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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2019, 05:21:16 PM »
What are the rules limiting defense? I missed that part.

They can never rush more than 5 and there are tons of limits on how you can blitz.

Can't press receivers at the LOS and blitz
Can't rush anybody but LBs and DL who have to be aligned within the box
Can't blitz LBs through the A gaps or run a double A gap blitz
Can't overload a side with more than 4 blitzers
Can't rush 2 LBs from the same side

I saw it mentioned somewhere that rushers can't fake a pass rush and drop into coverage while someone else rushes, either.

So there's a lot done to keep the blitzing to a minimum and make it easier on the OL and QBs, but that also means that defenses are forced to focus more on zone pass coverage and capping the deep routes with sound, cautious base defense.

That's going to make it harder to run the ball (since defenses won't be blitzing out of position and they'll have more eyes on the ball in zone) and harder to throw deep.  It also puts a dent in the screen game and draws.  Offenses are forced to work their way downfield with more midrange drop back passes.
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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2019, 05:26:27 PM »
I like the idea of having a 9th ref in the sky box. It just makes so much sense.

I'm pretty sure this is something the NFL will adapt within a couple of years.  The AAF has a close association with the NFL and is being used as kind of a testing ground for potential major rules changes and production techniques.  I expect we'll have the mic'ed up ref in the box by the 2021 season.

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2019, 07:47:23 PM »
Can't press receivers at the LOS and blitz
Can't rush anybody but LBs and DL who have to be aligned within the box
Can't blitz LBs through the A gaps or run a double A gap blitz
Can't overload a side with more than 4 blitzers
Can't rush 2 LBs from the same side

Mitey-Mite rules...

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2019, 07:50:41 AM »
Mitey-Mite rules...

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Yep.  That's the first thing I thought when I saw them.  It's professional players playing by Mighty Mite rules.  I half expected them to have a rule about not covering up the C.

I get that they've only had about a month of practice and one "pre-season" game to get ready, but I'm surprised by how bad the OL have looked given all those restrictions to put the game on "easy mode" for them.

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2019, 08:30:42 AM »
Yep.  That's the first thing I thought when I saw them.  It's professional players playing by Mighty Mite rules.  I half expected them to have a rule about not covering up the C.

I get that they've only had about a month of practice and one "pre-season" game to get ready, but I'm surprised by how bad the OL have looked given all those restrictions to put the game on "easy mode" for them.
I wonder if they will adjust the rules as the season goes? Maybe they did these restrictions because they knew the defense would be ahead of the offenses to start the season? That and offense sells tickets.

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2019, 09:42:33 AM »
I half expected them to have a rule about not covering up the C.

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I get that they've only had about a month of practice and one "pre-season" game to get ready, but I'm surprised by how bad the OL have looked given all those restrictions to put the game on "easy mode" for them.

--And despite their one month of practice, the league claims that most have NFL experience.  So despite their excuse, it's just another attempt at favoring the offense with special rules so fans can see more touchdowns (along wanting to transform the game into NFL Flag).  Someone suggested that "no one wants to see the QBs getting sacked all the time" from whatever exotic coverages the defense has set up.  No?  Then RUN THE BALL.

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2019, 09:44:25 AM »

Did you see any of the games? They really let the players play and there was no special treatment for QBs. It was refreshing, even with the mitey mite rules.

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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2019, 12:07:50 PM »
Did you see any of the games?

Yes.  Watched three games (one on Saturday and two on Sunday).  The San Diego/San Antonio game was not available in this area.

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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2019, 12:35:34 PM »
Yes.  Watched three games (one on Saturday and two on Sunday).  The San Diego/San Antonio game was not available in this area.

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2019, 04:34:40 PM »
Hey its football and ill take i hate the uniforms but i aint think it was all that bad. Gave me something to watch besides old C.O.O.L. CLINICS Or OLD Clinics frome some guys that have intrigued me in the past.
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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2019, 05:15:01 PM »
What did you think?

Game play itself wasn't very good.  I'm a proponent of kick-offs, so I didn't like that rule.  If kick-offs aren't safe, then ban them.  At every level.  If they are safe, then let's have them.  If you can't kick extra points (which is fine by me), then why do they count as 2 points?  All of the Mitey-Mite rules were lame, too.  However, I like the speed of the game with the "no TV time-outs" rule.

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Re: Official AAF Thread
« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2019, 05:23:18 PM »
I also had the misfortune of listening to Marvin Lewis up in the booth.  Some of the best tweets about his performance:

After listening to Marvin Lewis on this AAF game itís clear he has a future on NPR.

Marvin Lewis' commentary is so hushed he might be auditioning for a golf analyst job.

Marvin Lewis might be so bad at calling these AAF games that heíll miss the playoffs.

Marvin Lewis seems so thrilled to be doing this game.

Havenít made up my mind about the quality of football yet, but Iím ready to declare that Marvin Lewis is human Xanax.

The worst #AAF audio issue of this weekend is that Marvin Lewis' microphone actually works.

And my favorite:

Marvin Lewis sounds as if he is being held hostage.

lol

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« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2019, 08:52:27 PM »
MJD is a pretty garbage announcer as well...I muted his game and watched without sound
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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2019, 09:28:24 AM »
MJD is a pretty garbage announcer as well...I muted his game and watched without sound
Hey now. There will be no MJD bashing in this thread sir! lol.

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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2019, 09:54:25 AM »
Hey now. There will be no MJD bashing in this thread sir! lol.

Hahaha...did you listen to him?  He doesn't bother me in a studio setting when doing that gig...but definitely not made for the booth.  Looooooooooong pauses after starting to say something and would interrupt the other guy's talk to just say something obvious followed by another pause and a "yeah..."
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