PFT Planet poll: Ban low blocks from behind?
The NFL Competition Committee will ask the owners at next week’s league meeting to change league rules so that offensive players aren’t allowed to block defensive players from behind inside the tackle box. We want to know what PFT Planet thinks.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a member of the Competition Committee, explained that the rule change would make the ban on peeling back to block low consistent everywhere on the field.
“Currently, we allow offensive players to block back towards their end line low in the tackle box,” Fisher said. “It is a foul if they are outside the tackle box and they block low. We refer to it as the ‘peel back’ block. This proposal will make it a foul if they block low even if they are in the tackle box. Basically to simplify things, it is no longer permissible to block low in the peel backs any place on the field.”
Is this proposed rules change a positive step toward keeping defensive players’ knees safe? Or is it an unnecessary restriction on the way offensive linemen can block? Take our poll and post your thoughts in the comments.