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For those of you who know the rules of football better.....


Posted: Dec 17, 2016 9:47 AM
 

than I, why is it illegal for the offense to have more than four players lined up in the backfield? What unfair advantage for the offense is derived from this? It seems that as long as all the offensive players stay on their side of the line of scrimmage it shouldn't matter where they line up. Just wondering.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 9:52 AM
 

If you have more than 4 guys in the backfield the defense would never be able to stop anyone. Look at it like this, the defense can really only afford 4 secondary players to cover skill guys if they want to be able to stop the run. If you need to stop more than that you have to bring in a nickel package and pretty much give up the run or just cede the passing game to the offense. You can't say that they can't go past the line of scrimmage if they're in the backfield because then it would be too confusing to know who is an eligible receiver and who is not when the play is lined up. It would just create nightmares for the defense and instead of 20,30 point average games we'd all be playing in the Big 12.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 9:52 AM
 

The rule states you must have 7 players "on the line" which means they break a plane bisecting the center's waist. If you have more than 4 players in the backfield you either have too many players on the field or you have less than 7 men on the line, both of which are penalties.

Most of the time it means a player lined up in the backfield when he should have been on the line.


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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 9:53 AM
 

I think it sort of ties in with who is eligible to receive it and who is not

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 9:59 AM
 

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 10:02 AM
 

Which begs another question:

If a WR on one end steps back off the line (into the backfield), does that mean that the Tackle position on that side of the line is now eligible and "not covered up"? I always hear that on some trick plays and wasn't sure what qualified to be "not covered up".


dint think this fully answers but it is an interesting


Posted: Dec 17, 2016 10:11 AM
 

Rule. Not sure if the jersey number thing is just to make it easier to officiate who is eligible and who is not


"The NCAA rulebook defines eligible receivers for college football in Rule 7, Section 3, Article 3.[1] The determining factors are the player's position on the field at the snap and their jersey number. Specifically, any players on offense wearing numbers between 50 and 79 are always ineligible. All defensive players are eligible receivers and offensive players who are not wearing an ineligible number are eligible receivers if they meet one of the following three criteria:

Player is at either end of the group of players on the line of scrimmage (usually the wide receivers and tight end)
Player is lined up at least one yard behind the line of scrimmage (running backs, fullbacks, etc.)
Player is positioned to receive a hand-to-hand snap from the center (almost always the quarterback)
Players may only wear eligible numbers at an ineligible position when it is obvious that a punt or field goal is to be attempted.

If a player is to change between eligible and ineligible positions, they must physically change jersey numbers to reflect the position.[2]"

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 12:41 PM
 

Yes, but he would be wearing an ineligible number so he would have to report to the official and the official would announce that he was eligible.


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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 9:59 AM
 

You made me curious, so I Googled it and found this:

While all 11 offensive players may be on the line, seven is the most common formation. Of the players on the line, only the two on the ends are eligible receivers. The receivers are either tight ends or wide receivers. Keeping the offensive line at the minimum of seven players allows for more receivers in the backfield. The penalty for having less than seven players on the line is 5 yards.

Sounds about right to me.


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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 10:02 AM
 

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It was also one of the original safety rules


Posted: Dec 17, 2016 11:23 AM
 

Because teams used to be able to develop a mass wedge of blocking and just bowl over the defense. It looks like it was established in 1910 and accompanied additional forward pass rules. See the links below, which mention mass formations.

http://www.history.com/news/how-teddy-roosevelt-saved-football

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/sports/football/21thorpe.html


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