Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Gonna be interesting to see how the NFL officiates hits on the QB when they run the read-option. I really don't think they're just going to let defenders crush the QB. The NFL is a business and QBs are the biggest stars. They've protected them with rules many times before.
Once the read-option hand off is completed, they should not be able to hit the QB. No different from a standard run play. Defenders currently are not allowed to hit the QB on a run play even if it looks like play-action , so why allow them to crush the QB if he doesn't keep the ball on a read-option?
It's supposed to depend on the quarterback's "posture".
NFL rules are completely ambiguous. How can it be defined what a quarterbacks "posture" is? What does that even mean? No matter what the quarterback "looks like", he can hand the ball off or pull it back at any time, so what difference does it make what his "posture" looks like? Unbelievably stupid. It's like the rules were written by 2nd graders.
Agree with this. Like many NFL rules, there is too much grey area. Impossible to have games that are officiated consistently when each ref interprets or enforces rules differently. It's basically a coin flip whether or not a penalty gets called in this situation. No method to the madness.