Dean Blandino says health is at the forefront of the new fair catch-kickoff return rule. The rule is designed to reduce the total number of returns for the 2023 season and beyond.
Paul Burmeister and Charles Davis discuss the NFL’s decision to change their kickoff rules, allowing teams to fair catch the ball anywhere in the field of play and have it spotted at the 25-yard line. Davis breaks down why NFL special teams coordinators seem to universally hate the change.
Dean Blandino thinks that the newest kickoff/fair catch rule is another step toward the NFL killing the kickoff altogether. He says that rules like this often get passed in May because the coaches are not there to argue it.
Mitchell Schwartz and Joe Thomas discuss how every team should add a quarterback sneak into their playbook, aside from the Chiefs. However, due to muddying of the rule, Mitchell says it might be time to outlaw it.
In The 33rd Team’s new series Make the Call, former NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino and former NFL head coach Dirk Koetter discuss the most influential and head-scratching decisions made by referees in Week 1. Can a player really be penalized for using a towel? Did the Bengals cost themselves a win by refusing […]
Jon Runyan played football with a street fighter mentality. He did whatever it took to get the job done. If it meant sticking his leg out and tripping a defensive end who got a step on him and was threatening to sack his quarterback, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. If it meant […]
Today’s NFL is played very differently from the way it was in the past. There are several rules that still exist but had a specific intent many years ago but don’t apply as well in today’s game. Many rules should be revisited to ensure each and every rule serves a relevant purpose. Aside from giving […]
The game of football as we know it is perpetually evolving, requiring rules and regulations to match. However, it takes more time to reflect a change in the rulebook than it does on the gridiron. One must propose a rule before it goes through the vetted NFL Competition Committee, and only if a proposed rule […]
When Joel Bussert retired from the NFL in 2015, his title was senior VP of player personnel and football operations. He worked at the NFL for 40 years (actually, he still maintains an office at league headquarters and remains involved). Bussert is a football historian, currently working on a book about the history of rules […]