No more Field goal leaping? Why?
The NFL decided to pass eight rule proposals this week at the owners meetings. You can read about each of them here.
There aren’t any rule changes that will drastically change the game, although the NFL’s decision to move play reviews to a centralized location should help make officiating more consistent.
However, one of the most interesting changes the NFL has adopted was their decision to ban leaps over the offensive line during Field Goals. Prior to the 2017 season, players were allowed to jump over the line to block the kick, provided that they don’t use their hands on a player to launch themselves over the line. Now players will not be allowed to leap over at all. The decision was made in order to protect the safety of the leaping player, any players he could land on and the safety of the kicker/holder.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you approve of this rule change?
My answer: Nope. I think this was one of the most exciting displays of athleticism the NFL had to offer. Watching players attempt to time the jump correctly and complete the athletic feat was something to look forward to during an otherwise boring field goal.
As for the safety argument, I don’t see a higher risk of injury on that play than any other potential field goal attempt. This seems like a bit of a ruse from the league in that respect.