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NFL to consider 15 new rules, 6 new bylaws, 3 new resolutions


NFL owners will vote on a wide variety of potential new rules, new league bylaws and new resolutions, covering everything from whether a player can leap over the line of scrimmage on a field goal to whether a team can opt-out of the league’s “Color Rush” uniforms.

2017 rule proposals

1. By Philadelphia: Gives additional protections for long snappers on kick plays.

2. By Philadelphia: Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.

3. By Philadelphia: Expands the “crown of helmet” foul to include “hairline” part of helmet.

4. By Philadelphia: Amends the challenge system by granting a third challenge if a club is successful on at least one of its initial two challenges, and expands reviewable plays outside of two minutes of each half.

5. By Washington: Eliminates the limit of three total challenges per team per game and eliminates the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two challenges in order to be awarded a third challenge.

6. By Washington: Moves the line of scrimmage to the 20-yard line for any touchback where the free kick travels through the uprights.

7. By Buffalo and Seattle: Permits a coach to challenge any officials’ decision except scoring plays and turnovers.

8. By Competition Committee: Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

9. By Competition Committee: Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line for one year only.

10. By Competition Committee: Reduces the length of preseason and regular season overtime periods to 10 minutes.

11. By Competition Committee: Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

12. By Competition Committee: Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

13. By Competition Committee: Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews.

14. By Competition Committee: Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

15. By Competition Committee: Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

2017 bylaw proposals

1. By Washington: Amends Article XVII, Section 17.1 to eliminate the mandatory cutdown to 75 Active List players.

2. By Washington: Amends Article XVII, Section 17.14 to place a player who has suffered a concussion, and who has not been cleared to play, on the club’s Exempt List, and be replaced by a player on the club’s Practice Squad on a game-by-game basis until the player is cleared to play.

3. By Washington: Amends Article XIX, Sections 19.8(B) and 19.9(B) to permit clubs to opt out of the “color rush” jerseys created for Thursday Night Football.

4. By Competition Committee: Liberalizes rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club’s facility for one year only.

5. By Competition Committee: Changes the procedures for returning a player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness to the Active List to be similar to those for returning a player that was Designated for Return.

6. By Competition Committee; The League office will transmit a Personnel Notice to clubs on Sundays during training camp and preseason.

2017 Resolution Proposals

1. By Philadelphia: Amends the NFL’s On-Field Policy to allow clubs to have an alternate helmet in a color to match their third uniform.

2. By Competition Committee: Permits a club to negotiate and reach an agreement with a head coach candidate during the postseason prior to the conclusion of the employer club’s season.

3. By Competition Committee: Permits a contract or non-contract non-football employee to interview with and be hired by another club during the playing season, provided the employer club has consented.

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30 Responses to “NFL to consider 15 new rules, 6 new bylaws, 3 new resolutions”
  1. raiderston says: Mar 23, 2017 6:12 PM

    Can we just get back to the old days of football? I feel like this is making the game so complicated.

  2. JackieMoon says: Mar 23, 2017 6:12 PM

    The off-season is boring between the combine and the draft and then again until training camps start

  3. charliecharger says: Mar 23, 2017 6:14 PM

    Is #15 supposed to say conserve time or consume time?

  4. skins716 says: Mar 23, 2017 6:15 PM

    Philly trying hard to get that first ring!

  5. skmad2014 says: Mar 23, 2017 6:16 PM

    What’s with all the suggestions by Philly and Washington? I guess if you suck you try to change the rules hoping that will help you?

  6. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 23, 2017 6:28 PM

    Won’t matter, we all know my Patriots will still go undefeated in 2017. 🙂

  7. alltee says: Mar 23, 2017 6:30 PM

    The roger goodell NFL

    Can’t digest the previous years horrible rules as they cram a massive batch of new horrible rules down the fans throats.

  8. rickypoo1969 says: Mar 23, 2017 6:33 PM

    Here’s a thought. Let the defensive players be able to knock the slobber out of offensive players again without being penalized! How I yearn for real football again.

  9. ogawdwhereami says: Mar 23, 2017 6:35 PM

    Painful to read. Painful to watch.

  10. butzmark says: Mar 23, 2017 6:41 PM

    Kinda liked the one about putting the ball at the twenty after a kick off through the uprights. …eh, what if it’s close? Another way for officials to determine the game.

  11. jbsptfn says: Mar 23, 2017 6:44 PM

    They should get rid of OT in preseason altogether.

  12. dallasfanindc says: Mar 23, 2017 7:02 PM

    So the ratings are down overall but you continue spending time on no fun rules and still don’t have a easy clear rule for a CATCH IN THE NFL! and Thursday is not safe for football players or even a good quality game THEY ARE NOT HEALED OR PREPARED FROM SUNDAY.. YOU ARE CAUSING INJURIES WITH THIS ESPECIALLY LATE IN THE SEASON

  13. fatguystrangler says: Mar 23, 2017 7:14 PM

    How about dressing more the full 53 on game day and letting DB’s play pass defense again?

  14. binarymath says: Mar 23, 2017 7:16 PM

    Conspicuous by its absence is any mention whatsoever about what constitutes a catch for 2017.

    And that’s AFTER they formed a special “Just what the heck constitutes a catch, anyway?” committee to develop recommendations.


  15. JSpicoli says: Mar 23, 2017 7:19 PM

    And the Raiders will stay in a decent area code, namely the 510.

  16. pastabelly says: Mar 23, 2017 7:31 PM

    Washington came thisclose to asking to adopt the Canadian Rouge score worth one point.

  17. softhelmet says: Mar 23, 2017 7:31 PM

    Which is the rule proposal which states that the NFL needs to soak fans for more $$$? Because that’s the only proposal that guaranteed to pass.

  18. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 23, 2017 7:57 PM

    The NFCE sure wants a lot of changes.

  19. jamesefallen says: Mar 23, 2017 8:18 PM

    On kickoffs, place the ball on the 15 yard line if the kicker hits the crossbar, both uprights before going through. And call it the “Nothing but net” rule. Starting to look like the Arena Football League.

  20. rondayne says: Mar 23, 2017 8:20 PM

    I like the Buffalo/Seattle one

  21. orangeraider says: Mar 23, 2017 9:05 PM

    Blah, blah, blah
    Fire Goodell. That’s all we need

  22. johny248 says: Mar 23, 2017 9:31 PM

    Overtime rules still need to change. Playing and extra quarter (a fifth?) The sudden death It is terrible. Let them play it out.

  23. sameer1138 says: Mar 23, 2017 11:03 PM

    How about ejections for multiple personal fouls instead of unsportsmanlike conduct — you know, since you’re trying to make the game safer?

  24. ibillwt says: Mar 23, 2017 11:39 PM

    Fools need to run every one of them by Belichick for approval to avoid all the unintended consequences they lack the foresight to imagine.

    Better yet just pay him a couple million bonus to fix the whole friggin rule book in two days.

  25. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Mar 24, 2017 8:56 AM

    I’m surprised there isn’t one to change the overtime rules in the postseason to give both teams possession even if the first possession results in the safety or touchdown.

    As far as I’m concerned, they should eliminate overtime in the preseason as there are enough of those games anyway, keep it as it is in the regular season, but the postseason should give a team who concedes a touchdown on the first possession a chance to respond.

    For what it’s worth, I’m a Patriots fan, so this isn’t an Atlanta response to Super Bowl LI – I think those games are too important to have a one possession overtime.

    Also, I like expanding the crown of the helmet to include the hairline area in order to reduce concussions.

  26. gianthater says: Mar 24, 2017 11:42 AM

    They are destroying the game with these constant rule changes. Leave the game alone and let the players play.The game is evolving into flag football by taking the physicality out of the game. At this rate the game is going by way of the Dodo.

  27. ak185 says: Mar 24, 2017 4:56 PM

    Buffalo and Seattle’s is pretty good. Philly’s are AWFUL, minus the helmet rule. The worst is the defenseless receiver boost by the Competition Committee. Takes a special kind of masochist to play defense in the NFL these days…

    Apparently the original rule change was making it illegal to impede the scoring of a touchdown, but they figured that was too strong and picked this instead.

  28. ak185 says: Mar 24, 2017 4:59 PM

    Also, what’s with #15? Is calling a timeout after the 2:00 warning going to be a penalty now? What about the 2:00 offense?

  29. jimicash says: Apr 4, 2017 4:50 AM


  30. 150bigdaddy says: Apr 10, 2017 1:28 PM

    Giving a reciever running a pass route defenseless protection? You got to be joking. No wonder this game is horrible,you can’t play defense anymore.

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