Originally Posted by Phoenix-Talon
I wonder what was the approval vote-ratio. I'd also be curious to find out other NFL owners/coaches' position and comments -- pro/con. ANyone have anything on that?
the NFL owners voted 27-5 to ban the so-called "horse-collar" tackle
the 5 were the Cowboys,Lions,Pats,Saints and 9ers
The tactic will be considered an unsportsmanlike penalty, costing the violating team 15 yards and subjecting the player to a possible fine by the league. To distinguish between a horse-collar tackle and a tackle that occurs during close, in-line play, the foul must occur at least three yards outside the "tackle box," essentially in the open field.
The last part likely clears up the biggest concern Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells had about the rule change. During the team's mini-camp last month, Parcells wondered out loud about other aspects of the tackling method, more than just in the open field.
"What about the running back running through the line," Parcells said, "or are the linemen not allowed to do that either? How are they going to get the guy? How is it going to be officiated? You can't just say 'no horse collars'. I know there are some defensive coaches that have some concern.
"I just want it to be solid. Just make sure you know it's going to be officiated. The more objectivity you give to the officials, the more problems you're going to have."