Time To Pull Out the Flags and Tutus: NFL Owners Pass Proposed Rules

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Published: March 25, 2009

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... passed the proposed rules for player safety.

Here are the rules as follows with a detailed break down:


  1. Onside Kick: Right now on the kicking team you must have four players on each side of the Kicker.  The part that they change is the return team.  Owners voted on this rule that states return teams can no longer line up in bunch formation.  This rule was drawn up to keep player safety in check.
  2. Blindside Block: To improve player safety the competition committee submitted this rule stating that offensive players will no longer be able to block a defender from the blindside.  Referring to the block that Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers put on Cincinnati's line backer Keith Rivers.
  3. Peel back: This rule states that neither defenders nor receivers will be able to peel off of one another to ge...

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