Full list of proposed NFL rules, bylaws and resolution changes for 2019

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The NFL has confirmed that the league will consider 16 proposed rule changes, six proposed bylaw changes and three proposed resolution changes at the March league meeting.

2019 Playing Rule Proposals Summary
1. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 6 to make permanent the kickoff rule changes that were implemented during the 2018 season.

2. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 12 to expand protection to a defenseless player.

3. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 14, Section 5, Article 2 to change the enforcement of double fouls when there is a change of possession.

4. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 11, Section 4, Article 2 to simplify the application of scrimmage kick rules for missed field goals.

5. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 14, Section 2, Article 3 to allow teams to elect to enforce on the succeeding try or on the succeeding free kick an opponent’s personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.

6. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 15, Section 2 for one year only to expand the reviewable plays in instant replay to include fouls for pass interference; also expands automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any Try attempt (extra point or two-point conversion).

6a. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 15, Section 2 for one year only to expand the reviewable plays in instant replay to include all fouls for pass interference, roughing the passer, and unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture; also expands automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any Try attempt (extra point or two-point conversion).

7 By Kansas City Chiefs; to amend Rule 16 to (1) allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown; (2) eliminate overtime for preseason; and (3) eliminate overtime coin toss so that winner of initial coin toss to begin game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend.

8. By Denver; to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1 to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring.

9. By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2 to subject all plays that occur during a game to coaches’ challenge by teams or review by the Officiating department in the instant replay system.

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

11. By Kansas City; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add review of personal fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system.

12. By Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia, and Seattle; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add review of designated player safety-related fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system.

13. By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system.

14. By Denver; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add all fourth down plays that are spotted short of the line to gain or goal line to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system.

15. By Denver; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add all Try attempts (Extra point or Two-point conversion) to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system.

16. By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 15, Section 1, Article 5 to allow League personnel to disqualify for both flagrant football and non-football acts.

2019 Bylaw Proposals Summary
1. By Buffalo; to amend Article XVII, Section 17.4 to liberalize the rule for reacquisition of a player assigned via waivers.

2. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVII, Section 17.1 to provide clubs with more roster flexibility during training camp.

3. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVIII, Section 18.1 to provide teams more effective access to players during the postseason.

4. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XIV, Section 14.3(B)(8) to make the tiebreaking procedures fairer for the selection meeting.

5. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVII, Section 17.1 to provide additional roster spots during the preseason.

6. By Competition Committee; to amend Article XVII, Section 12.3 to offer more roster flexibility.

2019 Resolution Proposals Summary
G-1. By Competition Committee; to amend the Anti-Tampering Policy to permit 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.

G-2. By Washington; to amend current League practices regarding teams’ post-game officiating inquiries and allow opposing teams to receive the League’s post-game responses to any officiating inquiries submitted by either team.

G-3. Withdrawn, By Philadelphia; to continue the annual tradition of having Dallas and Detroit play on Thanksgiving, provided that one of those clubs host a home game with the other club playing away, and alternating home and away games each subsequent season.

15 responses to “Full list of proposed NFL rules, bylaws and resolution changes for 2019

  1. 5-8 sound OK. Otherwise, the rest sound like it would make the refs job more complicated thus creating more mistakes.

  2. Da Bears request that a goalpost “donk” be considered good and in fact a donk on a field goal should be 4 points and a double donk should be 5 points. A donk on a extra point will count as 2 points and a double donk would be 3 points. This should be considered because of the difficultly of completing a donk. Just consider the case of a team losing by 3 with seconds left in the game—the field goal kick donks on the attempt and instead of a tie the team win by a donk. Hence the Donk rule!!!!!—-or the Cody Parkey rule!!!!!

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  3. These rules don’t need to be changed every offseason… Hell speeding laws haven’t been modified in 8 years, but NFL wants to change each year… shame

  4. I can’t wait to see which rule is enforced for a couple of weeks and then goes by the wayside when they see what a disaster it is.

  5. Chiefs need to realize if they got the ball or not the refs would not of allowed them to score.

  6. Any rule that makes review of a play more important in the final two minutes, then the first two minutes should be rejected out of hand.

    Those missed facemask calls to the benefit of the Saints effected the game as much as the missed PI to benefit the Rams.

    I mean we all agree the fake punts in the second quarter dramatically changed the direction of those games. An incorrect penalty flag early can also dramatically change the direction of a game.

    It also fails to make sense to me that if a coach, via challenge, finds the refs were in error in a call against his team, the refs have free reign to miss calls the rest of the game.
    Why not a coach gets a minimum of two challenges per game, but no maximum until he loses one.

  7. #7: I would modify even more. The team that wins the coin toss selects how they want to start both the game and any potential overtime. Teams would have to decide if they wanted to defer and risk not getting the ball first in the OT.

  8. HoosierColt, why should the rules be changed in your favor just because you’re losing? Changing the on-side kick rule gives an advantage to a team that hasn’t played well the entire game. Instead of having to successfully complete at least two difficult plays; (an onside kick and a Hail Mary, for example) now the losing team only has to complete the Hail Mary. Or a 4th and 15, or whatever stupidity they come up with. This is effectively a complete change in the rules for last few minutes of a game. NOT a good idea.

  9. “By Kansas City Chiefs; to amend Rule 16 to (1) allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown; (2) eliminate overtime for preseason; and (3) eliminate overtime coin toss so that winner of initial coin toss to begin game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend.”

    I hadn’t heard part 3 before. I wonder which team won the initial coin toss to open the AFC championship. Oh right, it was the Chiefs! Utterly embarrassing proposal, like a six year old angry about losing a Madden game.

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