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Old 01-01-2019, 10:54 AM
Chisquirrel is offline
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Originally Posted by Atamasama View Post
2) Kneeling - If the QB ever goes down to the ground while holding the ball he is considered down (as if he was tackled) whether or not an opponent touches him. Thatís why a QB who is running with the ball will often dive to the ground when a defender gets close to him. Thatís a rule to protect the QB from injury. (Yes, QBs and kickers are special little snowflakes in football.) Well, if the QB kneels down as soon as he gets the ball, officially it is treated the same as if he was a runner who went down to the ground voluntarily. Anyone who goes down with the ball on the field (not going out of bounds) doesnít stop the clock, so you can kneel, let the clock keep running, take your time to reform for the next play, wait until the last moment to snap it again, and repeat. Thereís little the team can do about it and itís pretty much a guaranteed way to run out the clock if your opponent doesnít have enough time outs to prevent the clock from expiring.
Small corrections: when running, a quarterback will generally slide to give themselves up. As far as the giving up is concerned, both are perfectly valid, but a slide gives the runner protection from being hit, while diving headfirst does not. If a runner dives with the ball but is not touched, he is still ruled down at the spot, because he "gave himself up". Also, ANY runner can take advantage of the slide protection - they just won't play again for awhile, because running backs, receivers, tight ends, etc. are expected to get those extra yards instead of avoiding the contact.