To students of the game this means that old mass and tandem plays will in future be impossible, and straight line plunging will be the favorite method of attack and ground gaining...|
The forward pass and on-side kick will help to make the new attack successful, as they will compel the secondary line of defense, constituted by the backs supporting the linesmen, to withdraw behind the line a distance of at least five yards, so as to be prepared for any quick change of position in the event of either of these plays being attempted... it will be necessary for field leaders to resort to tricks and strategy to gain the necessary distance, which is now ten yards instead of five, as formerly... the quarter back kick, used with varying success for the past three years, or, as it in the future will be known, the on-side kick, will be universally adopted.
The rule governing the on-side kick provides that the ball when kicked may be secured by any player of the side kicking it after it has touched the ground, whereas formerly the players of the kicking side were restrained by rule from touching the ball until it had been touched by one of the opposing side...
The forward pass is a radical departure. The old rule made it compulsory that the ball should not be passed toward the opponent's line. It had to be passed back before a player could run with it. Under the new order of things, it can be passed forward at will, except that it may not be passed directly over the line of scrimmage within five yards of the centre on either side. Then, too, it may be passed only to one of the back field players or to an end rush, six men in all, and may be passed to any part of the field.
The effect of this on the runner is incalcuable, as he can at any time, when on the point of being tackled, pass the ball to one of his own side who may be some distance ahead... the play can only be used once in each scrimmage, and the ball must be touched by a player of either side before touching the ground. The penalty for failing to touch a player is the loss of the ball...
The forward pass is expected to result in long spectacular runs, especially as the defense must be weakened to be prepared to meet them...
CRUCIAL CHANGES IN FOOTBALL RULES.
Two lines of scrimmage, one for each team, and each through its own end of the ball.
No centre, guard, nor tackle may drop back from line of scrimmage on offense, unless he is at least five yards back of line of scrimmage and another player of those ordinarily behind line of scrimmage takes his place in line of scrimmage.
When the ball has been kicked by a player other than the snapper back any player on the kicking side shall be on side as soon as the ball touches the ground.
If in three consecutive downs (unless the ball shall have crossed the goal line) a team, having constantly held the ball in its possession, shall not have advanced the ball ten yards, it shall go to the opponent on the spot of the fourth down.
Before being snapped back the ball must be placed flat on the ground, with long axis at right angles to line of scrimmage.
One forward pass shall be allowed in each scrimmage, provided such pass be made by a player who was behind the line of scrimmage when the ball was put in play, and provided the ball, after being passed forward, does not touch the ground before being touched by a player of either side.
The ball may not be touched by player who was on line of scrimmage when the ball was put in play, except by either of the two men playing on the ends of the line.
A forward pass over the line of scrimmage within space of five yards on either side of the centre shall be unlawful.
A forward pass by side which does not put ball in play in scrimmage shall be unlawful.
A forward pass which crosses goal line without touching a player of either side shall be declared a touch-back for defenders of that goal.
One line of scrimmage through forward point of the ball.
Any of five men could be placed anywhere behind line of scrimmage.
Ball could not be put on side.
It was necessary to advance the ball but five yards to constitute the first down.
Could be placed in any position.
Forward pass was not allowed.