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Re: NFL Rules clarification

Postby joejlitz » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:29 pm

kickureface wrote:but is the WR allowed to block off the other corner freeing up the other WR for a pass as long as its inside the 5 yard off the LOS?

It sounds like you are describing a WR screen. Yes. WRs can block DBs on the line of scrimmage just like linemen can.
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Re: NFL Rules clarification

Postby kickureface » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:15 am

joejlitz wrote:
dgan wrote:
what about if you are running 2 slants in and there is "incidental" contact running into the other slanters corner freeing him up?


I didn't see anyone answer this. This is one of tougher penalties to call. An offense will call this play a "rub", while the defense will call it a "pick". The essence of illegal contact is to INTENTIONALLY bump, obstruct, or impede the movement of an opposing player 5 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage. If it wasn't intentional, it is referred to as incidental contact.

The referees typically don't call illegal contact on the offensive player unless it is obviously intentional. Thus, offenses regularly design plays where one receiver 'just happens' to run a route into a defensive back covering a different receiver. As long as he sticks to his route and runs generally in a straight line, he can run right into a defensive back and not get a penalty...in fact, they'll often call the penalty on the defensive back. But if he side steps to obviously get in the way or bump the defensive player, then they should (but don't always) call a penalty on the offense.

Looks like you answered your own question! ;-D

i think he meant he didnt see an answer so he would answer :P

anyways WR screens ive seen in madden always happen behind the line of scrimmage. it seems to me mroe yardage if the blockers moved down the line
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Re: NFL Rules clarification

Postby dgan » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:17 pm

joejlitz wrote:
dgan wrote:
what about if you are running 2 slants in and there is "incidental" contact running into the other slanters corner freeing him up?


I didn't see anyone answer this. This is one of tougher penalties to call. An offense will call this play a "rub", while the defense will call it a "pick". The essence of illegal contact is to INTENTIONALLY bump, obstruct, or impede the movement of an opposing player 5 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage. If it wasn't intentional, it is referred to as incidental contact.

The referees typically don't call illegal contact on the offensive player unless it is obviously intentional. Thus, offenses regularly design plays where one receiver 'just happens' to run a route into a defensive back covering a different receiver. As long as he sticks to his route and runs generally in a straight line, he can run right into a defensive back and not get a penalty...in fact, they'll often call the penalty on the defensive back. But if he side steps to obviously get in the way or bump the defensive player, then they should (but don't always) call a penalty on the offense.

Looks like you answered your own question! ;-D


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