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Major rules changes coming for NFL?

Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 2:14 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When owners convene next week for what seems like their 50th meeting of the year, the NFL’s competition committee has some recommendations for them (hopefully, Jerry Jones won’t tap his fists together and walk out of this meeting).

According to several reporters who were on a teleconference call with Rich McKay, chair of the committee, there are number of potential rules changes. Here they are:

1) The most-impactful proposal is the idea to move the kickoff spot from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line, to make the touchback starting point the 25-yard line (instead of the 20) and to eliminate all wedge blocking, including the two-man wedge.

This proposal, says the committee, is because of player safety. Since kickoffs are so potentially dangerous, it’s pretty clear the committee wants to reduce the amount of kickoffs that can be fielded. Even if a place-kicker can’t get the ball out of the end zone from the 35-yard line, returners will be less likely to run back a kick from the middle of the end zone, now that a team would get possession at the 25-yard line on a touchback.

If this rule is adopted, that would, I imagine, lessen the impact of players like Devin Hester and Leon Washington.

The elimination of wedge plays isn’t a surprise, because of how dangerous those blocks are for the person who’s being double-teamed. In fact, McKay said, some teams proposed eliminating kickoffs altogether (how crazy would that be, by the way?).

2) Expect suspensions for those who make dangerous hits on defenseless receivers. This, obviously, also is because of safety, and since the players have had half a season to get used to this new paradigm, I expect the NFL to start actually suspending players. Especially for repeat offenders and for the worst of the worst hits.
Player safety

3) Regarding instant replay, the committee wants to adopt a rule in which all scoring plays would be booth reviews. This would eliminate the coaches’ ability to challenge on a TD (or a field goal, I suppose). This obviously is a move to the college game, though McKay said he’s not willing to go all the way there (meaning all plays are reviewable by the booth).

And a few other news bits:

-Playoff overtime rules will not extend into the regular season. The main reason: there was no playoff overtime games last year, and the committee still wants to see how that situation would play out before making it all-encompassing.

-The possibility was discussed by the committee, but there will be no proposal for playoff reseeding this season. Good news for, ahem, the Seahawks.

-The NFL schedule will be released in mid-April this year. Just like normal.

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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:12 pm

Major rules changes coming for NFL?

Sorry...that last post was directed at Okielou

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:11 pm

Major rules changes coming for NFL?

I would have to disagree with you here. Most coaches, from what I have seen, would rather kick it through the end zone and eliminate the possibility of a fluke return. In addition, it saves the wear and tear on your reserve players which helps preserve depth for your team. Considering the number of injuries these days, a coach would rather eliminate the kickoff return period, just as the article said that some teams actually propossed this idea. The reason is roster depth and ability to hold on to more specialized positions that you might not be able to do under the current roster limits and the need to field as good a special teams unit as possible. This is why the versatile athlete is so valued in the NFL. Not having to worry as much about your special teams allows you to hang on to extra big and strong linemen on both sides of the ball to give you depth and flexibility.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:20 pm

Major rules changes coming for NFL?

On moving the kinckoff to the 35 yard line. The coaches will just teach and tell their kickers to kick the ball higher and shorter, so there will be a kick return, hoping to hold the runner inside the 20 yard line. Kick off returns help both sides. If you have a good special team on defense you can get to them quicker from the 35 yard line and have a better chance to hold them to a short return.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:35 pm

Major rules changes coming for NFL?

If you were a union member, you most likely WOULD get a chance to see your employers' books if the employer tried to justify wage cuts by claiming the business was losing money.

Most arbitrators would rule that the owners must document financial losses if they claim financial losses as the rationale for wage/benefit cuts.

If the players' lawsuit progresses through the courts, we will likely see a federal judge insist that the owners open their books since they claim financial losses jusrtify their bargaining position

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:08 pm

Major rules changes coming for NFL?

Just another rule change to ruin the NFL even more. I love seeing great kick returns and stuff like that. If you move the kickoff to the 35 yd line, most kickoffs will be touchbacks. How boring is that? Football is a sport that has injuries, you can't just change the rules if some players get hurt. I hate the NFL now. It sucks, the rule changes, the players wearing pink all month long in October, and more international games.

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