Category: American Football

NFL to ban chop block play

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We have seen the last of chop blocks in the NFL.

This was the key highlight among the new approved rules that owners gathered to discuss during their annual meetings, as they decided to abolish any and all “chop” style blocks.

Other new rulings include an expansion of the horse collar rule to include instances in which defenders grab the nameplate of the jersey and a permanent approval of the 15-yard line as the line of scrimmage for extra points.

It was a move met with immediate and resounding praise from defensive players who were getting tired of having their legs cut from beneath them. The move had also been known to cause serious injuries depending on the target area of the chop block move.

Offensive plays would see a great change in the 2016 season since the chop block has always been a valuable tool for offensive linemen coming from the weak side and could even be used when a player wasn’t quite faster than the other.

A proposal to eject players for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in one game has been left unaddressed. New York Giants coach John Mara revealed that several coaches were concerned about the outcome of such a new ruling.

“They worry it will lead to more players being ejected,” Mara said.

“But we don’t look at it that way. I think the effect it will have will be, if a player has one, then that might make him think about it before mouthing off to an opponent again in the same game.”

“I think we have a sportsmanship problem that we have to deal with. This is one option for dealing with it, and it’s not dead yet.”

Tom Brady to get contract extension until 2018

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It was a stark contrast against Peyton Manning’s retirement from the NFL as 38-year old Tom Brady registers a new contract in the league with the New England Patriots.

In what appears to be a biennial NFL tradition built on trust between team and player, the quarterback who had shared a longtime rivalry with Manning has reportedly signed a two-year deal that ends at 2018.

While most would take the drop of his base salary from the original $9 million to $1 million as a slight, there should be more notice paid to his salary cap for the next two years.

This means that Brady receives an immediate raise through signing bonuses in the $19 million for the next two seasons to $30 million, coupled with a promised exponential spike in 2018 and 2019 that may well rocket past the $40 million mark.

He will also get some insurance against a pending NFL appeal of his overturned suspension. Under his old contract, an unpaid four-game suspension would have cost him more than $2 million in salary.

On the other hand, reworked makes the cost just a couple hundred thousand, avoided by the fact that vast majority of his 2016 income comes in the form of bonuses.

There would be plenty of time for both parties to rework the deal too, should those numbers becoming ill-fitting against the Patriots’ team building. However, it is a very reasonable deal to keep one of the best quarterbacks ever, which ultimately wouldn’t have come to fruition without the trust.

“Brady is a crybaby,” says Antonio Smith

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In the build-up to the Broncos-Patriots match in the NFL Conference Championships, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith said that it was fair to describe Tom Brady as a crybaby.

“That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith said.

“Every time he gets sacked, he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.’”

On the other hand, Smith does acknowledge Brady’s passion and inner strength that the four-time Super bowl champion expresses in the game.

“He’s not going to rattle just because you hit him hard. I’ve tried over the years,” Smith explained.

“That’s what D-linemen think: ‘The harder you hit the quarterback, the better it will make it on the secondary.’”

“With Brady, he’s a great competitor. You know it’s coming. He’s going to cry about getting hit, but he’s going to take the hit and keep going.”