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Offline The Roamin' Umpire

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Blindside block during line play?
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:36:17 AM »
Question came up at our meeting last night. No immediate answer provided - I wanted to throw it to the group...

Outside run to the left. DL on that side gets penetration and has a bead on the runner when the pulling guard from the opposite side blows him up - definitely not in the back, but he definitely didn't see it coming. The guy who asked the question is an umpire and former lineman; I asked him if it seemed like normal line play and he said "Definitely, but a lot of 'normal' plays aren't allowed anymore..."

Should there be a flag for an illegal blindside block here?

Offline CalhounLJ

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 08:50:38 AM »
I'm having trouble seeing how the pulling guard from the opposite side is fast enough to get in front of the DL in pursuit of the runner. But, if he is, and he clocks him and the DL is so focused on the runner that he doesn't see it coming, then by the way I understand it, that's a blindside block.

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 10:55:24 AM »
I'm having trouble seeing how the pulling guard from the opposite side is fast enough to get in front of the DL in pursuit of the runner. But, if he is, and he clocks him and the DL is so focused on the runner that he doesn't see it coming, then by the way I understand it, that's a blindside block.

Bubba should be running the ball.

If the ball has left the FBZ, which it seems it has when you say "outside run," and "blows him up" means he didn't initiate contact with open hands, then this is an illegal BSB as Calhoun said.

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 10:59:58 AM »
During my playing days, we would run a trap with the backside guard pulling and we would intentionally not block the opposite DL or DE.  Our hope was that he did not see us coming.  These were inside runs, not outside.  I still believe that's good fundamental football.  IMO that is not what the blindside block rule was trying to eliminate.  You really couldn't generate anywhere near the force as compared to a BSB on a kick return for instance.  Personally, I would allow that.  You're not really blowing up the guy.

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 11:43:40 AM »
During my playing days, we would run a trap with the backside guard pulling and we would intentionally not block the opposite DL or DE.  Our hope was that he did not see us coming.  These were inside runs, not outside.  I still believe that's good fundamental football.  IMO that is not what the blindside block rule was trying to eliminate.  You really couldn't generate anywhere near the force as compared to a BSB on a kick return for instance.  Personally, I would allow that.  You're not really blowing up the guy.

An inside run sounds like the ball never left the FBZ, and in that case you're right. The BSB rule isn't trying to eliminate that play as it would be legal.

Offline AlUpstateNY

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 02:20:51 PM »
IMO that is not what the blindside block rule was trying to eliminate.  You really couldn't generate anywhere near the force as compared to a BSB on a kick return for instance.  Personally, I would allow that.  You're not really blowing up the guy.

Absolutely agree, the object is not to discover additional ways to enforce this rule explanation. 

Consider an uncomplimentary definition of "bureaucracy", "When interpretation comes in conflict with common sense and/or practical application, rather than reason the objective, automatically follow the interpretation."

Offline The Roamin' Umpire

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2017, 02:35:03 PM »
It is entirely possible that I don't have the play exactly right, as this is second-hand and in a loud room. I'd love to have video of an example of what he meant...

But it sounds like the rough consensus here goes with what I was thinking - if it looks like normal line play, it's probably fine, while if it's out in the open field, it's probably a BSB.

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Re: Blindside block during line play?
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 10:36:15 PM »
I have a hard time picturing this play occurring prior to the ball leaving the FBZ.