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KO rule modified, slightly

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 9:44 am in Oakland Raiders.

Assuming there’s a 2011 football season, there will be fewer attempts at kickoff returns for Jacoby Ford and more touchbacks for Sebastian Janikowski.

The NFL passed a rule change allowing or kickoffs from the 35-yard line, with touchbacks to remain at the 20 rather than start at the 25.

Hopefully for the Raiders, Ford is spending time fielding punts during the offseason. Former coach Tom Cable said before his contract wasn’t renewed that Ford could conceivably be the Raiders’ punt return specialist this year to go along with his duties returning kickoffs and playing wide receiver.

With opponents kicking off from the 35, the number of kickoffs that are either out of the end zone or too deep into the end zone to field will result in Ford not having as many chances as he would normally.

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  • HairyBush

    no more furlough

  • JLofty

    Ok. So this rule change isn’t going to destroy the game. The sissification of the game and the wholehearted money grab by the league ought to do that just fine…

  • Stabler76

    uno

  • SlvrBlkLoco

    Just put the ball on the 20 and get rid of the kickoff, and get rid of the pads too. Y not 2 hand touch if we are really concerned about injuries.

    What a joke

  • http://Www.twitter.com/emdub52 emdub52

    I like the part about the players on the kickoff team having to stand between the 30 and the 35 to not allow for running starts. Either way, if a kicker gets it to the goal line, JF is gonna run it back.

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    On the Next Episode of Hard Knocks, Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders…….

    ….Coach Davis gets irate with John Herrera after Herrera comes back with McDonald’s cheeseburgers with no onions….

    ….Defensive Coordinator Chuck Bresnahan briefs Coach Davis on what he learned as the Defensive Coordinator of the Florida Tuskers of the UFL….and gives Coach Davis a overhead projector presentation called “Why Al Davis is a better owner than Mike Brown.”…

    …the players are gathered together for a video presentation titled “The Greatness of da Raaaaaaaiders, Circa 1964-1983”…..

    …Jon Condo and Shane Lechler practice snaps and punts…

    ….and a nut case fan is removed from the team facility after claiming he was a priest….

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Is the NFL the only sport that changes it’s rules every year?

  • raidertay

    Even if they eventually agree to a new contract…..with no free agency or OTA this is going to be a long and boring offseason.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    NFL rules require that games be blacked out in the home TV market when the games fail to sell out 72 hours prior to kickoff. Some teams may get a 24 hour extension to avoid a blackout.

    Since returning back to Oakland in 1995, the Raiders have had over 60 percent of their home games blacked out. Compare that to a team like the Buffalo Bills, who have had only two blackouts since 2006. Both teams have struggled to win games, but only the Raiders have struggled to sell out those games.

  • HairyBush

    The Patriots are shopping there #28 overall pick.-Per roto world.
    —————
    Maybe the Raiders will get in the 1st round afterall, Al and Bellicheat may strike a deal.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    HairyBush…….you made my day!!!

  • Silverandblack666

    KK again you are on drugs!

    “Ochocinco and other star players puts Butt’s in the seats”

    who built the stadium with the seats, or who leases the stadium, who pays for the concessions who pays advertising who oversees ticket sales, who pays for liability insurance on these big venues.

    If the players wake up and decide they want to be responsible adults and take 60% of the gate they can start building their own stadiums and selling their own tickets and paying for concessions etc.

    its exactly like parents of spoiled children….the kids want more and more but do not want to take any responsibility.

    the owners are at financial risk and therefore deserve more of the profits.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Marty Schottenheimer will coach the Virginia Destroyers and Jerry Glanville will coach the Hartford Colonials, eh?

    the UFL just got more competitive!

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    The Pats have two first-round picks and two second-rounders, and a long history of moving all over the draft board in an effort to acquire even more. The Union-Trib notes Chargers GM A.J. Smith’s “history of partnering with Belichick” in draft-weekend trades, and reports that “the idea (of moving to No. 28) is intriguing” to Smith. New England’s pick at No. 33 overall is also likely in play, but may not officially be until the first round is over on the night of April 28 and morning of April 29.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the NFLPA is a joke and so is the competition committee!

    The Commish and the owners are not to blame imo. They created this game and the fans made it stick

    NFL players should just suck it up or take a job selling cars or bagging groceries. You’re playing a game, a sport, for a living. The economy stinks right now. If the max an NFL player could earn was $1 million per season (for say a 5 year vet and annual Pro Bowler) they’d still be better off than the majority of America and there wouldn’t be any shortage of talented athletes willing to accept that kind of money!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I hope that the Chargers do trade with the Pats so that Al Davis isn’t tempted to move up and overdraft another speedster DB!

    former busts Fabian Washington & Phillip Buchanon are free agents, aren’t they?

    CJ37 is under contract for $3.2 million this season and $3.5 million next year

  • HairyBush

    13.RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:35 am
    Marty Schottenheimer will coach the Virginia Destroyers and Jerry Glanville will coach the Hartford Colonials, eh?

    the UFL just got more competitive!

    ———————-
    Good ole obnoxious Jerry “chicken legs” Glanville. He is quite the piece of work, A twit if you will.

  • HairyBush

    this blog keeps saying I’m posting to fast. 1 post every 10 min is to fast?

  • RaiderRockstar

    http://www.payscale.com/research/US/People_with_Doctor_of_Medicine_(MD)_Degrees/Salary

    check this out. Most doctors (people who save lives) make less than 250k annual salary.

    the vet minimum for a ROOKIE (undrafted rookie free agent) is $325k annual salary.

    thats a bench warmer, practice squad guy or camp fodder

  • RaiderRockstar

    even more disturbing …

    http://www.payscale.com/research/US/All_K-12_Teachers/Salary

    Sam Williams made about 20x more (last year) than the person who taught you everything that you know in life!

  • kvnbntly

    i agree iwth rockstar, i know alot of the elite players do community events, but there isn’t anyone worth 12-16,18 mill a year, problem with this ocuntry too many people making 500- millions not near enough making 50k

  • Ryan

    I think the new KO rule will benefit Ford and Seabass. The whole KO team has to be within 5 yards of the 35 (Seabass already does that while all other kickers start there run from deaper) and since the entire KO team doesn’t have those 5 or so extra yards to get a full head of steam, Ford should have more or the same amount of room to manouver.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    the NFLPA is a joke and so is the competition committee!

    The Commish and the owners are not to blame imo. They created this game and the fans made it stick

    NFL players should just suck it up or take a job selling cars or bagging groceries. You’re playing a game, a sport, for a living. The economy stinks right now. If the max an NFL player could earn was $1 million per season (for say a 5 year vet and annual Pro Bowler) they’d still be better off than the majority of America and there wouldn’t be any shortage of talented athletes willing to accept that kind of money!
    ———————————————
    Scumbags like you are always willing to Cap working people’s wages, but never the crooks at the top.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Ochocinco and other star players puts Butt’s in the seats that provide the revenue for owners & players, Not Mike Brown or Al Davis.

  • MEX_GHOST

    This rule did exist some years ago and nothing was wrong. The League changed to de 30 YL to make the game more “explosive” and the teams could score more points.

  • hwnrdr

    I swear most of the rule changes are because of the Raiders! LOL…Holy Roller, Taunting, Tuck, etc…I just hope there is football this year!

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Like I said before: Lets just go ahead and put skirts and flags on ‘em already….

    Way back in the day, didn’t they kick off from the 40yd. line? Then the 35, then the 30.. As soccer style kickers kept kicking further, as time went bye..

  • Ryan

    http://health.msn.com/health-topics/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100270813&GT1=31036

    ————————————————

    Hahaha, so everytime the Raiders won a game in KC and Denver, some poor Chief and Bronco wife got beat up.

    I’m sure this is somehow the Al Davis’ fault.

  • MikieG

    If its gonna be like that then stick DHB back there and let Jacoby rest….least we can get something out of Al Davis’s most recent ridiculous pick ……….course the draft is only a month away, so Lord only knows.

  • oo

    How many rule changes have the NFL made because of the Raiders,they afraid Jacoby would run back 5/6 td`s next season

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 am
    On the Next Episode of Hard Knocks, Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders…….

    ….Coach Davis gets irate with John Herrera after Herrera comes back with McDonald’s cheeseburgers with no onions….

    =====================================================
    He got irate with Herrera for forgetting the KFC Coleslaw.

  • Buckeyeraider

    ‘sup fellas.

    Guess they still haven’t fixed this thing yet. Posts still out of order. C’mon Jerry.

    I don’t think this rule tweak is going to hurt the Raiders that much at all. They should benfit really.

    Jano already has the strongest leg in the league and routinely leads in touchbacks. Now he should boom even more kicks deeper into the endzone or even through it, reducing the number of kickoff returns the Raiders have to face.

    Whereas, most kickers in the league not named Jano (and a few select others) struggle to reach the five or even ten yardline. They might now reach the goal line. Ford should still have ample opportunities to do his thing. Maybe a few less chances, but nothing major.

    This is one rule change that may actually benfit the Raiders.

  • Buckeyeraider

    *benefit.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    His blazing entrails, perhaps. Yeah, on 2nd thought, the Raiders would do well to steer clear of any Kard Knocks project.

  • Buckeyeraider

    The one rule I would have loved to see them fix, which the competition committee declined to, is the ridiculous completed catch ruling. The “Calvin Johnson” rule…or to Raider fans Louis Murphy.

    That rule is poorly written and interpreted, much like the “tuck rule”. Neither pass the 100 guys in a bar test.

    If 90 out of 100 knowledgable football fans in a bar think it’s a TD catch, but NFL rules say no, technically it’s not, then it defies common sense and is a bad rule.

    That they let that crap stand bothers me more than the new kickoff rules.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    New thought on Hard Knocks:

    At first I thought it was a bad idea because it could expose some of the Raider ‘trade secrets’ and certainly believe Coach Davis wouldn’t ever reveal the mystery behind the silver and black curtain.

    But after much thought and meditation into the matter, I think Coach should go for it.

    Coach Davis could use it as a platform to expose the dirty and vicious conspiracies that have been leveled at him by the NFL over the years. He could pull some Lance Kiffins/Tom Cables on some of the cronies who have done him wrong over the years. Coach could get even with all the refs who’ve screwed the Raiders out of many victories. He could even launch into a tirade about the so-called tuck rule. He could use it for Raider propaganda. Do segments on nothing but past Raider greatness. Glimpses of how Coach Davis has been at the forefront with innovative hirings, bringing back washed up players for second carreers, all that good stuff. Even one show could be about Run-Run, God rest his soul. Coach as the philanthropist, champion of opportunity, leader of men, humanitarian.

    Can you imagine not even one glimpse of a practice or locker room but Coach Davis airing dirty laundry on those who have conspired to bring him down. Even do an interview with lap dog hererra and then Coach cuts him off as Tim Kawakami comes screaming across security lines headed towards the lap dog.

    It could be nothing but Raider lore, past and future.

    Yes, the Raiders on Hard Knocks would be another example of Coach Davis blazing new trails.

  • SlvrBlkLoco

    After this issue over 4 Billion, the Fans should receive 15% cheaper prices next year and no blackouts of any sort for any team.

    this game is for offense only anyway, lets go arena league!!!!

  • SlvrBlkLoco

    The completed catch rule is great cause some of Jerry Rice’s TD’ would not have counted

  • DKnight007

    Ahh…the NO FUN LEAGUE and their stupid competition commitee.

    Implementing rules that don’t need to be changed and avoiding the rules that do need to be changed?!?

    Typical stupidity!

  • DKnight007

    36.Buckeyeraider Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    The one rule I would have loved to see them fix, which the competition committee declined to, is the ridiculous completed catch ruling. The “Calvin Johnson” rule…or to Raider fans Louis Murphy.

    That rule is poorly written and interpreted, much like the “tuck rule”. Neither pass the 100 guys in a bar test.

    If 90 out of 100 knowledgable football fans in a bar think it’s a TD catch, but NFL rules say no, technically it’s not, then it defies common sense and is a bad rule.

    That they let that crap stand bothers me more than the new kickoff rules.

    ^^^^^^
    Like I said…..making changes to rules that don’t need to be changed and then avoiding making changes to the rules that do need to change?

    Crazy….

  • YoungAmerican

    Huff is talking on Twitter like he really wants to be a Raider next season.

    Especially if the Raiders aren’t bringing Nnamdi back, they should bring Huff back into the fold.

    There are enough holes to fill on this team as it is without worrying about who is going to fill the single deep safety role.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:59 am

    even more disturbing …

    http://www.payscale.com/research/US/All_K-12_Teachers/Salary

    Sam Williams made about 20x more (last year) than the person who taught you everything that you know in life!
    =====================================================

    Ward and June Cleaver?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    I don’t care what football players make because they generally earned it.

    What I don’t care for is people saying the players are greedy when the owners are asking them to take a pay cut. More importantly the owners won’t open their books so their claims can be justified. Imagine if you invested stock in a company and they didn’t divulge their earnings statement. Literally, they cannot cuz it’s illegal.

  • dickv

    Raider Rockstar:
    NFL players should just suck it up or take a job selling cars or bagging groceries. You’re playing a game, a sport, for a living. The economy stinks right now. If the max an NFL player could earn was $1 million per season (for say a 5 year vet and annual Pro Bowler) they’d still be better off than the majority of America and there wouldn’t be any shortage of talented athletes willing to accept that kind of money!
    _______________________________________________________

    just don’t know how to say this… other than this is not how capitalism and our economy works. People with specialized skills sets that make companies money get more money than the rest of the labor force.

    It does not matter what you think about Wall street Bankers, actors, pro athletes, and other entertainers and how insignificant their contributions to scoiety is, the bottom line is they make money because they can make people or companies big bags of dough. Same thing goes for Attorneys, and doctors.

    NFL players make owners a lot of money; thus, they are in demand. Teams will pay big $ to acquire the talent it takes to win.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    25.KoolKell Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Ochocinco and other star players puts Butt’s in the seats that provide the revenue for owners & players, Not Mike Brown or Al Davis.

    ———————————

    Now KK, you know Coach Davis invented the NFL and built the stadiums with some of the other owners so guys like OchoOcho would haves seats for the ‘butts’ to come and watch them play. If it wasn’t for Coach Davis, nobody would be able to watch these players play because they would have nowhere to sit.

  • SwordOfVeracity

    Interesting set of responses when you consider the fact that the 35 is where this league used to kick off from. You know? When the game was supposedly tougher? When the Raiders won three Super Bowls? I don’t think it’s going to “sissify” the game any. If anything, the elimination of head starts and wedges can ultimately increase the chances of something spectacular happening because you won’t have to dedicate a group of wedge busters and you can concentrate on the cat with the rock.

    My 29 yen…

  • Carl Weathers

    Seabass will set a new career high for touchbacks and Ford will just have to take it 105 yards to paydirt.

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