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NFL Rules Changes: Competition Committee confirm changes for 2016

The NFL's Competition Committee today announced the approved rules changes for the 2016 season and beyond at the league meeting in Boca Rato


The NFL’s Competition Committee today announced the approved rules changes for the 2016 season and beyond at the league meeting in Boca Raton. In all 7 changes were made to on field officiating which are detailed below. 1. The line of scrimmage for a Point After Try was permanently moved back to the 15yd line having been trialled in 2015. Owners clearly felt that adding an element of uncertainty to a play that had become automatic was good for the game. In 2015, under the trialled rule, kickers missed the most extra points in any season since 1977. 2. There was an expansion to the rules surrounding coach player electronic communication to allow coaches positioned ‘in the booth’ direct communication with the designated on field play-caller. Previously, information had to be relayed via a coach who was on the sideline. 3. Chop blocks were outlawed in their entirety. Not to be confused with a cut, or low block, a chop block refers to the situation where an engaged defender is contacted below the knee. While already limited in terms of where they were legal, to the relief of Defensive Linemen across the league the block was banned across the board. 4. The ‘horse-collar’ rule, where a player is dragged down from behind by a player grabbing inside the jersey or padding was expanded to include where a player grabs the jersey at, or above, the nameplate. 5. Attempting to call a timeout when not permitted to do so will now result in a delay of game penalty. 6. The 5 yard penalty for a player running out of bounds and illegally touching a forward pass upon establishing himself back in the field of play was eliminated. The result of the play will now just be an incomplete pass (down counts). 7. Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession. These rules changes will be in place from the Hall of Fame game forward. Notable by it’s absence, for now, is the proposal to make automatic the ejection of a player who commits two unsportsmanlike penalties in a game. This proposal was carried over to be debated again on Wednesday and formally voted on then. There is still scope for further changes to systems such as challenge and replay as the meeting is still ongoing. It remains to be seen what impact these rules changes have on the league next year but, once again, it seems the focus is on player safety

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NFL Rules Changes: Competition Committee confirm changes for 2016

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