Competition Committee proposes 6 rule changes, 3 bylaw changes

AP

The NFL’s Competition Committee has proposed six rules changes and three bylaw changes that the owners will vote on at next week’s league meeting.

Proposed rule changes

1. A play that would have been automatically reviewed by instant replay will still be reviewed even if a coach throws his challenge flag. Any coach who challenges a play that he’s not permitted to challenge would be charged a timeout, and wouldn’t get his timeout back even if he wins the challenge, or would lose 15 yards if his team is out of timeouts. But the play itself will still be reviewed. Call this the Jim Schwartz Rule. The league will also consider reviewing incomplete passes that are ruled a fumble all the way through the fumble — if a play is ruled on the field to be incomplete and overturned on replay as a fumble, the replay can consider everything that happens after that fumble.

2. Player safety: On field goals and extra points, restrictions are added to what rush teams can do. No more than six defensive players would be permitted to align on either side of the snapper, defensive players can’t push their teammates across the line, and the long snapper is considered a defenseless player.

3. Eliminate the tuck rule.

4. Allow tight ends and H-backs to wear 40-49.

5. Player safety: Offensive players will not be allowed to block low when going toward their own end lines in the tackle box. Can’t go low when peeling back anywhere on the field.

6. Player safety: Initiating contact with the crown of the helmet is a foul if the runner or tackler delivers a forceable blow against his opponent when both players are outside the tackle box.

Proposed bylaw changes

1. The waiver period will be such that a team that claims a player only needs to keep him for one day, not two days.

2. Adjust the physically unable to perform status to allow players on PUP to practice for any three-week period from Week Six through Week 11.

3. Move the final roster cutdown date one day earlier.

New points of emphasis

1. Mandatory thigh and knee pads.  This isn’t a new rule but the officials will start actively enforcing the rule, rather than just urging players to wear the pads as they did last year. A player who refuses to comply with the rule won’t be allowed on the field.

2. Fields must be maintained up to NFL standards, and the league can require clubs to maintain their fields up to the league’s high standards, at the club’s expense.

52 responses to “Competition Committee proposes 6 rule changes, 3 bylaw changes

  1. hmmm remove the zone blocking scheme and force the redskins to change their field, nice one head of competition committee and president of redskins divisional rival Giants jon mara. those rules are definitely not targetted at any one team.

  2. I don’t understand how anyone could thumbs up a logicalvoicesays comment. He’s a purely biased consipiracy-theorizing Redskin zealot nutjob.

  3. The fact that FedEx field is like playing on a green dirt parking lot means “they’re slick constantly trying to screw the Redskins.” . I’m glad that post appears twice because I had to read it both times to realize it still made no sense

  4. The fact that FedEx field is like playing on a green dirt parking lot means “they’re slick constantly trying to screw the Redskins.” . I’m glad that post appears twice because I had to read it both times to realize it still made no sense

  5. The fact that FedEx field is like playing on a green dirt parking lot means “they’re slick constantly trying to screw the Redskins.” . I’m glad that post appears twice because I had to read it both times to realize it still made no sense

  6. I like them, except #2. Unneccessary. I REALLY like that fields have to be kept up to standard. I love my Steelers, but the fact that they allow high schoolers and Pitt to make the field a pathetic mess by Sunday is unacceptable.

  7. if #6 gets passed kiss football goodbye.

    but at least it makes the offensive players just as responsible for when they do it (good changing your running style adrian peterson)

  8. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 14, 2013 3:34 PM
    I don’t trust the National Fixed League. They think they’re slick trying to constantly screw over the Washington Redskins

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    No, Synder is constantly trying to screw over the Landover redskins. Enjoy being the third best team in Maryland, behind the WORLD CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS, and the Terps.

  9. 2. Player safety: On field goals and extra points, restrictions are added to what rush teams can do. No more than six defensive players would be permitted to align on either side of the snapper, defensive players can’t push their teammates across the line, and the long snapper is considered a defenseless player.

    Also known as the Red Bryant Rule.. What total BS.

  10. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 14, 2013 3:34 PM
    I don’t trust the National Fixed League. They think they’re slick trying to constantly screw over the Washington Redskins.

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    Yeah! Shame on the NFL for forcing the redskins to maintain their field to a standard that their franchise quarterback won’t blow out his knee.

  11. Please tell me this is a joke. Next, the NFL will outlaw contact. Please, someone remove Goodell before he and the owners ruin football!

  12. So the Bears won’t be able to push the blame off on the Chicago Park District for the quality of the field anymore? They are actually going to have to spend money on the field they play on?

  13. 15 yards is too much for throwing a replay flag when it’s not allowed. Just call it delay of game, 5 yards.

  14. did anyone ever tell Jim Kleinsasser that TE’s/H-Backs weren’t supposed to wear #40-49 before?

  15. Why do we call #1 the Jim Schwartz rule – this is the John Mara rule — he came up with it and advanced it through the committee….

    I guess Mara finally doesn’t want to be associated with arbitrary rule changes that make little sense in retrospect — imagine that.

  16. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    I don’t the National Fixed League. They think they’re slick trying to constantly screw over the Washington Redskins.

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    Are you freaking kidding me? FedEx Field single-handedly DESTROYED your QB’s knee…

    I would think ALL Redskin fans would cheer that addition!

  17. I disagree with rule change proposals #2 and #6.

    Re: #2 – How many long snappers have been injured in the last decade? Probably one or two at best (if the number is more significant then my opinion will adapt accordingly). Personally I feel this reduces the already unlikely scenario of a blocked punt/kick.

    Re: #6 – The role of offense is to act and the role of the defense is to react. Impeding how a runner can move seems illogical. Defenseless players on defense are already protected from illegal hits, and too many plays get called back because of dumb penalties away from the play. Could you imagine an AP 50 yarder in a playoff game getting called back because he lowered at the end of the run and the top of his helmet his a player??? That’s just how runs are finished.

    A player protecting the football should be able to do whatever he likes since at that moment 11 people are trying to murder him.

  18. so are they going to create mandatory size for these thigh and knee pads. the players are going to cut foam knee pads into a silver dollar sized wafer to comply with the rule. man, I hope the owners get what is coming to them. I would love to see them destroy the game to the point where they avoid the lawsuits but that franchise values dip because no one is watching since they are not playing legit tackle football anymore

  19. @randallflagg52 —
    ha ha – Landover Redskins…. how many teams actually play in the city limits?

    New Jersey Jets
    New Jersey Giants
    etc.

  20. Of course chop blocks are still allowed despite being one of the most dangerous plays in a game. This is a mainstay of the ravens offense so there’s no way Goodell is going to do anything to harm them

  21. Amendment to Bylaw 1A. When a coach throws the red challenge flag, it must be thrown towards a Corn Hole target precisely 7 yards away. Should he get the flag through the exposed hole, whether or not his challenge is upheld or his team eventually loses the game, he is still due a Gatorade bath at the completion of 60 minutes of play. This is to be known as the “makes about as much sense as these other rules” rule.

  22. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    I don’t the National Fixed League. They think they’re slick trying to constantly screw over the Washington Redskins.
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    The damage isn’t reversible, but if you stop eating paint chips now you won’t get much dumber.

  23. I can’t believe the league is going to force teams to maintain their fields. This sounds like a conspiracy to screw the Redskins. The next thing you know, the league will not allow the Cowboys to sell Superbowl tickets for seats that don’t exist.

  24. Haven’t y`all learned to just ignore logicalvoice by now? You just keep giving him the attention he craves.

  25. randallflagg52 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 3:44 PM

    No, Synder is constantly trying to screw over the Landover redskins. Enjoy being the third best team in Maryland, behind the WORLD CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS, and the Terps.

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    This coming from the Cleveland Ravens fan!! What a douche!! HaHa!! Good luck trying to repeat!! Do you even have any players left on defense !! It’s like rats jumping off a sinking ship!!

  26. Keep on changing the game Roger.

    Fake player safety in full effect.

    Just take out all kickoffs, punts, can’t tackle the QB, allow the WR to catch the ball and take two steps before attempting a tackle, eliminate the fullback…..

    These guys are like politicians. Now that they are here, its constant changes to validate their jobs and make money for the dictator.

  27. Cooley, Kleinsasser and Clark all went through the combine and were drafted as RBs (or fullbacks if you prefer). Such a designation “requires” them to be issued a number between 20-49. They were later switched to TE or H-back but allowed to keep their numbers rather than switch to 80-89. In much the same way “WR” Devin Hester is allowed to wear 23 instead of the required 10-19 or 80-89 as he entered the league as a DB.

  28. For the Redskins fans claiming they’re team is being singled out by the field condition rule proposal (and stop being so thin skinned; Dan Snyder should be able to afford more than green dirt), has your team ever had to cancel a scrimmage because your field was so bad it was LIKELY to cause injury? The Bears had to at Soldier Field! At least your owner owns your stadium!

  29. 2. Fields must be maintained up to NFL standards, and the league can require clubs to maintain their fields up to the league’s high standards, at the club’s expense.
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    Uh oh. The redskins aren’t going to like this one.

  30. I like the mandatory pad rule, now they need to make mouthpieces mandatory also.

    More like pacifiers instead of mouthpieces…

  31. I assume that “romowhateverhisnameis” talking about making zone blocking scheme illegal is referring to the rule about not going low on a peel back or while you’re facing your endline? Dude, what the hell does that have to do with zone blocking? Are you logicalvoices brother? They’re not the same thing. Not even the same species or phylum.

    I could not be happier about the field maintenance rule. Chris Clemons blew out his knee at fed ex during the wild card game without being touched when he stepped in a gopher hole. While Redskin fans were probably happy it took out Seattle’s only viable pass rusher & sack leader. At 31 years old who knows if he’ll get that explosive 1st step back all because of bush league maintenance. You’d think the skins would’ve at least prepared that field for the playoffs. Instead the lost their qb & we lost our pass rush. Disgraceful.

  32. what color flags are going to be put on the side of the players??? or if a player is touched will there be instant replay and can a couch challenge the touch. was it 2 hands or one.

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