NFL calls James Jones, Joey Porter and Aaron Rodgers rules “clarifications,” not changes

AP

In the last few days, we’ve learned that the NFL passed what we’ll call the James Jones Rule, the Joey Porter Rule and the Aaron Rodgers Rule. But the NFL says these were technically rules “clarifications,” not rules changes.

To review, the James Jones Rule says that players can’t wear exposed hoodies under their uniforms, as Jones did last season. The Joey Porter Rule says that assistant coaches can’t go on the field during games, as Porter did in the playoffs against the Bengals. And the Aaron Rodgers Rule says that if the coin doesn’t flip on the coin flip, the referee has to flip it again, but the team captain doesn’t get to change his call — which Rodgers wanted to do when the coin didn’t flip during the Packers’ overtime loss to the Cardinals.

Ordinarily, rules changes are debated and approved in March. So why are we just learning of these rules changes in June? Because they’re technically rules “clarifications,” not rules changes.

“Rules changes were voted on by the clubs at the March or May owners meetings,” NFL spokesman Mike Signora told PFT. “Rules clarifications happen every year and are approved by the Competition Committee and then included as part of the official playing rules. The 2016 Rule Book will be finalized later this month and we will make it publicly available as always.”

Here’s hoping these clarifications don’t make the NFL’s already complex rules even more complicated.

90 responses to “NFL calls James Jones, Joey Porter and Aaron Rodgers rules “clarifications,” not changes

  1. the league should worry about the players who can’t stay out of trouble and are ruining the NFL instead of concentrating on petty stuff….

  2. I’m just glad they kept the original Aaron Rodgers rule where if he throws an incompletion on 3rd down while behind the defense is penalized and the offense gets an automatic first down.

  3. Too bad he retired, or we might have the Troy Polamalu (no hair obscuring the nameplate) rule. Don’t forget the Mel Blount and Hines Ward rules.

  4. “is the Rodgers rule where you can’t whine and complain all game long for PI?”

    No that’s the Payton Manning / Bill Polian rule.

  5. The “James Jones Rule” seems like a stupid half-measure. It blocked his name plate? So what? If only there were other identifiers on the uniform…like large numbers or something. If you want to take the safety perspective, doesn’t long hair hanging out of the helmet have the same effect as a hoodie? A player can still be pulled down the same way. But good on the NFL for updating its’ dress code because that’s clearly the biggest issue.

  6. It wasn’t as widely reported, but here are some other prospective rules the NFL declined to pass this offseason:

    The Bridgewater Rule – would’ve made forward passes that traveled >5 yards in the air illegal.

    The Tice Rule – would’ve made it legal for head coaches to scalp their personal SB tickets.

    The Smoot Rule – would’ve permitted certain “intimacy aids” to legally double as life preservers on team boat charters.

  7. Listen, The coin flip, no hoodies covering the names on the jersey, even though long dreads are ok. This Roger, is integrity of the game, protecting the NFL.

  8. Why do teams even get to call the toss? Just make heads always be the home team and tails always the away team. It’s a 50% chance whether you get to pick or not.

  9. i figured the erin rodgers rule wouldve been something that allows phantom facemasks as long as the player acts and whines enough

  10. possumsauce says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:09 AM

    It wasn’t as widely reported, but here are some other prospective rules the NFL declined to pass this offseason:

    The Bridgewater Rule – would’ve made forward passes that traveled >5 yards in the air illegal.

    —————————————————————-

    so im guessing your saying get rid of the “screen pass” ?
    your lame attempt to be funny is shrouded by your lack of football knowledge

  11. possumsauce says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:09 AM

    It wasn’t as widely reported, but here are some other prospective rules the NFL declined to pass this offseason:

    The Bridgewater Rule – would’ve made forward passes that traveled >5 yards in the air illegal.

    The Tice Rule – would’ve made it legal for head coaches to scalp their personal SB tickets.

    The Smoot Rule – would’ve permitted certain “intimacy aids” to legally double as life preservers on team boat charters.

    ——————————————————

    A Packer’s fan re-living moments from only 10 years ago? Welcome to the new millennium, guys!

  12. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 10, 2016 9:36 AM
    is the Rodgers rule where you can’t whine and complain all game long for PI?

    ________________________________________

    No, it’s a rule whereby whiny Vikings players and fans can’t cry all the time because their team has never won a championship.
    And — I just heard a tree branch break. Better hide the children from your RB!

  13. Come on now! Rules usually only get changed when NE uses them to their advantage!

    Tuck Rule is fine for years, but as soon as it helps the Pats it’s changed. It was even called AGAINST NE that same year.

    PI rules were changed because NE kept beating PEDton Manning, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne.

    The ineligible receiver play used to stymie the Ravens… You know, the one where the refs announced to the Ravens’ players and coaches? The play where the stadium announcer blared over the loudspeaker? The play where everyone at Gillette and watching at home knew what was going to happen? Yeah, that got changed too.

  14. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Jun 10, 2016 9:48 AM
    Why do the Packers always blame others when they pull their annual postseason choke job?

    _________________________________________

    Packers — Thirteen World Championships — more than any other team.
    Vikings — No championships, ever.

    Case closed.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jun 10, 2016 9:58 AM
    In other words, the Packers cheated and the refs let them get away with it. All is right with the world.
    ======================================
    Lets not forget the “I want to touch a man in tight pants” rule.
    That is where a Green Bay player can actually jump into the stands as a celebration where every other team in the league would be penalized for doing the very same thing.
    They can claim that it was grandfathered in but grandfather has nothing to do with it.
    It is more like creepy uncle Cletus who dresses up like Santa Clause in August and invites you to sit on his lap.

  16. illogicalvoicesinmyhead says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:10 AM
    If you ain’t complaining, you ain’t tryin’

    – Aaron Rodgers

    ________________________________________

    “We wish Aaron Rodgers was our QB”

    — Vikings fans and 90% of all the other teams in the NFL.

  17. nyneal says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:40 AM

    illogicalvoicesinmyhead says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:10 AM
    If you ain’t complaining, you ain’t tryin’

    – Aaron Rodgers

    ________________________________________

    “We wish Aaron Rodgers was our QB”

    — Vikings fans and 90% of all the other teams in the NFL.

    —————————————————–

    “We wish Adrian Peterson was our running back instead of Fatty Lazy”

    —- Packer Fans.

  18. GimmeThatSkol says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:24 AM
    possumsauce says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:09 AM

    It wasn’t as widely reported, but here are some other prospective rules the NFL declined to pass this offseason:

    The Bridgewater Rule – would’ve made forward passes that traveled >5 yards in the air illegal.

    —————————————————————-

    so im guessing your saying get rid of the “screen pass” ?
    your lame attempt to be funny is shrouded by your lack of football knowledge

    =-=-=

    > =/= <. Don't feel bad, bro, reading is hard.

  19. some of these packer fans are funny

    nyneal says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:37 AM

    2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Jun 10, 2016 9:48 AM
    Why do the Packers always blame others when they pull their annual postseason choke job?

    _________________________________________

    Packers — Thirteen World Championships — more than any other team.
    Vikings — No championships, ever.

    ——————————————————————-

    no where in that post if there anything mentioned about the vikings yet you feel compelled like every other packer fan to mention them in every post you put up.

    get new material your 5yr /20 yr/ 50 yr old championships wont help you win future ones

  20. Aaron rodgers quoted from phil simms jan 2015

    “‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it,’” Simms said Rodgers told them before the game.

    how is this not a omission of cheating? key part

    “even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it”

    ill let you be the judge of that

  21. GimmeThatSkol says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:24 AM

    possumsauce says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:09 AM

    It wasn’t as widely reported, but here are some other prospective rules the NFL declined to pass this offseason:

    The Bridgewater Rule – would’ve made forward passes that traveled >5 yards in the air illegal.

    —————————————————————-

    so im guessing your saying get rid of the “screen pass” ?
    your lame attempt to be funny is shrouded by your lack of football knowledge

    ————————————————

    He meant that the other way around. Only passes of less than 5 yards in the air would count. You can’t take screen and shovel passes away from AR.

  22. Are they going to make another clarification for Aaron Rodgers that even though the rulebook says between 12.5 and 13.5 that you can’t go over 13.5 like Rodgers states he does for every game?

    Or do only the Patriots have to stay between 12.5 and 13.5?

  23. skittlesareyum says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:12 AM

    Why do teams even get to call the toss? Just make heads always be the home team and tails always the away team. It’s a 50% chance whether you get to pick or not.
    ________

    Not according to Aaron Rodgers math. Didn’t you hear him complain because he wasn’t allowed to call it again on the re-flip?

  24. GimmeThatSkol says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:55 AM

    Aaron rodgers quoted from phil simms jan 2015

    “‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it,’” Simms said Rodgers told them before the game.
    ========================================

    Of course, your baby hands QB could only dream about being able to get his hands around the ball if it was overinflated. Anyone with a modicum of football knowledge or experience knows that the ball easier to grip and when it’s underinflated.

  25. Replace the coin toss with rock-paper-scissors so that each team gets to make a call.

  26. jeepguy81 says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:58 AM
    Are they going to make another clarification for Aaron Rodgers that even though the rulebook says between 12.5 and 13.5 that you can’t go over 13.5 like Rodgers states he does for every game?

    Or do only the Patriots have to stay between 12.5 and 13.5?
    ———

    1. Have all the balls slightly overinflated, and force the officials to check (and potentially bring them to regulation) before signing off.

    2. Have the officials sign off on the balls, then sneak into the bathroom and pump them back up.

    See the difference?

  27. illogicalvoicesinmyhead says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:10 AM
    If you ain’t complaining, you ain’t tryin’

    – Aaron Rodgers

    ________________________________________

    “We wish we had drafted Aaron Rodgers as our QB when we had two first round picks that year”

    — Vikings fans

    There, fixed it for ya.

  28. granadafan says:
    Jun 10, 2016 11:16 AM

    Anyone with a modicum of football knowledge or experience knows that the ball easier to grip and when it’s underinflated.
    —————————-

    Oh yeah? I guess if Roger Goodell says that deflating a football gains an advantage, then it must be true, even though the exact opposite was proven in the 2015 AFCCG.

  29. Your take on the ‘James Jones rule’ is incorrect. Players can still wear hoodies. They can even wear the hood up under the helmet when on the field and sans helmet on the sidelines. They just can’t let the unworn hood dangle outside the uniform.

  30. mrmcdougle says:
    Jun 10, 2016 11:28 AM

    1. Have all the balls slightly overinflated, and force the officials to check (and potentially bring them to regulation) before signing off.

    2. Have the officials sign off on the balls, then sneak into the bathroom and pump them back up.

    See the difference?
    ————————–

    He was trying to sneak them past the officials, overinflated, so there is no difference.

    Everyone knows that the referees aren’t checking footballs, or inflating/deflating them accordingly.

    That’s part of the whole joke about psigate.

  31. Don’t quite get the need for trolling over a bunch of lame meaningless rule clarifications, but a disproportionate number of clarifications do seem to relate to the Packers. I imagine the creative response to this comment will be — but hey, we have 13 championships.

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:07 AM
    When you get a rule named after you is when you know you were being a dick.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Or giving yourself a screen name with the sole intent to insult.

  33. There’s a saying, if you put four economists in a room, you’ll get seven opinions.

    If there’s one thing economists agree on, it’s that there’s no economic benefit for cities to fund stadiums. The fans, coaches, and players do not offset the cost with enough tax revenue to ever make it worth it.

  34. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 10, 2016 12:35 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:07 AM
    When you get a rule named after you is when you know you were being a dick.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Or giving yourself a screen name with the sole intent to insult.
    ——————
    My screen name is a public service. I am trying to help you guys out. Aaron Rodgers got my message and it changed his life.

  35. ““We wish Adrian Peterson was our running back instead of Fatty Lazy””

    Lol nobody wants Adrian Childbeaterson except Vikings fans.

  36. “Packers — Thirteen World Championships ”

    Leave it to we Americans to declare a World Championship when we don’t compete against the rest of the world. World Series too. I don’t see the MLB champions playing Japans or Cuba’s or any other baseball playing countries champions.

    I know, it’s being picky and petty but this article makes a huge deal out of hoodies, coin tosses and coaches staying off the field of play. So it fits right in. File it under………DUH!

  37. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jun 10, 2016 11:03 AM
    skittlesareyum says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:12 AM

    Why do teams even get to call the toss? Just make heads always be the home team and tails always the away team. It’s a 50% chance whether you get to pick or not.
    ________

    Not according to Aaron Rodgers math. Didn’t you hear him complain because he wasn’t allowed to call it again on the re-flip?

    ________

    I did, and even though I’m a Packers fan that annoyed me.

  38. Nobody cares bout your titles pre super bowl era…i hear enough browns fans claiming all the titles they won in the 50s 60s

  39. jerry944 says:
    Jun 10, 2016 1:31 PM
    Nobody cares bout your titles pre super bowl era…
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Tell it to the Celtics and the Yankees. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of support.

    Old titles are certainly more legitimate and palatable than the off-season championships the Vikings and their fans claim every year.

    Every. Year.

  40. jerry944, if you don’t care about pre-Super Bowl era championships, then you really don’t care about NFL football. Just because a championship came before the Super Bowl doesn’t make it any less of a championship. That’s like saying that pre-1970 World Series wins are irrelevant… which would be equally as stupid.

  41. The Vikings fans salivate over every Packer article that comes out, some have their smartphones programmed just for that reason.

    Can you blame them? They won their SuperBowl* last year.

    That’s what we’re witnessing….an inexperienced fan-base that cannot behave as though they’ve been there before. Because they haven’t, you see?! They only think they know what it’s all about. They’ve been teased to the point of lunacy.

    (* Either of two bi-annual games against the Packers that hopefully results in a win.)

  42. I’m surprised Roger didn’t apply the James Jones rule to the coaching staff’s as well. Maybe next year if he loses a certain court case.

  43. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 10, 2016 3:33 PM
    Packer trolls must be the most unproductive people at work, then again how many actually work?
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    …..says the first person to post a comment this morning, at the most productive time of the morning.

    For the uninitiated, this douche is one of the aforementioned trolls with a smartphone programmed to receive Packer stories.

  44. They should also create the joint Aaron Rodgers-James Jones rule that states an offense will NOT get Pass Interference calls and yards for throwing a 40 yard uncatchable pass while the receiver stops midway in-route to create contact. They could call it the “stop & flop” which GB receivers excel at.

    That is essentially Green Bay’s entire offense, now that Cheeseburger Eddie is no longer a factor in the run game.

  45. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 10, 2016 3:05 PM

    The Vikings fans salivate over every Packer article that comes out, some have their smartphones programmed just for that reason.

    Can you blame them? They won their SuperBowl* last year.

    That’s what we’re witnessing….an inexperienced fan-base that cannot behave as though they’ve been there before. Because they haven’t, you see?! They only think they know what it’s all about. They’ve been teased to the point of lunacy.

    (* Either of two bi-annual games against the Packers that hopefully results in a win.)

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    This is exhibit number one as to why everyone hates Packer fans with their holier than thou attitude. Get over yourself.

  46. By calling these changes “clarifications” instead of new rules, the Commissioner’s office avoids needing to go through the Rules Committee.

    Obviously these are not clarifications in the ordinary sense of the word. But redefining words is Roger’s favorite trick.

  47. diveleft says:
    Jun 10, 2016 4:53 PM
    This is exhibit number one as to why everyone hates Packer fans with their holier than thou attitude. Get over yourself
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    If you can’t take the heat, don’t poke the dragon.

  48. It’s funny…

    The only people I see referring to the Packer-Viking football games as Superbowls are Packer fans.

    You’d think that the self-proclaimed”most knowledgeable football” Packer fans wouldn’t get so excited about a division game…

  49. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 10, 2016 2:08 PM

    jerry944 says:
    Jun 10, 2016 1:31 PM
    Nobody cares bout your titles pre super bowl era…
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Tell it to the Celtics and the Yankees. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of support.

    ———————–

    why? Actually, people only talk about World Series championsips even though their was professional baseball championships before the World Series began. Likewise, the NBA.

    Those are the numbers that the Celtics and Yankee fans count.

  50. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 10, 2016 5:14 PM
    diveleft says:
    Jun 10, 2016 4:53 PM
    This is exhibit number one as to why everyone hates Packer fans with their holier than thou attitude. Get over yourself
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    If you can’t take the heat, don’t poke the dragon.
    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    Oh, I can take the heat. Just pointing out how smug and jackassian a majority of Packer fans, um, I mean dragons are.

  51. diveleft says:
    Jun 10, 2016 10:53 PM
    Oh, I can take the heat. Just pointing out how smug and jackassian a majority of Packer fans, um, I mean dragons are.
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    Fans of the team with the most post-season losses in the history of the NFL come onto Packer threads throwing shade at the team with the most championships in the history of the NFL…….and were the smug ones? What right do any of you have to talk smack with us? One meaningless (wasted) division title?

    Stay home. That’s my point.

  52. ……and when you run out of football-related ammunition (because you have so little of it,) you resort to insults and putdowns.

    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

    -Socrates

  53. dive left,

    when certain dragons have nothing else in life but a meaningless games to watch it is their right to brag about something I guess.

  54. then certain dragons have nothing else in life but a meaningless games to watch it is their right to brag about something I guess

    Bragging about your team on a football message board. The gall of some people.

  55. dcviking says:
    Jun 10, 2016 7:42 PM
    You’d think that the self-proclaimed”most knowledgeable football” Packer fans wouldn’t get so excited about a division game…
    /////////////////////////

    Two things; We’re not “self-proclaimed.” A poll of active NFL players voted Packer fans the most knowledgeable a few years back. Take your complaint to them. Secondly, we don’t get too excited about divisional games. That’s your Holy Grail……and admittedly always has been.

  56. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 11, 2016 1:59 PM
    Packer fans think they are dragons. That is funny.
    ///////////////////////////////////

    It’s allegorical, in context.

    It’s sort of like you taking on the persona of a cheese curd, and subsequently warning us of the pitfalls for having doing so.

  57. dcviking says:
    Jun 10, 2016 7:47 PM
    Actually, people only talk about World Series championsips even though their was professional baseball championships before the World Series began. Likewise, the NBA. Those are the numbers that the Celtics and Yankee fans count.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    World Series was established in 1903. The NBA Championship in 1947. Do you even have a point?

  58. The real “Rodgers Rule” should be if the defense jumps offsides and the offense reacts/moves, the play is blown dead and a neutral zone infraction is enforced against the defense for 5 yards. The current rule allows the referees to ignore the movement by the offense and let the play continue as a “free play” for Rodgers.

    Not a Packers fan, but also not a Packers hater. Just call it like I see it, and it has happened far too often.

  59. If you watch the NFL at all, you know that what happens with Rodgers happens with other QB’s and teams all over the league. The people that think any one team gets calls over others is just a matter of them watching selectively and rationalizing what’s going on, often to their own biases. You use to hear the same things about the Cowboys, or the 49ers, or whoever was good at the time. When I was 8 or 9 I even used to think the same things, but I viewed things more objectively as I got older.

  60. bkostela says:
    Jun 12, 2016 4:04 PM
    The real “Rodgers Rule” should be if the defense jumps offsides and the offense reacts/moves, the play is blown dead and a neutral zone infraction is enforced against the defense for 5 yards. The current rule allows the referees to ignore the movement by the offense and let the play continue as a “free play” for Rodgers.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    People don’t realize what a terrific play this actually is. The only way it does not get blown dead and “ignored” is if nobody on the O-line flinches. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. Do you understand how hard that is? The O-line and Rodgers are working in tandem and in a very disciplined manner. If other teams could do it as well, they would.

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