Found September 06, 2013 on NESN.com:
The influx of read-option quarterbacks into the NFL has caused the league to widen the scope of acceptable hits to signal callers. In a new rule put in place for this season, quarterbacks who are running with the ball or appear to be running with the ball will be treated like running backs in the eyes of officials and subject to hits that may have been deemed illegal in recent years past. “”The quarterback can be hit like a runner until he’s clearly out of the play,” NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said in a video detailing the new regulations. “… If he’s running with the football or presenting a running posture, normal unnecessary-roughness rules apply.” San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick was one of the most successful read-option quarterbacks in 2012, quarterbacking the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1994, and his coach is not at all pleased with the rule changes. “I believe that when a quarterback is handing a ball off or faking a ball — in the read-option ca...
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