7 of 19 NFL Rule Change “Proposals” Voted on and Passed


Is it going to far? Is it ruining the game?

NFL Owners voted on & passed 7 playing rule proposals from the Competition Committee. Below are the proposals presented and approved.

Rule 1: Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team’s 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.

Rule 2: Permits the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches’ booth.

Rule 3: *Makes all chop blocks illegal.

Rule 4: Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.

Rule 5: Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.

Rule 6: Eliminates the five-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.

Rule 7: Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.

The Pittsburgh Steelers backed the rule to make all chop block illegal.

“We’ve been advocating that for over 10 years,” said General Manager Kevin Colbert. “I think finally enough people realize it shouldn’t be part of football. We’ve always argued that a defender can’t protect himself. I think hopefully enough teams recognize that now and we can get that changed.”

This is a rule that I agree with, along with the expansion of the “horse collar” rule..because anything that can prevent further player injury I am all for. As for the rest of the meaningless rule change proposals? “NONSENSE”! Utter and complete nonsense and should not be addressed any further.

Brian Christopher Jenkins