Pats Opener – New NFL Kick Off Rule
Monday evening (Sept 12) the New England Patriots will open their 2011 NFL Season against division rival Miami Dolphins, playing under new NFL Kick Off Rules. Bill Belichick trimmed the roster on Saturday and there were a few surprising cuts made. Veteran Running Back Sammy Morris was cut from the team as was perennial perceptional let-down Brandon Meriweather.
Meriweather gained a name in the NFL as being a bit of a headhunter after his highly publicized helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap last October. Even though Meriweather had an unpopular tenure in New England since he was drafted in 2007, he did somehow manage to make 2 Pro Bowls. Meriweather has been a favorite in terms of comical content for New England Sports Radio after he referred to British Landmark Big Ben as the “Big-Bang-Clock”. So long Bweather…
Toucher & Rich Big Bang Clock Parody
A somewhat surprising yet tactical cut was 3rd year wide receiver Brandon Tate. Tate’s dismissal had been eminent all pre-season by team insiders because of his primary role with the Patriots, Kick Off Return Specialist. Tate averaged over 25 yards per return last year, which was 6th in the NFL.
New NFL Kick Off Rule
The new kick off rules in the NFL put less of a premium on quality kick returners. If you aren’t aware of the new NFL Rules regarding Kickoffs here is a brief summary:
- The kick off will now occur from the 35 yard line as opposed to the 30 yard line.
- The kick coverage team can no longer get a long running head start during the kick, they must now be within 5 yards of the ball and can only get a 5 yard running start.
The Objective of New Kick Off Rule
More Touch-Backs Fewer Returns
Some Fans Not Happy