Punt fair catches are not changed, only kickoffs.I imagine it'll also reduce concussions and other injuries to quarterbacks trying to avoid safeties after being pinned by good punting
Speaking of good punting - this new rule may have teams looking purely for distance - leaving accuracy of little importance
Lastly, I wish they would forgo this rule during the last 5 minutes of games that are within 7pts
somewhat on topic -- how many times have we seen this from the Cardinals:
1. playing a tight game and the opponent scores a TD to tie or take the lead in Q4. Card offense really needs to answer.
2. On the kickoff, the returner catches it 3 yards deep......... and decides to return it. Tackled at the 17 yard line.
3. Oh yeah, holding penalty too.
4. Critical drive starts inside the 10 vs the 25
so the good news: we wont see that again
My biggest expectation and hope is that Gannon will run a MUCH tighter ship and we won’t lead the league in penalties EVERY DAMN YEAR.Instead we'll see the Cards field a Fair Catch 3 yards deep but there will still be a holding penalty while the ball was in the air. First and 10 at the 12 yard line, followed by the obligatory 1 yard run, then the sack, and finally on 3rd and long the incompletion on a rushed throw.