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Competition Committee to unveil proposed rule changes

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A busy afternoon will soon get even busier.

On top of the league’s announcement of the penalties imposed against the Saints and the trade that sent Tim Tebow to the Jets (a special Tebow 10-pack already is in the works), there’s another possibly significant story looming on the immediate horizon.

At 3:30 p.m. ET, Falcons president/CEO Rich McKay and NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson will participate in a conference call to discuss the Competition Committee’s agenda for the NFL’s annual meetings.

During the call, they’ll outline the proposed rule changes for 2012, which may include some significant revisions to the protection of quarterbacks, in light of the bounty situation in New Orleans.  (Indeed, the announcement of the penalties may have been specifically timed to help decrease the inevitable “put skirts on ‘em!” complaints.)

Recently, John Madden suggested that the same roughing rules that apply to punters and kickers be applied to quarterbacks.  It really won’t be a shock if the Competition Committee proposes such a rule.  Apart from ensuring the safety of quarterbacks, it provides a bright-line standard for what is and isn’t a penalty.  Currently, the officials make too many mistakes in enforcing the rules against roughing the passer.

Other possibilities include expanded use of automatic replay, covering not only scoring plays but plays that, with a reversal of the call on the field, would result in a score.  Also, the Competition Committee may propose an adjustment to the penalty imposed when a defense has too many men on the field in late-game situations, adding time to the clock in addition to giving the offense five yards of field position.

MDS and I will be covering the call and posting on all of the proposed rules changes.

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60 Responses to “Competition Committee to unveil proposed rule changes”
  1. dadsfavorite says: Mar 21, 2012 2:58 PM

    I hope this will also include using fake injuries to slow down no-huddle offenses?

  2. nathan702nelson says: Mar 21, 2012 2:59 PM

    Wow, nothing about tackling in there?

  3. nathan702nelson says: Mar 21, 2012 2:59 PM

    Nope, there it is, protecting the quarterback.

  4. teamobijuan says: Mar 21, 2012 3:00 PM

    Let coaches throw the red flag for game-altering penalty calls/no-calls.

  5. skinsrock says: Mar 21, 2012 3:00 PM

    Why don’t we just give QB’s the IRON MAN suit!

  6. psuravens19 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:02 PM

    Rule 1: No Bounties.

  7. fballguy says: Mar 21, 2012 3:02 PM

    Significant revisions to the protection of quarterbacks, in light of the bounty situation in New Orleans??? What now? Let QBs carry guns? The D can’t rush the passer until the QB says “Simon Says”? Put the QB in a giant plastic gerbil ball? Inquring minds want to know.

  8. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 21, 2012 3:03 PM

    Don’t expand replay, it’s already used too much. Keep human error as part of the game, every team gets good calls and bad calls.

  9. jenniferxxx says: Mar 21, 2012 3:03 PM

    With the exception of bubble-wrapping them I don’t know how you could protect the QBs more.

  10. walmatt says: Mar 21, 2012 3:06 PM

    Putting time back on clock makes sense…..Giant move in Super Bowl was brilliant…..would have been more brilliant if they put 15 men on the field.

  11. santolonius says: Mar 21, 2012 3:07 PM

    hockey who? march madness where? nba what? the nfl is king of ink even in off season. all sports bow before the king.

  12. richie500 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:07 PM

    The NFL rulebook is starting to look like the IRS tax code?

  13. oldschoolomen says: Mar 21, 2012 3:08 PM

    How can you protect quarterbacks any further without putting them into a bubble?

  14. realistik84 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:08 PM

    OHHHHHhhhhh…..now it makes sense.

    The league wanted to change the rules to protect the QB more.

    They knew that in the state (prior to the Bounty scandal) the Fans would go in an uproar considering most of us already thought it was pathetic.

    So they found a scapegoat and dug up evidence so they could prosecurt, and use it as mechanism to gain support.

    I see what you did there NFL, I see what you did there.

    (FYI – This is known as the Hegelian Dialectic)

  15. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    Quarterback hits result in 1 game suspensions

  16. godofwine330 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    Great, what can the idiot crew mess up now. I swear, these people are like Michael Bay (Mr. Give Optimus Prime lips, not that tired old mask) to movies. Everything they put their hands on they screw up.

    By the way, Michael Bay’s next childhood memory to destroy are the Teenage Mutant Nunja Turtles (now they are aliens). I wonder what’s next for the destruction committee?

  17. citizenstrange says: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 PM

    Ironically, one of the rule changes is to legalize bounties.

  18. jikkle49 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 PM

    I hope their isn’t even more rules for protection of the QB because right now they are more than adequately protected.

    I mean you pretty much can’t hit them high or low so I don’t know what you can do but put the black jersey on them and give them a flag to pull to sack them.

  19. mylionsroaring says: Mar 21, 2012 3:12 PM

    Something should happen on scoring plays that don’t get called a score. Titus Young lost out on one that cost the Lions the game against the Packers and would have given Stafford his 6th TD of the day. Because of one bad call

    1 Stafford lost a NFL Record

    2. Titus lost a multi-TD game

    3 It cost the Lions a home playoff game

    4. It cost the Lions a win

    5. It would have changed the perspective that Matt Flynn got. He would have lost his game and would not have had the time to score his 6th TD (Possibly)

    The list could continue. Bottom line plays that decide the game need to be right

  20. marcinhouston says: Mar 21, 2012 3:13 PM

    They need more rules to protect running backs from severe helmet to helmet spearing. It isn’t right that a QB receives every protection but if a running back in crumpling to the ground with a severe concussion defenders are encouraged to pile on top of him to go for the football and deny medical professionals the opportunity to stabilize his neck to reduce the risk of further injury. Even in boxing the play is waived dead by the ref when a competitors eyes close and they lose consciousness, because they can no longer intelligently defend themselves when they are not conscious. There should be a general rule of no turnovers off helmet to helmet hits.

  21. 6ball says: Mar 21, 2012 3:14 PM

    .

    Please …anyone ….tell me what Rich McKay has accomplished in his NFL life. Yet, he makes the rules for the entire league.

    Rich, why not put a point of emphasis on illegal contact, causing an increase from 79 to 212. That’s the only way you buddy Bill Polian won a trophy.

    I have more respect for the Saint’s bounty hunters. They did it on the field. You do it from the safety of your office.

    If McKay were a team, he’d be the 2008 lions.

    .

  22. eagleswin says: Mar 21, 2012 3:14 PM

    Please no more rules to protect the QB. It’s bad enough as it is.

    Also, if they do plan on making the rules tougher on rushing the passer, outlaw pump fakes. What’s a defender to do when the QB pumpfakes to buy time? If you tackle him and he actually throws the ball it will be a penalty. It’s a no win for the defense.

  23. goredskins11 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:14 PM

    How can we revise the QB protection rules more? We might as well put red shirts on them and make it touch football for the QB. I’m all for “reasonably” protecting the QB, but it has already gone too far. You can’t hit him high, you can’t hit him low, you can’t hit him too hard, you can’t land on top of him, you can’t even touch his helmet. It’s ridiculous. They need to revise some of the rules that currently exist to lessen these stupid 15 yard penalties for accidentally tapping the QBs helmet when trying to block a pass. And I’m tired of seeing 15 yard penalties dished out when the QB ducks at the last minute creating contact to the helmet.

  24. hmpennypacker says: Mar 21, 2012 3:14 PM

    The worst thing about this is that now qb’s are going to be even more untouchable. Because of the actions of people who thought they were smarter than they are defenses are going to be even more disadvantaged than before.

    The Saints aren’t solely to blame because they are the only guilty ones, but if you’re told to stop you stop. And because they didn’t now we’re left with this. Huh, maybe they ARE solely to blame.

  25. jibbajones says: Mar 21, 2012 3:15 PM

    Does anybody else hate the competition committee as much as I do?

    I get a chill down my spine about every time this year when they come up with their “improvements” for the game…

  26. 49ersgiants4life says: Mar 21, 2012 3:15 PM

    The rule is going to help Tebow probably saying QB’s who can’t throw are not allowed to get touched until they gain 5 yards after 5 it’s two hand touch

  27. chandler1 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:16 PM

    They should call it the Favre Rule.

  28. mylionsroaring says: Mar 21, 2012 3:16 PM

    Maybe you should just let the offense have 12 guys on the field on third downs. Then they can keep an extra blocker in to protect the qb’s.

    This is getting to be a joke, if it isn’t already. The qb’s are already protected more than anyone on the field. GEEEEZ let them play the game

  29. lilcuzzy says: Mar 21, 2012 3:20 PM

    The NFL is ridiculous … as Troy Aikman said it wont be long until the NFL isnt America’s favorite sport…The NFL isnt being run comparably to a team with bad ownership & a bad GM.

  30. johnschatzan says: Mar 21, 2012 3:20 PM

    So after a team invested a bunch of money on the dline or giants with their NASCAR package. The strengths of these teams might be taken away by rule changes?

  31. Deb says: Mar 21, 2012 3:20 PM

    That might be a more entertaining call if Rich McKay had just a smidgeon of his father’s wonderfully wry humor.

  32. coleman121280 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:24 PM

    Drew Brees is a liar.

  33. mike8016 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:25 PM

    Do we really need more rules protecting the QB?

  34. skinspop102 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    I love the NFL, almost obsessed with it, but the fact that they tweek the rules every year is annoying. Takes away from the sanctity of the game.

    Baseball is still being played the way it was 200 years ago.

  35. dickroy says: Mar 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    jenniferxxx says

    With the exception of bubble-wrapping them I don’t know how you could protect the QBs more.

    ————-
    I like that!

  36. alonestartexan says: Mar 21, 2012 3:28 PM

    6ball…

    His father was a legend at USC and has some of the best quotes in NFL History.

    He’s a lawyer, He became the GM of one of the worst teams in NFL History and turned them into respectability, He also put together a Super Bowl Champion with the same team.

    He’s done more than you ever will.

  37. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2012 3:28 PM

    The people saying that the QB is already protected too much should probably just watch MMA. Go back to just last year and see how many QB’s were knocked out of the game. Are you telling me that these guys are protected too much? Now, pretend you are the owner of an NFL team. After your QB gets knocked out for the season, tell me how you don’t care about the money you’re going to lose with your star player not playing. After all, football is a violent game, and you just want to see big hits, right? Wrong!

    The NFL is a multi-billion dollar juggernaut that is going to protect it’s star players! And you will whine and cry, but you will do so while watching 9 hours of football every Sunday, and 3 hours on Monday night, and on the occasional Thursday’s, and also on Saturday’s late in the season and in the playoffs.

  38. dachozen1 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:29 PM

    Add flags on QBs and receivers. Defenses shoould get an extra point if they avoid hitting receiver hard. Put a bulls eye in the endzone and give a team 20 points if they hit it dead center. This will keep the receivers safe and give qb alternative target if no one is open. Thus, keeping the QBs safe…

  39. hedleykow says: Mar 21, 2012 3:29 PM

    I would be in favor of the league doing away with all rules except for illegal shift.

  40. sb34champs says: Mar 21, 2012 3:30 PM

    Haha John Madden citing! …seriously john tho, enforcing penalties like those on roughing the punter/kicker, there would b more flopping then the fish in my creek out back. And I refuse to take part in watching soccer, that’s for damn sure!

  41. axespray says: Mar 21, 2012 3:30 PM

    so new OT rules for Playoff games and new rules to protect QBs ?

    Thanks Childress… you whiner

  42. freedomispopular says: Mar 21, 2012 3:33 PM

    Roger can’t stand that his boy keeps getting rattled in the Super Bowl.

  43. whoisgonnasing says: Mar 21, 2012 3:34 PM

    I think I speak for all NFL fans, when I say “Hallelujah! More Replays! More Rules!”

  44. billygoat says: Mar 21, 2012 3:42 PM

    I don’t know how much more of this garbage I can take.
    Are there any real sports anymore that could use a fan?

  45. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 21, 2012 3:45 PM

    You might as well get rid of the secondary. You got corners converting to safeties all over the place and you got hard hitting safeties turning into center fielders. You also got corners barely able to pressure receivers. Man, guys like Polumalu and E. Reed are becoming extinct unless they can catch the football.

    I remember begging to be a strong safety in H.S. because all we did was hit people. That position was usually the toughest in the secondary. Now its just another corner 10-15 yards off the ball.

  46. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 21, 2012 3:46 PM

    You might as well put the QB on the field in a suit and tie. Because he won’t even get touched if they keep going this route.

  47. kajepage says: Mar 21, 2012 3:46 PM

    How many “mississippi’s” do you have to count before rushing the QB?

  48. scratchdaddy says: Mar 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    The only new rule should be : NO MORE NEW RULES!

    These guys are killing the game!

  49. dickroy says: Mar 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    If this rule is put in place, there will be far fewer QB sacks. Defenders will not come at them as hard and fast for fear that they will be unable to pull back if the QB releases the ball at the last minute. Thats why blocked kicks are so rare.

    I think going for knockouts and cart offs have no place in the NFL However loving defense and a good low scoring game I enjoy a good QB sack as well as a 50 yard bomb.

  50. joecb91 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:52 PM

    Let the teams challenge penalties such as roughing the passer, late hit, pass interference.

  51. schmitty2 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:56 PM

    mylionsroaring says: Mar 21, 2012 3:12 PM
    Something should happen on scoring plays that don’t get called a score. Titus Young lost out on one that cost the Lions the game against the Packers and would have given Stafford his 6th TD of the day. Because of one bad call

    1 Stafford lost a NFL Record

    2. Titus lost a multi-TD game

    3 It cost the Lions a home playoff game

    4. It cost the Lions a win

    5. It would have changed the perspective that Matt Flynn got. He would have lost his game and would not have had the time to score his 6th TD (Possibly)

    The list could continue. Bottom line plays that decide the game need to be right

    Wow, way to prioritize your list of complaints-your top 2 talk about individual stats and number 3 talks about missing a shot at a home playoff game. Shouldn’t that be listed as number 1??

  52. canedaddy says: Mar 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    LEAVE FOOTBALL ALONE!

  53. emoorm says: Mar 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    The Manning Two-Below rule is now in play… Peyton’s reply ” Get back in that port-a-potty”..

  54. gametime52 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:59 PM

    Football use to be about being tough. Not anymore, it’s turning into a glorified throw and catch session. If you want to see real toughness turn on the UFC, that s&$t is brutal.

  55. binkystevens says: Mar 21, 2012 4:01 PM

    The solution is pretty simple, really. The game is more dominated by passing today as ever before, and yet despite efforts to protect QBs they’re still getting pummeled worse than any other time in history (according to madden). So why not make the rules such that passing isn’t as dominant to winning? In other words, let DBs actually play defense and then there will be less incentive on hitting QBs and more on actually playing defense. Also, the running game will become more important again – something that becomes big in the playoffs but is somehow lost during the season.

    Despite the NFL’s effort to turn itself into an entertainment show like the NBA instead of a sport, please understand that most fans’ interest isn’t related to how often a team passes the Val

  56. steelhammer92 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:07 PM

    Someone please remind John Madden that when defenders rush in and make contact with kickers and punters, their target is the football; not the kicker or punter. The NFL is essentially penalizing them for screwing up. How can you possibly apply those rules to defenders rushing in, who’s main purpose is to sack the QB? Of course there is going to be contact after the the QB releases the ball once in a while. They can’t literally stop on a dime.

    The NFL might as well just say the QB is untouchable and can only be sacked via two-hand touch. Once they do that, I’ll be able to stop watching football all-together and not feel guilty about it.

  57. 6ball says: Mar 21, 2012 4:12 PM

    .

    @alonestartexan

    The question was ” what has Rich McKay accomplished …..”

    Your answer is ” his father was ….”

    Is this Q&A a little too complex?

    PS – I’m honored that you keep track of my accomplishments.

    .

  58. irishnativeson says: Mar 21, 2012 4:12 PM

    My biggest gripe about “interpretation” of the rules was what constitutes a catch. It didn’t even matter who you were rooting for, they still only got it right maybe half the time. Shoot there were times you’d see a disputed call on one channel and they’d call the exact opposite of what they called before on the next play on another channel. The NFL ticket hasn’t done any favors for the officials.

  59. squared80 says: Mar 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    Just fix OT.

  60. sterlingsaint says: Mar 21, 2012 6:33 PM

    This bounty culture was not invented by Gregg Williams. Buddy Ryan was openly using it.

    Guess which head coach learned under Buddy Ryan — Jeff Fisher.

    Gregg Williams learned it from Fisher

    Guess who’s long been a member of the NFL Competition Committee — JEFF FREAKING FISHER.

    Hypocrisy reigns.

    How can the NFL keep him on that committee and claim it’s all about player safety.

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