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NFL Owners Vote to Ban “Leaping Over the Line” on Field Goals

No more blocking field goals or extra points by jumping over the offensive line...

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The NFL is currently holding a series of owners’ meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. On Tuesday morning, teams voted to make it illegal to jump over the offensive line while defending field goal and extra point attempts.

Sorry, Kam Chancellor...

I don’t know how affected by this rule change the Titans will be, as we haven’t seen a good special teams play from the Titans in literally years.

Sadly, Jamie Collins will have to find another way to terrorize the Colts.

This rule change is a bit strange to me. I think it’s a fun and exciting element of the game when people can Troy Polamalu themselves over the line of scrimmage, as I’m sure we all remember...

Adam Schefter reported the following from the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandino:

"The issue, we've looked at a lot of tape on the jumper, is how it's being defended at this point; whether it's the snapper or the guard raising up and attempting to make contact with the jump, we've seen several examples where players have been flipped over, land on their head, their neck, and the potential for a serious injury certainly increases when you have a player in a vulnerable position who is now going to be knocked off balance and really can't control the way they land. So I think that's probably the biggest thing, and we have seen that on tape as to why the proposal will be voted on," Blandino said.

Well, I guess that makes sense. Player safety should always take precedent over entertainment. That’s why the XFL was disbanded, right?