Free Bagel wrote:No forceouts blows.
The only thing I worry about the with facemasks is that they're going to call some that would've previously been 5 yarders 15 yarders rather than just not calling them at all.
The no force out and the face mask ruling are idiotic and downright dangerous.
They both are aimed at taking human judgement out of the game. (makes the conpriracist in me wonder if there hasn't been some ties to refs and gambling, some purposely blown calls perhaps?) The league of distingished morons feel they can eliminate the need to make a determination that it will stop people from whining about bad calls. What they risk doing is injuring the players they are supposed to be protecting so they can protect the refs and the game.
They now have told the D that you need to close quicker on sideline routes and be sure by all means to hit the WR out of bounds. I am sure that there are more than a few plays a game where a WR doesn't be plowed into becuase the D knows it will be ruled a catch and doesn't not want to risk the penalty or give the hit. Now, though, the DBs will be encouraged to take the shot, causing a possible increase in late hit penalties-equaling more risk for injuries.
As for the fask mask, look at it this way-you've blown your coverage and reach out to contain a player by the trusty ole face mask. Last season you could realize it's too obvious and let go before twisting to save the big penalty. Now it's 15 yards regardless...so why not just follow through and twist that player down to the ground rodeo style? Seems to me to be hypocritical and even mean-spirited for the league to make rules that can only lead to more risk of injury to their players.
And since the hypocrits are trying to eliminate gray areas involving refs judgement, why didn't they look into this whole QB running out of bounds thing? In the spirit of these rulings I think that as long as the QB is still in bounds, regardless of intent to go out, he should be open to whatever hit the D wants to lay on him. I wouldn't want my refs to have to determine if a QB is going out of bounds or not. Let's eliminate the in the grasps rulings too. Too ambiguous. The QB is either down or on his feet, no gray area.
It's a shame to think of all the great sideline plays that will never happen with the no force out ruling. Why on Earth would a WR go up for a catch on the sideline when he knows the CB next to him will just push him out of bounds? Think about it. You now only have to stay close enough to a WR to push him out of bounds if he has to leave his feet. Terrible ruling.