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.
Gone are the days where the kicking team can
Week 5: Cardinals at Broncos
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was flagged for a 15-yard illegal chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. Campbell suffered a strained MCL and will be out three to four weeks. His coach, Bruce Arians, called it "the dirtiest play I've seen in the National
A lofty punt by Cowboys punter Chris Jones appeared to scrape the bottom of the massive video screen hovering over the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. When the video board was installed in 2009, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it would be unlikely to be hit by a
The Pro Bowl will undergo radical changes this season in an attempt to add variety to a typically dull game. The league, based on their promotional spots for the game, would like us to highlight the fact that this game is "unconferenced."
The NFL Network carried a live draft of the
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
A Football Zebras rules quiz
How well do you know your rules when it comes to downing punts? Take the Football Zebras rules quiz to see how well you do. For this quiz, the 2013 NFL rulebook applies.
After you have taken the quiz, continue to page 2 for the explanations for
Player safety must trump exceptions to the rule
During the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night football game, the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell was lunging toward the goal line when he was hit with a devastating blow from the Ravens, knocking his helmet off. Bell maintained consciousnesses long enough to fall across the goal line with
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino narrates the weekly media tape on calls from the previous week, which can be downloaded here. Several unusual calls this week under discussion:
A Ravens blocked punt recovery beyond the line of scrimmage, as we discussed in the quick calls.
A Bills punt was reviewed
Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released this week's media tape regarding rules calls mostly from Week 4 (150 MB download). This week's topics:
When defenseless protections end. The play in question was a legal hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, correctly called (SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum, BJ 93 Scott
49ers at Seahawks (video/audio)
Early in the game, the Seahawks fell victim to a fan who blew a whistle in the crowd -- their own home crowd. Some of the Seahawks linemen looked genuinely confused, as they believed it was an official's whistle. The center snapped the ball anyway, and the