Week 1: Texans at Chargers (video) Post updated: The league has stated the rule was incorrectly applied (see below). The Competition Committee looked at a specific instance of dangerous play at the request of players: the vulnerability of the center when he is performing a long snap for a field goal kick.
The conspiracy machine got some gas in preseason with the suggestion that officials are given the authority to limit offensive schemes through controlling the pace of the game. In a Wall Street Journal article, a connection was drawn between a new point of emphasis and the offense employed by incoming
It was a solution looking for a problem. In 1941, the NFL adopted the sudden-death overtime into the rulebook, initially to break ties only in divisional playoff games (at that time divisional playoffs were similar to baseball's one-game playoff). It was expanded to include the league championship (actually, all postseason games,
Jets trainer Sal Alosi, who was suspended for the remainder of the 2010 season and postseason for tripping an opponent, has confirmed conspiracy theories that there was a deliberate attempt to ensnare a member of the Dolphins' punt coverage. Alosi admitted to the Jets, after his original discipline was announced, that
The Jets, in consultation with the NFL, assessed a watered-down punishment on Sal Alosi, a trainer who tripped Dolphins special-teams player Nolan Carroll. According to the team, he has been suspended for the remainder of the season, including the postseason, and fined $25,000. He was not fired. The lower amount of his
During the search to replace Mike Pereira as vice-president of officiating, we commented that Pereira's replacement must have the talent to be the most visible member of NFL management. By virtue of the weekly "Official Review" segment on the NFL Network's NFL Total Access, the referee boss would be seen
NFL OWNERS APPROVE 'MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH' We think that the overtime format, more than 50 years removed from its first use with no modification, has worked just fine. However, if we were on the Competition Committee—and we had to make a modification to overtime—we would have considered the following proposals before
NFL OWNERS APPROVE 'MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH' The Competition Committee moved on changing the dynamic of postseason overtime on a nonexistent platform: field position after a kickoff gives a short field for an easy put-the-game-away field goal. In postseason play, this situation has happened only three times. Yes, only three times has a