With the best of intentions…

I think this is a welcome change.

But I also expect to be screaming at SEC refs over their lack of consistency in making the call.

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25 responses to “With the best of intentions…

  1. Bigshot

    Will often be called on UGA. Be sure to ignore when the player is wearing crimson and white.

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    • UnderDog68

      And will never be called on Alabama…..kind of like how they went 927 regular season games without a holding call.

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      • Mayor

        ^This. The new rule will be used by crooked refs to fix games. RB of the opponent team playing Bama breaks free for a long TD run….oops….out comes the hanky. Take 6 off the board. Just wait. It’ll be called on Georgia in the SECCG this season.

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  2. MGW

    I get it. Safety is good. Save the game from itself and whatnot.

    But at this rate, defensive highlights other than picks are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

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    • Otto

      Which is why I want titles so bad, I am on a time table before my interest in the game is gone. I haven’t watch an NFL game other than the Super Bowl in a decade, and have passed on the past 2 Super Bowls.

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  3. Al

    If only this were a rule in the 2012 SECCG.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Way overdue, and an easy call to make. Sure, they make be overly enthusiastic in its application in the beginning, but we all know these when we see them, or participate in them. This isn’t a wussification of the game, it is an unnecessary act that a player knowingly takes against a helpless opponent. Cheap shot, there are easy ways to make sure that opponent doesn’t make a tackle. Should have been done long before some of the other borderline, “safety” rules were enacted, imo. I pulled a couple of those off long ago, and always knew I shouldn’t have taken them; players and officials should have no problem with these.

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  5. Granthams replacement

    So blind side blocks are illegal or blind side blocks to the head/neck area are illegal?

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  6. MDDawg

    Did anyone else think of the 2012 SEC championship after reading this? I’ll always remember Aaron Murray getting clobbered after he threw that INT.

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  7. CB

    So what are you supposed to do? A defender is closing on your teammate carrying the ball. You have an angle on him, but he’s not looking at you. Sounds like you have two options in this scenario.

    A. Don’t block him and let him make the tackle. B. Pray you have time to politely tap him on the shoulder so as to not surprise him with your block.

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    • Macallanlover

      You only have to knock them off stride, not necessary to take him out violently to accomplish what your role is. Truly a do unto others approach, any athlete at this level knows just what is required. And lets hope officials don’t take a “hitting the QB on the helmet” approach where even a finger grazing the helmet constitutes contact. We have all seen it, and gagged. This really should be covered under “unnecessary roughness”, and allow some judgement with other officials allowed to overturn those who get over zealous. Good rule change, let’s not screw it up, some judgement should be allowed.

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  8. HoleDiggingMutt

    Maybe this was discussed and I missed it – but the overtime rules are getting changed as well. Starting in the 5th OT, teams start running 2 point plays…..

    Additionally, the NCAA had made a tweak to college football’s overtime rules. If a game reaches a fifth overtime, teams will begin to run alternating two-point plays rather than offensive possessions starting at the 25-yard line. This was done to limit the number of plays run overall.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ncaa-approves-changes-to-targeting-overtime-rules-ahead-of-2019-college-football-season/

    I understand why they’re making the change. I could be swayed either way that this is good or bad.

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    • More like irrelevant. Very few games make it to 5 OT periods.

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      • Mayor

        Well….I’m not sure that is totally accurate, Senator. Yes, there are a lot of games played. Not a large percentage make it to OT in the first place and fewer still make it to multiple OTs. But there have been 5 games that made it to 7 OTs. Many others made it to 6 and 5. I didn’t look them all up. But the point is, in the aggregate I think there will be several 5 OT games this year and, depending on exactly which ones make it to 5 OTs, the rule change could be significant. If Georgia loses to Bama in the 5th OT of the SECCG on a blown call doing 2 pointers only, you may change your mind about the significance of the rule change.

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  9. Sanford222view

    So you can set a gentle pick and not get flagged, correct? The key part is the “forcible contact” in the rule?

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    • Russ

      That’s what I think. All you have to do is get between the tackler and ball carrier. I think this rule gets rid of the cheap shot that aims to hurt rather than obstruct.

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  10. UGA '97

    And a blindside block WITH targeting…a la Bama on Aaron Murray 2012 SEC champ game, should be 30 yards and player tossed out.

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  11. Brandon

    This will be a nightmare to enforce.

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