That article included an analysis about what the NCAA defines as "defenseless players", an important facet of the rules because "defenseless players" should be protected as hits in those specific conditions should be considered areas in which players could receive severe injuries, the obvious reason being that they cannot protect themselves in those situations.
The defenseless player definitions are included in the NCAA rule book under section 2-27-14. However, a rule change has been implemented this season to include the following amongst the "defenseless player" definitions:
2-27-14g - "a player who receives a blind-side block".
Kenny Bell's excellent, textbook block has been made illegal and can result in an automatic ejection.
"Just because somebody's a talented guy or he's right for a lot of people
doesn't mean he's right for us here at Nebraska." -Bo Pelini, 2/3/10
Wow! So a defender two yards from the ball carrier gets blocked, and that could lead to an ejection. Amazing
Does anyone remember the block on Martin during the UG game? The receiver came in motion and tried to layout EM right at the snap. Would that fall into this "blind-side" category? Seems like they are opening a can of worms here.
Has anyone ever pointed out a block in a similar circumstance that -doesn't- look this violent ? It looks like a clean (if hard) hit to me, but I'm willing to listen to people who say "He could have done it differently" if they can show -how- he could have done it differently.
I mean, the defender is chasing the ball carrier at top speed. The blocker (Bell) wants to come in and make the block as quickly and surely as possible, and is coming -at- the defender at high speed. The relative velocity between the two people (defender and blocker) is going to be the same no matter what the blocking technique is; assuming the blocker isn't targeting the helmet, how the heck do you block "safer" ?
This is a bad rule and subject to interpretation that can eject a player for a good play. It changes the nature of the game. I'm not for people getting hurt, but football is meant to be fast and aggressive and letting up can often lead to getting hurt.
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do…
and the eyesight to tell the difference.
The more I watch this replay, the more upset I get about the call. The player in this case was not "defenseless". He just had tunnel vision. He was so focused on chasing the ball carrier, he had no idea what else was going on around him. As Ron White says... "you can't prevent stupid". Don't punish the hitter for the poor performance of the "hittee".
Well I cannot say anything but there is not a single player in football that is not aware of the possibility of being hit hard. I personally do not see a difference in the result of the hit Kenny Bell delivered and the hit that Jadaevon (sp?) Clowney laid on the Michigan running back in the bowl game. I really think that the game of football as we know it is being changed because of dollars and not because of sense. I could be wrong but I have never heard of, or read about, an NFL player complaining about the insanely large amount of money he makes while he is playing or that it is dangerous to have a pulling guard catch a DE off-guard. So when is it going to be a penalty for a running back to get a running start, LOWER HIS HEAD, and hit a stationary defender? Maybe I am just bitter at this whole concept.
...So when is it going to be a penalty for a running back to get a running start, LOWER HIS HEAD, and hit a stationary defender? Maybe I am just bitter at this whole concept.
Actually, I think they did pass a rule to that effect in the NFL for this upcoming season. Many call it the "Trent Richardson rule."
The "Kenny Bell rule" is utter lunacy. The defender could have made a play on the ball. What this rule is basically saying is that in this particular circumstance, Bell should have simply chose not to block him, because there is no way that he could have done so legally. This is beyond ridiculous. If they continue going down this road, they will lose fans. I love watching NU, but if they continue to change the game of football then I will begin to lose interest.
Sometimes I question if this is really in an effort to limit injuries. The new thrill is a high scoring offense (i.e. Oregon, Texas Tech w/Leach)and hope the defense can make a couple stops. If rules like this continue to pop up it won't be long before football scores resemble basketball scores. Gone are the days of a good ole defensive slobber-knocker.
Idaho St last year had eleven "defenseless" players every time they were on the field.
I would give my life for anyone one of them as i would my own family. -Pops
It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty. What matters is you have a glass that has something in it. Some people have no glass, or have a glass with nothing in it. So appreciate all that is in your life and quit questioning whether your glass in half full or half empty.