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Old 08-07-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Rules Changes for 2009

I saw this posted at the Insider and in addition to taking steps to avoid last year's SD/Denver fiasco, the wedge on kickoffs is now limited to two players. It seems to me that this is a huge windfall for the coverage team.

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Old 08-07-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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Should be interesting to see how ST coaches adjust.

Some ex-coach/insider on NFL radio a few weeks ago was talking about what ST coaches were going to do, and he said expect to see a lot of misdirection stuff on kickoffs. We'll see.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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Should be interesting to see how ST coaches adjust.

Some ex-coach/insider on NFL radio a few weeks ago was talking about what ST coaches were going to do, and he said expect to see a lot of misdirection stuff on kickoffs. We'll see.
That should be fun to watch.
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Should be interesting to see how ST coaches adjust.

Some ex-coach/insider on NFL radio a few weeks ago was talking about what ST coaches were going to do, and he said expect to see a lot of misdirection stuff on kickoffs. We'll see.
Yeah, I mean to me this is a hugely underreported story. They've outlawed the standard kick return strategy. Everyone uses the wedge. In addition to more mis-direction I guess you will see an emphasis on more disciplined spacing to create a "virtual wedge" where the blockers are legally spaced a couple of yards apart.
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:04 AM   #5
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Yeah, I mean to me this is a hugely underreported story. They've outlawed the standard kick return strategy. Everyone uses the wedge. In addition to more mis-direction I guess you will see an emphasis on more disciplined spacing to create a "virtual wedge" where the blockers are legally spaced a couple of yards apart.
Well given that 99.9% of the sports media is discussing Brett Favre or Michael Vick, it is no surprise important things are not being discussed.
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The leaders in kick return value from last year: Buffalo, Chicago, New England, NY Jets, Cleveland...and Detroit? It will be interesting to see if the outlawing of the wedge undoes those special teams units.
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:11 AM   #7
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Since this rule will likely make kickoff returns more difficult and take away yards there, I've heard a couple times that punting and punt returning will be even more important. I think we've got the punter, but don't know if we've got the returner yet.
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Well given that 99.9% of the sports media is discussing Brett Favre or Michael Vick, it is no surprise important things are not being discussed.
It was reported quite a bit back in March when the new rule came out, and some into April and May
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It was reported quite a bit back in March when the new rule came out, and some into April and May
Yeah I mean this is basically old news.

I remember when the news first broke they covered it quite extensively on NFLN.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:08 PM   #10
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What about the Brady rule? Going low on the QB will be outlawed this upcoming year.

What about the no hitting with a shoulder? What is that the defense should be doing out there?
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