A Kinder, Gentler NFL?

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Published: March 29, 2009

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... the upcoming season—and this year is no exception.
Last week, the league announced four rule changes that were made to increase player safety in the 2009-2010 season:

Rule Change No. 1: Blindside Blocks
The new rule states that the blocker can't lead with his head, forearm, or shoulder and hit the opponent's head or neck with the initial contact. Violations will result in a 15-yard penalty.

My Feelings
I completely agree that a player shouldn't lead with his head or forearm, but the shoulder as well?
The fact is that the game is played at a riduculously fast pace, and sometimes a player about to be hit will change his body position and turn an otherwise clean hit into a game-changing penalty.

Rule Change No. 2: Defenseless Receiver
The new rule states that initial contact to the head of a "defenseless" receiver will result in a ...

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