NFL approves new rules on kickoffs, ejections

0
47

The NFL today approved changes to kickoffs as well as replay review of all NFL player ejections.

The kickoff rule changes will be re-evaluated after the season.

The changes to kickoffs, designed to reduce high-speed collisions, include the following:

  • The elimination of running starts for kickoff coverage teams

  • A requirement that eight of the 11 men on the return team must be aligned in the “setup zone” within 15 yards of the ball

  • No blocking within the “setup zone” until after the ball touches the ground

  • The elimination of two-man wedge blocks

  • The kickoff team must have five men lined up on either side of the ball, a move that will limit schemes designed to get free runners in coverage down the field

The NFL also tweeted out more details on the new kickoff rules.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here