Category Archives: Rules

NFL’s anti-tampering policy

There have been a lot of questions about the NFL’s anti-tampering policy, and what it all means. Hopefully, this will answer a lot of questions.   Here it is, folks, the official NFL anti-tampering policy, as it pertains to players: * * *  NFL Players. No club, nor any person employed by or otherwise affiliated […]

Rules regarding unsigned picks

For no particular reason, this evening I decided to peruse one of my favorite reference books. Let me tell you, it’s a real page-turner. It’s called the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, 2006-2012. Again, there was nothing that inspired this bit of reading, other than my quest for knowledge. But I did find myself focusing on […]

Niners prohibited from hiring Singletary during the season

In an article I wrote for Tuesday’s paper, I suggested the 49ers could lose Mike Singletary to another organization if the club wanted to wait until after the season to name him head coach for 2009 – and beyond.

NFL’s VP of officiating says officials handled final seconds properly

One of the questions I had about the replay challenge after Frank Gore’s failed goal-line run was why the play was not reviewed immediately. Gore was tackled with 15 seconds remaining in the game. The whistle did not blow to signal a replay challenge until there were four seconds remaining.

Kick above the top of upright is not reviewable

Just received word from the NFL Office in New York on what happened when 49ers coach Mike Nolan challenged David Akers’ 38-yard field goal on Sunday. The kick gave the Eagles a 27-26 lead midway through the fourth quarter.   My first question to league spokesman Randall Liu (via email) is whether the play was […]