NFL Plans to Crack Down Even Harder on Illegal Hits and More Rules in 2011

March 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

They are still in a work stoppage, but the National Football League apparently is still planning changes for the upcoming (hopefully) 2011 season.
They say this year they will start suspending players for illegal hits to the head and neck areas, as well as on defenseless players.
”Frankly, now that the notice has been given, players and coaches and clubs are very aware of what the emphasis is and we won’t have that hesitation,” Ray Anderson, chief disciplinarian said.
”Everyone will be very clearly on notice now that a suspension is very viable for us and we will exercise it when it comes to illegal hits to the head and neck area and to defenseless players.”
The league has looked back at two years worth of plays to scout out the repeat offenders and who to keep an eye out for while handing out the fines and suspensions.
Also, the rules for a defenseless player have been broken down into eight categories:

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