NFL Banned Hip Drop Tackle

The NFL owners have unanimously banned hip drop tackle over the objections of the NFLPA.

This is such a stupid rule. Why not ban all forms of tackling? Why not ban defense in general?

Why are the owners trying to destroy football?

Give them time. They’ll ban tackling as a whole soon enough.


One position at a time… They’ve greatly hamstrung defenders tackling QBs already.

The swivel is what’s banned. I don’t see the point, but there is a distinction, and that’s it.

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Not just the swivel, you need to also make contact with the lower portion of the players legs for it to be a penalty. I’m not 100% on that.

The nuances of the rule will trigger all sorts of official replays and reviews.


Wrapping up a players legs with your arms while dropping your body weight is just a tackle. It’s the spinning on the way down from the tackler that’s injuring players, or so they claim. It’s a contact sport. I guess we’ll see how it’s enforced.

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It’s all fun and games until someone twists an ankle!! :rofl:

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$4million ankle. I mean, I see their reasoning, even though I don’t agree.

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Let the soccer’fication continue! :rofl:

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This is what’s on the NFL site.

“Grabs the runner with both hands or wraps the runner with both arms and
Unweights himself by swiveling and dropping his hips and/or lower body, landing on and trapping the runner’s leg(s) at or below the knee”

I take this to mean you have to end up trapping the runners legs below the knee for it to be a penalty.