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SPEED IS ALL THE RAGE
John Underwood
August 28, 1978
Where coaching stops, chemistry steps in with encapsulated fury. It's madness
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August 28, 1978

Speed Is All The Rage

Where coaching stops, chemistry steps in with encapsulated fury. It's madness

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4) Institute a "grab" rule for defensive players tackling quarterbacks in the act of passing, in which only the arms and hands would be used. If this proves inadequate, give the quarterback in the act of passing the same protection the punter is given in the act of punting.

5) Institute a no-hit rule on receivers until they catch the ball.

6) Institute a no-hit rule on trailbacks in the option play. An offensive player without the ball should not be fair game.

7) When it is evident that quarterbacks are being hit on certain types of plays simply as a form of intimidation, warn the coach of the team responsible. If the practice persists, call personal fouls.

8) Crack down on all "momentum" tackles involving out-of-bounds plays and forward progress. A player on offense knows where the boundary lines are; defensive players should too.

9) Outlaw all forms of "clubbing" or forearm blows on ballcarriers and receivers; outlaw all head tackles save in interior line play.

10) Penalize all overt forms of bad sportsmanship, including end-zone dances and gestures, and taunting.

11) Increase the penalties for flagrant fouls and unsportsmanlike acts to 20 yards (minimum) or 30 yards; eject players and coaches who repeatedly dispute officials' calls.

Administratively, do the following:

1) Standardize the rules throughout the game, allowing only for differences dictated by age and physical development (e.g., length of quarters).

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