INKcogKNEEdough wrote:VERY good question! Personally i will believe it when i see it. Every year it seems like whether in football(this 5 yard thing), Baseball(the strikezone), or Basketball(travelling,double dribbling,etc;) every year it seems like in every sport they "focus" on something. In most if not all cases it doesn't last. For a few weeks you see a consistent strikezone, lots of travelling calls, or whatever. Slowly but surely though things inevitably return to normal and it wears off. I fully expect for the first few weeks you will see a lot of it, but then it will chill out and more or less go back to normal.
just my opinion
The problem with the examples you give is that they aren't always tangible. For example, the strikezone is extremely hard to call from a judgement standpoint, and even the keenest eye may have trouble trying to follow a 90 mph curve, the strike zone is not easy to call, if it was, players would have no trouble with strikeouts. In basketball, they have 3 refs that have to follow everything, and some players are so quick it may look like they travel when they don't, and that 1-1/2 step rule starts getting harder and harder to call. Headfakes, ball fakes, jumping up for dunks, etc. may all look like traveling but under closer review, it isn't, and vice versa.
The 5 yard rule is easier, it is more tangible. You have lines ref who's job is specifically to measure yards, and it's not too difficult to tell where 5 yards from scrimmage is. And seeing if a player is being roughed up is easier to catch than a split second fastball, or a jab step with the ball.
With the new rules, I expect a lot of receivers to benefit, but I definitely expect route runners to do well. These players depend on timing and precision, being right where they need to be for the QB to make a quick read and chuck the ball. What comes to mind is the Rams, where they've had people rough up their receivers down field to knock them out of the routes and mess up timing with their QB. Things like that will be called more tight.