RICHMOND, Va. – Referee Gene Steratore and his crew have been here at the Redskins training camp the last two days going over new rules and points of emphasis with the team. They also met with the media on Friday to go over the changes.
During practice, officials have been calling players over and explain to them if they see something a player is doing that is not correct. Mike Shanahan likes having them here, he says.
“Officials did a great job of talking about some of the new rules in clarifying some of the questions we did have.”
One of the changes is the elimination of the infamous “tuck rule.” I think the majority agrees in how bad that rule was. Unless, of course you are the Patriots and it helped you win a playoff game in January 2002 and eventually a Super Bowl.
As far as Mike Shanahan is concerned,
“The tuck rule should have been changed ten years ago, a fumble is a fumble.”
The owners voted to eliminate the rule at the owners meetings in March. While Shanahan isn’t a fan of the rule, its unclear how General Manager Bruce Allen feels about it as he was a Raiders executive at the time.
Five other rule changes the referees explained are:
Other rules have been amended for the 2013 season as well.
Preseason football is just six days away, which is hard to believe. The team will practice Monday and Tuesday next week before leaving for Nashville.