

AFC Divisional Playoff: Colts at Patriots When the snap sails over the punter’s head and out the back of the end zone, all of us have the same first reaction:  safety.  However this season we saw many instances of bizarre rulings, rare rule applications, and rule misapplications, so now more than ever we are beginning…