Owners to vote on 10 rule changes, 12 bylaw changes, 5 resolution changes

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The league is considering a number of significant (and some not particularly significant) changes at next week’s owners’ meeting.

Among the changes are 10 new playing rules, 12 new bylaws and five new resolutions. Those are detailed below:

2018 Playing Rules Proposals Summary
1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the playing rule that changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line.

2. By Competition Committee; Changes standard for a catch.

3. By Competition Committee; Makes the penalties for Illegal Batting & Kicking the same.

4. By Los Angeles Chargers; Amends Rule 15, Section 2, Article 5 to add fouls for roughing the passer and fouls against players in a defenseless posture as reviewable plays in the instant replay system.

5. By Washington; Amends Rule 15, Section 2, Article 5 to add review of personal fouls as reviewable plays in the instant replay system.

6. By New York Jets; Amends Rule 8, Section 5, Articles 1-4 to change the enforcement for defensive pass interference.

7 By Competition Committee; Authorizes the designated member of the Officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to disqualify a player for a flagrant nonfootball act when a foul for that act is called on the field.

8. By Competition Committee; Conforms the amount of time in which a team must challenge a play if there is a television commercial break following the play in question.

9. By Competition Committee; Eliminates the requirement that a team who scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation of a game to kick the extra point or go for two-point conversion.

10. By Competition Committee; If there is a turnover, a team may win an overtime game, even though it scores on its second possession.

2018 Bylaw Proposals Summary
1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the liberalization of rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club’s facility.

2. By Buffalo; For one year only, amends Article XVII, Section 17.4 to liberalize the rule for reacquisition of a player assigned via waivers.

3. By Buffalo; For one year only, amends Article XVII, Section 17.6 to liberalize the
procedures for players placed on Reserve/Retired.

4. By Denver; Amends Article XVII, Section 17.16 to permit clubs to trade players from Reserve/Injured.

5. By Miami; Amends Article XVII, Section 17.1 to remove the requirement that a non-vested player be placed on waivers to be removed from the 90-player roster prior to the roster reduction to 53 players.

6. By Minnesota; Amends Article XVIII, Section 18.1 to replace the 10-day postseason claiming period with a 24-hour period.

7. By San Francisco, Arizona, and Los Angeles Chargers; Reduces the competitive equity that exists between teams who have morning body clock start times on long road trips.

8. By Competition Committee; Permits coaches to review video displayed on League-issued tablets on the sidelines and in the coaches’ booth.

9. By Competition Committee; A player who is designated for return is eligible to be activated after eight games, not eight weeks.

10. By Competition Committee; Lengthens the period to execute an Injury Settlement from five business days to seven business days.

11. By Competition Committee; Changes the deadline to reinstate players from certain Reserve List categories.

12. By Competition Committee; Updates Reserve/Military List procedures to reflect the current League calendar.

2018 Resolution Proposal Summary
G-1. By Washington; Allows opposing teams to receive the League’s postgame responses to any officiating inquiries submitted by either team.

G-2. By San Francisco; Requires all NFL stadiums by 2021 to have three separate and permanent locker rooms to be exclusively designated for female football staff on game days as follows: game officials, home club staff members, and visiting club staff members.

G-4. By Competition Committee; Permits a club to negotiate and sign a head coach candidate during the postseason prior to the conclusion of the employer club’s season.

G-5. By Competition Committee; For one year only, permits an interested club to contact a Vested Veteran before clubs have been notified of the player’s termination via the Player Personnel Notice if (i) the players is not subject to the Waivers System and, (ii) the employer club has publicly announced the player’s release.

21 responses to “Owners to vote on 10 rule changes, 12 bylaw changes, 5 resolution changes

  1. Rainsarge said
    “I thought they were going to fix PI and make it more like college”

    It’s right there.under playing rule proposals. #6 the jets proposal. To change enforcement of pass interference

  2. Reviews for defenseless receivers, reviews for personal fouls, reviews reviews reviews. Because this is what the game is missing. More challenges and reviews where we sit and watch the same replay frame by frame 20 times in a row trying to nitpick if there was something wrong with a play. Ohhhh, fun. We’re gonna love that.

  3. So does this mean teams are still not allowed to wear alternate helmets when wearing alternate jerseys? I know the eagles proposed the idea last year but failed. Such a stupid rule. I’d love to see the eagles wear their kelly green uniforms again.

  4. PI “college rule” change didn’t get to the table. I don’t know what that Jets proposal is, but the maximum 15 yard suggestion was already voted down. Or maybe it is that and it just had no support. Either way, it’s not happening.

    When considering rule changes or adaptations, you have to look forward to potential unintended consequences of the change. I could see every NFL DB on every Sunday like “Man, i’m beat here. I can either risk giving up a 50 yard TD trying to play it, or i can just blatantly interfere and instantly wipe out any big play they could get”

    That sounds like a good idea? Honestly? Fix the way the penalty is called, simplify the rule and take a bit of subjective referee judgement out of the equation so there aren’t so many useless fickle little penalties shifting game momentum so often. Don’t leave the penalty itself as is and reward defenders for committing more of them. That makes no sense.

  5. after possessing the ball and getting two feet (or a body part) on the ground to perform a “football move.”

    The Competition Committee’s proposal defines “football move” in three ways: (1) taking a third step; (2) reaching or extending the ball for the line-to-gain; or (3) having the ability to do either.

    What happens when a player drags his toe while falling down out of bounds? Remember Julio in the SB? Great catch, but incomplete be cause he makes no football move. He just falls to the ground. Are they going to take away 5% of Jerry Rice and Cris Carter catches. That will fix everything. I call for an instant replay review of your idea of what a catch is.

  6. Watching blows to the heads of defenseless players from 20 angles in super slow mo is going to make more parents sign their kids up for football. Unless it doesn’t.

  7. They were unsuccessful in changing the unlimited pass interference penalty to 15 yards. Ok. But I would say that if you’re going to make a game changing call, make sure you get it right. Have all pass interference penalties of 15 yards or more reviewable. I kind of have this thing about getting it right. Call me old fashion, but I think the players should determine who wins the game, not the refs (or big gambling for heaven’s sake).

  8. There is one option to make pass interference more fair and that would be to make OPI a loss of down.

    Look at it this way, DPI is an automatic first down and often leads to a team being in field goal range. Now OPI would be almost equally devastating. Instead of a team having 2nd and 13 they are now at 3rd and 13 . This also makes it more damning if a receiver tries to mug a defender to save the int.

  9. So they are eliminating going to the ground? And the process of the catch? I can’t tell you how sick and tired I am of hearing “the process” of the catch. In Minnesota’ s game against the Panthers, Adam Theilen caught a ball in the end zone for what would have been a go ahead touchdown, but it was overturned after Theilen caught the ball with 2 hands, landed in bounds with his hip, and then he rolls out of bounds and the the ball wiggled on his chest for a brief bit. The referee calls touchdown, then it goes to the booth for review and is overturned due to “the process” of the catch. The Vikings lost the game, and also lost home field advantage throughout the playoffs. This is what drives me crazy. He has 2 hands on the ball tightly with control and gets his hip in bounds, that should be it. I’m not going to cry that the Vikings lost in the NFL championship game, but you have to wonder what would have happened if that game would have been played at U.S. Bank instead. That Theilen reversal caused that not to be a possibility, And when your team goes 13-3 and gets jobbed like that, it’s a little hard to swallow. And I don’t get this proposed change for a third step.They say two steps and a “football” move, but then they want a third step for possession? This is getting behind rediculous, everyone out here in the real world knows what a catch / fumble looks like. Everyone knows what a catch is. They need to stay out of it. This all started with the Calvin Johnson catch that everyone knows was a catch. If the ground cannot cause a fumble for a runner, then the same should be applied for a receiver after he catches a ball with 2 feet down, or a hip down in Bounds or in the endzone. End of story. They need to get this fixed. I have watched numerous games where this rule has botched too many games and caused too many delays in the game. This has to stop.

  10. My rule would be to go back to the 1965 rule book and leave it alone. The game of football is being consumed by confusing “rules” caused mostly by replays. Forget replays and live with a bad call once in awhile. At the very least it will give Chris Collinsworth something else to rant about.

  11. “10. By Competition Committee; If there is a turnover, a team may win an overtime game, even though it scores on its second possession.”

    What does this mean? Once a team has the ball twice, next score wins. That’s already the rule. Does this mean, say, first team to receive the ball goes 3-and-out, punts, but the punt is muffed, first team recovers, then scores on its subsequent drive, then game over even though the other team didn’t get an actual possession?

  12. halfcentaur says:
    March 22, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Reviews for defenseless receivers, reviews for personal fouls, reviews reviews reviews. Because this is what the game is missing. More challenges and reviews where we sit and watch the same replay frame by frame 20 times in a row trying to nitpick if there was something wrong with a play. Ohhhh, fun. We’re gonna love that.
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    Who cares if you’re allowed to challenge everything or not? The coaches are still only allowed 2, and potentially 3 challenges a game anyway. Personally, I don’t think there should be a limit to the number of challenges so long as the coach wins. They should be allowed 2 failed challenges. If they win the challenge, don’t take the red flag. Why should the teams be limited in the amount of times they’re permitted to force the refs to get it right?

  13. I’m disappointed there’s no proposal to change the stupid “fumble out of the end zone” rule.

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