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Old 01-03-2019, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ElvisL1ves View Post
Anyway, the Victory Formation is safe. What would be even better is if the defense could simply concede and not go through with the annoying charade, like a baseball team can now just concede an intentional walk.
From what I can tell from the rulebook, there is no codified requirement for the defense to be on the field at all; the requirements for a minimum number of players on the field are all on the offensive side of the ball (FYI, you have to have at least 7 players on the LOS, and never more than 11).

When it comes to a question of a minimum number of players required for the defense, that is 100% the referee's decision (Rule 15-1-3: "The Referee’s decisions upon all matters not specifically placed under the jurisdiction of other officials by rule are final"). So if the ref doesn't care, the defense can just leave. Or the ref can require they come back out of the locker room to defend, say, a PAT, like at the end of the NFC Divisional game between the Vikings and Saints last season.