Some Of These New Rules Just Suck

By Ernie Padaon

There are 2 rules that we saw in effect in last night’s game against the Seahawks. The first change happened during opening kickoff. Opening kickoffs are now spotted at the 35 yard line instead of the 30. Those extra 5 yards are going to allow kickers (even Nate Kaeding) to bomb that ball through the back of the end zone or at least bring it deep into the back of it. That is going to take away one of the most exciting plays in the game. Bryan Walters will not get many opportunities to run back kicks if teams are going to boot them that deep. Players like Darren Sproles, Devin Hester and Josh Cribbs are going to be obsolete. We might as well have teams just start the game off from the 20 yard line. Why kickoff if there are barely going to be any returns?

The other rule that I hate is this business of instant replays on touchdowns scored. Apparently the booth can call for a review on anything that is close to a touchdown. We saw it happen last night when Leon Washington ended up in a pile in the front of the end zone and snuck the ball across the goal line. The refs checked and confirmed that they couldn’t see anything otherwise and left it a TD. So what is going to happen on one of these goal line stands where teams are going to try and score from the 1 yard line and have 4 plays to do it. After every pile at the one yard line we will have to go back to an instant replay? That is a waste of time and this rule SUCKS!

Some of these rules should have never been made. Wish they kept these things the same as before.