VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
McAulay talks about NFL kickoff rules

Former NFL referee Terry McAulay said the NFL's revised rules on kickoffs could cause issues for the officials this season.

Advertisement

McAulay retired last month and will serve as an on-air rules analyst for games on NBC Sunday Night Football.

The 59-year-old spoke to ESPN.com about the rules, specifically where players line up prior to the kick, the elimination of wedge blocking and where the receiving team's players are permitted to initiate blocks.

"It isn't getting as much press, but the kickoff change, this may be the biggest change I've ever seen," McAulay said. "People know so little about it. There are so many restrictions on what either side of the ball can do. ... I spoke with a special-teams coordinator who is excited about it, and I know we all feel it can be great for the game. But (officials) have to wait and see. There are a lot of intricate rules in terms of what (players) can and cannot do."

McAulay became the first NFL referee to work three Super Bowls with less than five years of experience. He worked in Super Bowls XXXIX, XLIII and XLVII in addition to 15 other playoff games -- including nine conference championship games.

With the new rules, players on the kicking team cannot line up more than one yard from the point of the kickoff. The previous rule allowed players to line up five yards back.

The wedge block has been eliminated. Only players who line up between their own 40 and opponents' 45-yard line can put together double-team blocks.

Also, until the ball is touched or hits the ground, no player on the receiving team may cross the restraining line (typically its 45) or initiate a block.

When the ball hits the end zone, it's immediately ruled a touchback.

The new rules will go into effect on Aug. 2 when the Chicago Bears square off against the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game.

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express
written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
· Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 3
· YouWager.eu: Teams to Watch - Week 3
· Bookmaker: Underdog Plays - Week 3
· BetDSI: Week 3 - Ugly Dogs
· Nelson: Close Calls - Week 2
· Williams: Opening Line Report - Week 3
· YouWager.eu: Games to Watch - Week 3
· YouWager.eu: Hot & Not Report
· Roberts: Books dominate Week 2
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
4-1 LW, 20-5 Run, 11-2 G-Plays
4-0 L2 Sundays, 5-0 This Season
4-1 Sunday, 6-1 NFL Week 2
5 Guaranteed Wins in a Row
9-3 L2 Sundays, 12-6 This Year
10-4 L14 G-Plays, 10-4 L14 Totals
7-2 Record, 3-0 Guarantees TY
5-2 Sunday, 11-4 L2 Sundays
6-2 Week 2, 7-2 L9 Totals
4-0 L2 Thurs., 13-8 L2 Sundays
3-1 Last 4 NFL G-Plays
12-5 L17 NFL Selections
7-3 Last 10 Over/Unders
2-0 Totals, 9-5 Record TY
8-2 L10 Over/Under Plays
5-2 L7 Guaranteed Plays
7-3 L10 Picks, 3-1 L4 G-Plays
9-4 L13 Over/Under Plays
6-3 G-Plays This Season
3-0 L3 G-Plays, 5-2 Week 2
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks - New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
2018 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Bitler + 1355
Jimmy Boyd + 816
Chip Chirimbes + 704
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 490
Jimmy Boyd + 390
Brian Bitler + 297
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Paul Bovi 100 %
Kyle Hunter 78 %
Brian Bitler 77 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Bitler + 785
Gary Bart + 500
Bruce Marshall + 442
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 580
Jimmy Boyd + 485
Matt Blunt + 353
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 650
Marc Lawrence + 480
Hank Goldberg + 295
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership