NFL Rules Change, Sparano Vision for Offense Does Not


The NFL has decided on a few rule changes that will have a little impact on the way the game is played.  While the NFL owners were meeting in “N’Awlens”, Tony Sparano made it clear that he will not be making changes to his offensive style.  Like it or not.

First the NFL rule changes.

While touchbacks will remain positioned at the 20 yard line kickoffs will be moved from the 30 back to the original 35 yard line.  This is a small step to curb player injury on kick returns.  While there will be a tad more TB’s it’s not likely to have a major impact on the game.  What will however is the new changes to replay.  The owners have decided that all scoring plays will be automatically reviewed upstairs and then called in to the head ref if it looks like a review needs to be made.

This will allow coaches to keep their challenge flags in their pockets and pull them out for first down or possession changes.  They will also retain the 3rd challenge flag if both of their first two challenges are upheld.

The league looked at making more changes, particularly in the category of defensive hits against defenseless players but scrapped that for this year.

Speaking out of those league meetings, Miami Dolphins HC Tony Sparano said that his offense will remain a run first attack.  Boring I know.

But the man in charge has a plan.

Sparano said that he is looking for two tailbacks that compliment each other and according to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, that did not sound as if either of those players were currently on the roster.  That indication is a pointed finger that Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown will both be dressing elsewhere next year.  In addition, he said that the Dolphins have a very detailed plan of where they will find the runners they need but opted not to go into details.  Damn, where is Dave Wannstedt when you need him, that guy couldn’t keep his mouth shut for nothing.

Sparano said that he is looking for a runner in the mold of Jahvid Best, a breakaway runner with very good hands out of the back-field.  Sparano did not go into specifics but mentioned the free agent market and the possibility of adding another runner in the draft.   Which really only makes you more pissed off that there is no free agency at the moment.

For more on Sparano’s comments regarding the running game and how it will “evolve” check out this Sun-Sentinel article.

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  • thomas loy

    It sounds as if Miami will draft two running backs in the draft, a big bruising runner and a breakaway back. Does this open the door for Miami to draft Ingram with the 15th pick?

  • Brian Miller

    Not likely. They will try and trade down first

  • Don

    C’mon MAN! When has this group ever let the media in on what it was really going to do? They have contradicted every staement ever made to the media with their actions. If history means anything, this means Ronnie will be resigned and they will look for a third down back in the middle of the draft to return kicks. Beef up the Oline and let Ronnie and Lex go for 2000 combined! Ronnie blows up 2 yrs removed from injury.

    • Brian Miller

      Don, you are so right on that, no one ever knows what they have plans for, but we still have to concede that someday they may actually tell us the truth because we won’t believe them anyways…LOL

  • beowulf

    I have no problem with the secrecy, but I will question the running game. We had Ronnie and Ricky as well as Hilliard, Cobbs, and Polite in our backfield, yet our rush offense was around #20 in the league! How will we expect to accomplish any better without our two “top” veteran RB’s?

  • daytonadolfan

    I have no problem with the run first mentality. As long as they address the Oline and find a back (or 2) that can average over 4ypc. This would also be a good plan if they plan on making a change at QB. Something to Ponder?

  • Lou

    I happen to like run first offence, but that’s contingent to the RB’s will be this year… if we get to have a year at all.

  • Robert Jason

    Tony Sparano made it clear that he will not be making changes to his offensive style. Like it or not.

    NOT