I've been involved in football a lot of years, but I seem to have blocked out something. In watching the Vada Murray tribute I was struck by how big a gap the Oline had from the Dline. I seem to recall a time when there was a space( I want to call a half a yard) that the defensive player had to leave as a buffer from the ball at the LOS which was the neutral zone.
Does anyone remember when they changed this rule? Why they changed it? Was this is even a rule? If it wasn't a rule was it just a philosophy on defense? While it is obviously is a disadvantage for really short yardage I could see some benefits in terms of allowing the dline some space to avoid the blocks.
Kids have killed my memory. Thanks for the help.