NFL Team Needs | New NFL Football With Synthetic Laces Already Drawing Complaints From QBs
By Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
It’s been nearly six years since Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who also served as the holder on extra points and field-goal attempts, mishandled the snap on what would’ve been the game-winning kick in a playoff game against the Seahawks. At the time, we all blamed the K-ball, those footballs designated solely for punters and kickers that because of their specific purpose were slicker than their game-worn counterparts.
Consequently, as ESPN’s John Clayton reported in December 2007, team managers were allowed “a 20-minute period prior to games to rub down the balls to make them more manageable for snappers, holders and kickers” and field-goal conversion rates improved immediately.
Now there’s another ball-related controversy and it doesn’t have to do with the football itself but the laces that hold it together. According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the league is putting a leather ball with synthetic laces into play for Week 2 of the preseason. Teams have the option of practicing with the ball this week, and offensive units can choose to use the ball during this week’s games.