NFL lays out several proposals to change playing rules in 2017

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NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino announced the following proposed rules changes for the 2017 season, which the league’s owners will vote on at next week’s league meeting:

— Outlaw jumping over the line to block an extra point or field goal.

— Keep in place the rule moving touchbacks to the 25-yard line, which was passed on a temporary basis last year.

— Make permanent the automatic ejection rule for two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, which was passed on a temporary basis last year.

— Expand defenseless player protection to include receivers running routes, when they’re tracking the quarterback or looking back for the ball, even within five yards of the line of scrimmage.

— Give the league office final say over replay decisions, with input from the referee.

— Eliminate sideline replay monitoring, with a tablet being handed to the referee on the field to review replays in consultation with the league office.

— Standardize the starting of the clock when the runner goes out of bounds outside two minutes remaining in the first half and outside five minutes remaining in the second half.

— Allow the referee to make replay announcements during commercial breaks, rather than waiting for the TV broadcast.

— Institute a 40-second clock after extra points when going to a kickoff if there is not a commercial break.

— Standardize the halftime length to 13 minutes and 30 seconds, rather than allowing the referee to give teams additional time to get in and out of the locker rooms.

17 responses to “NFL lays out several proposals to change playing rules in 2017

  1. Protecting receivers even more? Its already almost flag football.

    I thought they were trying to help ratings. Nobody wants two hand touch, Roger.

  2. — Outlaw jumping over the line to block an extra point or field goal.

    Disagree with this totally.

    Seriously, since the Patriots are good at this I really am beginning to wonder if the league is trying to improve parity by reigning in things that they do well that other teams either don’t try or don’t do well.

  3. — Outlaw jumping over the line to block an extra point or field goal.

    Yes sir, let’s get rid of the ONE thing that makes extra points exciting.

  4. — Expand defenseless player protection to include receivers running routes, when they’re tracking the quarterback or looking back for the ball, even within five yards of the line of scrimmage.

    I assume eventually this will extend to leaving the locker room and the possibility of injuries incurred when dropping the soap during after game showers. My goodness this is getting down right ridiculous.

  5. Yes, eject guys for taunting twice in a game. But don’t eject them for unnecessary roughness, targeting the head of defenseless player, roughing the QB, etc twice in a game.

    Wait, what?

  6. Bring back blasting the center on extra points.

    Make teams fortify the line to make kicks exciting again.

    Centers should be actual offensive linemen instead of 200 lb little guys if you want to make it safer…

  7. -Allow the referee to make replay announcements during commercial breaks, rather than waiting for the TV broadcast

    Great, so the people at home can watch commercials and not hear the reasoning behind a play getting upheld or overturned? Smart.

  8. “Great, so the people at home can watch commercials and not hear the reasoning behind a play getting upheld or overturned? Smart.”

    No, you eliminate the showing of multiple replays with the announcers speculating on the outcome. Instead, you go immediately to the next play, with the announcers briefly stating the outcome. Then, if necessary, show a replay of the referee’s announcement in between the first and second plays after the review.

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