A Reality-based View of the XFL's Rulebook
Bamaslammer - XFLBoard.com Team Reporter
is a class they must have skipped for journalism majors
at school. The XFL released its official rule changes
for the coming season. Contrary to what the press had
been suggesting it is not a free for all blood fest
with body slams and choke holds.
most notable changes are on punts. It has long been
reported that there will be no fair catches. This is
true but the returner will have a 5 yard halo around
him that will be off limits to tacklers until after
the ball is caught. Also the kicking team will not be
allowed to release downfield until after the ball is
punted. Another critical change is the fact that after
25 yards travel the ball will be live and can be recovered
by the kicking team. This suggests two different strategies.
One is to kick the ball high so that your men will be
there if there is a muff. The other is to try and boom
the ball past the ball carrier. He would have to reverse
directions to catch up. Kickers won't be able to kick
the ball too far away from the receiver, kicking out
of bounds is a penalty.
the 80's there was a punt returner at Alabama named
Greg Richardson. He had feet like lightning but hands
of clay. When the opposing team punted you didn't go
to the bathroom because the game could turn one way
or the other when he was on the field. That's what you're
going to see in the XFL.
changes involved the QB. There will be no in the grasp
rule. The QB's forward progress must be stopped. But
the signal caller is still going to be able to do the
"give up" slide without getting hammered.
The "Head Slap" will be illegal. It was absolutely
ignorant to suggest that something like the head slap
would be allowed. Sure it was allowed in the olden days
but it also caused major neck injuries. Not even the
WWF wants to see people put in wheel chairs.
bump and run will make a return to pro football. The
recent rule changes in the NFL passing game have helped
turn journeyman quarterbacks like Elvis Gerbach and
Rich Gannon into superstars. Some have suggested this
was done purposefully to offset the retirement of quarterback
legends like Marino, Elway, and Jim Kelly. For two years
I have watched defensive backs throwing up their hands
in frustration while mediocre receivers put up Jerry
Rice like numbers. Not in the XFL. Receivers will have
to fight through the DB to get clear. To keep the DB's
from sitting on the receivers too much one offensive
player can be in forward motion prior to the snap of
the ball outside the tackles. This is similar to the
rule in the Arena league where a WR will get a running
start off the line of scrimmage.
the early days of the XFL in Birmingham
the local press has served up more garbage
than my sink disposal. How many more times
will the XFL have to prove them wrong before
they quit embarrassing themselves and their