NFL owners passed a rule Tuesday here at their annual meetings in Phoenix that will make leaping over the long-snapper on field goals and extra points illegal. That has to bring a smile to Arians’ face. Twice during a Week 7 tie with the Seahawks, Wagner leapt over Cardinals-long snapper Aaron Brewer. The first time resulted in a blocked field goal. He stumbled after clearing Brewer on the second but former Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro still missed a potential game-winning field goal in overtime.
However, it wasn’t the Cardinals who proposed the rule change. It was the Philadelphia Eagles. The proposal also had the support of the NFLPA.
But Arians had been a vocal critic of the previous rule, which allowed hurdling, and a staunch supporter of changing it.
Days after Wagner’s leaps, Arians said he didn’t feel the need to push a potential rule change with the competition committee, of which he’s a member.
“Yeah, I don’t think I need to do it. It’s already been pushed,” Arians said in October. “I’ll definitely vote for it on my vote.”
Arians also said in the aftermath of Wagner’s leaps that he thought the idea of a defender hurdling a mostly defenseless long-snapper was “bad for football” because of the health risk associated with it.
“What you’re going to have to do now is start having centers raise their face up and get kicked in the face and things that are just dangerous to the players,” Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio in October. “I think it’s a dangerous play as it is and should be taken out of the game.”
On Tuesday, it was.