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“Tuck Rule” is Out; “Crowning” Now a 15 Yard Penalty

By Alan Schechter

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after losing to the Baltimore Ravens 28-13 in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this rule wasn’t changed soon enough to the guy on the right, but anything that has the potential to annoy him will always classify as a good thing.

The NFL almost unanimously voted to eliminate the now famous “Tuck” rule. As you know, the rule allowed for a quarterback to be credited with an incomplete pass rather than a fumble when they are fumbling with their arm going forward. It came up several years ago in that now infamous Raiders/Patriots playoff game.

One less break for Tom Brady to be giv..oops I mean for Brady to get. Sorry, that just slipped out.

The second rule that was approved is one that a lot of players, current and former, or not in favor of. In a 31-1 vote, a rule was approved that will penalize 15 yards when either a ball-carrier or defender “initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players clearly are outside the tackle box (an area extending from tackle-to-tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line).”

The rule is getting mixed reviews, especially from backs like Matt Forte, and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, who have talked about how it’s almost impossible to run without lowering your head.

To me, it seems that there is a big crop of backs that will lower their heads in that manner to get the extra yard or two at the end of the play. The premise of safety makes sense, of course, but to what extend? It still is tackle football, isn’t it? I don’t think you can make tackle football non-violent forever.

It will be interesting to see what types of calls are made on this.