As the NFL continues to wrestle with making the game safer for its athletes, Adam Schefter reports the league is considering a ban on chop blocks.
Big ramifications: NFL’s competition committee considering a rule that would eliminate the chop block for 2016 season, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 29, 2016
At least one former defensive lineman approves this line of thinking, which is hardly surprising.
@AdamSchefter finally. We've seen Dlinemen can be just as important as Quarterbacks. Gotta protect their knees too!!!!
— Ballon d’Osi (@OsiUmenyiora) February 29, 2016
For those who might not be familiar with what a chop block constitutes, it’s when an offensive lineman, tight end or running back takes a dive at a defender’s knees in an attempt to “chop” the defender to the ground. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the official NFL player conduct guide.
Here is an example of a chop block in action.
Many defensive players have had seasons ended because of this play, which has been legal in the NFL since its inception provided certain qualifiers are met.
Considered to be a dirty play by many, this is a block that should be penalized, and penalized harshly (15-yard variety) to ensure the safety of defensive linemen and linebackers charging hard to make plays.